Filming in Israel, Harvey Keitel Transforms From Hollywood Gangster Into Jewish Patriarch

Haaretz catches up with the Hollywood star as he downs Arak on a kibbutz while taking a break from filming a modern retelling of the biblical rivalry between Esau and Jacob, based on the novel by Meir Shalev

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A Hollywood star, an acclaimed Israeli novelist and an award-winning Russian director – all Jewish – walk onto a kibbutz. It could be the opening of a Borscht Belt joke, or perhaps a Zionist fantasy of an...