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Happiness – from In Over our Heads

I am still totally into the folks from In Over our Heads – Jewish reality TV that is interesting. Apparently the Jewish community of Sharon, Mass feels it’s bad publicity, but I think the opposite – it shows that orthodoxy shows many faces.

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  • sergeant J August 12, 2010, 3:39 AM

    Love “you gotta be careful with the disposal..”..
    Sounds like an interesting show.

  • smb August 12, 2010, 4:04 AM

    cool, thanks for sharing

  • Ruvain August 12, 2010, 2:05 PM

    Although I agree that Orthodoxy has many faces and can be quite diverse, I don’t see how these people are any face of Orthodoxy.
    They don’t seem to fit even the most lenient definition of Orthdoxy, nor do they really even seem to claim to be Orthodox.
    Maybe some of them (some) attend Orthodox syangogues but that is about it.

    • Simcha August 17, 2010, 4:21 PM

      Ruvain, with all due respect and love for a fellow Jew, you are EXTREMELY presumptuous. How DARE you say that we don’t fit “Even the most lenient definition of Orthodoxy?” Are you basing this on the few minutes you saw of us on screen? Unbelievable. Siyag lichochma shtika, and you’re not appearing too bright right now. You might do yourself some good by thinking a little more before making such quick judgement.

  • Shoshanna Silcove August 12, 2010, 8:53 PM

    The Chabad Chassidus as written in Tanya explains all about G-d’s personality, so-to-speak, His desires, His will, why He created the world, what is it’s purpose is, it talks all about G-d and who He is and how we can know Him.

  • Shoshanna Silcove August 12, 2010, 8:54 PM

    The Chabad Chassidus as written in Tanya explains all about G-ds personality, so-to-speak, His desires, His will, why He created the world, what is its purpose is, it talks all about G-d and who He is and how we can know Him.

  • BH August 12, 2010, 11:26 PM

    I spent the day watching every video they made. Love it! Though I am surprised they consider themselves Orthodox. My favorite videos were the mikvah and the tefellin. Cant wait for new ones.

  • Anonymous August 12, 2010, 11:49 PM

    they arent orthodox. well most of them except for that one couple. otherwise they arent.

  • Anonymous August 13, 2010, 2:57 PM

    I heard that show is over, or at least none of the original people are in it anymore. That is sad!

  • Dovid August 17, 2010, 3:16 PM

    Heshy –

    Thanks again for posting about InOverOurHeads. I am pleased to say that we have received an overwhelmingly positive response to the show, especially from FrumSatire readers. The show was picked up by JLTV – the Jewish Life Television network, which reaches into 30+ million homes via DirecTV, Comast, and TimeWarner and you can watch all 8 episodes at http://www.inoverourheads.com. The network has enthusiastically renewed the show for a second season, which is now in production including some of the season one cast and lots of new faces.

    What people are missing is that this is unscripted reality. The cast members share how they feel, and don’t claim to be experts in anything beyond their own opinions. I don’t personally care for the term Orthodox, but the show is set in and around Orthodox communities and includes cast members from all levels of observance and all affiliations (including not Jewish, not affiliated, and not observant). My experience is that most Jews have little to no exposure to observant communities and are very excited about seeing a glimpse into those aspects of the religion and culture. If we stand with a critical eye, I think we would be hard pressed to find many people who are truly Orthodox. Where do we draw the line? Do we go by ideals or practice? Is it how you dress? what shul you go to? Do you carefully check all of your food for bugs? Do you talk in shul? Are you careful about filing your taxes and tithing your money? … more importantly, do you always greet people first (with a smile)? … I’m not much for labels. What matters is that we’re Jews. We love each other and treat each other accordingly. Our relationship to G-d is only secondary to that, and the rest of the mitzvos begin from there. We sincerely welcome all of the kudos and criticism, and we recognize that there is only one Judge. We believe our motivations to be sincere and countless people have been so kind as to acknowledge that.

    Rabbi Shmuley wrote an article expressing the benefits of reality television over 50’s sanitized TV. (I heard a shiur saying the same thing about our stories of tzadikim.) It is essential to understand that everyone confronts challenges and struggle in life. When people think that life is perfect for everyone else except themselves, they come to think that they are doomed to failure. While the issues for each person are unique (though many are shared), reality TV shows that in order to grow to the amazing people we are, we first must acknowledge who we are. InOverOurHeads is the place for us as Jews to share our unique voice.

    Thanks again Heshy and all the others who have taken the time to watch the show and share their thoughts!

    – Dovid

  • Malkah Wintet August 17, 2010, 3:40 PM

    Show is most definetely not over! Production is in full swing for season 2 on JLTV. Check out our YouTube channel for new promos.

    Thanks so much for your feedback!

    Malkah Winter

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