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Busby Berkeley’s Haredi Movie

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Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi/FLASH90

Photographer Yaakov Naumi went up to a rooftop in Jerusalem to shoot these amazing images of Haredim dancing at the massive draft protest of hundred of thousands in Jerusalem.

It so reminded me of the Busby Berkeley movies from the 1930s, with elaborate musical production numbers that often involved complex geometric patterns.

Berkeley used large numbers of showgirls and props as fantasy elements in kaleidoscopic on-screen performances.

Yaakov Naumi used a bunch of Haredim.

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Photo by Yaakov Naumi/FLASH90

Photo by Yaakov Naumi/FLASH90

Busby Berkeley scene

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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