He-Man Teaches Teshuva in The Defection Pt 1

In this episode, Lou Scheimer’s He-Man teaches kids Teshuva – that we can always turn from evil, we can always change –  in a distinctly bizarre early-80s package.  Amazing how gender identity and body-imaging and what passes for appropriate costumes has changed over 26 years.  Written by Ron Schultz and Sam Schultz.  Beware of a video timing glitch at the end of Pt. 1 and beginning of Pt2 in which scenes are shuffled (the Orko in the water scene).

Magen Tzedek: Model of the Jewish Future or Show Without an Audience? – Forward.com

Magen Tzedek: Model of the Jewish Future or Show Without an Audience?

The Polymath

By Jay Michaelson

Published November 18, 2009, issue of November 27, 2009.

The problem seems not to have changed. Back when I was at college, the egalitarian services couldn’t get a minyan, and so, while I didn’t like Orthodox liturgy, and didn’t approve of the mechitza (prayer barrier), I still schlepped up the extra flight of stairs to the traditional minyan, week after week. Whatever my personal preferences, it seemed that only Orthodox Jews cared enough to make the system work.

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