Watch the Complete Series Now! | Hundreds of thousands of people in Israel and around the world belong to the Hasidic movement, a social religious creed, which since its birth over 250 years ago, has changed the face of Judaism. A secular person looking at the Hasidic members from outside views them as one monolithic entity, so strange and different from his own existence. The series ‘Kingdoms' is a first of its kind attempt to present an intimate look at the Hasidic world solely through the eyes of the men and women of this community. It is not an attempt to judge, but to list, to try to understand what motivates them, and what are the world views and beliefs that guide them.
Directed by Uri Rosenwaks
Documentary, Religion, Jewish Culture, Series
Hebrew (with English subtitles)
EPISODE 1 – Sender's Revenge | This is a journey that begins in snowy Poland and the plains of the Ukraine where the Hassidic movement was born in the 18th century from Medzhybizh to Auschwitz, from Warsaw to Jerusalem. The episode presents the historical timeline, from the time the movement was ...
EPISODE 2 – Microcosm of a Temple | The Rebbe (“Admor” in Hebrew, an acronym for master, teacher, and rabbi) stands at the center of the Hassidic world. The Hassidic perception requires absolute self-effacement from the followers, and acceptance of the total authority of the Rebbe in every aspect...
EPISODE 3 – Helpmate | The third episode presents the daily lives of the men and women in the Hassidic community. How do they meet the challenges of rising children, income, education, gender, and equality? And how are these matters approached from a Hassidic point of view?