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Sacred Sperm

Sacred Sperm

An eye-opening documentary explaining the concept of sacred sperm within the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community which considers new life pure if born of “sacred sperm” and the spilling of sperm murder. In this documentary Director/Narrator Or Yashar shares his journey as he tries to fully understand the concept and come to terms with how to raise his son in good faith. This sensitive film also explores the difficulties worshippers face, and how they work through them with support from a genuinely loving community. The film highlights how we are all vulnerable in some way: we watch as Yashar, who became Orthodox as an adult, asks himself, “Am I worthy of teaching my son?”

Directed by Ori Gruder
Israel, 2016
Documentary
Hebrew (with English subtitles)
74 minutes

Sacred Sperm