Key Scenes


These are some of the important moments in the movie that relate to a spiritual concept. We discuss these in depth in our online conferences. We break up the movie into six segments as follows:


3:42 – Moshe and Ben Baruch meet

Ben Baruch (Netzach) is the ‘energizer bunny’ who initiates action – sometimes without thinking it through (Hod)

5:00 – We meet “Pushka Man”

He was born prone to headaches. Because of that, he ends up working in the cafe. Because of that, Eliyahu and Yosef find Moshe.

5:10 – Listen to, then meet, “Yetzer Hara Man”

His words on constantly being alert to the Yetzer Hara underlie the entire movie

8;20 – Dialogue between Mali and Moshe

Count the references to “understand(ing)” – Binah – another key story theme, related to the Sukkah. (Also, Binah=future, Chokhmah=past)

11:30 – Moshe and Mali’s methods of praying.

Mali on the ‘left’ from the structure of the Siddur. Moshe from the ‘right’ and hitbodedut

13:40 – The counting to 35

A little mystery here as Moshe is praying to be a good Jew.  Yehudah has a gematria of 35.


15:45 -Gabay’s Sukkah

Ben Baruch (Netzach) is the ‘tactical’ aspect of Chesed above (Gabay). Even Chesed needs rectification in the story.

17:20 – The cafe dialogue with Eliyah, Yosef and Pushka Man

The tzadik who suffers brings the “inner light’ to even the lowest souls. Their tiny bit of tzedakah makes a major connection. There are several hidden references to “Jerusalem below” and “Jerusalem above” in the conversation between Eliyahu (Gevurah) and Yosef (Hod).

19:00 – Song lyrics

From the perspective of “many paths” in life. (Compare to final song in movie)

22:00 – Mali’s comments

She has it “all figured out.” (See “Yetzer Hara Man” above!)

23:20 – Gabay’s comments

Gabay’s (Chesed) comments show he needs his own rectification. Chesed has no restriction. Note the handle on the ground.

28:10 – Moshe holds up one finger for “1000 shekels”

A thousand is as one to G-d. The price of the Etrog is distressing to Mali (the left side of measurement) as she does not see its hidden value.


29:30 – Eliyahu and Moshe dialogue

Why is the door open? The door has no handle. Chesed descends from Chokhmah (the hidden light, see above Cafe scene) and is extended to even those not meriting. Moshe (the tzaddik) is “judged” (Gevurah/Eliyahu) inappropriately. Eliyahu asks Moshe if Chesed is to be extended to the left side (he and Yosef) as well.

31:45 – Mali and Moshe dialogue

Moshe, from the right side, sees all the positive benefits of their ushpizin. Both his enthusiasm and Mali’s concern’s need a measure of rectification, the balance found “between them” at Tiferet (the rabbi).

36:35 – Yosef’s comments

Yosef (Hod) receives input and processes it. The beginning of his rectification which extends to Moshe and others.

38:40 – Eliyahu and Yosef dialogue

Eliyahu’s perspective is pure Gevurah. Yosef (Hod) processes all the possibilities.

40:30 – Mali’s question

“So how come they showed up like that?”  Bingo! See Tzimtzum

42:00 – Moshe’s discussion of Ohr Haganuz

Nichnas yayin, yatza sod—“When wine goes in, secrets come out.”  Moshe’s rant may contain truth, but the timing (they’re drunk) may not be perfect. Then again, G-d works in mysterious ways!

43:30 – Eliyahu provoking Moshe

There are many rectifications in the movie, the primary one being anger – something he’s never totally dealt with. So what does G-d send him? Someone to make him angry.


45:15 – Moshe and Rabbi dialogue

The first discussion with the rabbi (Tiferet, balance). This one centers around the Eliyahu and Netzach, from the left side of restriction.  “At home” (Mali/Binah) is still seen as ‘fine’ by Moshe.  Making her ‘happy’ is his “way of worshiping” (= avodah, his work/task) which in this case is her becoming pregnant.  The rabbi tells Moshe that his “unholy guests” are for the best – which he will quickly forget.

47:00 – Ben Baruch and Gabay dialogue

Ben Baruch (Netzach) initiates Gabay’s (Chesed) own rectification? Who can resist the ‘energizer bunny’s’ constant initiative?

48:10 – Moshe hearing Yosef and Eliyahu’s dialogue

A key moment. Moshe should take the advice of the rabbi and the “yetzer hara man” here …

49:15 – Moshe’s prayer and subsequent false statements to Eliyahu and Yosef

… but he fails to. A lack of “Binah/Understanding,” in a conflicting situation, causes him to go against his rabbi’s advice.

51:15 – Mali and Moshe dialogue

Mali (Binah) shares insight into the opportunity they missed with the challenge their guests presented (Tzimtzum!)

52:20 – Yosef’s insight

Again, Yosef as Hod processes information that he relates back to the pure Gevurah of Eliyahu. Their return is all part of Hashgaha Pratit however.

52:50 – Mali and Moshe dialogue

Mali recognizes the sneakiness of the yetzer hara in Moshe’s error, but will experience a similar situation herself later.

54:00 – Return of Eliyahu and Yosef

Another round with the left side. And each one gets trickier and requires greater understanding/Binah on the part of Moshe and Mali.

58:05 – Yosef’s question to Eliyahu

Again, Yosef as Hod is processing information up to Gevurah. The left side may be ‘confused’ through pure Chesed, but Tiferet (balance) will ultimately be required.

58:30 – Eliyahu’s statement

“What’s right is right.” A statement of pure Gevurah and hinting towards ‘truth’ which is the Sefirah of Tiferet.

58:40 – Mali’s prayer

As with Moshe, G-d will give you what you need to do true teshuvah, even if it’s not what you expect and hurts.  Even tribulation is part of Hashgaha Pratit.


59:15 – Mali’s conversation with Yosef and Eliyahu

The only scene with all three characters from the left together and interacting. Mali (Binah) is ‘mother’ to Gevurah (Eliyahu) and by extension to Hod (Yosef). Subleties abound from Mali counting and dispensing money, Yosef analyzing the books, and Eliyahu touching the mezuzah.

1:01:40 – Moshe’s discussion with Ben Baruch

Moshe is seeking understanding, but his own imbalance again causes him to reach imprecise conclusions.

1:02:25 – The party and reactions from the community

Tikkun extends into the community, again in a way they do not see. There is even a charge of ‘blasphemy’ between factions – which relates to ‘division’ caused by speaking evil against Eliyahu and Yosef, who are “not so holy,” but remain Jews.

1:03:55 – Moshe’s conversation with himself based on his understanding

“Now I understand everything.” Again, the yetzer hara sees an ‘opening.’ (Compare to Mali at 22:00)

1:04:40 – Moshe’s chat with Gabay

There is a concept in Jewish law of asking for forgiveness three times. This benefits both Moshe and Gabay.

1:06:20 – The mess created outside and within the sukkah

Disruption of the left side is a matter of Binah “unbalancing the equation.” (A Matrix concept!) The sukkah itself representing Binah.

1;09:20 – Mali’s rage based on her level of understanding

Mali’s request to Hashem to draw closer, and willingness to do anything, is being ‘honored’ in the typical ‘unusual’ way.

1:11:05 – Moshe’s explanation based on his understanding

Moshe again cannot see past the choices he does not understand.” (Anther Matrix concept from Binah). He will soon cry out for greater ‘understanding’ – a key theme to the movie going back to his first argument with Mali at 8:20 (above).


1:13:20 – Moshe and Eliyahu’s perspectives

Eliyahu reflects a softening of Gevurah, being overcome by ‘truth’ – “What’s right is right,” as he earlier said.

1:14:30 – The phone call

Moshe holds the ‘lower female’ in his hand as he speaks to the upper female on the phone. We’re approaching the time when the two will be connected. Once again, Tiferet will play a major role in the unification.

1:15:20 – Moshe’s second conversation with the rabbi

The rabbi’s insight focuses on Moshe’s main area requiring repair – his anger – which can block the path to Binah (Mali) and is overcome by prayer.

1:17:40 – Eliyahu cutting the etrog & meal served to Moshe

A profound moment in the movie. Moshe could never cut and eat of the Etrog (and ‘complete the circuit) as this would violate Torah. It had to come about in a sneaky way, where the ‘left side’ would also have to act unaware.  This is a deep concept of Torah explained here.

1:19:45 – Moshe’s outrage

Moshe’s suppressed anger reaches a point that he has to deal with it – and he throws himself upon G-d’s mercy, in a ‘prayer with tears’ which breaks through all barriers.

1:21:10 – Moshe’s crying out for understanding

He no longer assumes he ‘understands’ and begs G-d for “understanding” (and thus to connect with Mali) without any pretense.

1:23:00 – Mali and Moshe’s dialogue

Chokmah and Binah, which never separate in the higher realms, now are properly unified in the lower physical realm.

1:24:00 – Final scene and song lyrics

There is G-d. There is only G-d.  Ein Od Milvado – There is no power but Him.  The same G-d who sent Mordechai also sent Haman. Hashgaha Pratit.

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