He is a great man (called a ‘tzaddik’ by more than one person) but he is not perfect. Here is a lesson for us all. Sometimes we think ‘everything has been fixed’ in our lives, but we don’t really see when there’s something left to be rectified. In his case, it has to do with anger – a major inhibitor toward connecting with G-d as it’s indicative of a lack of trust. The events and other characters of the movie all play a role in his personal “tikkun middot.”


  • Yesod: Moshe is the tzaddik connecting above and below.  This is the emanation that synthesizes and makes connections as he does with and for those he encounters. These relationships are mutually beneficial – though it can take a while to figure that out.


  • The times he pray outside while Mali prays in the house
  • When he shares with Mali how blessed they are. He thinks he understands the situation – but it’s far more complex.
  • The two scenes with the rabbi – note how the many of the Torah/movie themes are weaved into the conversations.
    • In the first (at 45:00)
    • In the second (at 1:15:20)
  • When he inadvertently eats the etrog and loses his temper