Rabbi Shlomo Aviner,
Rosh Yeshiva Ateret Kohanim
“This is what we have been waiting for – movies that are kosher and pure, and meant for the service of Hashem. Indeed, Hashem has granted Rabbi Tzvi Fishman a great creative gift which enabled him to be a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, where he earned large sums of money, but he grew disgusted with the crass, bohemian lifestyle which surrounded him there, and became a baal tshuva, dedicating many years to Torah study with great devotion.
Indeed the great creative gift of writing and making movies which he received from the Master of the World, he returned to his Maker with this new movie, ‘For everything is from You, and You have been given what is Yours.’
After making Aliyah to Israel and learning with persistence and joy, he wrote many books and novels on a variety of Jewish themes, and now he has returned to filmmaking, producing and directing kosher movies, with kosher content, kosher dialogue, kosher music, without a single actress, everything modest, everything pure, everything clean. And from here, we shall go forth to serve our G-d.
He chose several stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov: “The Worldly Son and the Simpleton,” “The Turkey Prince,” “The Treasure under the Bridge,” and “A Matter of Trust.” Rebbe Nachman is a treasure of the entire Nation of Israel, and it is widely known that his stories inspire people with the awe of Heaven and yearnings for t’shuva. Here, with the filming of these stories, we have an example how movies can be kosher, and also compelling, visually pleasing, and professionally made.
Therefore, we extend a big ‘yasher koach’ to Rabbi Fishman. ‘Chazak v”amatz!’ ‘Be strong with increasing valor. Finally, we forgive him that the movie is in English – with Hebrew subtitles, of course. He made the film in English in order to reach out to the English-speaking Jews of America, so many of whom have lost nearly all connection to Judaism. Nonetheless, even someone who doesn’t understand English very well, like yours truly, a simple person in Israel, understands everything. And from here, as we have said, we shall begin to serve our G-d.”
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed,
Rosh Yeshiva Har Bracha
“I extend my blessings to the gifted scholar, Tzvi Fishman, that you continue to bring to fruition your considerable creative talents with engaging films which inspire viewers to new spiritual heights and yearnings for t’shuva, as you merited with this film.”
Rabbi Avraham Blass,
Director of the Jerusalem Talmud Institute
“I had the pleasure of seeing Rabbi Fishman’s movie and hearing his story of how he became a baal t’shuva, and there is no doubt that both the film and his personal story are outstanding spiritual experiences which help us to break out of the routine of our lives. An ‘alarm clock’ of this power is certain to inspire young people and adults alike to set out on quests of discovery, change, and renewal. They have the power to strengthen people’s motivation to improve themselves and advance in their service of Hashem.”
Rabbi Chaim Kramer,
Breslov Research Institute
“EXCELLENT. Very nicely done! Very nice. May you be blessed for bringing out Rebbe Nachman into the world. Kol HaKavod! May HaShem bless you, manifold! May you be granted the koach and funding and ability to go from strength to strength in bringing Rebbe Nachman's Daat to the world, so that we merit to see the Coming of Mashiach, the Rebuilding of the Temple and the Ingathering of the Exiles, thereby the Kingdom of HaShem, speedily, in our days, Amen.”
“All of the stories in this movie, which has been made with the highest quality and standards, can aid every educator and counselor, and every servant of Hashem and seeker of truth, to absorb many revealed and hidden lessons, toward the enhancement of Torah, and the raising of the Divine Presence from out of the dust, and toward the Redemption of Israel. Screening this movie to students will bring forth new understandings and fascinating discussion. The film abounds with messages of Torah.”
Rabbi Meir Tauber,
Rosh Yeshiva Netiv Meir
This year, as part of our Elul program, we are pleased that the writer
and director, Tzvi Fishman, known for his Yirat Shamayim and
dedication to Am Yisrael, will screen his new movie and speak with our
students in both the boys and girls divisions of YTA, the Yerushalayim
Torah Academy. The movie, which is based on several well-known
stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, is filled with many important
Torah themes such as Emunah, Bitachon, and serving Hashem with joy.
We are sure that through this strictly kosher and professionally-made
movie, many people who would not have otherwise encountered the
good tidings of Judaism, will be awakened to its eternal message and
saving power. We extend to him the blessing of Torah that he continue,
with ever-increasing strength, in his holy work of fostering authentic
Jewish education through his books and films.
It was with great pleasure that I watched “Stories of Rebbe Nachman” a film that portrays the educational stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. In my opinion, this film can be used as a communication bridge between educators and children, using stories to inculcate values and Yiddishkeit. When used by someone who understands how to use the film as a springboard for discussion, the story, “The Turkey Prince” can be a wonderful tool.
Rabbi David Samson,
Dean, Yerushalayim Torah Academy
Rabbi Eitan Eckstein,
Founder and Director
Retorno International Rehabilitation Center