I’m so psyched about this video.
Midreshet Moriah is a post-high-school, modern Orthodox seminary for girls in Jerusalem. Shmuel’s made promo videos for seminaries before, but none like this. He wanted to create a new, modern visual association to accompany such an ancient topic as Torah learning. The result is an exciting, fresh approach that I think you’ll just love–because I do!
With each new production, Shmuel teaches himself more, pushes his limits, and brings it to the next level. This time he took his inspiration from fashion advertising, which is always on the cutting edge, because you can’t be 5 minutes ago in fashion. Giving a nod to the online world that most high school students – frum or otherwise – are familiar with, the concept for Shmuel’s animation in this video is appropriate for how so many of us get our Torah fix these days: on the internet.
But, our oral tradition is just that – oral – and despite getting great inspiration from online Torah sources, there’s no replacement for the sem/yeshiva experience, as Shmuel and I can attest. That’s what I love about being Jewish: being part of an ancient nation in modern times gives us access to the best of the old world and of the new.
Working with Rachel Slovin, the Berglases and Rabbi Mayer was a pleasure, and Evyatar Katz kept our Hebrew on its toes with his quick sense of humor! We had such a good experience with Midreshet Moriah; we hope this video brings them much success!