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Stories Of The Baal Shem Tov (2014 aka Master Of The Good Name/VSC DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Main Program: C+

Let's welcome the Baal Shem Tov; a holy man, a rabbi, and a Jew. Through folklore and children's stories he teaches Jewish values and virtues. Through daily life, nature, passion or just faith alone Baal Shem Tov teaches that anyone, rich or poor, can be good in their Judaism in Director Tawd B. Dorenfeld's animated Stories Of The Baal Shem Tov (2014 aka Master Of The Good Name.

The stories of Baal Shem Tov are a series of short stories involving how Baal Shem Tov, through history and his wisdom, teaches the story of the Jews. The Baal Shem Tov was a prophet, savior, and folk hero, much like the Bible's Moses, Jesus and John the Baptist rolled into one. The stories teach how the center of Jewish life is sacrifice, it is considered the hallmark of Jewish history, even the poorest family can save a little each day to find a way to give to the priesthood and the community. In the end, the Torah is not the be all, end all, but the Baal Shem Tov teaches the spirit of Judaism is to find joy and happiness in what has been given and not what one wants.

This was a story for Jew kids to learn the virtue of humility and to not value material wealth, but to give it all to either God, the community leaders or others in need. Funny thing is, the stories seemed ONLY to apply to the poor, no where does it say for the wealthy in the community to do the same (doesn't seem really fair, but God forbid the rich to ever give back to the poor).

Though its great to see any Claymation today, the anamorphically enhanced image and lossy Dolby Digital sound are weaker than anyone would like, so a Blu-ray release would definitely benefit this one. Extras include Psalm with Rosanne Barr, a behind the scenes clip and trailer.

- Ricky Chiang


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