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In the extraordinary Israeli TV series Shtisel, a twenty-something haredi luftmensch named Akiva lives alone with his widowed father, Reb Shulem Shtisel. Bereft of the comforting presence of the woman of the house, father and son share meals and cryptic conversation at the compact kitchen table like a pair of wounded cats waiting to pounce, but mostly just hurting.

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