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'Shtisel,' an Israeli TV show about ultra-Orthodox Jews, is a hit on Netflix

Beyond the Old City walls, in a neighborhood where names of the dead echo against stone, the squabbles, loves, joys and doubts of ultra-Orthodox Jews play out - often with piercing humor - in a modern-day drama balanced between devotion to God and the yearnings and imperfections of his creations.

The popular Israeli show "Shtisel," now streaming on Netflix, where it has become a cult favorite, is a resonant and revealing trip into the sequestered and often stereotyped world of observant Jews. Set in Jerusalem, the series suggests that while a man pores over the Torah to inspire his soul, he must also embrace and wrestle with his passions and humanity, much in the same way secular characters do on shows like "This Is Us."

The power of "Shtisel"

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