|Hadas Yaron in Fill the Void|
It's a new movie made in Israel that is set in the world of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Tel Aviv: Fill the Void. The writer and director, Rama Burshtein, is herself a member of this community, and she transported me into this world that is so foreign to my own. But while I was there, I identified with the young protagonist, 18-year-old Shira played by Hadas Yaron, and wanted only the best for her. By the end of the movie, I wasn't sure that what finally played out was right, but I walked out of the theater happy that I had seen it. And glad that I don't live in a community like that! See it if you get a chance, though; you won't be sorry. It's beautifully written and produced.
I try not to get too caught up in Facebook, but since so many of my friends post there on almost a daily basis, I check the news feed once a day or so to make sure I'm not missing anything important in the lives of my distant friends and family. One of the women I worked with at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder put up a link to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest, and I was mesmerized by the fantastic pictures displayed there. The link will take you to the site on The Atlantic. Just scroll down to see dozens of fantastic pictures.
And of course the other major event of the day was the birth of the latest royal, Kate and William's baby boy! I wasn't one of those watching every minute, but I was so pleased when I heard that the baby had been born. A new possible King. What a great day, huh?