Discuss how the function of Rosh Hashanah was impacted by the way David observed this holiday.From the movie School Ties.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To begin with a paradigm that will allow us to better understand the character in the film, Rosh Hashanah is the start of the new year.  In this start of the year, a day of recognition and acknowledgement, the Judaic faith calls for followers to rest on this day.  Typical prayers are to be extended as the day is very sacred.  David has a choice to make.  In the film, Rosh Hashanah falls on the day of a big football game.  His father wants him to go to temple and acknowledge the day, yet he is bound to play in the game.  He plays, and plays well.  In the evening, after "lights out," David prays in the Protestant Chapel.  I think that the way in which he observes the holiday brings to light several realities. The first reflects his environment.  A holiday that should be public and open to all, declarative in its sentiments, is worshipped in private and alone because of an unforgiving and insensitive social order.  This feeds into the fact that David has to worship under the guise of night for a moment that worships the day.  Finally, the idea that David has to conceal his religious beliefs under cloak of night brings to light that, at some point, David is in tension with what his social order dictates and what his subjectivity believes.

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