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annabel lee

I feel the need to point out that this movie does have "hot stars"...But yeah, I know what you mean. And I'm so glad that Sal & Nina made the movie. And I am doing my best to convince everyone I know to go see it.


Awesome movie. So much fun! But...I just read a disappointing review in the Jewish Journal.

Sal Litvak

Esther, thanks so much for your support! We knew going into this that our movie would push buttons. It's a spiritually Jewish, psychedelic farce with heart, and playing it on the festival circuit, I have seen with my own eyes how many people love it, and also those few who get offended.

Too bad the NY Times critic didn't get it. If he just didn't care for the movie, well, tough luck on me, but to say that Nina and I have "contempt for what some people hold sacred" is just plain WRONG, and on this we have the support of rabbis from Hasidic to Reform. Just see Rabbi Mordecai Finley's reader review pulished right beneath Genzliger's NYTimes web page which says:

"The straitlaced may be taken aback by the characters, initially overdrawn for comedic effect, but those folks have missed the point. Like a sweet onion, the movie peels away layers, each time revealing another delight. I’ve watched the movie many times. Each time I’ve discovered ever more nuanced layers of humor, humanity and healing. It is the only full length treatment of a Passover Seder ever filmed. It is funny. And it is a lot more."

But folks don't take anyone's word for it. See WHEN DO WE EAT? for yourselves this weekend. Good Shabbos!


It really was a wonderful movie and screw what the Times says. What I saw was a hilarious comedy that I related to on many levels surrounded by a full theatre of people also laughing and relating to the film on many levels. As far as I am concerned, that's all the word for it you need. Thanks for the recommendation, Esther and thank you Mr. Litvak for your film.


I'm sorry, but I couldn't concentrate on the rest of this posting because I was so distracted by the BEST JEWISH NAME EVER: Salvador Litvak! If you weren't real I would have to make you up, and then marry you! I've always dreamed of having a hyphenated, double geographical last name (are there any Litvaks in Cyprus?) and triple geographically named children- I'm thinking of naming my daughter Paumonok to honor my Long Island heritage. Sigh.

Oh yeah, and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. Mazl tov!


Sorry, rokhl, you can't marry Salvador Litvak because he's already married to me! He's a Jewtino - came to this country from Chile when he was five years old - and was named after his grandfather, whose father was a recent immigrant from Russia. I suspect my husband's grandparents didn't even know what "Salvador" meant, they probably just selected it as a common Spanish name.


Oddly enough, one of the first Jewish heroes of the American Revolution was one Francis Salvador. He was elected to the South Carolina colonial legislature in 1770, making him probably the first Jew to be elected to anything in at least 1,700 years. Salvador advocated for American independence. Unfortunately, he was killed while fighting the British in 1776.


Yes, I'm real and yes, I'm married to my beloved beshert and writing partner, Nina.

(click on my name below to see the trailer)

I'm also fascinated by this Francis Salvador...

I always figured I was the only Jewish Salvador (first name anyway) until I met Sal Rovero, who owns the hat shop on Melrose in LA. All the Borsalinos you could imagine, and then some!

For those who've seen the movie, that's the hat shop where Ethan tells Peggy he can't attend Seder because her house isn't kosher.

Hag Sameach!


I know this is getting really off-topic, but here's a biography of Francis Salvador:

I hope the link works. Chag Sameach!

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