GenreShort, Drama Music directorOphir Leibovitch Duration CountryIsrael
CastOri Lachmi, Omer Zonenshein, Yehonadav Perlman, Sigalit Yaakobi, Itzik Haikeh, Yerav Kook Similar moviesKeep Not Silent (2004), Trembling Before G-d (2001), Out in the Dark (2012), Time of Favor (2000)
TaglineOhad, a young orthodox Jew, is torn between the man he loves and god. Who will he choose?
And thou shalt love
And Thou Shalt Love (Hebrew: ואהבת, translit. V'ahavta) is an Israeli short film. It was directed by Chaim Elbaum. The film examines the difficulties of being both an Orthodox Jew and gay. The story is based on Elbaum's experiences with being gay.
It won the best drama award at the 2008 Jerusalem Film Festival.
And thou shalt love chaim elbaum
Ohad, the protagonist, is serving in the Israel Defense Forces as a Hesder student. He has not told anyone that he is gay. He tries various ways of dealing with the conflict between his religious beliefs and his sexual orientation, including Atzat Nefesh. He is told to spend forty days fasting and repenting to help rid him of his homosexual inclinations. He does this and believes himself to be cured.
After this, his best friend, Nir, returns from leave. Ohed is torn between his homosexuality and his religion. The film deals with the struggles Ohed faces when it comes to loving God and loving Nir.