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Hulu's 'The Patient' gets at a dynamic rarely seen on TV: Orthodox-Reform tensions

 

October 14, 2022

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Laura Niemi as Beth Strauss and Steve Carell as Alan Strauss in "The Patient."

(JTA) - Episode three of "The Patient," the well-received psychological thriller series on Hulu about a serial killer who kidnaps his therapist, involves a flashback to an Orthodox wedding. 

Ezra, son of the protagonist therapist Alan Strauss and Reform cantor Beth Strauss, is marrying an Orthodox woman named Chava. Guitar in hand, Beth sings "Dodi Li," a traditional Jewish wedding song, knowing that women are not allowed to sing in the presence of men in this Orthodox community. As she performs, some men get up to leave. Ezra and his bride stay but look uncomfortable. 

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