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A happy event

“She pushed me to my limits, pushed me beyond all my boundaries, confronted me with the absolute: love, sacrifice, tenderness, abandonment. It dislocated me, transformed me. Why didn’t anyone tell me?

Why aren’t we talking about it?

A happy event is an intimate vision of motherhood, sincere and uninhibited.


Kadosh (which means sacred in Hebrew) is set in Méa Shéarim, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish quarter of JérusalemMeir and Rivka have been married for ten years. They love each other passionately but have to divorce because they have no children. Rivka’s sister Malka is in love with Yaakov, who has chosen to live outside the community, which is frowned upon. The rabbi decides: Malka will marry Yossef, his faithful assistant. As for Meir, he must repudiate Rivka, marry Haya and ensure his descendants. Rivka sinks into loneliness, while Malka rebels.