Torah & Texts

Gittin, Two Wicks in One Flame

By Ilya Khodosh and Liat Shalom

Gittin, Two Wicks in One Flame is a Babylonian Talmud story about a down-on-his-luck carpenter who asks his apprentice for a loan.

The apprentice agrees, but only if the carpenter’s wife comes to collect the money. So begins a provocative Babylonian Talmud story in which a marriage and a friendship are pushed to the limit.

But can we really know what happened in Gittin? Who had ulterior motives? Who was the perpetrator and who was the victim? And the biggest mystery of all: why did G-d look down on this love triangle and decide to destroy their city of Betar? We chose to tell the tale with rhythm and humor, so we made it rhyme and put some (awesome) guitar accompaniment underneath. In the Gittin film, three unlikely narrators take up the spirit of Babylonian Talmudic debate to puzzle through what really happened and why.

Gratitude for the Gittin Animated Short

This film was produced in collaboration with six teams of young writers, animators and programmers and was made possible in part by funds granted by The Covenant Foundation. The statements made and the views expressed, however, are solely the responsibility of the filmmakers.

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