Work has started on a third season of the Israeli TV hit show Shtisel, its co- creator confirmed this week – news that its star Michael Aloni hinted at in an exclusive interview with the Jewish Chronicle of London last month.
Official confirmation came from Yehonathan Indursky who revealed it to an audience of 350 people at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue on Tuesday night, the JC reported.
Indursky said he was “amazed” at the British love for the show which is set in the Charedi world of Jerusalem.
He talked about his Orthodox upbringing, and yeshivah studies, and his love for the Yiddish language.
“It is the only language that you can curse someone in so many ways and be happy to do so,” he said.
He described a meeting with one of his former yeshivah teachers, who was full of praise for the series for showing Charedi life in a realistic way.
He revealed that some of the actors – in particular Doval’e Glickman who plays Shulem – spent hours in Charedi cafes, observing small details, such as how people hold their cigarettes.
The show was conceived in a famous Charedi café in Jerusalem called Shtisel, where Indursky first discussed with co-writer Ori Elon the idea of a Charedi drama.
He revealed that he and Elon were unhappy that most drama about Charedim showed their lives in a negative way, and focused on people who rejected an Orthodox life. No one from the Shtisel family will ever leave the Charedi way of life, he promised.
Members of the cast of Shitsel will be in New York this summer. Perhaps we will learn more about Season 3 when they are here!