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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 8, 2014 sh I 9 By Molly Tolsky wrote this, and he's 10 years And so I knew a lot of else seemed to be making a olderthanme.Whenhewas people of both religions-- movie about it. (KVELLER.COM)--Zach a kid, my parents put him in the two most common in Mandy Patinkin: Braff's new movie, "Wish I yeshiva. By the time they this country--who were The Jewish thing had Was Here," offers plenty to got to me they downshifted feeling the same way. My nothing to do with it in talk about. I sat down with to Conservative and kosher, parents force-fed me this terms of my interest. As a threeofthe film's stars, Zach Both of us have grown up religion, and there's aspects matteroffact, I don'tseeitas Braff, Kate Hudson and Man- to be adults for whom or- of it [that] I love, butwhat aJewishfilmatall.It'sauni- dy Patinkin, to talk about ganized religion does not is my spirituality right now? versal story about a family their Jewish connection to work. We love the jokes, we What do I believe? How connecting, of parents and the movie, being a child no love the humor, welove the can I reconcile my belief childrenandgrandchildren. matter how old you are and culture, we love the fun of in science with faith? And It reminds me of years ago the hardest part about play- the family gatherings. But gosh, once I start having when I did a Yiddish album ing the role of a dying man. we don't relate to anyone children, what the hell am called"Mamaioshen." I had On the role Judaism plays giving an f--- if I have a I going to teach them? We a friend take a photograph of in the film: bacon double cheeseburger just thought that was ame and it was a black-and- Zach Braff: or a bearded man in the sky really interesting thing to white photograph, but I put My brother Adam and I judging us. write about, because no one it in front of an American CONG I EGATION KEFO DAISM I Experience a Reform Jewish education in a fun, caring, and innovative environment! 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Itjusthappened that the story I was try- ing to tell--I'm of Jewish heritage. I remember after I recorded the piece, the Asian musicians and the African-American musi- cians who played on all my other albums said, "You know, we play on all your stuff and this one is the one that got us the most. We couldn't understand a word of it, but it really affected us the most." On the relationship be- tween parents and their kids: Kate Hudson: That to me was the biggest thing I responded to after reading this script. At the end of the day, everything that your parents are and ev- erything that your parents told you and everything that they've given you--all you want is to know that they're proud, and how much they love you. It's deeply emo- tional. It's everything you need as a child, no matter how old you are. Zach Braff: It's really what the whole movie is about. Whereas "Garden State" was about someone discovering ro- mantic love--being rescued by romantic love for the first time in his young life--this is about familial love, and really it all comes down to that. It will shape the rest of [your children's] life, how much you love them. And they need to know it. People our age are start- ing to deal with the concept of, "Oh my god, I will have to say goodbye to my parents at some point." My dad's 79 and, thank God, super healthy, but you know, in my mind, I'm still grappling with that. So we also wanted to write about that. Mandy Patinkin: I love what the movie has to say. The movie is about my life. I'm a father; I have two sons, 31 and 27. I've made mistakes. I'm not perfect. I don't think it's possible to fix the mistakes. I think it's only possible to move for- ward and do the best I can. On the theme of death in the movie: Mandy Patinkin: I watched my own father's death. And my mother just died two weeks ago. She was 89, lived a glorious life, her mind was 100 percent and her body was finished. I love the beginning of life: birth, trees, spring, the sun rising. Even the sun setting, stars, night. I love everything in life: the sounds, birds, oceans. I have no regard for death. I don't like it, I think it's a flaw in the system, I'm not ready for it. I'm hoping when the time comes time will make me ready. I don't get it. I don't understand it. I watched this woman who made my life, who I'd been with through everything, be there one moment and the next, not in a familiar way that I'm acquainted with. When you're playing a dying person, you're more alive than you've ever been Wikipedia Zack Braff Wikipedia Kate Hudson Wikipedia Mandy Patinkin in your life. So you don't get ready to die, you get ready to live more. You listen harder, you are more awake, you pay attention with more energy, you're quieter, you're more present. You're wiser in terms of mistakes you've made in the past that you don't want to make at this moment. Because you also don't know what the future holds. A dying man doesn't know he's going to die. You don't know anything, I don't know anything. With "Homeland," people are always saying to me, so what's going to happen? I told the writers not to tell me. I don't want to know. I'm going to get it seven to 10 days ahead of time to learn the words, but I don't know what's going to happen in Mandy's life. I don't know the next question at this table. I don't know how I'm going to react or what I'm going to say. Why should Saul Berenson know? So I love that part of life, that I have no idea what the future is. And I think the dying man depends on that. Like this article? Sign up for Kveller's emails at