Watch: A Tribute To Rebbitzen Esther Jungreis a”h Last week I linked to an article written by the Rebbetzin which was published on August 19th in the Jewish Press. The article was titled "I'm Afraid" and below were her closing words.
When will we wake up? When will we don our priestly garments and fulfill our G-d-given destiny and be “a light unto all mankind”?
As news reached me this morning about the demise of actor Steven Hill, I found some tidbits of information at Wikipedia.
According to Desilu executive Herb Solow, once William Shatner burst into his office, claiming "Steve asked me how many Jews worked on Star Trek. He was recruiting a prayer group of 10 guys to worship together on top of the studio's highest building and only had six Jews so far from Mission. He asked if I would come and bring Nimoy and Justman and you."
Appearing in the play A Far Country in 1961 had a profound effect on Hill's later life. In one scene, a patient screams at Freud, "You are a Jew!" This caused Hill to think about his religion. "In the pause that followed I would think, 'What about this?' I slowly became aware that there was something more profound going on in the world than just plays and movies and TV shows. I was provoked to explore my religion." He was inspired by Rabbi Yakov Yosef Twersky (1899–1968), the late Skverrer Rebbe, to adhere to strict Orthodox Judaism, observing a kosher diet, praying three times a day, wearing a four-cornered fringed garment beneath his clothes, and strictly observing Shabbat.
Below are two clips featuring Steven (Shlomo) Hill. The first clip is narrated by the actor.