In “Menashe,” out Friday, a hapless widower risks losing custody of his young son, simply because, his rabbi explains, there’s no real home without a woman. That’s both the plot of Joshua Z. Weinstein’s new film and, more or less, the story of its star, Hasidic comedian Menashe Lustig. Shot in Yiddish, with English subtitles,...
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