TDK #2. The Jewish Connection

As I’ve laid out before (“The Truman Show” Review), directors, writers etc. are sometimes very familiar with the Kabbalistic tradition, or at least the Jewish traditions.

Anyone talking about a ‘coincidence’ doesn’t even know what they mean by that.

And this shouldn’t come as a surprise; Even the Nazi SS officers and higher-ups had a somewhat deep understanding of different customs of the Jewish faith, which they used in their agenda.
For example, at the Nuremberg trials process, one general acknowledging the symbolism in hanging the SS like they did with all the kin of Aman.

Which takes us to the following manner.

Before we begin, a short explanation of the historical holiday PURIM. In a few sentences.
Once upon a time, in the Babylonian empire, there ruled a king by the name of “Ahasuerus”.
The empire spread out upon many countries and several continents, subjects including many cultures and religions. But his vizier, Aman, really wanted to exterminate the Jewish population.
And the tale speaks of Mordechai and his niece, Esther (Ishtar = a star) who stop the plan.
You can read it all in the Esther scroll if you want.

Little known fact– Along with Hanukah, Purim is another holiday that is not religious per-se. Those are considered secular, as they were brought about by acts of social change. We could say- It is much like a citizens’, workers’ holidays in civilized communistic states. Thus, the name of God is not mentioned at all in all of the text of Esther scroll.

On Purim, it is common practice to wear costumes and masks
(which today looks like Israeli Halloween. A bad sign of our times.)
and practice Ad-Lo-Yada; Some drink more wine until they couldn’t literally know right from wrong. That’s the aim.

Also, the making of loud harsh voice with a special rattling toy and eating baked produce allegedly resembling the cut ear of Aman.
But those practices, I claim, are too hard to insert into a big blockbuster movie for western audiences.

Now how is that relevant to TDK?

The most important aspect of this celebration is what gives it its name.
“Pur” is the word for “lottery”, chance taking, as relating to gambling.
{The Babylonian occult practices dealt with it perhaps more than others,
in trying to understand and use accidents to turn them for their gain.}

TDK deals with it in two ways, as part of a grand battle:
Harvey Dent is betting everything on what he perceives to be “Chance”,
although he bents it to his will. In the end, he suffers the result.
Another is Joe Kerr, the main hero, always provoking his adversaries to try and kill him,
only fate won’t have it.

The dual nature (Black and White) comes from the Masonic tradition and their path of initiation- According to which, Viewing the world in “good or bad” is ultimately secondary and uninitiative; dealing in the world of effect, the physical, corporal, mundane. Self-centred.
The initiated person always acts on his own initiative, when knowing right from wrong.
Right and wrong are what makes an initiated person, not good or bad. The latter are illusory.

Ego is an illusion. An alter-ego, doubly so.

The word Persona comes to us from the theatre of ancient Greece, where men also played women too. It meant a mask, a face, but more specifically-
the apparatus through which you express yourself”.
On a Buddhist level, we are all dancing the world into existence. So, it’s true.
The masks were caricaturist so the far audience could see the emotions, and had a tube where the mouth should be so they could hear the voices of the performer.
This also reflects on all the phone calls this film is marking for us.

Masks, personas, is what makes the Batman, Joker, Two-Face and all the other characters what they are to us. This movie makes it a bit more discursive, as the Joker uses make-up rather than a mask (minus the opening scene), and Two-Face is using his burned face as an excuse, not a mask.

But when we take a closer look to reveal a deeper sense,
we view their struggle from a “Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde” point of view:
Ultimately, we learn Harvey Dent always was a hypocrite. It’s not him using the face as an excuse to do “”Justice””. It was his ego all along, who used the person to become a lawyer in the first place, by convincing him he will do “”Justice””.
Joker has scars, but he doesn’t need a mask to be himself. There is something distinguishing between make-up and a hard mask.
Strangely enough- they don’t wash it off him when he is at the MCU.

Drinking alcohol and consuming other substances are depicted several times in TDK, always in a somewhat despiteful manner.
This type of situation is directly tied to the Ad-Lo-Yada practice. Let me explain.

The movie works because of the moral ambiguity, and the sensation it opens to the common audience. Objectively, the movie is badly made.
But it accomplishes the storytelling in which the hero and the villain switch places every 5 minutes.
Dear readers, if you enjoyed the film, it is because you are tired of life as you’ve had it, and you want to be another person, not yourself, to know how does it feel to have a different pace to life. And no, that’s not the aim of cinema or entertainment.

Why don’t they want you to know who is the hero and who is the adversary?

How does Harvey Dent pay for his karma? And why does Joker want to die?

And what does it all has to do with Jewish faith in the first place?

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