Thanks to Jameel, I was able to watch the new drama “Srugim,” about life among modern Orthodox singles in Jerusalem. It was fun. In one scene at Friday night dinner, the men argue over who should make kiddush until one of the women takes the becher and says it herself. After one of the men makes a comment, she asks him whether it bothered him. He says that it’s good for women to know how to make kiddush in case the husband is in miluim or something. That felt real to me, as did most of the dialogue.
What I didn’t like is that most scenes show people carping at each other or behaving badly. A guy invited by one roommate asks out a second one, who then lies about it, telling the first one that she is sure he is interested in her. When the third roommate meets her “ex” on the street, they trade insults with each other. I’m not asking for sugarcoating, but it wouldn’t hurt to portray the characters as occasionally helpful or supportive. Maybe the series is meant as a cautionary tale, warning viewers what not to do so as not to remain single all their lives. Or perhaps the characters will spend the rest of the season learning how to get along with each other. Okay, if they want a happy ending I’m sure this will happen. But while the show’s scenes could have happened, and probably did in one way or another, it bothered me that viewers might think that this behavior is typical for our community.