■ SECULAR ACTORS and actresses often have to play hassidic characters on stage. Every good thespian knows the importance of studying the character in his or her environment, if possible, to catch the nuances of movement, speech and dress. Thus last week, members of the cast of the latest revival of Ish Hassid Haya (Once There Was a Hassid), at the initiative of the Haifa Municipal Theater and Habimah, came to Jerusalem to view the Israel Museum’s exhibition of “A World Apart Next Door,” a multimedia exhibition of contemporary haredi life.

Among the large group of actors who came to be inspired were Itzik Weigarten, Tzachi Halevi, Yigal Sadeh and Yigal Mizrahi.

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