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Mazel, or luck, can change fortunes in an instant: it is evasive, unreliable, and yet also indispensable. While some deride it as superstition, others consider it a science. In Christopher Thomas Allen’s film Schlimazeltov!, the existence of mazel remains a subject of constant debate for Jewish people in London, among them the comedian and Steve Coogan collaborator David Schneider, the economist Ronny Razin, and Rabbi Harvey Belovski.
Director: Christopher Thomas Allen
Producer: Andrew Hinton
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