Movie review: Wonder Woman

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Israeli actress, Gal Gadot, starring in "Wonder Woman." (Photo: screenshot)

Wonderful Wonder Woman is Snow White on steroids, the amazing Amazon Diana played by our own gal, Gal Gadot in all her stunning beauty, richly endowed with every feminine attribute, who only comes truly alive to love when a man of the perfect love (willing to lay down his life for others) drops out of the sky in crashing of his World War 1 fighter plane into the sea (in a parable of those many modern males today who hover undecided in their helicopters as the ladies-in-waiting below slowly turn into amazons).

Diana is a sensitive, tender-hearted, and surprisingly vulnerable warrior, an ideal representative of the Bible’s Betulat Israel, the Virgin of Israel (Jeremiah 31:4), who by faith is able to distill the essence of the Biblical commandment – v’ahavta (‘you shall love’) to courage and martial excellence to defeat the gods (see: demons) who impose their influence on mankind and its cruel history, ultimately to dramatically defeat that evil king of demons, leaving instead love and hope behind for the salvation of our world.

However, the whole idea was not well-received by parts of the Islamic world which are motivated by quite the opposite, being fear and loathing, and thus forbade the film’s showing in their nations, especially when the heroine was discovered to be none other than a beautiful Israeli actress, who was also a combat instructor in the IDF, former Miss Israel, and a married mother of two. Wonder woman in Hebrew is eshet khail, usually translated “The virtuous woman,” from Proverbs 31, and is spoken by the Jewish husband to his wife before their children each Sabbath evening.

A moving movie with depth of content and implication!

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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.