I will always love you for everything that you have done, both - good and bad. I admire you for both. The most important thing in life you taught me is that there are always two sides of the story. And, you have to appreciate both - good and bad.
Today, after I left my home to pursue my dreams, and one of them is to make you proud, I always deal with both good and bad - in myself, in the world I see, and in everything I do.
I want to thank you for supporting my desire for more. I thank you not only as your daughter, but also, as a woman. It is essential for every girl to have that special man who will be there for her always and forever. It is essential for every girl to have a father who believes in her and encourages her desire for education and independence. I think, that was the first thing you told me when I started complaining about school. “You have to study for your sake. It is your ticket to the life you want to have. I want you to be educated and independent. If you accomplish that, I will know that I gave you the best gift that one could ever wish for.”
Thank you again for giving me the present that I will have with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for supporting and nurturing my adventurous spirit, for encouraging me to have my own opinion about everything.
I watched the first movie directed my Barbra Streisand Yentl a long time ago. I think I was 15. Other than remembering that I fell in love with the song “The Way He Makes Me Feel” at the time, I don’t remember what I thought of the movie. Today, I am 21. I have been to the States for about four years now. The first thing that popped up in my mind was - I can relate to the character. I am one of those people that love to have some kind of connection with the artwork of any kind. Yentl’s hunger for knowledge of Talmudic Law was fascinating. (My hunger brought me to Chicago. Now I am stuffing myself and I am still not finished “eating”). Anyway, the movie is beautiful. Amazing Barbra Streisand dedicated the movie to her father and all our fathers.
When Streisand sings her famous “Papa, can you hear me?”, she has only one candle. It is very intimate scene. She does a great job on blending lighting, colors and emotions that the characters experience all together in one scene. It looks good, feels good. It is not just one side of the story, Streisand looks at all sides. She knows that all of them are essential to the movie. People who may know any trivia about this great American woman guess that in that particular scene she was trying to connect to her father. Before she even started to work on the movie, she met with psychic back in 1979 and she “got a message” from her father which was: SORRY. SING PROUD. I am sure her father is proud of her.
What I love about her role in Yentl is that she is very sincere. You feel that she cares about the role very deeply on a personal level. It is the signature of a true artist. I hope there would be more artists who would do their job with such authenticity and realize the power they posses.