Daniel Taub is quickly becoming one of the most popular and recognizable Israeli diplomats in history, walking to the rhythm of his own drum. He is a far cry from the stereotypes normally associated with a man of his status, often donning a skull cap when moving about.
As the Director of the general law division of the Foreign Ministry, as well as leading the Israeli legation to the Hague, it came as a surprise to many that he would be the author of one of Israel’s leading new soap operas, “Rebbe’s Court.”
When participating in a workshop that would help to create television content for an upcoming Israeli station, Daniel Taub developed the idea, and less than two years later, it had not only come to fruition but had also been recognized as one of the most popular shows to premiere that year.
With very little knowledge of soap operas or script-writing in general, Mr. Taub admits that he had no intention of writing the series himself, but at the behest of his contemporaries, he decided to directly involve himself with the massive undertaking.
In order to do so, he would have to take a hiatus from many of the daily activities associated with being an Israeli diplomat. Eventually, the soap opera, which he initially described as a mixture of the existing franchises, “Dallas” and “The Chosen,” would develop into the runaway hit, “Rebbe’s Court.” Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.hampsteadshul.org.uk/event/isaiah-berlin-lecture-2017-daniel-taub/ and http://www.embassymagazine.com/biog/biog_countries/biog_emb37_israel.html
As a Jewish-Israeli diplomat, many people were puzzled about his decision to becoming so actively involved with the soap opera’s creation, due to the time constraints that would be placed upon him, but Mr. Taub viewed this upcoming platform as an opportunity to dispel many of the negative connotations that currently exist between secular and traditional Jewish-Israelites.
It was his intention to place special emphasis on the lives of his secular Jewish-Israeli characters in order to create an emotional connection between them and the audience, therefore giving them the opportunity to look into the world of people that they might not normally have intimate dealings with.
Because the current wedge between traditional and secular Jewish Israeli’s is one that hits very close to home for Daniel Taub, he manifested his deep concerns into the project.
He was not initially very open about his involvement with “Rebbe’s Court,” but after it began to garner immense critical acclaim within the Jewish community, he became more forthcoming, eventually learning that, not only did they openly accept his role in its creation, but supported it wholeheartedly.