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January 12, 2014 10:59 PM
You can't leave us hanging at the end of episode three
You've got to make some more episodes. It would be verging on cruel to leave us all wondering what happens next.Brilliant piece of work. It should be a regular on t.v.Thanks
May 27, 2013 4:11 PM
this is great!
More,more,more. When will there be another video? I wish I had a grandpa as such.
March 17, 2013 9:57 AM
great.!!!next week episode 4????.
December 3, 2012 7:55 PM
There must be more...
This must become a weekly half hour (with commercials) show or I'll commit.....
August 14, 2012 6:27 PM
More! More! Encore!
We must why....(not giving it away)
July 30, 2012 6:12 PM
Are there more episodes?
OK, now that I'm hooked, when is the next episode? There are more coming, right ...?
June 25, 2012 1:44 AM
Gotta See More!!!!
Really great. Can't wait to see episode 4.
June 22, 2012 2:01 PM
outstanding, great job, more episodes please...
June 21, 2012 8:20 PM
Sorry guys....this WAS the final episode.
Wise man says: "Once you know that you don't know, you are on your way to becoming a smarty".
June 18, 2012 6:08 AM
I will miss it
There has to be more, they were great and fun to watch I will miss them!!!!!!!
May 24, 2012 2:45 AM
Halachah of dreams binding
Is it true vows taken during dreams are binding according to Halachah? The is new to me. Does any anyone know a source? Rick
May 21, 2012 6:28 PM
two things...first, the very first thing that i had to do when "the final episode" was over, was to go downstairs and get a pickle. second, i am really, really, really hoping that this is not, in fact, the final episode. i have always adored gould, and it is nice being "introduced" to lang.....he's adorable.
May 21, 2012 1:50 AM
there has to be more,please
May 20, 2012 11:00 PM
Waiting for more episodes.....
May 20, 2012 3:35 AM
Why the rush?
Very interesting saga. I would also love to see continuing episodes, but am disturbed by the message. The job was given to Andy in good faith. Andy was trained to fill the position and then became an asset to the store. Barring dire circumstances, Andy would be wrong to just quit his job the next day. First of all, he would have to give notice, and possibly train someone else to fill his position, if he became important to the "welfare" of the store. Leaving after being trained would also be like stealing, if he gained knowledge that was expected to be used to benefit the store. Leaving a job without having somewhere else to go would be irresponsible. You don't leave one job without having another lined up, if possible. Lastly, you should never burn your bridges. You should leave on good terms, without hard feelings. Andy might have to go back to the pickle store owner for a reference, or even a job again at some point in the future. He might also one day be ready to have a relationship with the owner's daughter, leaving on bad terms could hurt the sidduch. The most important thing though, is that you should never pass up an opportunity to keep the peace. We learn this from several of the Gedolim, and especially from Aharon Hakohen. If you don't run after peace, peace will run away from you. Be very careful about burning bridges.
May 20, 2012 1:39 PM
listen to grandpa
Chanina. Listening to grandpa is more important than giving notice to the boss. Didn't you get the message? "Listen to grandpa... Even when his advice coontradicts your Facebook shaped reality"
May 20, 2012 9:07 PM
Got the message, but the ending was vague
Nir, with all due respect, not once did I write that Andy shouldn't listen to Grandpa. Grandpa seems very wise and only has Andy's best interests at heart. I got the point. The point I was trying to make was, that it's not okay to just walk into your boss one day and say "I got everything I could out of you, so bye". In order for Andy to grow as much as possible from the situation, he should understand all of the ramifications and consequences of his actions. Just acting like a robot isn't what got him the job in the first place, thinking did. Grandpa's guidance is invaluable, but Andy has to grow up, too, but not at someone else's expense. That's part of the brilliance of the telling the truth scene. If you try to do what's right, you have a better chance of getting the right things out of life. Where the last scene ended left the viewer with the impression that Grandpa was just concerned with Andy moving up the ladder, be it financial or spiritual. A true Torah scholar would also have told him to be careful to leave the people he worked with, with a good impression, if possible.
May 19, 2012 10:30 PM
The Moral for Andy Ling & Us
Thanks. Under compulsion to take the job to learn humility, it was one step to overcome his mis-aligned ambitions. Divine Providence has it, really, when one "passed the test", then it's time to move on, (Regardless of the "sweet promise" of friendship" ?) G_d's test, way and humor on us. :D
May 19, 2012 5:13 PM
I'm dying of curiosity - its got to continue.
Frank P. Carpi,
May 19, 2012 2:31 AM
I enjoyed the story, and it taught a good lesson about obedience to authority, but I didn't like the ending. Why did Andy have to quit, and what was he supposed to have learned from that?
May 18, 2012 7:15 PM
I loved it !!!
May 18, 2012 10:11 AM
Please make more episodes
This was such a cute 3 part series but it's just too short. Elliott Gould is so great, don't be stingy with him.
May 17, 2012 8:21 PM
is that all there is???
Although I am a big fan of Aish I was somewhat disappointed in this video. I would have preferred to see more about Andy exploring and embracing his Jewish identitiy. And maybe even having his ma come back too.
May 17, 2012 4:53 AM
Keep the Story Going . . .Or Maybe It's Fine Just As It Is
I wanted more. What a treat! Actually, it's probably a perfect ending. One good day at the pickle store showed Andy Ling what he was really made of. Elliott Gould looked the best I've seen himi n years!
May 17, 2012 3:37 AM
Please continue the the Elliot Gould vedio's he's great and the story is good.
May 17, 2012 2:10 AM
delightful, and I am not even Jewish. ;)
May 17, 2012 12:56 AM
Please say this will continue!!
May 16, 2012 7:07 PM
another vote for more episodes!
May 17, 2012 2:31 PM
Elliota Gould is terrific and so is Andy Ling
enjoyed it so much.please continue the series. thanks
May 16, 2012 6:46 PM
FANTASTIC! PLZ MORE LTGAL!
My 14 year old son and I watched the series together! Laughed and learned...I agree with previous comment, with all the junk on youtube this was AWESOME! I'm sure Grandpa has many more gems for Andy! The ending was a bit confusing..like shall we say.."a cliffhanger!" I hope so!
May 16, 2012 6:45 PM
that's it!? that's all?!!!
it was just beginning to get good!
I think we need more episodes... a whole season
May 16, 2012 4:33 PM
Don't get it!!
Grandpa couldn't keep his daughter on the right path, but will explain his grandson to follow him with blind faith?!?! Explanation please....
May 16, 2012 3:40 PM
Ending is great!!
At first I was disappointed by the ending. That disappointment lasted only a moment. Then, as I thought about it, I became exhilarated. A portion of what I took away: Grandpa's advice to go work at a pickle store was quite a curveball. After some resistance, Andy Ling trusted Grandpa and gave his all at the pickle store, and it was good. So what about the next curveball (when Grandpa said to quit)? Andy, are you going to trust him again that it will be good? Or are you going to dismiss the wisdom that got you the "miracles" in the first place? Trust, and it will be good, even though we don't understand where the path is taking us. One more thing: Elliott Gould rocks!!! Thank you, Mr. Gould, for sharing your tremendous gift with us!
May 16, 2012 3:02 PM
Made me feel warm all over.
May 16, 2012 3:00 PM
The end was disappointingly cruel!
I was very interested and was enjoying this film,
until the last sentence of the final episode-
being told by grandpa he has to quit this job,
after he really put himself into it, and met the
daughter of the owner of the pickel store.
A cruel twist!
May 16, 2012 5:30 AM
I agree - we must get more Andy Ling and his Zaide
No no no! I need more of this story. More episodes P-L-E-A-S-E!
May 16, 2012 5:06 AM
i am not sure I understand WHAT'S THE FINAL MESSAGE VERY CONFUSING
May 16, 2012 5:37 PM
I agree with message 87---please let me in on the joke if there is one!
May 16, 2012 3:01 AM
My vote for more episodes
Just adding my name to the request for more LTGAL. How about 15min each instead of 6?
May 15, 2012 11:06 PM
Hate the ending
I thought all 3 shows were useful in teaching about Judaism-BUT the ending didn't make sense!. Unless because it's in Jewlarious it's meant to be a comedy & as often in comedy there is CRUELTY -which then reflects badly on teaching Jewish values. Seems to me to say -now you feel OK I'll make you squirm again. IF there was another reason I think Grandpa should have spelt it out & not left the impression he too was just a joke. I think it makes a frum Jew look bad. A pity as otherwise lots of good messages. End ruined it!!!!
May 15, 2012 9:05 PM
This is too well written (and acted) to stop!
Please, with all the garbage that is offered on the tube...this is a gem. You must do the right thing! Perhaps YOU will have a dream too...This is a winner! Have faith!
May 15, 2012 8:38 PM
continue Andy Ling
want to send to grandson whose dad is not Jewish think this will explain a bit what it means to be Jewish. Grandson it
M Richard Leopold,
May 15, 2012 7:18 PM
Thank You. This 3 part video was fantastic.
How about writing and producing more?
May 15, 2012 6:31 PM
NOOOOO! You cannot end the series here! You cannot end with a "cliff hanger" like that. What will happen next? PLEASE! We need another episode, please!!
May 15, 2012 6:29 PM
How can you possible end here????
Hey I am a Bubby. I would never-ever let the final episode here.
what would the matchmaker have to say?????
May 15, 2012 4:49 PM
very interesting ending
The end was quite surprising, but after thinking it over I can accept it now. It seems logical, even inevitable. Andy is enslaving himself to his grandfather's will, and a Jew is supposed to be only Hashem's servant. Especially since Andy claimed he wanted to be so strong, and wise, he should have the vow nullified. Strong in Jewish terms means being master of yourself, and no wise man can just 'let someone else decide everything for me all my life because the result was pleasant once.' Advise, yes, decide, no.
May 15, 2012 7:32 PM
You've got it backwards!
The ending comes to teach us that true success comes from nullifying our egos completely! Grandpa represents the Tzadik (righteous sage) of the generation. Similar to Moses in his generation. The way to true liberation and strength is to listen to the sage NO MATTER WHAT. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT SEEMS COUNTER INTUITIVE to do so! It's a tough pill for us to swallow in today's generation of I am my own boss and I can do whatever I want and you cant tell me what to do! But when we look at our societies' utter failures (divorce, homosexuality, drug use, depression, etc...) it becomes abundantly clear that we can no longer listen to our own "inner voice" because it has led us hopelessly astray! It's time to listen to Grandpa no matter what!!!
May 15, 2012 4:48 PM
While I am happy Mr Ling was on the brink of success; I also know that ......... to create character requires more struggle. I too would like this story to continue.
May 15, 2012 4:40 PM
How can you leave us hanging in the wind. Keep it going.
May 15, 2012 4:19 PM
I want more episodes!
I want more episodes! Great stuff.
May 15, 2012 4:07 PM
The email headline says "Elliot Gould's last episode." I hope not! May he use his talents in an enjoyable, productive ways till 120!
May 16, 2012 4:59 AM
From your 'mouth' to Gods ears!
And may many others' lives be improved because of his use of his talents!
May 15, 2012 3:51 PM
Something to think about
I agree with Todd (comment #68). This ending definitely gave everyone "something to think about". Maybe Rabbi Yaakov Salomon can do a video blog on it. Aish should really continue the series and bring people back to the website every week. Learning to listen to a higher authority is one of many lessons that Andy (and the audience) can learn from Grandpa.
May 15, 2012 3:48 PM
More pls! And more explicit about Yiddishkeit for Andy pls!
May 15, 2012 2:12 PM
Not the end!
I believe I speak for everyone when I say WE WANT MORE. Please and thank you.
May 15, 2012 2:09 PM
Bring back andy ling
May 15, 2012 1:51 PM
This is terrific. It's wonderful to see Elliott Gould again. Please make more episodes of Andy Ling!!! I adore it. Everyone will adore it!!!! THANK YOU --
May 15, 2012 9:35 AM
"Andy Ling" is us and "Grandpa" is OUR teacher.
"Grandpa", representing Torah wisdom, is teaching Andy that Judaism is not ONLY about a positive attitude and marrying the right girl. It is about accepting what you learn, even when it defies reason and logic.
May 15, 2012 9:21 AM
Dear Guy Disappointed Andy Has Been Told To Quit the Pickle Store
Perhaps those behind this video had the following in mind:
Andy, like many of us, has had entrenched ideas about how life is supposed to go. Following those ideas rigidly, he failed over and over again. Finally, desperate, he "mvatels" (which is to say, humbles) himself, willing to listen to someone else's opinion, and that someone happens to be his grandfather, a religious man. Though he does it kicking and screaming, he listens to his grandfather, and achieves what he understands is "success", in the form of having a job and meeting a girl.
But to leave it there would be to buy into the false premise Andy, and so many of us, have bought into. That we control our lives, and we know what's good and what's bad. that our perception of the way things should be is indeed what should be. By telling Andy he has to quit, Grandpa is saying the reason to listen to a higher power is not to manipulate an outcome that you know is best. There are many twists and turns in life. The same G-d who brought you to this moment of success and fulfillment may have something else entirely in mind for you. Your true happiness, fulfillment and power will come from being able to hear what G-d says to do, and do it, however inconvenient it seems in the moment.
Leave your entrenched ideas! Success, if you can believe it, may be more than working in a pickle store.
May 15, 2012 2:52 AM
I want to see Andy dancing with a pair of tzitzis! Whats with that ending? What does it mean? He marries that girl?
May 15, 2012 2:08 AM
I don't get it
May 15, 2012 1:56 PM
then you got it!!!
In the same way we expected to see cute, Ok conclusions, and they all lived happily ever after,
there is an element of "we just don'tknow"
andy entered his first orbit and successfully realized that his past training was not sufficient for the next orbit, which certainly could be more to the series.
but in the meantime, he just grew up one notch on the maturity ladder and just entered Judaism 101.
May 15, 2012 1:15 AM
Does he marry the girl?
What happens to the pickle store?
Does Andy Ling really know Chinese, or was he putting the girl on?
Is there such thing as a kosher Chinese pickle?
I think that you need to continue this story.
May 15, 2012 1:12 AM
Nuttier than a fruit cake but much more fun.
It's great to see Elliot Gould in a less than predictable role. I hope you'll be having a follow up.
May 15, 2012 12:58 AM
terrible ending! PLEASE make another episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 15, 2012 12:02 AM
what you can't stop now not now
May 14, 2012 9:08 PM
A Jew doesn't quit on her (his) dream! Once she (he) has found the right path, there is no going back. That's how I see it today. If only I had found I was a Jew earlier... You guys who know who you really are from the beginning are SO lucky! You who have always had parents, and grandpas, and a whole Jewish support system to pass on to you the amazing wisdom, the beautiful traditions, the sense of belonging, the commitment to greatness and to tikun olam... You are SO, SO ,SO LUCKY!
Any way, we expect to hear more from Andy Ling. In many ways he is so much like most of us who are looking for our way through trial and error...
May 14, 2012 8:13 PM
I agree with the rest of the comments!
I love it! But - I do not get the point of him quitting... too much is left to the imagination so the message may not reach the viewers... please, more?
May 14, 2012 7:57 PM
That was not funny!
That was not funny ending it there!
May 14, 2012 7:53 PM
A promising start
This trilogy is a promising start for its producer.author. In the future they'll know not to promise "3 parts" in advance leading us to expecr resolurion. The ending isn't wise or Zen or ironic though we can choose to see it that way. I expect great things ahead from this team!
May 14, 2012 7:36 PM
Why should he quit? Now is the perfect time to get him to learn Torah and work for a living at the same time..... How about writing a part 4 that reflects the above, with him marrying the girl too!!
May 14, 2012 6:26 PM
There is no point to the ending
Better bring back Andy Ling. PS Love seeing Elliot Gould after all these years!
May 14, 2012 6:10 PM
Where's Part 4?!?!
You wonderfully evil bums! This was a brilliant ploy to finance the rest of the movie wasn't it?! I'm sure I'm not the only one who needs Part 4....and 5....etc. I'm also (fairly) sure we'll be seeing Part 1 on Kickstart. All the nachis in the world on your heads to get it done.
May 14, 2012 6:09 PM
good message, lousy ending
good message, be happy with what you have but lousy ending
May 14, 2012 6:02 PM
More Andy Ling, please!! Watched it twice and feel I missed something........what's the moral of the story??
May 14, 2012 5:07 PM
can u please let us know why u made a video with a potentially positive ending and give us no ending at all?
May 14, 2012 4:47 PM
Oh come on! Where is part 4 ???
How can we stay in suspense? This is BRILLIANT !!!
May 14, 2012 4:39 PM
Oh - OK
It's about finding a reason/way to rejoice regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in while submitting to a higher authority. Loved the series, would have enjoyed more!
May 14, 2012 4:36 PM
To all the commentors who want to sue Aish for not continuing this film...
(Although today, you can't even joke about such a thing...) The end of the film is whatever YOU do with it...in YOUR life! The changes you make in your life after watching Andy Ling and learning to make good choices in your life and what happens to you after that is the end of this film!
May 14, 2012 4:07 PM
More , more , more !!!!!!
May 14, 2012 3:57 PM
Why does Andy HAVE to quit the pickle store? Will he find love with Schmultsey's daughter? Why does Andy always seem to be eating the tepid water goop? Is it just me, or is sven from jersey a jerk? We must have answers. THIS IS LINGSANITY!
May 14, 2012 3:25 PM
...so he found a nice Jewish girl just like his mom... that's not a bad ending at all
May 14, 2012 3:04 PM
Love it! Want to see more!!!!! It's a winner. I hope it goes all the way.....
May 14, 2012 2:44 PM
And the point is?
Cute, but the point?
May 14, 2012 2:33 PM
i wish it was on every week
May 14, 2012 2:12 PM
Thank You for "Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling"!
Thank you to everyone at Aish for bringing us "Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling" - Elliot Gould's performance was perfect, and the video left me wanting more (which is the point)!
May 14, 2012 2:04 PM
What do you mean that's the end? You can't just end it there.
May 14, 2012 3:40 PM
I agree!!! We must complain----they can't just tease us like this!!
May 14, 2012 7:08 PM
That is a great ending. think about what would happen if after being so succesful he tried to quit. with a little work Andy could own the pickle store and the girl of his dreams.
May 14, 2012 1:35 PM
What's The Point?
This was very entertaining and I loved the production value, but what's the point of the series?
May 14, 2012 1:33 PM
Wow- AMAZING video, LOUSY ENDING!!! Why does this have to be the end? What's the message? Why should he quit the pickle store? Come on, this thing needs more!! PLEASE!!!
May 14, 2012 12:17 PM
What? That's it? No No No No No! You started it, .... You have to finish it! I want more Andy Ling!
May 14, 2012 8:45 AM
need to do more
May 14, 2012 9:21 PM
MORE ANDY LING! Please!
May 14, 2012 12:34 AM
we want more, we want more!!!! what happens next, you cant stop!!!!
May 13, 2012 11:32 PM
Oh, why did this end so soon, it was really professional, the acting was superb. Reconsider, do more episodes !!!!!
May 13, 2012 11:27 PM
What do you mean final episode?? Anxiously awaiting parts 4, 5, 6, etc etc etc,
May 13, 2012 11:10 PM
It's a metaphor PLUS
I am not anonymous from comment (10), but I agree completely with that and add the following;
It's also a metaphor that what is best for us is not always what we think it is.
Also, it is a metaphor that the more we realise that the situations that come up in front of us are only there to test us and, through the taking of the test, build us, the more we have to attack the test with as much positivity and willpower as we can.
Also, it is a metaphor that despite all the failures that we can go through in life, terrible ones, heartbreaking ones, lost love, broken business, (feeling of) complete failure, it is not actually so, and realising that the challenges that come our way can build us, develop us and cause us to grow is key to being successful and building ourselves up. And one challenge may be completely the opposite of what we think it should be - e.g. Andy thinks he should never go to the store, and yet it works out well. His next challenge is exactly the opposite - leave the store which worked out so well.
Not everything makes sense to us now, nor will it. But, however confounding it may seem, it is there, specially catered, for us.
Pass the test.
May 13, 2012 9:58 PM
so where's part 4?
May 13, 2012 9:39 PM
it can't stop there we're left hanging story is too good it needs some closure!!!!
May 13, 2012 9:02 PM
The non-ending is a big disappointment after a great start. What happened did you run out of ideas?
May 13, 2012 9:01 PM
More episodes! These are great! Make it a tv show!!!
Elliott you make a good Rabbi. I hope ling gets the girl at the pickle store!
May 13, 2012 8:43 PM
Please don't end "Andy Ling's Story" like this...BooHoo!
May 13, 2012 7:44 PM
I blame the writer!
OH NO! I have to wait some more time! More installments, please. (Since my son is a writer, I know who to blame.)
May 13, 2012 7:09 PM
OK, here's the deal. If you don't finish the story, then I'll finish it. I'll write the script...I have an idea of what's going to happen...and I'll submit it--jokes, Sven from NJ, and all. I'll submit the script by Friday, then we'll ask Eliezer Gould to do us a favor.
Maybe I'll even make a flashback scene to when he was younger. I'll take footage from Ted and Bob and Alice and whatever he played...nice if I would have actually seen the film. Or wasn't he in MASH? A little before my time, all this.
OK, part 4 in six and a half minutes coming soon to a kiruv web site near you.
May 14, 2012 5:51 PM
it's not Eliezer Gould
His hebrew name is Eliyahu! tsk tsk
May 13, 2012 7:04 PM
I don't get it
Very entertaining and certainly evocative - made me ponder any number of ideas & principles; but, as a story, it leaves me a bit baffled. Nonetheless, as I said, a pleasure to watch, and I've looked forward to each installment (like all serialized Aish presentations, of course!)
May 13, 2012 6:43 PM
My head is just thinking is that a responsible thing to just walk in and quit a job with no notice? I hear the metaphor idea but I don't get it.
May 13, 2012 6:42 PM
Andy Ling becomes his Grandpa's grandson
Great plot, too short. Have developers expand to full length movie. I'll be waiting. Actors very well casted and performances were excellent.
May 13, 2012 6:13 PM
Am at lost.
The end seems like the beginning. I had expected the final episode will relax and keep me smilling but it only give me agitations and keep me thinking. Not recommended for people with blood pressure and the aged. The film remain interesting,this cannot be the end. Am in denial.
May 13, 2012 5:21 PM
We want more. Please!!!
May 13, 2012 5:10 PM
what an anti climax!!
This needs a follow up or some kind of summation.
May 13, 2012 5:05 PM
This is SOOO stupid
Has no merit whatsoever !
May 16, 2012 12:38 AM
couldn't agree with you more.
There's nothing here to get.
May 13, 2012 4:50 PM
Why stop now?
This entertaining video is just beginning to make sense. Why is it only in 3 parts? I enjoyed the actiing by everyone, the young man who played Andy Ling, and all the supporting actors. I especially enjoyed Elliot Gould's performance. He's better than ever -- especially in this role.
Thanks and keep it going!
A fan of Aish.com
May 13, 2012 4:01 PM
um, can we have a Rashi commentary on this? I think I missed something. (Then what happened?)
May 13, 2012 3:46 PM
I don't want it to end! lol really liked them!
May 13, 2012 3:08 PM
QUIT? What a sorry ending...
I was disappointed by the ending...
Our God and life isn't about endless turmoil and quitting. 'Andy' was experiencing positive outcome from honoring his Grandfather - honoring authority and belonging - only to have his good results and reward shattered as a consequence?
Very sorry ending.
May 13, 2012 2:54 PM
More, more, more -- let's all beg Jason for more!
...how about an occasional webisode or an ongoing series each month or at least tease us with the possibility that there can possibly be some more episodes coming out someday...?
Toby Klein Greenwald,
May 13, 2012 2:40 PM
Hey, we want more!
You can't quit now! The story is just getting interesting!
May 14, 2012 4:52 AM
THE MESSAJE IS, EASY COMES EASY GOES,OR ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN.
May 13, 2012 2:23 PM
so enjoyable, haven't seen Elliot Gould in years
I know there is a message at the end, but it ended so abruptly...can't there be more episodes. I enjoyed this so much.I am 80 yrs young and looked forward to this.
May 13, 2012 2:05 PM
Silky, don't worry
Andy was introduced as the grandson, so ti was inferred his mother was Jewish.
BUT, I think the rabbi should have made clearer what the ramifications of affirming the vow were; sounds like Andy's got a loophole.
But Grandpa had a plan too I'm sure ;-)
May 13, 2012 1:58 PM
It's a metaphor
Same "Anonymous" as comment (5), back again.
I know, I know. I'd also love this to be a miniseries with a happy ending, a wedding, the whole schmeer, but this is not a miniseries, it's a metaphor. Again, at least that's my take.
Life is a cliffhanger. OUR LIVES are cliffhangers! We're not supposed to know the ending, or even what's in store for tomorrow.
Grandpa is our elder, our mentor, our teacher, our rabbi, someone with our best interests at heart, someone who knows more than we do and knows us better than we know ourselves. A metaphor, a this-worldly stand-in, perhaps, for our (grand)Father in Heaven. Not even close to the real thing, but nevertheless helping us to know He's there by offering us a glimmer of goodness and wisdom, and a ray of warmth.
Does this not make sense?
May 14, 2012 6:09 AM
yes it makes total sense
but I still wish it would be longer than 20 minutes in all
May 13, 2012 1:34 PM
only thing constant in life is change.
i agree, epilogue is necessary here or some sort of follow up editorial from a rabbi.
if grandpa is serious about andy quitting, is he going to help with part-time torah study? (finances, etc.); its a little soon, but to 'run ahead' of his meeting a nice girl does perhaps mean a change of job in the future. Actually, the grandpa may look like he's off, but jobs come & go and if the lesson is learned, then? when you are younger these sorts of jobs: camp counsellor' or 'learning leadership' jobs.
looking inside others' is not so easy - to see beyond all their self-fabricated notions of who they think they are. Many people have a 'teacher' hidden in there somewhere. Now that ling has proven to himself he can manage others, might he prosper in managing himself in torah study? he either takes time to learn now, before the 'big job', family responsibilities set in or their will be little time for his education at all.
May 13, 2012 9:20 PM
Melissa! Good for you! If only my son......so now.....I can only hope.
May 13, 2012 1:18 PM
I thought I had followed this, until the last scene. Now...huh?
May 13, 2012 12:58 PM
No, really, there's more
Rather abrupt ending, don't you agree? Mr. (Rabbi?) Venokur, an expert episode writer, wouldn't end without some closure. There's gotta be more. Maybe he's just finishing it. (And keep some more funny lines coming.)
If you want a movie about someone who hit bottom didn't have a grandpa (or anyone else for that matter) to help, I can write that script. (But who will play me?)
May 13, 2012 12:49 PM
This is not an ending
This isn't an ending. It's a cliff hanger. I'm still waiting to hear Grandpa say that since Andy's mother is Jewish, so is he. I'm also wondering how Schmaltzy's daughter is starting up with a guy she thinks isn't Jewish. I'd like to see Andy succeed in something.
Don't leave everyone this way. Please.
May 13, 2012 4:36 PM
Mr. Schmaltzy told his daughter that Andy is Harry Stifitz's grandson so she probably assumes he is Jewish. Also, just trying out her Chinese doesn't necessarily constitute "starting up."
Re the quitting, my guess is that Harry wants Andy to study a bit, now that he's proved compentent at selling pickles. What if he enrolled at NYU...?
May 13, 2012 12:47 PM
"What's next, Grandpa?"
"Tomorrow, you have to quit."
Because we don't always know what's best for us. Because maybe G-d has something even better in store for us. Or maybe not, but it's not for us to know or fully understand. And if you're meant to get the girl, you'll get her regardless, pickle store employee or not. Because . . .
. . . The point is, Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling!
At least, that's my take on the ending, though it did stun me for a minute or two.
May 14, 2012 2:29 PM
Now I understand
Thank you Anonymous 5. Now I understand.
May 15, 2012 4:19 AM
luke I am your father
what a cliffhanger - luke I am your father!
May 13, 2012 12:39 PM
Guys, you can't leave us hanging like this....where is the "rest of the story"?
May 14, 2012 4:40 AM
They can't.! Must know what happens next!
May 13, 2012 11:26 AM
No... Too short!! I want to see what happens next... I'm also not quite so clear what the lesson was... What did you all take out of this as a lesson? In the beginning it seemed to be about listening to elders but the ending kinda threw me off... Anyone have any insight to offer?
May 13, 2012 10:29 AM
why only THREE???!!!!???
i was genuinely sad when i read 'final episode'
May 13, 2012 9:47 AM
this cannot be final episode
I personally would come back to the aish site once a week to see the next episode and I think others would too. C'mon guys you can't leave us hanging with that ending......
May 13, 2012 1:26 PM
I would come back once a week!
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