The Leftovers 305 – It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World

Check out our full review over on Three if by Space!

Mike’s Interpretations of Music Use in the Episode:

Mike Scheinberg is a long-time Daley Review listener and when he offered to give us some incite on this episode’s music, we took him up on it.

Avinu Malkeinu – (14:00ish):

Right after the turbulence on the plane scares everyone and Matt gives that smug look and shit-eating grin. Fades into a shot of the plane and a closeup on what I can surmise is Daniel 6:22 — “My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me; forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.'” Then Matt’s nose bleeds right on that passage.

Avinu Malkeinu is a Jewish prayer said most commonly on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), both very solemn days. It literally means “Our Father, Our King,” and the rest of the passage is “Be gracious and answer us, for we have little merit. Treat us generously and with kindness, and be our help.”

This is practically one of the last things said on Yom Kippur when the proverbial “gates” are closing for God to inscribe Their people into the Book of Life. Sort of like the pleading to God one might do several days out from a cataclysmic event on October 14. It relates a bit to the passage from Daniel in that it’s a plea for life.

Fun Fact: Phish does a really rockin’ version of Avinu Malkeinu in concert.

B’Motz’ei Menucha – (22:00ish):

Matt is washing all the blood off of him. This songย is recited at midnight on the Saturday night / Sunday morning before Rosh Hashanah, and so incredibly few Jews even know about it — to the point where I (Mike) need to do more research from a different prayerbook.

Ashrei Yoshvei Beitecha – (35:00ish):

Matt takes off his space blanket and looks for the manifest – right before he utters Frasier’s name. “Ashrei Yoshvei Beitecha.” This is Psalms 84:5 — “Happy is the man whose strength is in Thee; In whose heart are the highways.” It’s the introduction to a prayer said twice a day. It’s more along the lines of a warm-up prayer; opening one’s heart to gather strength and faith. As for the use of it in this scene? Not sure. Maybe it’s a ramp up to the actual ritual of Frasier?

Avinu Malkeinu – (44:00ish):

Matt decides to get the wheelchair and the axe to capture David Burton. Perhaps this is another reference to a plea “to God,” to have God’s full attention.

The song where Matt is cleaning up his bloody nose:

This is obscure enough that I had to go to a rabbi and liturgy professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary! Fortunately, he also happens to be my older brother. ๐Ÿ™‚

The translation is: “When the day of rest departs, we approach You- extend Your ear from heaven, where You are enthroned upon praise, [chorus] to listen to joyful song and prayer.” The reason it’s used in liturgy is because it is said at midnight after the end of the Sabbath. The theme here is that God opens up and listens to ‘song and prayer.’ Perhaps it’s a prelude for Matt going to David Burton so he can be heard.

From Daley Review: Thanks, Mike! We would have never made those connections without your help!

Here some links to content we found interesting:

Giulia’s detailed review with translations

Jimmy Kimmel Pranks Justin Theroux

4 thoughts on “The Leftovers 305 – It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World

  1. I think you’re confused, Paul. The film It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) was set in the USA, ending in California. It wasn’t set in Australia.

    1. oops. Not sure where we got that erroneous bit of info… Right concept, wrong continent. Thanks for the catch!

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