Maura’s ex-wife Shelly goes from anxious also disrupts the boundaries between time, the self, the real, and the fantastical.
In one episode, the physical nature of a house completely changes when Ali’s illusions about its occupant shatter.
Ali reads up on epigenetics as the show wonders whether the Holocaust has fundamentally changed Jews on a chromosomal level. Rabbi Raquel wants to “protect” Colton, the show’s lone explicitly Christian character, from all the urbane (Jewish! As Josh faces a profound crisis, a situation with no clear right or wrong answer, all audio falls away, save for two children singing one line of a Christian hymn over and over again.
What Oppenheimer calls “the roil of Jewish disorder and uncertainty” has come up against the clarity of Christian doctrine, and it has no answers.
In the third season, at another nadir of self-hatred, Josh gets baptized.
For the Pfeffermans, maybe not so much with the feeling all the time wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
Steve’s assertion that, “boundaries are everything, boundaries are how people tell other people what they need,” and Ali’s assertion that the false binaries with which we understand the world and each other are destroying us.