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Friday, August 7, 2020

AUTHOR NAME

Eli Fink

44 ARTICLES

Kobe Was Different

The massive reaction to Kobe Bryant’s sudden death feels unlike the death of other athletes or celebrities – Kobe was both – and I...

‘Game of Thrones’ and Sefirat Ha-Omer’s End

Classic storytelling often begins with “Once upon a time” and concludes with “The End.” Over the past two decades, Hollywood has serialized and franchised...

Into the Sederverse

The Passover seder is the most celebrated Jewish ritual in the world for the same reason “Avengers: Endgame” sold a record number of pre-sale...

‘The Leftovers’ and God’s Cosmic Hug

The month of Tishrei had always been a riddle to me until I saw HBO’s television series “The Leftovers.”  In the heart-racing opening scene of...

Fortnite and the Power of Rosh Hashanah

The popular video game Fortnite Battle Royale by Epic Games may not seem to have anything to do with Rosh Hashanah, but it does. The...

Imagine Dragons and Orthodox Judaism

Dan Reynolds is the Grammy Award-winning lead singer for the rock band Imagine Dragons. Last summer, Reynolds organized LoveLoud, a controversial music festival to...

Baron Cohen Exposes Who America Isn’t

Sacha Baron Cohen did a cannonball jump back into the American television pool this week with his new Showtime series, “Who Is America?”  Four cringe-inducing...

Familial Bonds in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Hollywood churns out superhero movies faster than a speeding bullet, films that can seem oversaturated with formulaic stories that prioritize CGI explosions over human...

Mister Rogers’ Lessons for a Broken World

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the documentary about Fred Rogers, host of the long-running children’s TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” could not be more...

Pixar’s Questions and Answers About Jewish Identity

I have learned a lot from Pixar films. They have a special ability to create incredibly entertaining films with deep lessons about humanity, empathy...

Finding God in ‘The Americans’

Six intense seasons of the Russian spy drama “The Americans” on FX culminated in a brilliant payoff. The series finale provided the audience with...

Han Solo and the Torah of Living Between Tensions

Han Solo’s perfect blend of charisma, kindness and cockiness make him everyone’s favorite sidekick. But Han’s real magic is a Torah secret of learning...

The Royal Wedding of Shavuot

Last Saturday, the world was transfixed by the fairy-tale royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Markle was the embodiment of a Disney...

Reclaiming Our Mystical Mojo on Shavuot

It is time to take back mysticism, and Shavuot is the perfect time to reclaim our mystical mojo. Modern man has become skeptical and cynical....

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the Power of Evil

One of the most endearing elements of superhero stories is that the good guy always wins, but in the real world, that’s not always...

Connecting With My Roots in “Disobedience”

“Disobedience” is a film about forbidden love in an insular Orthodox Jewish community and about the choice of whether to stay or leave. It’s...

The Jewish Dimensions of ‘Ready Player One’

I recommend putting on the glasses and watching “Ready Player One” — Steven Spielberg’s latest high-octane adventure story, about a boy who saves the...

Exodus As Performance Art?

Most of the stories in the Bible are written using a traditional storytelling narrative format. It reads like a book. There is one glaring...

Movies that Stirred My Passovers

The best Bible stories are religious epics. The best Hollywood filmmakers are some of the greatest storytellers in the world, and I have been...

Table for Five LIVE

TABLE FOR FIVE A Roundtable Conversation from the Jewish Journal: Mysteries and Lessons of Passover With Rabbis: Laura Geller, Lori Schneide Shapiro, Adam Kligfeld & Eli Fink Moderated by:...

The Emotional Mission of ‘7 Days in Entebbe’

Operation Thunderbolt ranks as one of the most dramatic events in the brief history of the State of Israel. The miraculous story of Israeli...

Trusting Our Flaws

While watching Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” I felt I had been transported to the study halls of my yeshiva — and not in...

Watching the Watchers

Every year, Hollywood creates a handful of culturally significant movies that captivate a wide audience and sweep us away on what can be described...

Purim Parallels in ‘Black Panther’

Marvel’s latest blockbuster, “Black Panther,” is an epic sermon on multiculturalism and the struggle to tame identity politics. Its grand themes of personal identity...

The Magic of Empathy

It’s common knowledge that  “unscripted” “reality TV” is far from real. Ironically, modern scripted television is often critically acclaimed because of how real the...

A Charedi Sitcom that Teaches Co-Existence

Our world is in the midst of a massive social experiment. “Shababnikim,” the surprisingly popular Israeli sitcom about the lives of four yeshiva students,...

Joseph and Paddington

It is unanimous. Movie review site Rotten Tomatoes aggregated all 176 critic reviews of “Paddington 2” and every single one has been glowing with adulation...

Spielberg Goes Biblical

The credits were rolling when it hit me: “The Post” was over. Time to go home. “Why am I still sitting here?” I looked...

Mrs. Maisel and the Jewish Revolution

I was delighted when “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the Golden Globe for best television series — but not for the reason you think....

Pixar and the Zohar

If you’ve seen the trailer or any advertisements for “Coco,” you already know that it’s Pixar’s most Mexican film yet. What you don’t see...

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Biden Intervened to Keep ‘Occupation’ out of Democratic Platform

The section on Israel calls for a Palestinian state and condemns the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

USC President Calls Student VP Resignation Letter ‘Heartbreaking,’ Says Anti-Semitism ‘Has No Place at the University’

"What happened to Rose Ritch is unacceptable, and we must all take up her challenge to do better.”

British Cabinet Office Says It’s Reviewing Wiley’s MBE After Anti-Semitic Tweets

The office said the award can be revoked if the recipient has engaged in “behavior that is deemed to bring the honors system into disrepute.”

Elliott Abrams Named Envoy on Iran Issues

He is replacing Brian Hook.
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