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Seth Rogen’s ‘ An American Pickle’ Has Valuable Things to Say About Contemporary Jewish...

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The culture clash that ensues is not uniquely Jewish but it has a uniquely Jewish flavor.

Kobe Was Different

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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“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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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“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’

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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?

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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