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Larry David Says Bernie Sanders Should Drop Out of Presidential Race

Larry David, the Bernie Sanders doppelganger who often portrays the presidential candidate in skits on “Saturday Night Live,” says the senator from Vermont should...

‘On the Map’ Free Online Screening and Q&A This Sunday

The documentary “On the Map” tells the story of the underdog Israeli basketball team’s triumphant victory at the European championship in 1977. Set against...

‘Frozen’ at the Pantages: It Doesn’t Have to Be Jewish

Let’s face it, there’s nothing particularly Jewish about the Disney musical “Frozen.” Unless you count Idina Menzel and Josh Gad, both of whom appeared...

‘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...

Sexy Israeli Web Series “Confess” May Get U.S. Hookup

“Confess TLV,” a provocative web series set in Tel Aviv about people who meet via hookup apps is being developed for American TV. Actress-writer-producer...

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...

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...

Tough Night at the Oscars for Jewish Nominees

Half a century ago, Bob Hope’s films were wildly popular but the comedian had never been nominated for an Academy Award. So when Hope served...

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....

New Articles

Russian-Jewish Businessman Donates 3,000 Meals Daily to Senior Citizens Under Lockdown

The initiative is a response to the Russian government’s decision to lockdown citizens older than 65.

Top Charedi Orthodox Rabbi Dies of COVID-19

Yaakov Perlow, leader of Novominsker Hasidim and a top haredi Orthodox rabbi, dies of coronavirus at 89.

‘F— K—s’ Graffiti Found on L.A. Persian Synagogue

Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on a Persian synagogue in Los Angeles on April 7, according to a Facebook post. The graffiti states, “F--- k---s” and...

I Love You Although I Can’t Hug You

“If one tiny virus can stop the entire world, perhaps one mitzvah can save the world.” — Dr. Benjamin Hulkower “When we are no longer able...

Dominic Raab, Son of a Jewish Refugee, is Britain’s Acting Prime Minister

The United Kingdom last had a Jewish prime minister in 1880, the final year of Benjamin Disraeli‘s service. Now, with the coronavirus sending Boris Johnson...
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