Current Issues

MTV's Skins Controversy

Children today are like leatherback turtles lured away from the life-giving ocean by the glare of artificial lights.

Adventures in Pole Vaulting

The winning mindset for athletes – and for life.

Josh Hamilton's Unity Lesson

The Texas Rangers offer lessons for achieving a common goal.

Of Faith and Fiction

Observant novelists go mainstream.


How to hype up your life.

A Perfect Game

Despite the umpire's botched call, Armando Galarraga pitched an exquisite feat in the game of life.

The Hurt Locker

Do we have to risk our lives to feel alive?

Avatar: Bad Guys and Good Guys

Whose side are you on now?

Avatar and the Jews

The connections with Torah and Hebrew words are just too frequent and striking to be accidental.


Surprisingly, James Cameron’s new blockbuster taught me a lot about myself.

Bungle In the Jungle

Delving into Jethro Tull's song on life.

This Is It?

Michael Jackson’s farewell movie is a hit, but it also provokes some difficult questions.

Bernie & The Godfather

Two contemporary morality tales convey the same important message.

Diary of a Wimpy Writer

Do you know what your child is reading?

A Serious Man

If only the Coen brothers were serious.

Soul Art

Rabbi Yonah Weinrib has devoted his life to interpreting and portraying Torah through art.

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino's new movie made me wonder what Jewish "vengeance" should look like.

1984 + 60

Orwell's warning is more urgent than ever.

Star Trek and God

Sci-fi fun often ignores the tough questions about human existence.

The Jewish Jordan

Israel's first observant pro-basketball player is on a mission.

Manny Ramirez, How Could You?

Simple actually. We do it ourselves all the time.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to God

You need to find the right question for the answer to make sense.

A Revolution Named Zahra

In some parts of the world, a woman can be destroyed at a man's whim without consequence.

Who Wants To Feel Like A Millionaire

What's really behind television's newest phenomenon? Regis Philbin & Co. are offering us lots more than money. Viewer beware.

Superbowl Lessons

This year, the Superbowl taught the world a great Jewish lesson -- that destiny can rest in the hands of one person.

Movies Matter

Why Michael Medved, America's "cultural crusader," thinks they do.

A Jew in the NFL

An interview with Alan Veingrad, winner of a Super Bowl ring, and now an observant Jew.

Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains

The film is as painful to watch as your last root canal, without the benefit of gaining something positive from the experience.

Jews and Power

If Jews are so smart, how come we are so stupid?

Rocky Mountain High

The secret of success -- on the field and off.

Terror in Black September

My story of hijackings, captivity and war.

The Harry Potter Sensation

Why everybody's wild about Harry.

Moral Relativism and A Mighty Heart

Moral relativism died with my son Daniel Pearl, in Karachi, on January 31, 2002.

A Flawed "Mighty Heart"

The film's message is antithetical to the real meaning of Daniel Pearl's murder.

Grains of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim

A moving book that allows us to feel the pain of the Gush Katif residents who were exiled from their homes.


In her life and work, Ayaan Hirsi Ali personifies the central challenges of our times.

Rooting for Tony Soprano

The Sopranos manipulates us into identifying with Tony's humanity so that we overlook his wickedness.

A Beautiful Life

Shaul Rosenblatt's new book is one of the best on the topic of suffering.

Carter Board Members Resign

"Your book has confused opinion with fact, subjectivity with objectivity and force for change with partisan advocacy."

Spiritual Fiesta

Jewish lessons from the stunning Boise State victory.

The Rose that Never Blossomed

A recently published Holocaust diary that wavers between hope and despair.

Carter's Indefensible Book

Why won't Carter debate his book?

Carter Fallout

Adviser breaks with Carter over Mideast book.

Carter's Distorted World

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid is so biased that it inevitably raises the question of what would motivate Jimmy Carter to write such an indecent book.

The World Series of Life

In life no one's a benchwarmer, and other key lessons from baseball.

Up, Up and Oy Vey!

A new book looks at Jewish themes in the stories of popular superheroes.


The Man of Steel has always been Jewish, and in his newest film, Superman returns to his roots

"The Da Vinci Code" and the Jews

The controversial book highlights the fundamental differences between Judaism and Roman Catholicism.

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