Current Issues

When Bad Things Happen to Good Penguins

What is the film "March of the Penguins" really about? A penguin speaks out.

Pass the Fault

By reducing the Third Reich to a limited dementia, a new film absolves the German people of any moral culpability for perpetrating World War II and destroying European Jewry.

Writing Angels

A Hollywood screenwriter brings to life his ailing son's vision: young-adult fiction that conveys good values.

The Tragedy of Million Dollar Baby

The Academy Award-winning film forces us to assess the value of life amidst a shattered dream.

Orthodox Jews in Fiction

We have relied for too long on people disaffected with the Orthodox world to produce an "Orthodox literature" that verges on caricature.

A Family of Heroes

There's a little bit of Judah Maccabee in the Academy Award nominated film, "The Incredibles."

Hope, Jews, and the Boston Red Sox

Years of heartbreak, disaster, close-calls, cosmic blunders -- and the people still had hope and hung on.

Downfall of the Yankees

Does God care about the baseball playoffs?

Spider-Man on the Roof

The creator of a Jewish superhero comic book series weaves a web between Spider-Man 2 and Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof. Fasten your seatbelts…

Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography

The relentless career of a confidence man.

Seven Blessings: Q&A with the Author

A novel captures Jerusalem's hidden world of matchmaking and Torah learning.

Arafat's War

A well argued, fast-paced, and engaging book offers an authoritative and provocative portrait of one of the most controversial leaders of the 20th century.

It's Not About The Bike

Learning life lessons -- on two wheels.

Divine Energy: The Art of Margarita Levine

Jerusalem and the Divine Presence in a flurry of color and movement.

Mel's Passion

Mel Gibson has a responsibility to make a movie that does not contribute further to a legacy of pain and suffering.

War and God

An award-winning Israeli book that recounts a rabbi's experiences in the Yom Kippur war strikes a chord in both secular and religious society.

Monochrome within a Rainbow

The illuminated manuscripts of Michael and Danielle Chouraqui.

Tolkien's Clash of Civilizations

The eerie relevance of The Two Towers.

Suddenly Jewish

Jews raised as gentiles discover their Jewish roots.

Jewish Tales of Holy Women

Precious tales that give us a peek in to a world of devotional beauty that focuses on kindness.

No Rachel on Daytime T.V.

The matriarch of the Jewish people embodies the opposite of typical daytime TV fare.

Six Days of War

A new, definitive book on the Six Day War.

Spider-Jew

Spider-Man mirrors the consciousness of Jewish activists. So says the creator of a Jewish superhero comic series.

Calling All Jewish Superheroes

Hollywood may not produce films with these superheroes, but the appearance of any of the following individuals would be greatly appreciated.

When Words Are the Weapons

Bill Bennet's new book, "Why We Fight", is must reading for these tumultuous times.

When The Ship Comes In

Written in 1963, the words to this song are still relevant.

Unity at the Super Bowl

In sports and in life, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Missing "The Lord of the Rings"

Evil and the cultural significance of Tolkien's masterpiece.

The Jewish Haiku

A creative writing class unexpectedly unlocks metaphysical mysteries.

Leaving Wall Street

Born to great wealth, Roy Neuberger spent his youth and early adulthood in a frustrating search for meaning in life. Until he began to explore Judaism's spiritual life.

Trembling Before G-d

A new film examines the dichotomy of the Orthodox homosexual.

Pro Sports in the Terrorist World

America's favorite pastime may never be the same again. What's even worse, it may always stay the same.

Hollywood's Trojan Horse

Do you know what your kids are watching in the newest PG-13 films?

Jewish Basketball Giants

As the Maccabiah Games open in Israel, we are reminded of the days when -- believe it or not -- Jewish players dominated pro basketball.

The Red Tent

A popular novel characterizes the founders of the Jewish people as full of intrigue, lust and deceit. Should that bother us?

Return of the USS Liberty

A new book accuses Israel of deliberately attacking an American ship in June 1967.

Gladiator: More Than a Tale of Gore

Might there actually be a message in this Academy Award-winning movie that I could agree with?

Tiger Woods and the Rosh Hashana Secret

Golf is a model for life. It is a game in which you play against the fiercest most vicious opponent that exists -- yourself.

Are Jews X-Men?

The movie "X-Men" describes a group of mutants who are rejected by the rest of humanity. For me, it hit very close to home.

Harry Potter and the War Between Good and Evil

As a Jew, I could not help but reflect on the contrasting attitudes between Judaism and the world of Harry Potter towards this epic struggle.

Spring Fever - Catch It!

There's something in the air. The crack of a bat, a deep line drive -- and the beauty of being a Jew.

Looking Closer at "American Beauty"

"American Beauty" is the big winner at this year's Oscars. What is the real beauty that is the subject of this enigmatic film?

The Dogma of Dogma

Judaism prizes free speech -- but it also prizes critical thinking. Does "Dogma" think -- or just take cheap shots at something precious to Christians?

Mr. Death - A Bribe Blinds Even the Wise

One man's self-delusion shows up the human weakness to see what one wants to see.

Jerry! Jerry!

The guests aren't the only fools: You can actually feel yourself getting dumber when you watch humiliation fests like "Jerry Springer Show".

Real Sports

There is more than one way to hit the ball out of the park.

Waltz With Bashir: Damaged Goods

Although a magnificent piece of art, this film is damaging to Israel.

Defiance

How the Bielski Partisans built a village amidst the Nazi death machine.

Outliers: A Jewish Perspective

Malcolm Gladwell and The Ten Thousand Hour Rule.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

This well-meaning book ends up distorting the Holocaust.

Empower Your Jewish Journey

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