Art Smarts

How Kronk Became a Jewish Icon

A breakout character from Disney’s “The Emperor’s New Groove” is Disney’s new Jewish representative.

Dune, Judaism and Humanity's Hope

Why does Frank Herbert's esoteric book continue to fascinate, generation after generation?

The Secret Chord: The Complex, Heroic Act of Forgiveness

An exploration of the process of forgiveness, through the prism of music and Jewish wisdom.

James Bond: 5 Jewish Facts

Ian Fleming's antisemitism and other ways Jews loomed large in the world of 007.

The Secret Chord: Jimi Hendrix's Message to Love

The rock legend had a tough childhood but used music to heal himself and, ultimately, to discover the power of love.

In the Heights: 6 Jewish Facts about Washington Heights

Little known facts about the setting for the new movie musical.

Superman vs. the Nazis

When the Man of Steel’s Jewish creators got into a real-life feud with the Nazis.

Shtisel and Judaism: Three Themes in Season 3

This beloved series explores themes related to intimacy, mental illness and searching for your soulmate.

Shtisel Returns

The most famous Orthodox family on TV deals with intense new dramas, welcomes new family members, and grieves over losses.

Louis Armstrong and the Jewish Family

Why the famous jazz musician wore a Star of David.

The Vigil: Jewish Horror Movie About Demons Gets a Lot Right

Unpacking Jewish points from the scary, provocative film.

Soul: Insights from the Hit Film

Jewish perspectives on the afterlife, purpose, and who you really are.

The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian’s mask is a perfect symbol for today’s masked society.

Music Is the Highest

For Daniel Zamir, making music is the ultimate spiritual experience.

Anti-Semitism in Two Hit TV Shows

The Umbrella Academy and Lovecraft Country trafficked in damaging anti-Jewish slurs.

Meet Ethiopian-Born Israeli Singer, Gili Yalo

The singer opens up about his music and journey of self-discovery.

7 Things An American Pickle Gets Right about Judaism

Surprisingly, Seth Rogen's film gets a number of things right about Judaism and the Jewish immigrant experience.

Carl Reiner: Remembering a Comedy Legend

The comedic genius has left his indelible fingerprints on all facets of comedy.

Hunters: Should Killing Nazis be Entertaining?

The controversial Amazon series means well but misses the mark.

Jakob Dylan Is a Good Jewish Son

A rock prince pays respect to his elders in the moving documentary ‘Echo in the Canyon.’

Jewish Stereotypes and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Moishe and Shirley Maisel epitomize the cultural stereotype of The American Jew: obnoxious, loud, and obsessed with money.

Shtisel Complicated My Judaism

Exposure to the closed, marginalized culture on the small screen made me realize how important it is to build bridges to the ultra-Orthodox.

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The new film about Fred Rogers and a cynical journalist is a movie we need right now.

Lampooning Hitler: Jojo Rabbit Anti-Hate Satire

Award-winning director Taika Waititi skewers the banality of evil in his latest film.

Eli Cohen: Israel’s Legendary Spy, Now on Netflix

A new 6-part series is testimony to the heroic and tragic tale.

Remembering Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper created an iconic Jewish character.

Blinded by the Light: What Bruce Springsteen’s Music Meant to Me

A new movie highlights how the rock legend inspired a teenager to pursue his dreams, reminding me of everything I love about Springsteen’s music.

4 Jewish Lessons from Lion King

The hit movie draws on timeless Jewish values and stories.

Toy Story 4: Love, Loyalty and the Meaning of Life

The hit film delves into some meaty philosophical issues.

Moe Berg: The Spy Behind Home Plate

Moe Berg became a major league ball player and a major league spy.

I Fell in Love with Old Jews Telling Jokes

Old Jews Telling Jokes is now an off Broadway production.

Aladdin: Understanding Reality is A Whole New World

The Disney film tackles the conflicts of self-doubt, actualizing potential and escaping reality.

Jews and Game of Thrones

What do the Jewish People and the television show “Game of Thrones” have in common?

Captain Marvel Meet Queen Esther

Captain Marvel is a superhero whose real strength comes from the inside. Just like Queen Esther.

The Shtisel Phenomenon

Fans can’t get enough of this Hareidi family.

The Kippah on Beale Street

A positive Jewish twist to the acclaimed new film.

Stan Lee, Creator of Flawed Superheroes Has Died

Flawed and complex, Lee’s superheroes looked a lot like us.

Monty Python and the Jews

The comedy group were equally offensive to all people.

Superman vs. the Nazis: How Comics Influenced American Public Opinion

According to Gerald Hartman, Jewish American artists used their comic books to urge America to join World War II to save their brethren in Europe.

The Jazz Singer, Yom Kippur & the History of Film

On October 6, 1927, the day before Yom Kippur, “The Jazz Singer” electrified the audience as the first official feature-length film in sound.

Top Neil Simon Quotes and Excerpts

A look at some memorable quotes from the most successful and prolific playwright of the 20th century.

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