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Faye Kellerman’s Orthodox Characters Bring Judaism to the Masses

Faye Kellerman’s Orthodox Characters Bring Judaism to the Masses

The bestselling mystery author serves up a dose of Jewish life and insight in the midst of her suspenseful who-done-its.

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Wonder Woman is Miss Israel
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Wonder Woman is Miss Israel

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Wonder Woman isn’t only played by Israeli actress Gal Godot; she may just be inspired by the story of the Jewish nation.

Casablanca: A Surprisingly Jewish Story
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Casablanca: A Surprisingly Jewish Story

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At its core, the story is about American responsibility to help those suffering at the hands of the Nazis.

The Wedding Plan with No Groom
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The Wedding Plan with No Groom

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A new Israeli movie explores the limits of faith.

Groundhog Day Revisited
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Groundhog Day Revisited

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Why do I find every morning, afternoon and evening to be the same?

13 Reasons Why: Teen Suicide and Judaism
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13 Reasons Why: Teen Suicide and Judaism

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The controversial series is generating healthy discussion regarding pivotal issues, but many people should not watch it, under any circumstances.

The Zookeeper’s Wife: Holocaust and Personal Trauma
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The Zookeeper’s Wife: Holocaust and Personal Trauma

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The Holocaust film depicts how trauma irrevocably impacts the individual.

Beauty and the Beast & the Essence of Love
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Beauty and the Beast & the Essence of Love

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Who could ever learn to love a beast?

Cryfest: This Is Us
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Cryfest: This Is Us

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Millions of people love this new TV series because it makes them cry. What's going on?

McDonald’s Disturbing Morality Tale
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McDonald’s Disturbing Morality Tale

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The Founder details Ray Kroc’s rise to unimaginable success by violating the most basic aspects of ethics and decency.

La La Land and the Limits of Romance

La La Land and the Limits of Romance

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The award-winning film upends the typical Hollywood romance with its controversial ending.

Han Solo Shot First
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Han Solo Shot First

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According to the Torah, was Han Solo justified in killing Greedo?

Mary Tyler Moore’s Jewish Characters

Mary Tyler Moore’s Jewish Characters

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Mary Tyler Moore, who passed away at the age of 80, proved that Jewish characters could make it on their own.

Ten Movies to Help Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Ten Movies to Help Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

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Sing reminds us that our only limitations are the ones that we place upon ourselves.

16 Thoughts I Had While Watching <i>Moana</i>

16 Thoughts I Had While Watching Moana

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Tough experiences don’t have to stop you. In fact, they’re not meant to stop you. They’re meant to make you stronger for later.

Sixteen Things I Learned Watching Doctor Strange

Sixteen Things I Learned Watching Doctor Strange

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13. If you’re taking a book, don’t just steal one page. Librarians hate that.

Leonard Cohen: Always a Jew at Heart

Leonard Cohen: Always a Jew at Heart

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The influential musician had a deep connection with Israel and the Jewish people.

The Orthodox Jewish Dating Web Series

The Orthodox Jewish Dating Web Series

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“Soon by You”, a web series about the New York dating scene, is turning heads.

Remembering Gene Wilder

Remembering Gene Wilder

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Born Jerome Silberman, the frizzy-haired comedic actor touched our funny bones and our hearts.

Finding Judaism in Finding Dory

Finding Judaism in Finding Dory

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Finding Dory reminds us that it's never too late to discover yourself and it's never too late to return to your roots.

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

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I’ve always wondered – what’s so bad about taking revenge? Now I know.

Remembering Garry Shandling

Remembering Garry Shandling

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Jewish comedian Gary Shandling leaves behind a legacy of laughter.

Zootopia

Zootopia

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It’s human nature to be fearful of those who are different. As Jews, we’ve learned that lesson all too well.

Superman: The Mensch of Steel

Superman: The Mensch of Steel

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Superman, who defined the American comic superhero, did so using Jewish values, implicit in his creators’ psyche.

The Schwartz Awakens

The Schwartz Awakens

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A rabbi’s Jewish take on the latest Star Wars blockbuster.

The Disappointing Jedi

The Disappointing Jedi

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Why do the Jedi masters avoid taking responsibility to save the universe?

Three Jewish Artists

Three Jewish Artists

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Three Jewish artists open up about how their Jewishness helped shape their point of view, professionally and personally.

Confessions of a Jewish Jedi

Confessions of a Jewish Jedi

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From the age of 5 I’ve been obsessed with Star Wars. As I became more observant, the movies helped me on my own Jedi journey.

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

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You have nothing to fear, but fear itself.

From Jediism to Judaism: Star Wars as Jewish Allegory

From Jediism to Judaism: Star Wars as Jewish Allegory

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A look at some of the Jewish elements – coincidental or otherwise – of Star Wars.

The Adele Sensation

The Adele Sensation

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Does the superstar’s old-style elegance add to her allure?

Happy Hunger Games!

Happy Hunger Games!

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In the final installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Katniss emerges as having all of the attributes of a great leader. These attributes are also shared by many of our great Jewish leaders.

Trumbo

Trumbo

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Working underground due to the infamous Hollywood blacklist didn’t prevent this writer from producing hit after hit.

Steve Jobs: The Apple of Our Eye?

Steve Jobs: The Apple of Our Eye?

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Steve Jobs may have been a corporate titan, but many honorable character traits, cherished by Judaism, were foreign to him.

Johnny Depp on Whitey Bulger

Johnny Depp on Whitey Bulger

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Bulger wasn't hardwired to be a murderer. No one is.

Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation

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The Jewish People’s mission, should we choose to accept it, is the Torah.

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

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It’s hard to keep track of ants. They’re tiny and they’re everywhere. Like the Jewish people.

Theodore Bikel: A Jewish Man for All Seasons

Theodore Bikel: A Jewish Man for All Seasons

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The Tony award winning actor famous for playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof dies at 91.

The Depth of Inside/Out

The Depth of Inside/Out

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The Disney film teaches one of the most powerful principles for experiencing joy.

Inside Out

Inside Out

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Pixar’s new movie is about why we cry. But don’t worry, there’s a happy ending.

Paul Shaffer: The Mensch

Paul Shaffer: The Mensch

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You may know him as David Letterman’s sidekick, but Paul Shaffer is also a guy who leads a pretty mean “maariv” service.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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If we don’t pass our traditions down to our children, then all the intelligence is just artificial.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Mathew Vaughn’s new film has at its core the message that “Manners maketh man”. Or, to put it into Jewish terms, “Manners maketh mensch.” A surprisingly fitting Purim message.

Satire in the Crosshairs

Satire in the Crosshairs

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Why does Aish.com have a humor section?

Wild: An Adventure in Self-Discovery

Wild: An Adventure in Self-Discovery

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Four essentials for facing our deepest selves.

Unbroken

Unbroken

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Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini have created extraordinary lives through adversity.

Harry Potter and Jewish Values

Harry Potter and Jewish Values

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News of a Jewish wizard at Hogwarts reminded me of 5 Jewish values reflected in the series of books.

Exodus & Hollywood

Exodus & Hollywood

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Why the new film is a disgrace.

Mockingjay Part I

Mockingjay Part I

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For a nation fighting a war, how do they get like minded people in the other parts of the world to support them? It’s not the justness of their cause. It’s how well they can manipulate the media.

Interstellar

Interstellar

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Christopher Nolan’s new film had me thinking about parenting and that most of the time when our parents are ON our backs, it’s because they HAVE our backs.