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Remembering Gene Wilder

Remembering Gene Wilder

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

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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.

John Wick

John Wick

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John Wick is not a good guy. But he shows that he has the potential to be better – which makes him just like the rest of us.

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

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The maze is like Yom Kippur. It prepares you for what lies ahead.

Joan Rivers: Trailblazer & Israel Supporter

Joan Rivers: Trailblazer & Israel Supporter

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We’ll forever miss the chat.

Robin Williams: A Tribute

Robin Williams: A Tribute

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The struggles and successes of Robin Williams seem to mirror those of the Jewish people.

Robin Williams and Us

Robin Williams and Us

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A self-proclaimed “honorary Jew,” the comic genius will be missed.

Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight

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Woody Allen’s new film explores the world of magic and what exists beyond the purely rational.

These Jews Rock

These Jews Rock

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Where would rock and roll be without these Jews?

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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The new X-Men movie wipes the slate clean and fixes the mistakes of the past. It’s about time.

When Jews Were Funny

When Jews Were Funny

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Alan Zweig’s new documentary asks: Why are Jews are funny? Answer: Because we like to kvetch.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Today’s Spider-lesson: Who is powerful? One who conquers his bad inclination.

Noah à la Hollywood

Noah à la Hollywood

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The movie is a distortion of the Torah.

Harold Ramis’ Search for Meaning

Harold Ramis’ Search for Meaning

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The writer and director of Groundhog Day passes away, leaving behind a legacy of funny, thoughtful films.

Hail the Mighty Caesar

Hail the Mighty Caesar

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Sid Caesar passed away at the age of 91, but the laughter he created lives on.

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

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Do you want an argument for the existence of God? Watch The Lego Movie.

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

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The story of the makings of Mary Poppins shares something in common with the story of the Jewish People.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The new installment of the Hunger Games trilogy teaches us a lesson about Hanukkah.

Uri Geller, CIA Masterspy?

Uri Geller, CIA Masterspy?

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy: An interview with Israeli mentalist Uri Geller.

Gravity

Gravity

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The Torah is like gravity. It keeps us grounded.