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Stars of David

Stars of David

Jewlarious is launching a new series profiling people who have stood up for the Jewish People or Israel.

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Welcome to the first article in the new Jewlarious series entitled, “Stars of David. This series will tell the stories of Jews and non-Jews in the entertainment industry and beyond who have stood up and declared themselves to be supporters of the Jewish People or Israel through their words and actions. Like the men who shouted “I’m Spartacus” in the classic Kirk Douglas film, each of the men and women we will profile had their own “I’m Spartacus” moment; they did something significant but unpopular and against their interests on behalf of the Jewish People or Israel because it was the right thing to do.

An “I’m Spartacus” moment refers to a dramatic and iconic scene in the film “Spartacus” which was brought to screen single-handedly by Aish Hatorah supporter Kirk Douglas in 1960. Although the efforts of Spartacus end in defeat, there is a triumph of the spirit and a message for the ages in the “I’m Spartacus!” scene [see below]. The defeated rebel gladiators are presented by their Roman captors with a terrible choice. They can avoid the painful and slow punishment of death by crucifixion and can become slaves again by identifying Spartacus. Alternatively, they can remain silent and die slowly on the cross. Kirk Douglas as Spartacus wants to spare them of this choice and fate and starts to stand up to declare who he is. However, he is preempted by his own men who each stand up and shout “I'm Spartacus!” The hillside where the thousands of defeated gladiators stand up in their chains rings loudly with their shouts and into the ears of their astonished captors who have never witnessed such loyalty and bravery for a man and cause.

The "I'm Spartacus" Scene

The “Stars of David” section will tell the “I’m Spartacus!” stories throughout the year to give recognition to those people of conviction and courage and to inspire others to stand up for the Jewish People and Israel during these trying times.

Click here to read the first article in the series, "I Am Issur."

Published: July 5, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) Margaret, January 24, 2013 9:10 PM

Star of David - Dustin Hoffman

I have a wonderful book entitled "Stars of David"and it tells the story of many well-known Jewish people, a lot in Hollywood. Very interesting to readt that at the climax of the film, "The Marathon Man", Dustin Hoffman would not shoot his adversary, Lawrence Olivier "I won't play a Jew who cold-bloodedly kills another human being. I won't become a Nazi to kill a Nazi" The Screenwrter, Wlliam Goldman was quite upset,"Your jobs isn't to rewrite, your job is to play it as written." PERSONALLY, I think it made a much better ending to the film rather than just shooting Olivier dead!! Hoffman has gone onto perform in many more wonderful films. He is a great favourite actor of mine!

(6) Anonymous, October 16, 2012 6:30 PM

Sinatra the Sparticus

My teen yearswere partly spent in the mystique of Sinatra. He was and probably still is the subject of books, written and to be written, especially from this article about his relationship with Israel. Kol hakavod on this and other Stars of David. SRR

(5) Anonymous, September 14, 2012 10:36 PM

Shula Cohen

You ought to do a video about Shula Cohen who with stood years of unimagineable torment torture because she spied for Israel. Her story makes your marrow freeze.

(4) Sergio Oyola, May 28, 2010 4:22 AM

Absolutely the whole world, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, other beliefs, and atheists should love and be grateful to the Jewish people for all eternity..

I am not a Jew, but I firmly believe that the whole world, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, other beliefs, and atheists should love and be grateful to the Jewish people for all eternity.

(3) Nettie, May 27, 2010 12:04 AM

Great Idea

In today's world we need to emphasize the worthwhile qualities in people. Seldom does our newspaper commend a wothwhile action. Marnie has recognized this need and has taken a positive action. Keep it going. I am looking forward to the next edition.

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