Purim & The Academy Awards

Matthew McConaughey and finding God in mysterious places.

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(8) Aviel, March 16, 2014 10:20 PM

It's Purim and a shame to focus on the negative

It's Shushan Purim in Jerusalem and with sadness I hear you speak as if Hollywood liberals are some kind of lesser Jew. Then praising G-d is lacking as your readership does not know G-d. Instead of criticizing liberals and those who only praise G-d it seems to me it would be better to show some
ahavas Yisroel . Maybe give a tip or two on how to go about knowing G-d if you sense a lack in that area.

(7) Rachel, March 13, 2014 4:33 PM

You'd think liberals were Agagites...

...the way some people go on about them!

Rabbi Solomon, you say at the outset that you didn't see the Academy Awards, so I'm not sure where you got your information that "very few people applauded" when Matthew McConaughey thanked G-d.
Many actors are spiritual/religious people. Many of them have to make choices about what kind of roles they will take -- and most have to keep making movies to keep their agents, etc.
Matthew McConaughey has shown real growth as an actor, and his thanking G-d showed personal growth as well. With only a minute or so to speak, it was wonderful and unusual for him to express those sentiments.
And Hollywood makes films that will make money. It's amazing that ANY quality films EVER get made, because most of the money is in action films that can play in foreign markets, and the major demographic is 15-30 year-old-men. Maybe if more people went to see serious films with mature story lines (like this year's "Philomena"), more studios and investors would put their money into better quality films. Most actors are not movie stars, they're just artists trying to get by. They don't deserve to be vilified just because you don't think you share the same politics.

(6) Nancy, March 12, 2014 11:19 AM

To commenter #4--Why shouldn't one read blogs with different points of view? I am liberal, but I am interested in reading/hearing about different views from my own. If I only read blogs with the same viewpoint as mine, I would not learn anything new. Let me state once again that the words liberal and conservative are NOT SWEAR WORDS.

(5) Anonymous, March 10, 2014 8:03 PM

In defense of "in front of all those liberals"

I am not in favor, at all, of labelling. However, I am liberal and I was not at all offended by your comment Rabbi. What is true is true. Whether or not you conducted a survey of ways of thinking, most of Hollywood is "liberal." As always, wonderful commentary and great food for thought.

(4) anonymous, March 10, 2014 12:53 PM

Yes, liberals

Yes, 99.9% of Hollywood is raving liberal and I'm glad Rabbi Salomon didn't hold back from saying what he did. It offends your delicate liberal sensitivites? Fine, don't read and listen to articles on a conservative site.

(3) Nancy, March 10, 2014 11:38 AM

Rabbi--I too was perturbed by the words "in front of all those liberals." When we stereotype people we get into a lot of trouble. I am a liberal and I most certainly believe in G-d! The words liberal and conservative are not swear words, but sometimes people act as if they are. Please think about this.

(2) rebecca, March 9, 2014 9:51 PM

Well said!

Well said! I am having a lot of trouble understanding all the fanfare, praise and admiration this guy is getting for "Thanking G-d" at the Oscars. Unfortunately, many of Mathew's films are "UNG-DLY" and so his words ring very shallow in my ears. If he truly meant the words that he said he would realize that the gift of acting he was given by G-d, has the potential to spread so much goodness and positive messages in our dark and decadent culture. However, he then probably would not have "made it" in Hollywood to begin with. I am troubled by all these famous movie stars, rock stars and rap stars that engage in the most sleazy films, music videos, lyrics etc. and then they stand up and "Thank G-d". The arts is a powerful medium that has such potential to positively impact our youth(as well as adults), and yet it is used in such a destructive manner by those who should know better. If only they would "Know G-d", maybe they would think twice how to use the gifts they were given!

(1) Anonymous, March 9, 2014 5:48 PM

" in front of all tose liberals"

Rabbi ... I so enjoy your thoughts and words ... however ... why in praising this actor for thanking G-D ... was it necessary to add "in front of al those liberals"... His words were heard around the world !!! And ... why label those he spoke to in the audience in such a specifiic way ... that seemed to have a negative slant of being liberals ...
Did you do a census of the 'leanings' of audience members?
And... since when does being a liberal equate to not agreeing with someome's belief in G-D /
Let's bring people together not generalize to the point of division ... especially when 'scant' applause cannot be measured ...


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