Casablanca: A Surprisingly Jewish Story

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

Wonder Woman is Miss Israel

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

Jtube: Beauty and the Beast: Be Our Guest

Why is Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming guests) an important mitzvah?

Next Year in Disneyland?

Instead of Grand Master Yoda, you’ll see my nosy Grandmother Yente.

The Wedding Plan with No Groom

A new Israeli movie explores the limits of faith.

Jtube: Hacksaw Ridge

Are there times when our values and beliefs should be compromised?

Shavuot Tips for Staying Up All Night

Eating cheese blintzes, I can do. But staying up all night, past sunrise?

Good Mourning

Join me while I highlight the things you should absolutely not utter or attempt when making a shiva call.

Jewish Health Care Plans

All HMOs serving Jewish patients will have the following slogan: ‘You should only have your health.”

UNESCO: No U.S. Connection to Washington, D.C. (& Other Resolutions)

Any travel to or from Washington, D.C., will require passports and vaccination records.

Non-vitations

We’re not schlepping to Israel for the bar mitzvah of our neighbor’s son, so why are they sending us a fancy schmancy invitation?

Jtube: SNL: Saving Soviet Jewelry

Why are Jews responsible for one another?

The Jewish Boomer Driver’s Test

As a Jew, how would you answer the following questions?

13 Reasons Why: Teen Suicide and Judaism

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

Groundhog Day Revisited

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

Jewish Hackers? Their Mothers Would Plotz!

My email was hacked. If my hackers were Jewish, this is what probably went down.

Lag B’Omer in Israel

Join me on a tour of my neighborhood in Israel as I witness the local children light the local park on fire.

Jtube: Storage Wars: The Hidden Shtreimel

Is it important for Jews to stand out in the way we dress?

Ashley Blaker on Sushi

What is it with Jews and Sushi??

Jtube: Sing

What is the most important thing you received from your mom?

Aliyah and Kosher Food

The reason I moved to Israel is for kosher food.

Bad Reasons for Not Moving to Israel

There may be some good reasons not to move to Israel. In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, here are some bad ones.

Jtube: The Boss Baby

Why do some people love animals more than they love humans?

The Zookeeper’s Wife: Holocaust and Personal Trauma

The Holocaust film depicts how trauma irrevocably impacts the individual.

Jtube: Conan: Mr. T: I Pity the Fool

Is forgiveness easier than seeking revenge?

Passed Over

My struggles in Hollywood feel like my own personal wandering through the desert.

Jtube: Making History: Killing Hitler

If you could go back in history and kill Hitler, would you?

Sinai Selfie

What would the Exodus from Egypt look like to Jews living in the smartphone generation?

Pulpit Fiction

Why would any rationale human being choose to become a pulpit rabbi?

Jtube: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

When do we use diplomacy and when do we use force to fight evil?

Jewish Food Support Group

Look who’s talking . . . our favorite Jewish foods!

Cryfest: This Is Us

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

Jewish Fairy Tales

For centuries fairy tales haven’t been Jewish. Until now.

The Benefits of Wearing a Kippah

I could easily envision an insurance company running an advertisement on a kippah with the slogan, "We've Got You Covered"

Dear Husband

This is what I did today. When you read this I will be fast asleep.

Jtube: The Bernie Mac Show: The Jewish Neighbors

How do we show Judaism in a positive light?

Purim Carnival Booth Ideas

Here are the best Purim carnival booth ideas I remember from my childhood.

New Purim Vocabulary Quiz

Discover new words you never knew you needed.

Jtube: Archie Bunker's Place: Archie's Jewish Niece

With the rise of anti-Semitism, should we be afraid to let others know we are Jewish?

McDonald’s Disturbing Morality Tale

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

Tips for Shopping in Israel

Leave your cart at the checkout while you continue shopping.

Jtube: #EatTogether

Is Shabbat the answer to our digital fixation?

La La Land and the Limits of Romance

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

Dedicated in blessed memory of Richard Allen Julis who made us laugh and made us better Jews.
 

Shira Fried was in charge of the kids Shabbat program at Congregation Beth Israel. She was teaching the kids about decorum in shul and why it was so important. So she took them up to the main sanctuary at the very back to give her lesson up close.

“Why is it necessary to be quiet in shul, especially now during Rabbi Eisen’s sermon?" Shira asked.

Little Rivka Deutch whispered, "Because people are sleeping."



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