Cinema: The Jewish Lens
Quentin Tarantino is not Jewish. However, his latest movie, the pseudo-Western fantasy Django Unchained flipped, bludgeoned, and skirted a myriad of issues that Jews have been grappling with for thousands of years: love, revenge, oppression and freedom.
Cinema: The Jewish Lens takes you behind the scenes with popular Hollywood personalities, film critics, professors and rabbinic scholars for a unique perspective on how common film genres, cinematic themes, characters and plot lines relate to Jewish philosophy and tradition.
We guarantee you'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll think.
Love At First Sight
Judy Garland once said, “It was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart.” Love is more than a romantic glance across the dance floor; it is the driving force that unites our souls. Find out where Judaism places love in the narrative of our lives.
Heroes in Action: Leaders & Superheroes
On the surface, Spiderman is a hero in a red costume who swings from buildings and saves the day. But is there more to the story? Explore the psyche of action heroes from the Jewish perspective, and discover what makes ordinary people become great leaders.
The Wild West Returns: Personal Growth
John Wayne said, “Never apologize, Mister, it’s a sign of weakness.” Is this true? From the Wild Bunch to the Duke, explore the concepts of growth and change in Western films. Through this genre, learn what Judaism says about personal struggle and strength.
The Mob and Me: Free Will
He will “make you an offer you can’t refuse.” This doesn’t give you much choice… or does it? Unfold the struggles of freedom while asking ourselves; does Judaism believe in Free Will?
The Comedy of Conflict: Suffering
Seinfeld, Stiller and Jack Black will make you laugh until you cry. But if you look beyond the laughs, comedies are complex and usually centered around conflict and pain. Why? Discover the Jewish perspective on pain and suffering while unraveling the mysteries of the conflict of comedy.
Jewish Movies & Jewish People
As far back as silent film, Jews have graced the Silver Screen both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. With such a presence in Hollywood, the question resonates; can movies be “Jewish?”