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A Chained Woman Navigates the Hell Out of Israeli Divorce Courts
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A Chained Woman Navigates the Hell Out of Israeli Divorce Courts

By On February 11, 2015

In Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem, the heroine of the title finds herself imprisoned in a system that makes no sense: her marriage and the legal… Read More

The Only Susan Sontag Documentary You’ll Ever Need to See
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The Only Susan Sontag Documentary You’ll Ever Need to See

By On December 8, 2014

“I didn’t feel I was expressing myself—I was taking part in a noble activity,” Susan Sontag recalls in an interview, describing her childhood urge to write. A new HBO documentary, Regarding Susan… Read More

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A Hilarious New Film About Israel’s Women Soldiers

By On December 1, 2014

Bleakly funny, poignant, and timely, Zero Motivation is Israel’s answer to beloved war send-ups like M*A*S*H and Stripes. Though where those productions deflect reality in favor of slapstick, Zero Motivation address the grittiness head-on, but… Read More

Fashion Tips From NYC's Most Stylin' Bubbes
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Fashion Tips From NYC’s Most Stylin’ Bubbes

By On September 29, 2014

Is your bubbe your style inspiration? If you just got a mental image of women in tracksuits, or frumpy dresses, you’re probably not alone. But Ari Seth Cohen sees things differently. Cohen,… Read More

An Unforgettable New Hungarian Film
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An Unforgettable New Hungarian Film

By On August 25, 2014

Hungarian director János Szász’s film, The Notebook, is about World War II, but the only fighting in it isn’t between soldiers—it’s between twin boys whose parents decide to secret them away to their grandmother’s… Read More

A New Film Asks: Was Rudolf Kasztner a Hero or Nazi Collaborator?
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Rudolf Kasztner: Hero or Nazi Collaborator?

By On July 30, 2014

The Talmud says that “he who saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world.” So a person who saved 1,684 lives during the Holocaust would surely be considered… Read More

Up Close and Personal with a Traveling Moyl
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Up Close and Personal With a Traveling Moyl

By On July 15, 2014

Not every ritual circumciser, or moyl in Yiddish, starts out dreaming of performing brises all week. David Bolnick, a mohel living in the Seattle area, worked at Microsoft for many years before he quit to become a… Read More

Single, Pregnant, and Rabbi
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Single, Pregnant, and Rabbi

By On July 9, 2014

Julie Greenberg was a single lesbian in Reconstructionist rabbinical school in the eighties, and she was ready to start a family. Eventually, Rabbi Greenberg found a sperm donor, and got pregnant. She ended up having three… Read More

The Swedish Nazi Film You'll Want to See
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The Swedish Nazi Film You’ll Want to See

By On June 27, 2014

In The Last Sentence, by Swedish director Jan Troell, journalist and former theologian Torgny Segerstedt asks a variation on the old question “If a tree falls and no one is around to… Read More

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A New Romantic Comedy for the Manhattan Jewish Set

By On May 14, 2014

“There are two types of people in the world. Those the sun shines on, and there are those who sell lox.” Walter “Putzel” Himmelstein is clearly one of the latter. At “30-ish,”… Read More

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Jews: Not Funny Anymore

By On May 12, 2014

You want we should make you laugh? “Too late!” says When Jews Were Funny, a new documentary by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig. Named the Best Canadian Feature Film at its 2013 Toronto… Read More

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The Quirky Film That’s Saving an Italian Synagogue

By On April 30, 2014

A new indie Italian comedy will change the way you look at Jewish cemeteries forever—not to mention that boot-shaped country by the sea. Based on a true family story, Felice Nel Box by first-time director Ghila Valabrega begins… Read More