Jewish Journal

  • ‘Black Swan’ and its Jewish actress menage-a-trois

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 14, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    Don’t expect all tutus and point shoes from this ballet-centered psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky, a film that, at least in the trailer, displays a fierce blend of sexual and violent intrigue. But you can expect a lethal dose of drama coming from the hottest... read on

  • Deciphering Lady Gaga’s meat dress

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 13, 2010 | 4:58 pm

    Insert any number of kosher jokes here.

    Still, the question remains: what exactly was Lady Gaga trying to say by donning a dress made of meat at the MTV Video Music Awards last night?

    The blogosphere has since erupted in explications: Was she commenting on factory farming?... read on

  • What Oprah’s design guru Nate Berkus can teach us about teshuvah

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 13, 2010 | 4:49 pm

    Nate Berkus, the Chicago-based interior designer who has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show more than 80 times and will debut his self-titled show on NBC tonight.

    I know what you’re thinking: Seriously, what Jew has time to redecorate their home when the high holidays keep us... read on

  • Celebs celebrating Rosh Hashanah

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 8, 2010 | 4:58 pm

    Even Hollywood feels quieter as Rosh Hashanah sweeps in with the sundown.

    For the next two days, even Jews who don’t consider themselves religiously observant will probably find themselves sitting in the pew of some synagogue (Hollywood has a lot of what we call “high holiday... read on

  • Is Victoria Beckham’s Hebrew tattoo kosher?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    From the nape of her neck to just below her collarbone, Victoria Beckham has a famous line of Hebrew scripture inked onto her skin: “Ani ledodi vedodi li haro’eh ba’shoshanim.”

    The verse, from the Hebrew poem Shir Ha’shirim, or in English, Song of Songs, means “I am my beloved’s and... read on

  • Filmmaker Julian Schnabel tells the story of Palestine

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 3, 2010 | 5:42 pm

    The filmmaker Julian Schnabel premiered his new movie about the Middle East conflict at the Venice Film Festival this week, telling audiences he felt a personal responsibility as a Jew to tell the story from a Palestinian perspective.

    That makes Schnabel one of those rarefied... read on

  • With ‘The Town’ Ben Affleck aims for the A-list

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 2, 2010 | 1:04 pm

    Could Ben Affleck become for Boston what Martin Scorsese is for New York?

    That seems to be the thought implied by a recent New York Times piece positioning Ben Affleck for a comeback. Not that Affleck, who is one of Hollywood’s most famous—and highly paid—faces needs any sort of... read on

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