Jewish Journal

Does JDate care about Jewish weddings?

By Danielle Berrin

June 20, 2012 | 1:21 pm

Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller

JDate may be a little confused about its mission.

The online dating Website, which touts itself as “the premier Jewish singles community online” had a PR firm dredge up wedding-season... read on

  • Is the heart of Israeli cinema in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 20, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    Call it sibling rivalry.

    Although less than 40 miles apart, holy, historied Jerusalem and delightedly unholy Tel Aviv barely have anything in common.

    Ask any inhabitant from one city for thoughts about the other and you’ll probably hear that those citizens live “in another... read on

  • A rare interview with Woody Allen

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 14, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    I don’t know how she did it, but the Wall Street Journal’s Rachel Dodes got a one-on-one with Woody Allen. The young reporter met with the press-shy filmmaker last week at his New York office to discuss his upcoming release “To Rome With Love”, which premiered last month at the... read on

  • ‘The Tools’: Spirituality for screenwriters

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 13, 2012 | 7:01 pm

    There’s a surprising new cure for writer’s block circulating among Hollywood’s elite. But, shhh, don’t tell, God is much more effective when disguised as a “higher force,” a less-loaded term for a religion-phobic environment. 

    At least that’s the way a pair of Hollywood... read on

  • Bashar al-Assad’s secret weapon

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 13, 2012 | 1:16 pm

    Beauty compels us to do crazy things—like fall in love or leave our spouse or get plastic surgery. It has mystical powers that elevate distraction into an art, whereby beholders get lost on surfaces, lose all self-awareness and proceed to ignore or deny more deeply held truths. As... read on

  • Yoni Netanyahu: The heart and mind of a hero

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 13, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    The Talmud teaches that mourning does not begin until the first piles of dirt are thrown upon a grave. So it must follow, then, that a person’s death is the final act of their life. Certainly this was so for Yoni Netanyahu, a beloved Israeli military commander and the eldest son of... read on

  • Letter from the Negev: Desert Wine

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 4, 2012 | 10:57 pm

    In the bible, the desert can be a frightening place.

    It is redolent of wilderness and wandering, confusion and lack. The prophet Jeremiah calls it “a land of deserts and of pits… a land of drought and of the shadow of death… a land that no man passed through, and where no man... read on

  • Letter from Tel Aviv: Borders and boundaries

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 2, 2012 | 10:37 pm

    Before I left for Israel a few days ago, the wonderful quote by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl popped into my head: “Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.”

    From the skies, only natural borders exist. After take off, California quickly... read on