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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 15, 2013 | 5:33 am

    One place, endless possibilities

    Have you checked the new Israel Tourism Ministry's mini-website? Under the slogan "One place, endless possibilities," the Tourism Ministry is marketing Israel as an international conference hub. The new mini-website describes Israel as a unique...

  • [UPDATE] Gibson’s Maccabee film on hold; screenwriter calls Mel “Jew-hater,” Gibson responds

    April 11, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    It looks like Mel Gibson will not be making his controversial Maccabee revolt movie any time soon.  According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. didn’t care for the script screenwriter Joe Eszterhas delivered in February and has put the project on hold: “Warner’s has since passed on it,...

  • Rod Lurie On Dustin Hoffman and His Remake of Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 23, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    The last time I spoke with Israeli-born writer-director Rod Lurie—whose remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film, “Straw Dogs,” opened this past week – was before the premiere of “The Contender” (2000), his political thriller about a female U.S. senator (Joan Allen) who...

  • The Golden Rule of Jewish Leadership

    By James D. Besser

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has long provided one of precious few forums for Jews from across the political and religious spectrum to come together and debate the great issues of the day. But at last week's JCPA plenum in Washington, there was a palpable chill when...

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  • U.N. Failing in Conflict-Resolution Role

    By James D. Besser

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Indiana in the 1960s, billboards proclaimed a central message of the John Birch Society: "U.S. Out of the U.N."

    The United Nations, the right-wing crusaders believed, was part of a communist plot to undermine our sovereignty. Soon, Americans would be slaves to the puppet masters...

  • Gibson Film Stirs Up Variety of Reactions

    By Journal Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Eli Spitz

    This masterfully crafted film deals with a troubling event and could lead to trouble. The film fails to portray a larger context for Jesus and the Jews.

    As recorded in the New Testament, Jesus lived as a faithful Jew and had Jewish crowds who loved him. The film...

  • Opinions Conflict on Ending Life Support

    By Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Florida case of a woman on life support for 13 years has put issues of how we die and when and how doctors and others should intervene on the front page. Whatever the courts say about that case, however, will only apply to federal and Florida law.

    What would Jewish law say about...

  • Dollars and Sense of Jesus Films

    By David Finnigan

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Despite Mel Gibson's solid box office reputation, a major Hollywood studio stepping forward to distribute his $25 million Jesus film "The Passion" is not a certainty. The film falls long after Hollywood's era of Bible epics and outside the trend of Jesus movies finding safe homes on...

  • Far From ‘Divine’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Divine Intervention" by Israeli Arab filmmaker Elia Suleiman is going to delight some people, anger others and put still others to sleep.

    It has been embraced by European and most American critics as a brilliant absurdist comedy, recalling the style of French director...

  • Sharon Vows More Targeted Killings

    By Naomi Segal

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is vowing to step up targeted killings of suspected Palestinian terrorists. Israel's practice of targeted killings is not new, but Sharon's statements again threw a spotlight on the controversial policy.

    He made the comment following a terror attack Dec....

  • Terrors of the Resistance

    By Robert Sklar

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The highly controversial French documentary film, "Terrorists in Retirement," offers a striking revelation that, on reflection, should come as no surprise at all -- Eastern European Jews played a prominent role in the most daring exploits of the World War II French resistance...

  • Tinseltown Exposed

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Bernard Rose first met superagent Jay Moloney, the inspiration for his controversial new film, "ivansxtc," he was a hot young director courted by every agent in town. "I was staying at the Mondrian, and gifts would suddenly appear in my room," says the 41-year-old Jewish Brit,...

  • Jews in the Nazis’ Ranks

    By Dennis Gura

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and the Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military" by Bryan Mark Rigg (University Press of Kansas, $29.95).

    Bryan Mark Rigg's most controversial assertion is "Hitler's Jewish Soldiers'" least relevant matter. In a...

  • Suit Filed to Stop MTA Busway

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 11, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    The busway is back.

    Opponents of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) East-West Transit Corridor, which was approved by the MTA in February, filed a lawsuit April 2 challenging the MTA's Environmental Impact Report (EIR), alleging that the report "understated the serious...

  • The Porn Star and the Rabbi

    By Carin Davis

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the porn star and the adult magazine editor? They don't walk into a bar, they walk into a synagogue.

    Adult film star Nina Hartley and her fiancé, Taboo Magazine editor Ira Levine, will speak on "Love and Sex in the 21st Century" at Temple Beth...

  • Unwelcome Storyteller

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Todd Solondz says that when he was growing up in a kosher home in Livingston, N.J., "I did well at school, I didn't get in trouble, I was a good boy."

    Since winning the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival for his excruciating 1996 comedy, "Welcome to the Dollhouse" -- about a...

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