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  • The Butler Film

    By Joy Bennett

    September 2, 2013 | 9:27 pm

    The Butler film poster

    Today we saw The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels (he also directed Precious, etc.).  It was excellent.  I've rarely been so emotionally affected by a film. 

    Forest Whitaker is the Butler, and does an outstanding job, aging through his many decades of...

  • Lance Armstrong and the disease of wild narcissism and ruthless ambition

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    January 24, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Lance Armstrong proved surprisingly poor at backpedaling. His stone-faced, reluctant regret made many who watched the interview wonder if this was an illness. Why did this man mow down associates, besmirch employees, lie, cheat and bully his way to the top of a sport he is now...

  • Elie Wiesel on Oprah Dec. 9: Sneak peak Q & A [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 8, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Eight years ago, Holocaust survivor and author Eli Wiesel took Oprah Winfrey on a tour of Auschwitz, which she has described as a life-altering experience.  On Sunday, Dec. 9, Wiesel will again speak with Oprah, this time on a "Super Soul Sunday" episode (set to air on OWN – the...
  • Oprah tours a traditional Jewish mikvah

    By JewishJournal

    February 17, 2012 | 11:06 am

    During a Hasidic woman’s menstrual cycle and for seven days after, she and her husband are not allowed to touch…at all. At the end of the two weeks, she’s required to immerse herself in a mikvah, a ritual bath, where she is spiritually cleansed. Watch as Oprah goes inside a community mikvah and learns about this Jewish custom.

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  • Mikveh time for Oprah?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 10, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Oprah still isn’t a member of the tribe, despite a visit to a Brooklyn Heights mikveh last week.

    JTA caught the eye of Jewish hopefuls last week with a title that suggested she was visiting the mikveh to mark the beginning of her new show. 

    “Oprah did not embrace the Jewish...

  • I GO ON OPRAH

    By Annie Korzen

    June 22, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    People see me as your “typical Jewish woman,” and maybe it’s true:  I’ve got curly hair, opinions on every subject, and I do not go backpacking.  Plus, even after years of speech classes, I still have an identifiable Bronxiness in my voice.  When I walk into a room, someone...

  • Justin Bieber’s Musical Father Figure, Dan Kanter [UPDATED]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 18, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Before Justin Bieber stepped onstage in front of 40,000 radiant fans at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park last month, Dan Kanter, Bieber’s musical director and guitarist, took the spotlight to deliver a Jimi Hendrix-style rendition of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem.  “It was one...

  • Mother/Daughter Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Talk Challenges and Transformation on Oprah

    By Misha Henckel

    February 22, 2011 | 12:14 am

    I watched mother/daughter pair, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, on the late night showing of Oprah, last night. I’ve known of these two Hollywood icons all my life, like most people who have even the smallest idea of pop culture. Debbie Reynolds first appeared on the big screen...

  • Valentine’s Day Peep Show!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 14, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    I really don’t like Valentine’s Day!  I hate everything about it, the stupid, corny Hallmark cards, the over-priced flowers, the overcrowded restaurants, the need to out-do each other with pricey gifts, etc…  I am not saying that we shouldn’t show our love for the people in our...

  • Some Concrete Steps to Make Today Awesome

    By Misha Henckel

    January 19, 2011 | 10:17 am

    In my last post, I lauded Piers Morgan for showing up in his interview of Oprah and doing a great job. The question is how can we do that, show up in our own lives? Well here are some concrete steps that you can use to show up and make your day amazing.

    1. Remember that even when...

  • Piers Morgan Proves He’s the Right Choice with Smashing Interview of Oprah!

    By Misha Henckel

    January 18, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    For those of us who were watching to see if Larry King’s shoes would be filled, or not, Piers Morgan delivered. He was smart, perceptive, direct, and ultimately impressive. When he asked Oprah at the end, how he had done, she answered, “Surprising! And that’s good. You always...

  • With this list, I thee wed

    By Amy Klein

    July 3, 2008 | 11:33 am

    I recently read an essay in Oprah -- the only woman's magazine I can tolerate because it's not filled with messages about how lacking women are -- about a woman who went to a psychic to find out whether she'd ever meet the love of her life.

    The psychic told her to write down a list...

  • Letters

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Other

    David Myers' message on the disengagement from Gaza is moving and powerful and wonderfully significant ("Show Gaza Sympathies to the Other," Aug. 26). It is a call to conscience and a much-need reminder that what lies at the heart of the Jewish ethos is the conviction that...

  • ‘Oleander’ Blooms

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Janet Fitch met Michelle Pfeiffer to discuss the film version of her debut novel, "White Oleander," last year, she felt like she'd stepped into an episode of "The Twilight Zone." "It was surreal," the affable Jewish author said.

    It was just two years since the 46-year-old...

  • Diamant Finds a Harbor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While writing "Good Harbor," about the midlife friendship between two Jewish women, Anita Diamant says she suffered a bout of "second-novelitis."

    Her 1997 debut novel, "The Red Tent" -- a sexy spin on the biblical story of Dinah -- had been a runaway best seller that's still on the...

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