The underdog in the race for best actor at the 2012 Academy Awards is certainly Demian Bichir, who was nominated for his searing performance as an undocumented worker struggling to raise his troubled teenaged son in Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life.” While more expected contenders...
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When I spoke to filmmaker Ben Lewin of “The Surrogate” recently, he said he was “cautiously optimistic” and more than a bit cynical about his film’s chances at the Sundance Film Festival, but turns out he need not have worried. His fact-based movie—about a paralyzed...
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How the brilliant, disturbed Sabina Spielrein influenced Freud and Jung
It is the summer of 1912 in “A Dangerous Method” — a film whose storyline is drawn from real-life events — and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a young Russian-Jewish psychoanalyst, is discussing with...
September 4, 2010 | 6:14 pm
This is the time for repentance, return, transformation – and the key to it all is forgiveness: Asking for forgiveness, and forgiving.
We ask forgiveness of G-d and of others, and we can forgive others.
To engage in any degree of forgiveness takes real work, digging deep, being...
September 29, 2009 | 4:10 pm
David Suissa has a response to Rabbi Dan Moscowitz’s High Holiday sermon, “Shame on the Jews.”
Please, Rabbis, Stop Telling Us It’s Bad to Steal
By David Suissa
When I hear rabbis get up and sermonize about the importance of not stealing money, I cringe.
When I hear them...
February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pmIn what could be described as Australia's Yom Kippur, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last week expressed the one word his predecessors refused to utter to indigenous Australians: Sorry.
Rudd's Labor Party wrested power from John Howard's Liberals last November on a platform that included...
April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pmWhen six German teenagers entered the beit midrash at YULA boys high school, there was an indescribable sense of tension in the air. The four girls and two boys seemed hesitant and slightly anxious as they faced 60 Jewish boys eager for discussion. As a natural skeptic, my personal...
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One Friday night 33 years ago, when Yisroel Richtberg was 12 years old, an older boy sneaked into his dorm room at his Chasidic yeshiva in Israel, pulled off Richtberg's pajama pants and raped him. The same thing happened the next Shabbat.
The boy told Richtberg (not his real name)...
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May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pmMurray Cohen and his wife of 52 years, Lillian, were both Holocaust survivors. Since Lillian's death nine months ago, Murray spends most of his days inside. Without the attention of his daughter Barbara, Murray would hardly eat, shower or speak.
Murray is a fictional character who...