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  • ‘Better Life’ producers thrilled with Demian Bichir’s Oscar nod

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 13, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    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...

  • ‘The Surrogate’ sells at Sundance—for $6 million!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 24, 2012 | 6:31 pm

    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...

  • Michael Fassbender on “Shame,” sadism, playing a Jewish supervillain and why he’s not in therapy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame, shame,” Michael Fassbender, who very much seems to be the actor of the moment, sang in a goofy baritone recently.  His impromptu ditty was unexpected, given that he was in the middle of an intense discussion about his two latest films:  Steve McQueen’s...

  • The genesis of psychoanalysis [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 23, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    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...

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  • A Time to Forgive

    By Misha Henckel

    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...

  • “Please, Rabbis, Stop Telling Us It’s Bad to Steal”

    By Rob Eshman

    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...

  • Aussie Jews play key role in apology to aborigines

    By Dan Goldberg

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    In 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...

  • For German Teens, Shame Stirred Action

    By Adam Deutsch

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When 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...
  • Never Been Mugged

    By Helen Schary Motro

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This piece was excerpted from the writer's "Maneuvering Between the Headlines: An American Lives Through the Intifada" (Other Press, 2005).

    Over time I have learned to drive to a few locations in Jerusalem, but I am never sure when I start out if I indeed will reach my destination...

  • Cancer and Secrets

    By Homa Shadpour-Michaelson

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I have cancer. It's thyroid cancer, which has metastasized. In every bone in my body there is a tumor eating it from the inside out.

    That's why I was at the Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Cancer Center on June 25, 2003, having a bone infusion. I sat there on one of those comfortable chairs...

  • The Agonizing Toll of Sexual Addiction

    By Julie G Fax

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    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)...

  • Exodus From Addiction and Shame

    By Mike Levy

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    These are the Ten Plagues of Prison Life, and we take a drop of grape juice out of our cups for each: Damage left in the wake of destructive addiction. Abusive relationships. Low self-esteem. The embittered spirit. Wrong attitude. Weakening mind and body. Daily degradation....

  • No Longer Alone

    By Lori Schneide

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Murray 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...