Jewish Journal

You don’t want to rile these rabbis

By  Tom Tugend

February 15, 2014 | 6:24 pm

It is generally not judicious to quarrel with an Orthodox rabbi over scriptural interpretations, but these days it is just as inadvisable to get into a physical altercation with a bearded... read on

  • Filming with Maximilian Schell

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 2, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    The death of actor Maximilian Schell on Feb. 1 reminded me of our week together in 1959 during the shooting of the Playhouse 90 television version of “Judgment at Nuremberg.”

    By some fluke – I had never acted before or have since – I was asked to take on the modest role of court... read on

  • Israel out, Palestinians in Oscar race

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 20, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    Israel is out and Palestine is in the Oscar race, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday (12/20) announced nine semi-finalists in the best foreign-language film category.

    Both Israel’s entry, “Bethlehem” and the Palestinian “Omar” reflect the intensity of... read on

  • Oy! ‘The Muslims Are Coming’ to your town

    By Tom Tugend

    September 12, 2013 | 11:35 am

    The Muslims Are Coming to your town, led by two stand-up comedians wielding the traditional weapons of America’s ethnic minorities.
    The two Muslim-American comics tell jokes, play off their negative stereotypes and parade around with signs asking passersby to “Hug a Muslim.”
    ... read on
  • ‘Hannah Arendt’ — the thinking person’s action film

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 2, 2013 | 12:05 am

    Movie mavens may have to come up with a new genre to classify “Hannah Arendt.”

    It is an action film, as New York Times critic A.O. Scott suggests, but one in which the protagonists fight with ideas, theories and interpretations on a battle field where a questionable hypothesis... read on

  • Oscar contenders focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    Two films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are in the final lap of five Oscar contenders for best documentary feature.

    “The Gatekeepers” is told from the perspective of the six men who headed Israel’s Shin Bet internal security and counter-terrorism apparatus over the past... read on

  • Israeli movie wins top prize at Palm Springs film fest

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 13, 2013 | 10:12 pm

    The Israeli movie “Fill the Void” has been named best foreign-language film, beating out entries from 41 other countries, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in Southern California.

    The International Federation of Film Critics' (FIPRESCI) prize for the Israeli entry... read on

  • Two-and-a-half Jews spearhead Oscar nominations

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 10, 2013 | 8:43 am

    Spearheaded by two-and-a-half Jews, “Lincoln” led the field with 12 Oscar nominations, announced Thursday (1/10) morning.

    Nominated in their respective categories were Steven Spielberg as director, as well as co-producer (with Kathleen Kennedy), playwright Tony Kushner for best... read on

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Tom is a contributing editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel, Jewish Chronicle in Britain, and...

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