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Review: Disobedience, Starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, a Beautiful Portrait of Lesbian Love and Deep Faith

4 out of 5 Stars.

What do you do when your very identity is at odds with the faith community that means so much to you? That is a major question in the upcoming film Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.

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On Yom Hashoah [Holocaust Remembrance Day], Too Damn Many People Don’t Know Basic Holocaust Facts

Today is Yom Hashoah, a.k.a Holocaust Remembrance Day (the Jewish-specific day of observance, not to be confused with International Holocaust Rememberance Day in January). How sad, then, that a recent study has proven the continued relevance of this day. We need a day to remember, because far too many people have not only forgotten, but maybe never even really knew.

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mother! Is a Fascinating Film Better Understood If You Consider Jewishness

Apparently, Darren Aronofsky has said of his film mother! that it's an allegory for his views on environmentalism. I know this, because after I saw the film, I looked it up. Looking back at the film after reading that, I can certainly see how that is the case, and the film works well that way. However, that's not at all the first allegorical leap I made when watching it.

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Mayim Bialik Explains How Science and Religion Can Co-Exist, Basically Summing Up My Entire Belief System

As someone who loves science and also believes in a Higher Power, it is often difficult to be in conversations with people who lean more heavily in one direction or the other. I've spoken with scientifically-minded folks for whom the concept of "God" is unnecessary. I've spoken to religious folks for whom the question of "why?" is infinitely more important than the question of "how?" In this video, actress and scientist Mayim Bialik discusses how the two coexist for her.

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4 Jewish Characters Who Changed the Media Landscape in 2015

The Jewish world is so diverse and fascinating, and there are so many stories still waiting to be told, from the secular to the religious, from the European Jews to the Middle East, and beyond. There's a need for stories of Jews by choice, queer Jews, Jews of color, and Jews who identify as multi-religious and multi-cultural. So, what Jewish characters changed the media landscape in 2015?

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Yes, Ginevra, There Is a Jewish Wizard In Harry Potter

It's a Hanukkah miracle!

Sorry, though, it's definitely not a Weasley. They're an Irish Catholic family if ever I saw one.

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Yom Kippur Begins Tonight, So Atone For Your Sins With the eScapegoat

It's okay to slaughter a goat if it's not actually real, right?

Did you guys know that the word "scapegoat" comes from the ancient Hebrew tradition of transferring your sins to a goat and then sacrificing it as an offering during the Day of Atonement? That's probably illegal now, so if you want to celebrate Yom Kippur right, you should probably transfer your sins to this fictional Internet goat instead.

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Craigslist Ad Seeks “Rabbi Versed in DARK TALMUDIC ARTS to create GOLEM”

Check quickly, in case it gets taken down. There is (at the time of this post) an odd but nicely written post in the "domestic gigs" section of New York City's Craigslist page. Somebody in Queens is looking for a golem.

Well, technically, they're looking for a rabbi. To make them a golem a golem for them. On the one hand, they'll provide all raw materials. On the other, "Compensation: no pay."

Check after the jump for a screen-shot, in case the original is gone. And, for the LAST TIME, it is pronounced GO-lem, as in get up and GO.


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