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Is Watching a Movie As Bad As Eating Treif?

Dear Jew in the City- I was raised to believe that eating traif was the same thing as watching a movie. How are mitzvos, minhagim and chumras weighed, in other words, how do I make sense of what is really required of me from the Torah, the rabbis or just by my particular community? Thank […]

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I Had High Hopes For “Menashe,” But Left The Film Disappointed

Several months ago, I started seeing promos for Menashe, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. I was really impressed. There have been only a few movies over the years which successfully depict the Hasidic world with nuance and depth and have gotten critical acclaim (Ushpizin, Fill The Void and The Wedding Plan). Menashe seemed to be […]

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“Fill The Void” Producer Releases Next Film: “The Wedding Plan”

In 2013, a Hasidic filmmaker took the world by storm with her critically acclaimed feature length film, Fill the Void. It was distributed by Sony Pictures and premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Its writer-director, Rama Burstein, is a hasidic baalas teshuva, whose newest effort, The Wedding Plan, comes out this weekend (it opens May 12 in […]

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This Orthodox Jewish Boy Stars in Emmy-Nominated Animated Short

  Asher Blinkoff is still years away from his bar mitzvah, but he may clinch his first Emmy this weekend. Taking Flight, an animated short that has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award features the voice talents of eight-year-old Asher Blinkoff, the actor son of 2014 Orthodox Jewish All Star Saul Blinkoff. Asher’s previous […]

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