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Talmud Film Footnote Wins Award at Cannes

Talmud Film Footnote Wins Award at Cannes

The world did not end last Saturday as one religious leader predicted. But surely there are signs that we are living in the messianic end of days, e.g., a funny film about Talmud professors at Hebrew University has won an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Israel’s Cedar wins award at Cannes.

By Viva Sarah Press

Israeli film director Joseph Cedar clinched the best screenplay award …

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Outrage at screening of dying Princess Diana photo: Cannes documentary to show graphic picture for first time

Outrage at screening of dying Princess Diana photo: Cannes documentary to show graphic picture for first time

A shocking paparazzi photograph of a dying Princess Diana is to be screened for the first time in a documentary about her fatal crash.

Unlawful Killing, which will be shown at Cannes this week, is backed by the actor Keith Allen and Mohammed Fayed, whose son Dodi died with Diana.

The 90-minute film will include a graphic black and white close-up of Diana taken moments after the …

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Casino Jack: An Awful Movie About an Awful Person

Casino Jack: An Awful Movie About an Awful Person

Overall the film Casino Jack is an awful movie about an awful person. The feeling we were left with after seeing it was somewhere between nausea and an intense desire to shower to wash the sleaze off.

The reviewers will praise all the components of the film – the acting, directing, writing, pacing, filming and so on. It is a professionally made Hollywood film. But in the big picture …

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Is Israeli Writer-Director Joseph Cedar Jewish?

Is Israeli Writer-Director Joseph Cedar Jewish?

Yes, Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar is a Jew.

According to the LA Times, he is a Sabbath-observant Jew whose family made aliyah from New York City when he was a child.

Writing about how he had to wait until late Saturday night to interview Cedar, Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times Film Critic said,

It is somehow appropriate that Cedar’s Sabbath observance played a part in …

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Why Koreans study Talmud

Why Koreans study Talmud

Almost every house in South Korea has a translated Talmud. Moreover, the South Koreans have made the collection of ancient rabbinic writings on Jewish civil and religious law part of their school curriculum’s compulsory literature.But unlike Israel, even Korean mothers study it and read from it to their children.

Yes in a country if almost 49 million people who believe in …

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Celebrating Osama’s Death

“My creatures are drowning in the sea, and you want to sing?”

- Babylonian Talmud Megillah 10b

It took less than 24 hours for American t-shirt vendors to come up with shirts celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden: “It Took Obama to Get Osama,” “Voted Off the Planet” and “Public Enemy #1 is Dead.” According to The Washington Post , you can even buy a coffee mug …

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Cinematheque in Jerusalem

Cinematheque in Jerusalem

The Cinematheque in Jerusalem is located in a splendid area overlooking old city walls and the Kidron valley. It is one of the finest cinema houses in Jerusalem. Initiated by Lia and Wim Van Leer, the film archive is the main reason why it was developed and built. If you are a movie-buff or a film-lover, then this place is perfect for you.  The cinema plays variety of films, whether it is …

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Film: Love and Free Will Challenge Fate in the Adjustment Bureau

We did not have any conceptions about the film “The Adjustment Bureau” when we saw it on Cedar Lane in Teaneck this week. We only knew that friends thought it was a good flick.

It turns out that we loved the film. The concept of religion it projected was 100% from what we call the “scribal archetype” – religion here was a big corporation run by managers and accountants. And …

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Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea

Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea

Close to 50 million people live in South Korea, and everyone learns Gemara (Talmud) in school. “We tried to understand why the Jews are geniuses, and we came to the conclusion that it is because they study Talmud,” said the Korean ambassador to Israel. And this is how “Rav Papa” became a more well known scholar in Korea than in Israel.

It is doubtful if the Amoraic scholars, …

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Does the Talmud say that Gay Sex Causes Earthquakes?

Last year we covered this nonsensical topic after the Haiti earthquakes. Here it is again.

Yes, the Talmud does say that gay sex causes earthquakes.

We mused, That must be some awesome gay sex.

But seriously, if one can get serious over this bizarre idea, some cockamamie rabbis were going around preaching that gay sex caused Haiti’s earthquakes.

Read More: @ tzvee.blogspot.com …

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Link to the Soncino Talmud in English Online at Halakhah.com

The Soncino Babylonian Talmud English translation is online – at a site that is not anti-Semitic or polemical.

Download the Talmud in English free at http://www.halakhah.com/

Contains the Sedarim (orders, or major divisions) and tractates (books) of the Babylonian Talmud, as translated and organized for publication by the Soncino Press in 1935 – 1948.

Read More: @ …

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Epic Holocaust film ‘Shoah’ to be screened in Iran via satellite TV

Epic Holocaust film 'Shoah' to be screened in Iran via satellite TV

An epic French documentary about the Holocaust, dubbed into Farsi, is to be broadcast on a satellite channel in Iran as part of a campaign to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims and to fight Holocaust denial.

Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s renowned nine-plus-hour film “Shoah” includes testimony from concentration-camp survivors and employees about the slaughter of …

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Reimagining the Talmud

Reimagining the Talmud

Earlier this week, Aaron Roller, an editor of Mima’amakim, wrote about the Jewish Austin Powers and the Jewish poetry conspiracy.

I knew something exciting was afoot when an email from the poet Jake Marmer popped up in my inbox with the subject header, “Won’t you be my Tosafot?” Jake Marmer is a longtime editor with Mima’amakim who performs improvisatory jazz poetry with the …

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My Translation and Re-Publication of Bavli Hullin: Keeping My Siyyum Hadran Promise to the Talmud

My Translation and Re-Publication of Bavli Hullin: Keeping My Siyyum Hadran Promise to the Talmud

On April 1, 1973 in Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Talmud shiur at Yeshiva University we completed learning the first chapter of Talmud Bavli Tractate Hullin. The Rav gave a dvar Torah at the Siyyum . He explained the meaning of the recitation of the hadran alakh , the prayer that promised upon the completion of learning a Talmud chapter or Tractate that we would return to study you – …

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Is the Hullin Scroll the Oldest Talmud Manuscript Ever Recovered?

Is the Hullin Scroll the Oldest Talmud Manuscript Ever Recovered?

We were delighted in December, 2009 to hear Professor Shamma Friedman speak at a Talmud department seminar at JTS. He spoke about a controversial scholarly issue: whether Maimonides intended his Mishneh Torah to replace the Talmud.

This event reminded us of a Talmudic fact that Professor Friedman brought to light several years ago, i.e., that the Talmud was at an early time circulated …

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The Adin Steinsaltz Talmud and the Global Day of Learning

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In 1994, following the death of my maternal grandfather, David Gudes, I received his entire library of Jewish books. In his collection were all of the volumes of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s translation of the Talmud into English that had been published thus far. These beautiful light-yellow volumes prompted me to start learning Talmud as a college …

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Women and Talmud Study

Women and Talmud Study

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[Editors' Note: As a follow-up to a recent discussion, Rabbi Grossman sent us this article, which presents the oft-misunderstood theoretical framework underlying the traditional Orthodox perspective on women and Talmud study. It was originally published in Tradition magazine (Vol. 28:3) as part of a symposium on women’s education.]

Present-day discussions on …

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

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1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on …

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Another Salita Movie?

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I hate to start rumors, so I don’t mean this to be a declaration of fact. I’m really just putting this out there to find out if anyone knows anything more about this: Is Disney making a movie about Dmitriy Salita?

I can’t really find much info on the internet about this beyond a recent JTA article about Salita’s upcoming boxing match in New York. Salita will …

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A Jazz Talmud

A Jazz Talmud

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Jake Marmer is the Gen-X Jewish Beat poet who never made it to the Beat Movement, born 40 years or so late and in the wrong country. While Jack Micheline (if you get our daily Jewniverse email, you know who he is) and Denise Levertov were first-generation Americans, embracing the almost-English of free-verse poems with the joy of native English speakers, Jake takes his …

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What Israel Means to Me: By 80 Prominent Writers, Performers, Scholars, Politicians, and Journalists

What Israel Means to Me: By 80 Prominent Writers, Performers, Scholars, Politicians, and Journalists

Alan Dershowitz (editor)

Publisher: Wiley

As one of Israel’s staunchest supporters and most ardent defenders, Alan Dershowitz has long understood that the deep emotional pull of this ancient land and youthful state, while shared by so many, has distinct and personal meanings for each of us. What Israel Means to Me is not so much a book as a collection of love songs—each with its …

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The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

Debby Flancbaum

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women – some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities – who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness.

Although the women featured in this book come from all walks of …

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The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World

Kati Marton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

In this ground-breaking book, acclaimed author Kati Marton brings to life an unknown chapter of World War II: the tale of nine men who grew up in Budapest’s brief Golden Age, then, driven from Hungary by anti-Semitism, fled to the West, especially to the United States, and changed the world. These nine men, each celebrated for individual …

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Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud: Business Lessons from the Ancient Rabbis

Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud: Business Lessons from the Ancient Rabbis

Larry Kahaner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

“Pound for pound, Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud: Business Lessons from the Ancient Rabbis delivers more wisdom and practical knowledge than a decade of working experience. Every corporate board should adopt the principles of this bible into an ethics pledge to be signed by their chief executives.”

–Stephen McMenamin

Chairman, …

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The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Wladyslaw Szpilman

Publisher: Picador

Named one of the Best Books of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times, The Pianist is now a major motion picture directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody (Son of Sam). The Pianist won the Cannes Film Festival’s most prestigious prize—the Palme d’Or.

On September 23, 1939, Wladyslaw Szpilman played Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp minor live …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Daf Yomi Size English (7″ x 10″) Hardcover

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Daf Yomi Size English (7" x 10") Hardcover

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Daf Yomi 73 Volume Set

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Daf Yomi 73 Volume Set

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - English Full-Size Hardcover - 73 Volume Set

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - English Full-Size Hardcover - 73 Volume Set

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Full-Size English (9″ x 12″) Hardcover

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Full-Size English (9" x 12") Hardcover

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Hebrew Edition (8.75 x 12″) Hardcover

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Hebrew Edition (8.75 x 12") Hardcover

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava …

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