December 24, 2013 at 1:00 am by noamsienna
(Continued from parts one and two) “The Bravest Thing He Ever Did”: Valour, Victory, and the Great Battle There is an emphasis throughout Tolkien’s work on what one might call “true heroism,” which comes not from martial victory and certainly not through needless violence, but from the choices we make to conduct ourselves with dignity. […]
December 18, 2013 at 2:00 am by noamsienna
(continued from part one here) “Over You Gold Shall Have No Dominion”: Greed, Goodness, and Learning to Grow The Dwarvish love of gold was not necessarily an inherent curse: the Dwarves were lovers of stones and gems, but “they are not evil by nature, and few ever served the Enemy of free will, whatever the […]
December 11, 2013 at 9:03 am by noamsienna
Note: the printed book The Hobbit (1994 edition) is indicated by an italicized title, while Peter Jackson’s 2012 film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is referred to with quotation marks. “According to the Nature of the Dwarves”: An Introduction to Dwarves and Jews On my way home from seeing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” […]
March 20, 2013 at 1:04 am by Jonah Rank
Reviewing a few albums that may be just a little too self-absorbed. Paramore’s All We Know Is Falling, and a few discs from the Black Keys.
August 27, 2012 at 12:31 am by Jonah Rank
Accepting our destinies and trying to change them: drawing inspiration and frustration from Weird Al and The Boss. Also: Jewish views on astrology! (Maimonides thought it was dumb.)
August 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm by Jonah Rank
What happens when Carly Rae Jepsen, MC Lars and K Flay judge potential lovers by their bodies? Some Jewish wisdom congratulates Carly Rae Jepsen.
February 27, 2012 at 8:21 am by Jonah Rank
Hillel the Elder and Ben Folds reflect on their selves in much the same way.