December 29, 2013 at 12:00 am by noamsienna
Continued from here, here, and here. “Quite a little fellow in a wide world”: Smallness, Significance, and Finding Balance The Hobbit ends, in some sense, where it began: in Bilbo’s comfortable hole in the Shire. Bilbo, Gandalf, and Balin are enjoying the simple pleasures of a tobacco jar and each other’s company. Hearing of 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” […]
June 27, 2013 at 6:39 am by LevantineforLiberty
When I went to see “This is the End” last weekend, I expected another typical, racy Judd Apatow movie filled with the same lewd jokes and raunchy humor as all the others…
February 14, 2013 at 8:22 am by Jonah Rank
Donald Fagen releases new neuroses on his latest disc. Have the Jews assimilated enough to his liking?
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.)
June 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm by Jonah Rank
Randy Newman is no stranger to being a stranger. Randy, like the Jewish tradition, can’t stress enough how important it is to care for the stranger.
May 21, 2012 at 10:23 am by Jonah Rank
Guided by complementary visions of the afterlife from Paul Simon, the Talmud and an old Jewish joke, Jonah imagines his late grandfather in the afterlife.