Author of "Embracing Auschwitz" and "Mensch•Marks: Life Lessons of a Human Rabbi - Wisdom for Untethered Times." Winner of the Rockower Award, the highest honor in Jewish journalism and 2019 Religion News Association Award for Excellence in Commentary. Musings of a rabbi, journalist, father, husband, poodle-owner, Red Sox fan and self-proclaimed mensch, taken from essays, columns, sermons and thin air. Writes regularly in the New York Jewish Week and Times of Israel.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Purim Oscar Nominations
Purim and Oscar Week are upon us. So here’s a Purim-eyed view of this year’s Best Picture nominations:
“Call Me by Your Name” – Uncle Louie comes up for an aliyah and forgets how to say “Louie” in Hebrew.
“Darkest Hour” – Looking for three stars for Havdalah, but OMG, it’s cloudy!
“Dunk-Irk” – Sarah tries her patented cannonball dive into the mikva, but Sally, who’s immersing, is rather pissed about it.
“Get Out” – Jerry declares that he is gay at the very moment his Jewish divorce becomes final.
“Lady Brr-ed” – Esther shivers while waiting for Mordechai to get the car.
“Phantom Thread” – A mysterious purple strand emerges in Yossi’s tzitzis.
“The Post” – Thousands of new menorah-shaped wrought iron lamp posts cause acute bulb shortage
“The Shape of Water” – Intermarriage with sea monster OK’ed by Chief Rabbinate, since Fishy is never not immersing; until sadistic government operative attempts the first-ever aquatic circumcision and things get messy.
“Three (OK, Four) (Jewish) Billboards (Way) Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – There were many nominees, but here are three that can spark some Purim conversation, about the nature of Jewish identity, anti-Semitism and self image.
1960s ad campaign
from the New Yorker, October 1938
New York, 1950s
Anti-Semitic sign at a Swiss hotel, summer of 2017 - possibly posted in response to the aquatic bris in "The Shape of Water"