A Dybbuk Strikes Again in a Spooky New Polish Film

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
September 12, 2016

Based on the 2008 play Adherence by Piotr Rowicki, the new film Demon plays on the Jewish folktale of the dybbuk, an evil spirit that possesses a living person, often during a wedding, when the bride and groom are particularly vulnerable (which is why they traditionally wear white).

Famed Holocaust Documentarian is the Focus of New Oscar-Nominated Film

Wes Hopper
February 24, 2016

Thirty years after the release of Claude Lanzmann’s landmark Holocaust documentary, Shoah, a new documentary short revisits the inscrutable filmmaker’s legacy by exploring the difficulties, both personal and professional, he faced during the nearly 12 years it took to complete the film.

Judaism and the Jedi: What Do Darth Vader and Jewish Mystics Have in Common?

Rabbi P.J. Schwartz
December 15, 2015

“It’s true. All of it: The Dark Side, the Jedi. They’re real.”

These are the first words we hear from Han Solo, the former smuggler and member of the Rebel Alliance, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It’s been almost 40 years since the original Star Wars film hit the big screen, but its stories in the theater, books, television, video games, and other media highlight themes that continue to resonate with us today.

In particular, the Star Wars mythology can be understood through a Jewish lens.