The Hollywood Bible

The Hollywood Bible

by Royi Shaffin


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The Hollywood Bible is an analysis of Hollywood films of recent years for their Jewish content, including films that have significant Jewish symbolism, such as Star Wars. The book does film reviews for the purposes of Jewish education and uses of film for the classroom. It also includes, following each piece, a series of discussion questions to be used at the educator’s discretion with the film. It is by no means an exhaustive list of questions and I hope that the questions will inspire educators to develop more questions and stimulate discussion and debate with each screening.

It is my hope that rabbis and other clergy, Jewish educators and Sunday school teachers, theology and religion professors will read this book and that it will inspire you to teach Jewish thought, Jewish history, spirituality, tolerance, and the Hebrew Bible through the use of film. I also hope that a much larger readership will find it interesting and that this book will find a place for people searching for answers. I pray that this book will help you to view Hollywood as sacred and Holy – wood. This is the Holy(wood) Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935604136
Publisher: Gaon Web
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

Chapter 1. Spirituality 15

Chapter 2. Judaism and Christianity 23

Chapter 3. Jewish Life and Law 45

Chapter 4. Good and Evil/Doing the Right Thing 69

Chapter 5. Kabbalah 83

Chapter 6. Teaching Parashat Hashavua 109

(The Weekly Torah Portion) and Haftorah (Prophets)

Chapter 7. The Afterlife 139

Chapter 8. Prayer 143

Chapter 9. The State of Israel 147

Chapter 10. Jewish History 163

Chapter 11. Chassidism 173

Chapter 12. Teaching The Holocaust Through Film 183

Chapter 13. Jewish Comedy 191

Conclusion 201

About the Author 203

Index 205

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