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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Children dancing at Kibbutz Ginegar, 1947. (Kluger Zoltan/Israel GPO)

Why ‘Hava Nagila’ is TV’s new fight song

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published June 17, 2024
Hitler and the Nazis makes use of colorized archival footage — some from Leni Riefenstahl — as well as reenactments.

Is this a Hitler documentary worth watching?

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published June 5, 2024
Jerry Seinfeld said that network sitcoms lost their sizzle. Photo by Jeffery Neira/ NETFLIX

In Seinfeld’s newest kvetch, a tale of two Pop-Tart jokes

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published April 29, 2024
Women’s auxiliaries and SS officers enjoy music not far from the barracks of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Hidden in this picture, the murder of 1.1 million Jews

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published April 24, 2024
Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan record “We Are the World.” Courtesy of Netflix

Why ‘The Greatest Night in Pop’ is must see TV

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published February 8, 2024
Acting legend Carl Weathers and his manager, Matt Luber.

When Carl Weathers dedicated a Torah scroll

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published February 6, 2024
The a Jew-ish list of 2024 Golden Globe nominees

The a Jew-ish list of 2024 Golden Globe nominees

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published December 13, 2023
Kanye West at Milk Studios for an Adidas + KANYE WEST partnership announcement on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

In a new track, Kanye explains why he can’t be antisemitic

By PJ Grisar, THE FORWARD
Published November 20, 2023
The Thing, Peter Parker and Miles Morales in “An UnBEElievable Rosh Hashanah.”

Spider-Man is about to dip apples in honey with The Thing

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published September 14, 2023
Stan Lee movie poster. Courtesy Disney +

The real story buried in the Disney+ Stan Lee documentary

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published June 21, 2023
Grogu (aka “Baby Yoda”), and Din Djarin exemplify the Jewish concept of l’dor v’dor. Photo by ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM

Is ‘The Mandalorian’ the most Jewish sci-fi series ever?

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published April 25, 2023
Marc Maron in From Bleak to Dark. Courtesy of HBO

You want it darker? Marc Maron’s game.

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published February 21, 2023
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Richard Belzer, comedian and Jewish TV cop for all seasons, dies at 78

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published February 19, 2023
23 totally accurate and sane Jewish pop culture predictions for 2023

23 totally accurate and sane Jewish pop culture predictions for 2023

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published January 2, 2023
Courtesy https://www.cocainebear.movie/

Does the Talmud warn us about this ‘Cocaine Bear’?

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published December 5, 2022
Dave Chappelle tried to walk a difficult line on Saturday Night Live this week.
NBC/Will Heath/NBC

Dave Chappelle got one thing right in his already infamous SNL monologue

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published November 13, 2022
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RIP Coolio. How he breathed new life into Psalm 23

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published September 29, 2022
Forest animals flee hunters in “The Original Bambi.” Illustration by Alenka Sotler

Is ‘Bambi’ about Jewish persecution, Zionism or something else?

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published August 21, 2022
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How new movie ‘Nope’ spotlights Jewish prophets and mitzvahs

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published July 28, 2022
In “Holy Lands,” James Caan plays a secular American Jew who moves to Israel to escape the drama of his family — and to raise pigs. (Cinedigm) 

Remembering James Caan, the Jewish, tough-guy actor

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published July 7, 2022
In his video for the song “HYFR,” Drake re-creates his bar mitzvah—sort of. 

The most Jewish songs from Drake’s new album

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published June 21, 2022
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman in “Better Call Saul.” Photo by Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Jimmy, Saul or David? How ‘Better Call Saul’ upends a biblical rivalry

By PJ Grisar, The Forward
Published April 19, 2022
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