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  • Op-Ed: With great power comes … guilt!

    The self-proclaimed rabbi of all ‘Geek-dom’ believes the enduring quality of Spider-Man is that we are all in some way like him.

  • ‘Rabbi, Matisyahu shaved off his beard! Should I shave off mine?’

    After receiving a call from young man distraught that his musical and spiritual hero Matisyahu had shaved off his beard, author Rabbi Simcha Weinstein explores hero worship and reminds that celebrities who observe Jewish tradition in the public eyes are people, not prophets.

  • Op-Ed: Population boom? Why 7 billion isn’t enough

    Rabbi Simcha Weinstein wonders whether today’s post-modern, post-parenting era will heed the biblical injunction to “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the land and subdue it.”

  • Patriot games: Is Captain America too American?

    Captain America started out as a way for its two creators — second-generation American Jews — to lash out at the Nazi menace. Now in an era of anti-Americanism, the director and star of the new Captain America movie have been playing down the character’s American identity.

  • In new Tarantino film, Jews exact revenge on Nazis

    With “Inglourious Basterds,” add acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino to the long list of filmmakers who can’t resist making their own World War II fantasy-action flick.