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Kontroll Csoport @ 2018. december 7. – Budapest/TRIP hajó

Kontroll Csoport Tinédzser korom egyik kedvenc zenekarának koncertjén voltunk szombat este, nagyjából. A Kontroll Csoport még élő tagjainak részvételével zajlott az Ági 60 sorozat soronkövetkező koncertje a TRIP hajón. A koncert első felében Bárdos Deák Ági új, Villámrandi c. lemeze hangzott el, aminek csak az utolsó számára értünk oda. Rövid szünet után viszont majd másfél órás műsorban a régi klasszikus Kontroll számok jó részét eljátszották. Jó volt elmerülni a múltban egy kicsit, bár a dalok üzenetei sajnos mára ismé aktuálisá váltak. Csak az alábbi három széamot vettem fel videóra, mert a többi alatt táncoltunk.

  • Lilli Kommandó
  • Kis piros bombázó
  • Hol vannak a régi álmaim/Félelem háza

The 64 movies added to JewishFilmFestivals.org in September 2018

Covers of the 64 movies added to jewishfilmfestivals.org in September 2018In September 2018 I added 64 movies to JewishFilmFestivals.org, see the whole list below and the covers of some of them.

  1. America (2018)
  2. Amnesia (2018)
  3. Amor (2016)
  4. Better Together: Names, Not Numbers (2018)
  5. Bobbi Jene (2017) DVD
  6. Call Me Alvy (2017)
  7. The Caregiver (2018)
  8. The Catcher Was a Spy (2018) DVD
  9. Check Please (2015)
  10. The Chosen People? A Film about Jewish Identity (2017)
  11. The Departure (2018)
  12. Egg Cream (2018)
  13. Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (2017)
  14. Eyeless in Gaza (2016)
  15. Fractures (2017)
  16. Genesis (2018)
  17. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) DVD
  18. The Gravedigger’s Daughter (2017)
  19. Home Made (2017)
  20. I Heart NY (2017)
  21. In the Land of Pomegranates (2018)
  22. The In-Laws (1979) DVD
  23. The Interpreter (2018)
  24. Israel, Why (1973) DVD
  25. Keep Quiet (2016) DVD
  26. Kirk Douglas, The Untameable (2017)
  27. Kosher Love (2017)
  28. Laces (2018)
  29. Land of the Little People (2016)
  30. A Land Without Borders (2017)
  31. Layam (2018)
  32. Leftovers (2017)
  33. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) DVD
  34. Little Murders (1971) DVD
  35. Love, Gilda (2018)
  36. The Mossad: Imperfect Spies (2018)
  37. On the Spectrum (2018)
  38. One of Us (2017)
  39. The Outer Circle (2017)
  40. Paperock (2017)
  41. Present/Absent (2018)
  42. Red Cow (2018)
  43. Red Trees (2017) DVD
  44. Sante (2016)
  45. The Seven Men of Hanukkah (2016)
  46. Shattered: Journey into a Silent Past (2018)
  47. Signer (2018)
  48. Significant Other (2018)
  49. The Smuggler and Her Charges (2017)
  50. Strangers at Home (2016)
  51. Summer (2018)
  52. The Syrian Patient (2017)
  53. Tel Aviv Live (2016)
  54. Ten Bell Tolls (2017)
  55. A Thousand Kisses (2017)
  56. Three Identical Strangers (2018)
  57. Travelogue Tel Aviv (2017)
  58. Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride! (2016) DVD
  59. Violin (2017)
  60. Virgins (2018)
  61. Wait Until Dark (1967) DVD
  62. Who Will Write Our History (2018)
  63. You Only Live Once (2017)
  64. Your Honor (2017)

Movie Musing: Twice Born / Venuto al mondo (2012, Italy, 127 min)

Poster for Twice Born / Venuto al mondoBridges are multi-edged metaphors. In peace time they symbolize connections; we like to “build bridges” between people, cultures, seemingly disparate or even opposite fragments of the world, to emphasize the common ground. In wartime though it shows that there is no common ground under the bridge. Instead their symbolical meaning gets reversed. What once was a fragile road towards the and each other now becomes the place where nobody is protected. When you are on a bridge there is nowhere to run from a sniper. Nowhere to hide. By committing the brave or foolish act of stepping onto it you expose yourself to possible enemy fire.

Twice Born, with Penélope Cruz, painfully drives the point home, by showing both the way to the famous Mostar bridge, which was a symbol of multicultural understanding to the slaughtering of innocent people on various bridges. The symbolism gets even worse and stronger. As we learn towards the end of the movie the main surviving characters of the war live on an island. No bridges leading there, only ferries. They didn’t want to burn the bridges up behind themselves, but their country did it for them. The only more or less safe refuge they found was strictly off-coast.

Religion, Society, Technology

From now on, in my musings about movies and books I will pay extra attention to religion, technology and society. I believe every piece of artwork has something to say about them. Let me test this theory by pointing a few connections out.

Religion barely plays any role in the movie. At one point we learn about a couple, both of them university professors, where he is Jewish and she is Muslim. This fact is unceremoniously mentioned in passing and the point is to show that for being a loving couple they doesn’t have to be co-religionists. Much later when the bohemian photographer lost his joie de vivre and helps distributing food and supplies to people in a vest that bears a cross on its back, his scared wife compares him to a desperate Jesus figure. Yes, just like Jesus, he abandoned his self-preservation instinct in favor of helping others. For those who love him as a person it was hard to take.

What kind of pictures does the movie paint of human society? It is a war-story with its specific horrible atrocities. Hence it is best summarized by the words of a doctor, who after examining one of the victims in the movie says: “Her… orifices will heal slowly. It will take some time. I am ashamed to belong to the human race. God will not forgive us. Not even the children.” The things humans are capable of are seemingly unimaginable. The trouble is that some humans not just imagined but executed those atrocious crimes.

Everything is technology. The word’s meaning move on a large scale. Let’s narrow it down to man-made objects. For simplicity’s stake–and because that is one of my man interest–let’s further narrow it to computer technology. It only comes up in the very last scene, which is yet again a nice bridge between past and future. It is suggested to the 17 year old innocent boy, who was born twice, that the war should be explained to him by a comedian like Buster Keaton. So, on his way out of the island and the movie he snaps his cell-phone out and starts watching a Keaton film. New technology used by a new generation suggests progress and maybe, just maybe that he will grow up with more connecting bridges than killing fields. Also, him connecting to a classic oldie also gives hope that by studying history he and his generation will not repeat it.

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  • IMDB summary: The fervent affair of the Italian Gemma and the American photographer Diego will be put to the test by the insurmountable problem of infertility, as the couple’s desperate desire to conceive will prompt them to make difficult choices. Now, sixteen years after the 1992 siege of Sarajevo, Gemma–after accepting her old friend Gojko’s invitation–will return to the once war-torn city accompanied by her 16-year-old son, Pietro, only to unearth powerful memories and bottled-up emotions. But, there, decades after her perilous escape, Gemma is also in for a terrible and tragic revelation–one that will uncover the true horrors of war and the full extent of her loss.
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The 113 movies added to JewishFilmFestivals.org in April 2018

In April 2018 I added 113 movies to JewishFilmFestivals.org, see the whole list below and the covers of some of them.

The 113 movies added to JewishFilmFestivals.org in April 2018

 

  1. 116 Cameras
  2. Adieu my Beloved
  3. The Ancestral Sin / Sallah, Po Ze Eretz Yisrael
  4. Another Planet / Another Planet / Planeta Aheret
  5. At eye level / Auf Augenhöhe
  6. Back to Berlin
  7. Back to the Fatherland
  8. Barbra Streisand, Becoming an Icon / Barbra Streisand: Geburt einer Diva 1942-1984
  9. Be/Longing / Amal
  10. Bella! Did Ya Eat?: The Story of Judy Perly and Free Times Cafe
  11. Blazing Saddles
  12. Block 13
  13. The Body Collector / De Zaak Menten
  14. Bride of Finklestein
  15. Budapest Noir
  16. A Call to Remember
  17. Comics: Steve Shuster
  18. Commandments / Kipat Barzel
  19. Compartments
  20. The Cousin
  21. Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana
  22. The Dead Nation
  23. Dieu Merci: The Story of Michele Rodri
  24. Don’t Forget Me
  25. Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
  26. Driver / Before Memory / Lifney HaZikaron
  27. The Entertainer
  28. Eruv
  29. Five Years After the War / Cinq ans après la guerre
  30. Four by Four / Arba Al Arba
  31. Futures Past
  32. GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
  33. The Good postman / Hyvä postimies
  34. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  35. The Hero / De Held
  36. Holy Air
  37. How to Ride an Elevator on Shabat
  38. I’m from the Jews
  39. If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
  40. The Impure
  41. In Between / Bar Bahar
  42. In Her Footsteps
  43. Indecent
  44. The Invisibles / Die Unsichtbaren
  45. Israel: Stories of Modern Days
  46. An Israeli Love Story / Sipur Ahava Eretz-Israeli
  47. Journey Birds / Ulai Rak Tsiporei Masa Yodot
  48. Kishon His Name Precedes Him / Kishon
  49. Land of Milk and Funny
  50. Large Soldier / Chayal Large
  51. The Last laugh
  52. The Last suit / El último traje
  53. The Last Supper / Das letzte Mahl
  54. Let Me Hear Thy Voice
  55. Libya: The Last Exodus / Libia: l’ultimo esodo
  56. Life is rich
  57. Lon
  58. Longing / Ga’agua
  59. Look About You
  60. The Maestro: In Search of the Last Music
  61. A Memoir of War / La douleur
  62. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  63. Moe Berg
  64. Mr & Mrs Adelman / Mr & Mme Adelman
  65. Mr. Predictable / Yeled Tov Yerushalyim
  66. The Museum
  67. My Dear Children
  68. My Hero Brother
  69. Nana
  70. The New Black (Shababniks) / Shababnikim
  71. Niggun
  72. No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie
  73. Nothing Happens
  74. One for the Road
  75. One More Experiment
  76. Open Your Eyes
  77. The Oslo Diaries
  78. Outdoors / Bayit Bagalil
  79. People like you
  80. The Promised Band
  81. RBG
  82. Rebel
  83. Reinventing Rosalee
  84. Remember Baghdad
  85. Rising Sons
  86. The Samuel Project
  87. Saving Neta
  88. Saving Nur
  89. Say What!: A Geriatric Proposal
  90. Scaffolding
  91. Seeing Allred
  92. Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema
  93. Shalom Italia
  94. Spiral
  95. Spring Chicken
  96. Standing Up
  97. Starry Sky Above Me, The / Le ciel étoilé au-dessus de ma tête
  98. Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit
  99. The Strangest Stranger
  100. Summer
  101. Sunset
  102. Tevye’s daughters / Myr vashomy domy!
  103. The Third place / El tercer espacio
  104. Tijuana Jews
  105. To Be A Child Again – Israel
  106. Touching the Sky / Ha Tayasot
  107. Tracking Edith / Auf Ediths spuren
  108. Tzeva Adom: The Color Red
  109. Under the Bar
  110. The Wedding Plan / Laavor et hakir
  111. Wendy’s Shabbat / Wendy’s Shabbat
  112. Woman with an Editing Bench
  113. A Woman’s Story

Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in August 2018

Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in August 2018Below is the list of the 36 books that I posted on this site in August 2018. The image above contains some of the covers. The bold links take you to the book’s page on Amazon; the “on JBW” links to the book’s page on JBW.

    1. All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine (on JBW)
    2. All I Could Never Be by Anzia Yezierska (on JBW)
    3. Bitter and Sweet by Sandra V. Feder (on JBW)
    4. A Cage Without Bars by Anne Dublin (on JBW)
    5. Counting on America by Gary Reiner and Kurt Reiner (on JBW)
    6. Devil’s Mile: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery by Alice Sparberg Alexiou (on JBW)
    7. The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise (on JBW)
    8. The Future of Jewish Philosophy (on JBW)
    9. Global Jewish Foodways: A History by Hasia R. Diner & Simone Cinotto (on JBW)
    10. In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song by Jerome Charyn (on JBW)
    11. Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered by Sarah Tuttle-Singer (on JBW)
    12. Jewish Community of Dayton by Marshall Weiss (on JBW)
    13. The Jewish Ghetto and the Visual Imagination of Early Modern Venice by Dana E. Katz (on JBW)
    14. Jewish Languages in Historial Perspective (on JBW)
    15. The Just Still Lives by His Faith by Eliyahu Munk (on JBW)
    16. A Karakas Speaks by C.M. Kosemen (on JBW)
    17. The Mandela Plot by Kenneth Bonert (on JBW)
    18. Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam by Steven Nadler (on JBW)
    19. Modern Conservative Judaism: Evolving Thought and Practice by Elliot N. Dorff (on JBW)
    20. Mort Ziff Is Not Dead by Cary Fagan (on JBW)
    21. My Israel Trail by Aryeh Green (on JBW)
    22. The Nazi, the Princess, and the Shoemaker: My Father’s Holocaust Odyssey by Scott M. Neuman (on JBW)
    23. No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krul (on JBW)
    24. A Palace of Pearls: The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav by Howard Schwartz (on JBW)
    25. Portuguese Jews, New Christians, and ‘New Jews’: A Tribute to Roberto Bachmann (on JBW)
    26. The Queen & The Spymaster: A Novel Based on the Story of Esther by Sandra E. Rapoport (on JBW)
    27. The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington (on JBW)
    28. Regina Persisted: An Untold Story by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (on JBW)
    29. Ride High with the Wave by Sharon K. Solomon (on JBW)
    30. Scholarly Man of Faith: Studies in the Thought and Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (on JBW)
    31. Sephardic Women’s Voices: Out of North Africa by Nina B. Lichtenstein (on JBW)
    32. Silver Stars by Michael Grant (on JBW)
    33. Snapshot: The IDF as Never Seen Before by Yoav Limor; Ziv Koren (on JBW)
    34. Titanic 2 – The Secret Is Revealed by Avraham Ohayon (on JBW)
    35. The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture by Samantha Baskind (on JBW)
    36. The World Needs Beautiful Things by Leah Rachel Berkowitz (on JBW)

Thoughts after/regarding Nick Cave’s concert in Budapest on June 20, 2018

Yesterday afternoon we caved and bought tickets for that night’s Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds show in Budapest. First we found the the tickets bit out of range at $73, so we waited till the day of the show to purchase them at 75%, when people started to sell them off.  First reaction after getting down to the moshpit a few minutes before the music started was a sense of pity. The house was not even half full. My half-Polish fiancee mentioned that in Poland it must have sold out. I was feeling empathy for the artists wondering how does it feel for them to play at less than full house. They, headed by Nick Cave, of course ended up being not just professional (i.e. playing a full set), but enthusiastic too.

I have to admit I haven’t been listening to his much the last few years, but between 1990 and 1995 he was on heavy rotation in my CD player. (I bought his first few CDs at Berkeley’s Amoeb store and out of my first 20 CDs ever 2 or 3 was from him.) His live show reminded me of the poetic quality of his lyrics. I remembered the biblical and lyrical tone, but the variety of topics, ambiances and nuances amazed me this night. I also think he is less of a singer in the traditional sense (meaning a wide range of vocals and singing technique) and more of a storyteller and performer. He was super at that as I experienced in person last night. I think his vocabulary must be at least the double of an  average English  speaking person.

I enjoyed the show’s lighting was great and the stage design in it its simplicity. They had one big canvas behind the band and two smaller on the side. For most of the show they projected Cave or the band live there. I noticed that during the first song the video was black and white, while in later songs they added more grays too. Color never became part of the picture, or maybe I am just too colorbind to see it. The background screen only showed other images than the band during a few songs. In one of them it was an abandoned pier, that I happily recognized from Brighton. Then during the next song we were tormented (in a good way) by destructive visions of a tropical storm.  The last thing I want to mention regarding the visuals was the first thing I noticed:  a sign on the side of piano saying “smoking melting boiling burning“, which are the key words from his 1988 song, The Mercy Seat. These really set the tone.

I believe that performing artists feed of the audiences energy and I mean it in the most positive way. It was rather visible that he enjoyed being adored by fans, most of the time. The hands that extended towards from sometimes touching, more often not, gave him the energy that he must crave. There are two reasons this didn’t create a negative reaction in me is two fold, but first I have to explain why would it at all. I don’t like energy trolls in the internet, whose main purpose (unless they have other more hidden agendas) is to suck energy out from their conversation partners. This is a behavior that is best handled by not engaging with them. Artists can behave like internet trolls, i.e. live of the audiences’ energy. The big difference is that Cave was personable. He gave/reflected it all back to the audience. He truly gifted us and everyone in the audience this night with his presence, energy, songs and care. He is an international superstar and at the same time a genuine human being.

The best, albeit unfortunate examples for this is what happened towards the end of the evening. For the last 2-3 songs he invited dozens of people from the audience on stage and interacted with theme even more. I was close to the stage, but not close enough to be one of the selected few. However close enough to see that someone was taken out to the side, horizontally lifted by 6-7 people. It was obvious that something happened to that person and needed medical attention. After the last song, and before a supposed encore there was a longer than usual break. Finally Cave came out alone, visible chocked, looking for words. This was the first time when he seemed lost that night. Then he told us that a woman has fallen off the stage, he doesn’t know how she was and under the circumstances he could not play any more. This was just a genuine  moment;  not everyone would have been capable or even inclined to feel/show this level of empathy. Kudos to the audience, who after having waited for so long for an encore accepted that the night is over. People felt disappointed by the lack of ritual closure, but also satisfied that they saw a great concerts. Houselights came on and we started to walk slowly out. We were already outside the room, trying to find the exit on the corridor, when we heard Cave’s voice saying that she (the fallen person) is OK. Then he asked the technicians whether they already unplugged the instruments. They did not, so after one by one all the other band members were enticed back to stage we got 2 more hit songs, providing perfect crescendo for the evening.

Thank you Nick, the band members and my ever-spontaneous fiancee, without whom I would’t have seen one of the greatest bands existing today.

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What to expect? Just like in the past  I will mostly keep posting videos of songs from concerts as I attend them and plan to do more original content too, e.g. film reviews.

Thank you,

Gábor


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Mit várhatsz? Ahogy a múltban is, ezután is dalokat rakok majd fel az általam látogatott koncertekről, illetve tervezek eredeti tartalmat is felrakni, például film kritikákat.

Köszönöm.

Gábor

Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in 2017

Branching out from SepharadHere is the list of the 195 books that I posted on JewishBookWorld.org in 2017:

  1. 20 Letters About Chanukah: 20 Letras Sobre Janucá by Malca Bassan
  2. The 28th of Iyar – 50th Anniversary Edition by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman
  3. 8 Days of Light – Hanukkah Coloring Book For Kids by Rachel Mintz
  4. About the Night by Anat Talshir
  5. The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes
  6. Akim Volynsky; A Hidden Russian-Jewish Prophet by Helen Tolstoy
  7. All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
  8. Almost a Minyan by Lori S. Kline
  9. Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin
  10. Americans and the Birth of Israel by Lawrence J. Epstein
  11. Angels for Dreamtime by Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael
  12. Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism; Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination by Edited by Cecilia Wassen and Sidnie White Crawford
  13. Art from the Holocaust by Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg
  14. The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story by Allison and Wayne Marks
  15. Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art; edited by Irvin Ungar
  16. Becoming a Soulful Educator by Aryeh Ben David
  17. Bed-Stuy Is Burning by Brian Platzer
  18. Bewitched by Solika and Other Judeo-Spanish Tales by François Azar
  19. The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  20. The Bodrum Jewish Cemetery by Siren Bora
  21. Bone Soup and Flipped Bread: The Yemenite Jewish Kitchen by Sue Spertus Larkey
  22. The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler
  23. Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought by Stuart W. Halpern
  24. A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
  25. Branching Out from Sepharad by Sarina Roffé
  26. Brody: A Galician Border City in the Long Nineteenth Century by Börries Kuzmany
  27. By Light of Hidden Candles by Daniella Levy
  28. Ceremony & Celebration: Introduction to the Holidays by Jonathan Sacks
  29. Challah vs. Matza by Melissa Berg
  30. Chanting the Hebrew Bible, Second, Expanded Edition: The Art of Cantillation by Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson
  31. Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik by Scott Hilton Davis
  32. City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement by Sara Yael Hirschhorn
  33. Covenant & Conversation Numbers: The Wilderness Years by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
  34. A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyány
  35. The Crime of Complicity by Amos N. Guiora
  36. Dancing on a Powder Keg by Michal Schwartz
  37. A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War by Tim Grady
  38. Diaspora Boy: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel by Eli Valley
  39. A Different Kind of Passover by Linda Leopold-Strauss
  40. Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander
  41. The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karin Tanabe
  42. Dirty Wars and Polished Silver by Lynda Schuster
  43. Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy
  44. The Enduring Community: The Jews of Newark and MetroWest by William Helmreich
  45. Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home by Jessica Berger Gross
  46. The Family (and Frog!) Haggadah by Rabbi Ron Isaacs and Karen Rostoker-Gruber
  47. Feeling Jewish (A Book for Just About Anyone) by Devorah Baum
  48. Fighting Over the Bible by Isaac Kalimi
  49. For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them by Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, Adam Mansbach
  50. For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian
  51. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
  52. Game of Queens: A Novel of Vashti and Esther by India Edghill
  53. The Girl From Foreign by Sadia Shepard
  54. The Girls of Usually by Lori Horvitz
  55. The Goblins of Knottingham by Zoe Klein
  56. Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast
  57. The Greatest Ten by Janice Surlin
  58. Hanukkah Activity Book by Alex Man
  59. Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus by David Michael Slater
  60. The Heart of Torah, Volume 1 by Rabbi Shai Held
  61. Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings by Edited by Klaas Spronk and Eveline Staalduine-Sulman
  62. Hebrews and the Temple by Philip Church
  63. Heretics by Leonardo Padura
  64. Hezekiah in History and Tradition by Robb Andrew Young
  65. High Holidays & More: An Interactive Guide for Kids: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah by Sarah Mazor
  66. Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America by Steven J. Ross
  67. The Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees
  68. How It’s Made: Matzah by Allison Ofanansky
  69. Hybrid Judaism: Irving Greenberg, Encounter, and the Changing Nature of American Jewish Identity by Darren Kleinberg
  70. Ike’s Gamble by Michael Doran
  71. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics by Jessica Deutsch
  72. Inconsistency in the Torah by Joshua A. Berman
  73. Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs
  74. Is There a Text in this Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke by Ariel Feldman, aria Cioată
  75. Israel Celebrates: Jewish Holidays and Civic Culture in Israel by Hizky Shoham
  76. Jerzy by Jerome Charyn
  77. Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan by David G. Dalin
  78. Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah by Yuval Harari
  79. Jewish Spiritual Growth by Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira
  80. Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View by Josef Meri
  81. Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals: The Talmud After the Humanities by Mira Beth Wasserman
  82. The Joys of Jewish Preserving by Emily Paster
  83. JPS B’nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary by Jeffrey K. Salkin
  84. Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor: A Story for Hanukkah by Ann D. Koffsky
  85. Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World by Hasia R. Diner
  86. Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics by Jeremiah Unterman
  87. Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat by Keith R. Fentonmiller
  88. Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman
  89. King Solomon’s Table by Joan Nathan
  90. Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka by Peter Wortsman
  91. Kristallnacht by Stephanie Fitzgerald
  92. Language of Angels by Richard Michelson
  93. Le Marais: A Rare Steakhouse – Well Done by Jose Meirelles & Mark Hennessey
  94. Lights of Teshuvah by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook
  95. Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster
  96. The Magic Honey Jar: A Jewish Tale For Rosh Hashanah by Rachel Mintz
  97. The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld
  98. The Manasseh Hill Country Survey Volume 4 by Adam Zertal and Shay Bar
  99. Meant to Be: A Memoir by Marvin Hier
  100. Medieval Midrash: The House for Inspired Innovation by Bernard H. Mehlman and Temple Israel
  101. Meeting Moses by Robert Chasin
  102. The Missing Letters: A Dreidel Story by Renee Londner
  103. Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More by Shannon Sarna
  104. The Mohel from Mars: A Hanukkah Story by Miri Ariel
  105. More Than Managing: The Relentless Pursuit of Effective Jewish Leadership by Lawrence A. Hoffman
  106. Moses: A Human Life by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
  107. The Most Dangerous Thing by Leanne Lieberman
  108. Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen
  109. Munich 1919: Diary of a Revolution by Victor Klemperer
  110. My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin
  111. Necessary Stories by Haim Watzman
  112. The Netanyahu Years by Ben Caspit
  113. No Naptime for Janie!: A Hanukkah Tale by Margie Blumberg
  114. No Stories to Tell by Steve Sherr
  115. Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel
  116. On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman
  117. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
  118. Ontological Aspects of Early Jewish Anthropology; The Malleable Self and the Presence of God by Tyson L. Putthoff
  119. Open My Lips: Prayers and Poems by Rachel Barenblat
  120. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
  121. The Passover Cowboy by Barbara Diamond Goldin
  122. Passover Scavenger Hunt by Shanna Silva
  123. The Patriots by Sana Krasikov
  124. Pesach Cleaning for Rosh Hashanna: Thoughts and Tales from a Jewish Psychologist by Dr. Ruth Benjamin PhD
  125. Petty Business by Yirmi Pinkus
  126. Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women by Lois Sussman Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen
  127. Portraits of Our Past: Jews of the German Countryside by Emily C. Rose
  128. The Proselyte and the Prophet; Character Development in Targum Ruth by Christian M. M. Brady,
  129. Purim Chicken by Margery Cuyler
  130. Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg
  131. Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons by Alice B. McGinty
  132. Rabbinic Body Language: Non-Verbal Communication in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity by Catherine Hezser
  133. Raising Secular Jews by Naomi Prawer Kadar
  134. Reaching New Heights Through Prayer and Meditation by Yerushalmi Miriam
  135. Reading Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose by Lev Hakak
  136. Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith by Chaim Jachter
  137. Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America by Fred Behrend
  138. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  139. The Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry by Yosef Kaplan and Dan Michman
  140. The Return to God Soul Kit: How to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Rae Shagalov
  141. The Right Wrong Man by Lawrence Douglas
  142. Rimon for Shira by Galia Sabbag
  143. Saving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers during the Holocaust by Mordecai Paldiel
  144. The Scientification of the “Jewish Question” in Nazi Germany by Horst Junginger
  145. Searching for Butsnevits: A Shtetl Tale by Jack Rothman
  146. Seasoned Moments: Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur: Recipes for a Happy New Year by Michal Dagan Levison
  147. The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes
  148. Selected Issues in the Modern Intercultural Contacts between Arabic and Hebrew Cultures; Hebrew, Arabic and Death by Mahmoud Kayyal
  149. Self-Portrait of a Holocaust Survivor by Werner Weinberg
  150. Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson
  151. Shavuos Guess Who? by Arielle Stern
  152. Silent Letter by Yitzchak Mayer
  153. The Silly World of Chelm by Zalman Goldstein
  154. Song of the Whitewasher by Lev Hakak
  155. Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson
  156. Stealth Altruism by Arthur B. Shostak
  157. Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese
  158. Stolen Secrets by L.B. Schulman
  159. Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale
  160. Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem by George Prochnik
  161. Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener
  162. Studies in Judaism and Pluralism: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Academy for Jewish Religion by Editor:  Leonard Levi
  163. The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat by Barbara Bietz
  164. Synagogues in the Works of Flavius Josephus by Andrew R. Krause
  165. Talmudic Transgressions; Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin by Charlotte E. Fonrobert, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Aharon Shemesh, Moulie Vidas, James Redfield
  166. Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond by Aubrey Glazer
  167. Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson
  168. Textual Silence: Unreadability and the Holocaust by Jessica Lang
  169. This Is Just a Test by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Madelyn Rosenberg
  170. Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo
  171. The Tincture of Time by Elizabeth L. Silver
  172. Torah and Tradition by Klaas Spronk and Hans Barstad
  173. Two She-Bears by Meir Shalev
  174. Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews during the Holocaust by Meron Medzini
  175. Under Turkish Skies – A Family History 1876-1960 by Ben Sperer
  176. The ( unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah by Moshe Rosenberg
  177. Ve-Eileh Divrei David Essays in Semitics, Hebrew Bible and History of Biblical Scholarship by S. David Sperling,
  178. Vulture in a Cage: Poems by Solomon Ibn Gabirol
  179. Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  180. Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser
  181. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  182. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  183. What Language Do I Dream In? by Elena Lappin
  184. When the Danube Ran Red by Zsuzsanna Ozsvath
  185. Why?: Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes
  186. The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers
  187. Wired for God Adventures of a Jewish Yogi by Dani Antman
  188. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  189. The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeld
  190. Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
  191. Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman by Itamar Rabinovich
  192. Yom Kippur Shortstop by David A. Adler
  193. Yossi and the Monkeys: A Shavuot Story by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
  194. You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser
  195. The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

Films viewed in 2017

Poster for 1945 filmIt’s the ninth time that I share the list of  movies I watched in a  year:

  • 2017: 127 movies, see below
  • 2016: 86 movies
  • 2014: 105 movies
  • 2013: 204 movies
  • 2012: 210 movies
  • 2011: 243 movies
  • 2010: 142 movies
  • 2009: 140 movies
  • 2008: 153 movies

As you can see I skipped 2015, when I didn’t track at all movies watched.  I may have forgotten to track every watched movie in 2017 as well.

Here are some stats about the films I watched in 2017

  • 40 of them was from 2017, 53 from 2016, and 6 from before 2000
  • 55 from the USA, 15 from France, 11 from UK, 10 from Israel, 9 from Germany and the rest from 13 other countries.

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