Noah's ark

Interpreting Noah For The 21st Century

Neuroscientist-turned-filmmaker Ari Handel talks about making "Noah" and rooming with a big-shot director.

04/01/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Ari Handel, a neuroscientist whose career path ultimately took him to Hollywood, is the co-writer, with director Darren Aronofsky, of “Noah,” which opened last week. (It was the top-grossing film last weekend, with a haul of $44 million.) Handel was the executive producer of “The Wrestler,” “Black Swan,” and “The Fountain,” which he also wrote. Handel and Aronofsky, it turns out, were suitemates at Harvard. In a phone interview, Handel spoke about the challenges in making the film, which he also produced, and the critics who say the film strays too much from the Bible. This is an edited transcript.

Ari Handel: “There is biblical evidence about the need to protect the land.” Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Noah Comes To The Big Screen With Help From A Dallas Rabbi

03/19/2014
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When his baby was born, some friends came by with Noah’s ark decorations — animals two-by-two, nice man with fluffy beard, a rounded boat, not too big, seemingly as jolly as Yellow Submarine. And the father, Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis, said thanks, but “I’m thinking, this is a horrible, horrible story!”

Master builder: Russell Crowe and the ark. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

First, Midrash Manicures. Next, The Mall.

'Tis the season of holiday gift guides. We do one ourselves here at the JW.

But this blog post is going to ask you dafke to not buy something: the Jewish nail decals known as “Midrash Manicures” that are wrongly marketed to young girls. 

The author's 7th-grade English teacher confiscated her nail polish, and the teacher was right. Getty Images
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