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KOSHER MOVIES: A Film Critic Discovers Life Lessons at the Cinema
 
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by Rabbi Herbert J. Cohen, PhD

Published by Urim Publications
Hardcover, 290 pages
ISBN 9789655241853
publication: 2015

Film critic Herbert Cohen views films as potential life lessons, and defines a “kosher movie” as one that has something valuable to say about the human condition. In this survey spanning many genres, Cohen presents films as tools for self-discovery and for navigating challenges of life. What do romantic comedies really say about love? What can Cast Away teach us about the value of time? What parenting lessons can we learn from Dead Poets Society? Exploring 120 stand-out movies from the past 30 years, Cohen shares inspiring personal anecdotes about self-growth, relationships, parenting, aging, dealing with adversity, and more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
RABBI HERBERT J. COHEN, PhD, is a rabbi and film critic who writes a weekly “Kosher Movies” column in The Jewish Tribune. His film reviews also appear in The Huffington Post and The Intermountain Jewish News, and he is the author of "Walking in Two Worlds: Visioning Torah Concepts Through Secular Studies."

PRAISE FOR "KOSHER MOVIES":
“It’s like Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Roger Ebert.”
–Vincent Coppola, former Newsweek writer and noted author

“Rabbi Cohen’s insightful essays on a wide array of movies create a harmonious convergence of faith and art.”
– Senator Joseph Lieberman

“Rabbi Cohen’s insightful work mines popular movies for spiritual themes and values, creating a treasure trove for those who combine a love for values with an enjoyment of film.”
– Emmy Zitter, PhD, Michlalah-Jerusalem College