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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Director Darren Aronofsky's non-traditional 'Noah' gets warning

By Jeff Peterson


Oscar-winner Russell Crowe stars in "Noah"



If the ads didn't already make it obvious why, a new disclaimer is to be included in marketing materials for Paramount's upcoming biblical epic


JewishWorldReview.com | Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming “Noah” might not portray the biblical prophet in quite the way audiences are used to, and it's something Paramount wants to make abundantly clear before the film’s March 28 release date.

According to an announcement last Thursday in the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has opted to add a new explanatory message to future marketing materials for the pricey Old Testament-inspired epic at the urging of several faith-based groups including the National Religious Broadcasters.

This comes as part of an effort to minimize backlash by religious filmgoers over some fairly large liberties taken by Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel that might otherwise come as a shock, including allegedly, giant six-armed angels and fantastical CGI beasts in lieu of the standard lions, tigers, elephants and "every thing that creepeth upon the earth."

As Rabbi Geoff Dennis, who consulted with Handel, described it on his blog, “Noah” will be “more ‘Lord of the Rings’ than ‘Ben-Hur.’ ”

That is why some explanation was deemed necessary.


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According to the Los Angeles Times, Paramount says the message will be added to “the film’s official website, and 100 percent of print and radio, as well as a percentage of the film’s online and broadcast” promotions and will read as follows: “The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”

Following Paramount’s announcement, NRB president and CEO Jerry A. Johnson issued a statement on behalf of the organization thanking the studio for "striving ... to strike a proper balance between artistic creativity, character development and honoring the sacred scripture."

In turn, Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore was quoted in the Hollywood Reporter as saying, "We are deeply appreciative of Dr. Johnson's efforts to bring (the idea of an explanatory message) to us. Our goal has been to take every measure we can to ensure moviegoers have the information they need before deciding to buy a ticket to see the film."



From its inception, Aronofsky’s vision for “Noah” has raised eyebrows. A graphic novel version of his script, originally released in 2011 to help secure funding for the film, drew comparisons to things like "Mad Max," according to ScreenRant.com.

During post-production, the ambitious $125 million film briefly hit some rough waters. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Aronofsky and the studio butted heads over final cut after test screenings among Christian and Jewish audiences elicited “troubling” reactions, prompting Paramount to consider editing the footage to better fit the traditional biblical account.

In the end, however, it appears as though Aronofsky's non-literal take won out. Contradicting the earlier claims of negative test screenings, the director told the Hollywood Reporter that, "They (Paramount) tried what they wanted to try, and eventually they came back. ... My version of the film hasn't been tested. ... It's what we wrote and what was greenlighted."

But while his version of “Noah” does diverge from the source material in many ways, Aronofsky maintains that it stays true to the spirit of the Genesis account.

"For people who are very literal-minded,” he told the Hollywood Reporter, “it would be great to communicate that the themes of the film are very much in line with the themes of the Bible — ideas about hope, second chances and family. If they allow that, they're going to have an incredible experience with the movie. If they don't allow it, it's theirs to lose."

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