Is Ghostbusters secretly a Jewish theological manifesto? What did Sunset Boulevard learn from Jewish history about laughter and suffering? And why is Schindler’s List the least Jewish film ever made? Taking a wild ride through some of Hollywood’s greatest hits—and misses—we will explore the surprisingly profound, and thoroughly Jewish, ideas behind the past eight decades of American pop culture, finding new depths and inspiration in what we previously assumed were merely slick commercial confections.
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Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet and the author of several books, including, most recently, A Broken Hallelujah, a spiritual biography of Leonard Cohen.