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Rabbi Herb Cohen was a principal at Jewish high schools across America for three decades. He now resides in Israel and blogs weekly about the intersection of faith and film at KosherMovies.com.

Entries by Rabbi Herb Cohen

A Rabbinic Take on '42'

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 8:26 AM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

Anger is a terrible trait. I was blessed to be raised by parents who seldom if ever argued. Tension was not a part of our...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'Limitless'

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:36 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

I began to study Talmud seriously when I entered Yeshiva University, which had just started a program for college students who did not attend Jewish...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'The Great Escape'

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:49 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

Many years ago, a friend of mine enrolled in a master's degree program in Social Work. He had great people skills which he felt would...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'Fill the Void'

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:37 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

As a young teenager who went to public school, romance to me was an emotional and physical response to a pretty girl. I did not...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:11 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

In my class of eighth graders, we read a story entitled 'A Retrieved Reformation" by the celebrated short story writer O. Henry. It is about...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 3:08 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

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When I moved to Israel four years ago, I lost a treasured possession: a silver wine goblet that was presented...

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A Rabbinic Take on On the Waterfront

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 2:09 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

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In Orthodox religious circles, consulting with a wise man about personal challenges or problems is standard operating procedure. The wise man...

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A Rabbinic Take on Gravity

(4) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:01 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

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Over the course of my rabbinic career, I have seen people face enormous challenges physically and emotionally. Some are overwhelmed and...

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A Rabbinic Take on Collateral

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 3:48 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

As I scan the news every day, I see a recurrent theme. People who commit terrible crimes want very much to seem normal, regular guys...

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A Rabbinic Take on Lincoln

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 8:30 AM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

Over the course of my career, I have participated in many forums debating funding for Jewish day school education. Most of the time, I was...

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A Rabbinic Take on The Impossible

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 5:04 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

A year ago, I landed in Ben Gurion Airport in Israel without a working cell phone. I had contracted with a car service to pick...

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A Rabbinic Take on War of the Worlds

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 3:10 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s, I was taking a Philosophy course at Yeshiva University. Students felt that there was real possibility of...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'All the President's Men'

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 5:17 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

Every day I pray that I will have a sense that God is always in front of me, that He is always in the room. It helps...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'Searching for Sugar Man'

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 11:29 AM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

I have a friend who is a serious artist, and creates beautiful renditions of nature scenes. In fact, he recently had an exhibit at a well known...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'Big'

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:25 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

For many years I would take my ninth and 10th grade classes on a week-long trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City. Once someone...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'The Batman Trilogy'

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 11:22 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

When I was principal of Yeshiva High School of Atlanta, I had a conversation with a board member who was a Holocaust survivor about the...

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A Rabbinic Take on 'Argo'

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 11:54 AM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

Many years ago, I wanted to make myself more accessible to my students as principal of my school. At the time, I taught one or...

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A Rabbinic Take on '127 Hours'

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 11:00 AM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

My wife and I enjoy visiting America's national parks and going for short hikes. I am a bit impulsive on the trails and am ready...

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The Techie Terror: A Rabbinic Lesson From Die Hard

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:45 PM

The following review is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

The computer teacher, the techie, is often the most powerful member of the teaching staff in a high school. He controls the keys to the...

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What 'Chronicle' Teaches Us About Violence and Community: A Kosher Movie Review

(5) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 1:08 PM

The following review, written exclusively for The Huffington Post, is part of the Kosher Movies project, in which Rabbi Herb Cohen gleans life lessons from the world of film.

We live in violent times, and movies are often blamed for contributing to this culture of violence. How we...

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