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Salvador Litvak
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Born in Santiago, Chile, Salvador moved to New York at age five. He is a graduate of Harvard College, NYU Law School, and the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. Litvak wrote, produced and directed Saving Lincoln, the true story of Abraham Lincoln leading the nation through the Civil War, as recounted by his close friend & bodyguard, U.S.Marshal Ward Hill Lamon. The film was made by capturing the actors’ performances on a green screen stage and creating all sets and locations out of vintage Civil War photographs from the Library of Congress. Litvak named this visual style CineCollage. His first film was the Passover comedy and cult hit,When Do We Eat? Litvak wrote both films with his wife, Nina Davidovich Litvak. He also blogs as the Accidental Talmudist for the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.

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A Christian, a Jew and a Muslim Walk Into a Bar

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 3:59 AM


A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this, a joke?"

Actually, it's a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjood, ordered a virgin mojito and shared Sufi poetry. The Jew related how he became the...

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Thanksgivukkah Foretold in Talmud Over 2000 Years Ago

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:05 PM


Ever since I became a dad I've had mixed feelings about Hanukkah. The holiday itself is inarguably beautiful. We kindle a flame to commemorate a miracle, we gaze at its light, and we are forbidden to use that light for...

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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: The Flop That Popped (VIDEO)

(10) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 4:46 PM


Tuesday, November 19, marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Much will be made of the most influential speech in American history. I will travel across the country to commemorate President Lincoln's words on the site where he...

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How I Became the Accidental Talmudist

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 9:11 AM


In March of 2005, I went to buy a gift at 613, a Jewish bookstore in Los Angeles. I'd been there before, and I always noticed the long shelves of Talmud -- those big beautiful books of ancient Jewish wisdom. I'd heard rabbis refer...

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Atheists Overstep in Demanding Lincoln 'God' Quotation Removed From U.S. Passports

(11) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 11:40 PM


The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State demanding that the following inspirational quotations be removed from all U.S. passports:

"That this nation, under God, shall have a...

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Abraham Lincoln, Dad: 6 Lessons in Parenting From the 16th President

(7) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 6:29 PM

2013-07-25-TadandAL3a05994u.jpgIn making a film about Abraham Lincoln and his closest friend, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon, I learned much about history, politics, and war. What touched me most, however, were the lessons I learned about fatherhood. Even those who criticized Lincoln as a...

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Rolling Stone, You Sickened Me Today

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 1:33 AM

What kind of country do we live in? Are we at war with terrorists or not?

It's wonderful that we have a robust free press, and that no government agency will step into the offices of Rolling Stone and arrest an editor, no matter how many law enforcement personnel...

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The Meaning of Gettysburg Beyond our Borders

(11) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:16 AM

After three days of heavy fighting and 50,000 casualties, the Battle of Gettysburg culminated in a Union triumph exactly 150 years ago today. Because it was an American battle fought within an American war, most people believe the outcome was of little interest beyond our borders. In truth, however, Gettysburg...

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Saving Lincoln: A Movie of, by and for the People, Made Possible by New Media and 150-Year-Old Photographs

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 4:13 PM

My a-ha! moment occurred late at night while sleuthing through the Online Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. I stared at a high resolution image of a glass plate negative created in 1865. The photograph depicted wounded Union soldiers in an Army hospital. I zoomed deep into...

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