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New “Kosher Movies” book merges Roger Ebert and “Chicken Soup for the Soul”

51ecvYWvonLYou wouldn’t expect an Orthodox rabbi to be a lover of modern cinema, but Rabbi Herbert J. Cohen has been a fan of movies for as long as he can remember. Indeed, he believes movies offer a unique insight into the human condition. From “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to “Mrs. Doubtfire” to the Batman trilogy, Rabbi Cohen finds lessons in all of them.

He started a blog called Kosher Movies a few years ago and now has close to 300 reviews there. Now comes the release of his book “Kosher Movies” published by Urim Publications.

Cohen presents films as tools for self-discovery and for navigating the challenges of life. What do romantic comedies really say about love? What can Tom Hanks and “Castaway” 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.

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

The book is available for review and Rabbi Cohen is available for interviews as well as speaking engagements. His contact information is (212) 381-4999 and


Read the description of the book from Urim Publications.

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Video teaser for the book:



Praise from a reader:
“A Torah life means a lot to me. And movies have been a big part of my outer and inner life since i was a kid. The fact that you give serious attention to movies means a great deal to me and I thank you with a whole heart. The way you write about films and interweave Jewish values, as well as injecting your own life into your essays in a personal and real way, is a great gift.

My dear friend, of blessed memory, Aaron Bulman used to say that he wished that, given the fact that so many people saw movies anyway, he wished someone frum would honestly discuss films in a helpful way for our community. I hope that Aaron’s soul is shepping nachas from the wonderful job you do!” ~~ Neil F.

Watch this interview with Rabbi Cohen:


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11/14/19 @ noon
Fort Lee, NJ
Young Israel of Fort Lee
1610 Parker Ave
Fort Lee, NJ 07024


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