Another Outreach Opportunity through Popular Media

When people talk about how the telling of the stories of the Bible never gets old, they are usually talking about content. The Rabbis of the collection called Pirke Avot wrote “turn it, turn it, for all is in it” (Pirke Avot 5:22) for they understood that the Torah is an infinite source of wisdom for us. I don’t think that they had in mind the various forms that such a retelling would take. And I am sure that they didn’t have in mind the latest animated film narrated by Ben Kingsley called “The Ten Commandments” which will be coming to a big screen real soon in your community. You can see the trailer here. It is the first of a series of 12 animated films whose theme emerge directly from the Bible. And while many of them have Christian themes, others focus on what might be described as nonreligious stories. The Christian religious community is already poised to take advantage of its release as an opportunity for discussion and engagement. Is the Jewish community ready to do the same?

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