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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 18, 2009 / 1 Teves 5770

Dreaming While Awake

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Watching a movie is like dreaming while you're awake. Just like sleeping, the body is in a relaxed state, the mind is clear and receptive. It doesn't work that way when you go to a play. When watching live theater, one is sitting upright in the seat, concentrating on the stage, and listening intensely. Not so at the movies, where you allow yourself to relax completely, you slump down in the seat, let your mind go blank and carry you into and through the story - just like in a dream.


Of all recreational pastimes, there's no question that the movies come the closest to that dream experience. Listening to music is wonderful; it can be relaxing or stimulating depending on the music being listened to, but it is not a dreamlike event. Watching television is a passive activity; it requires almost nothing of its audience except for attendance and the ability to use a remote control. But while watching a movie is being in a dreamlike state, sitting in front of the TV is more like being put into a trance.


The movies enable people to do things they might ordinarily never have the chance to do, it allows people to go places they might never otherwise get to, and to experience things that are totally out of their everyday lives. Reading books used to fill that function for most people but in the past century or so it is the movies more than books which now provide the adventure and escape from the humdrum for the average person.


Watching a beautifully produced motion picture on a large screen in a darkened movie house is a personal experience unlike any other - except for one's own dreams while asleep. The big difference is, in the movie theater environment you are sharing that personal dream with other people, the members of the audience. Sit in that darkened theater and watch "Gone with the Wind" and you, as a woman, can be Scarlet O'Hara for almost four hours, right along with every other woman in that theater. Every young man is living the life of Luke Skywalker for a couple of hours when viewing "Star Wars." The movie experience is a shared dream experience.

Letter from JWR publisher


I can be Fred Astaire or Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart anytime I want to be, depending on which movie I choose to watch. As Errol Flynn I can out-duel Basil Rathbone, as Bing Crosby I can croon with Grace Kelly in my arms, as William Powell I can drink martinis all day and night and never get a hangover, as John Wayne I can win the West, and as Gregory Peck I can be intelligently sincere in every single thing I do.


Each succeeding generation has their equivalent movie heroes in which they can live their vicarious lives. I guess for many young movie-goers today it would be Johnny Depp or Sarah Jessica Parker. Millions of teenagers lose themselves as quirky pirates and self-assured young women in those darkened movie houses. It's too bad most movies today don't have the variety of genres that they had years ago. No westerns, no musicals, and (with the exception of the occasional Jane Austin rehash) no period pictures. Traveling back to another time in history was a great escape.


Movies are different from what they were back in the classic days of the "golden age" in the 30's and 40's. They're very different from what they were even 20 years ago. There's no question that they will different still in the future. No matter how movies change in the years to come, there will always be the basics in place for escapism, a way for people to have experiences which take them totally out of their ordinary lives for a time. The human mind seems to require a modicum of fantasy every so often to counterbalance the realities of the world.


Whether it's romantic comedy, wise guy gangsters, science fiction, superheroes, animated frogs, or puppet-toon animals, there will always be something to lose yourself in. Dreaming while awake. Everyone needs to get away, even if it's only for a couple of hours or so.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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