Episode 1 Groundhog Day

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In his teaching and writing, Rabbi Soloveichik frequently draws on the full range of popular culture, including enduring television shows and films. He does this both because of his great love for humor and dramatic storytelling, and because of his belief that stories depicted on screen can provide powerful examples of faith, leadership, perseverance, and more.

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Explore Classic Films in Search of Jewish Wisdom

From Groundhog Day to The Ten Commandmends, Rabbi Soloveichik will examine his favorite movies for their lessons on faith, leadership, perseverance, and more.

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Despite its comedic veneer, Groundhog Day has, in fact, long been recognized as a uniquely philosophically and spiritually rich film. As only he can, Rabbi Soloveichik will be comparing and contrasting the movie with Shakespeare's Macbeth, focusing on their approaches to time and the meaning of life.

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