The 100 Greatest Jewish Movie Moments, #1

1. The Big Lebowski (1998)

That Woody Allen marathon on Christmas Day might leave you with the feeling that Judaism is just a culture and not a religion, but along come the Coen Brothers with Walter Sobchak’s (John Goodman) most powerful expression of Jewish identity in cinema history–framed explicitly in religious terms. However comic the scene may be, if you had told the Hollywood moguls of yesteryear that in just a couple of generations, a major character in a major film would proclaim his refusal to “roll on Shabbos,” they would have thought you were dreaming. But in the words of Sobchak, paraphrasing Herzl, “If you can will it, Dude, it is no dream.”

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