About The Assimilator

The Assimilator lies at the intersection of high and low culture. Here, the latest developments and trends in Jewish art, books, dance, film, music, media, television and theater are all assimilated into one handy pop culture blog.

Recent Posts:

Remembering Samuel Pisar, Holocaust Survivor and Tortured Soul

I first met Samuel Pisar, Holocaust survivor, lawyer, and presidential advisor who died on July 27 at 86, at the December 4, 1988 Israel Bonds International Elie Wiesel Holocaust Remembrance Award Dinner at the New York Hilton at which he was the honoree. Applauded by 1,100 guests, Pisar — with wife Judith Pisar at his side — accepted the award from Elie Wiesel.

Morgan Freeman, Voice of God, Wants You To Support The Iran Deal

(JTA) — Actors Jack Black and Morgan Freeman join other big shots, including Queen Noor of Jordan, in a comedic video released Tuesday that plumps for the Iran deal.

The Jewiest Christmas Movie Ever, Brought To You By Seth Rogen

Who knew Jews did anything but eat Chinese and go to the movies on Christmas?

How About Some Anti-Semitism With That Reddit Toaster?

Would you like some butter on your toast? Also did-you-know-Jews-are-going-to-destroy-Europe… I mean, do prefer margarine?

5 Reasons Adam Sandler Went From Fame to Lame

His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.