1. FRIDAY FEATURE: Israelis Enter the World of the Wardrobe

Friday, January 20, 2006 | 
Along with other western nations, Israelis have entered into the world of the wardrobe, showing amazing numbers at the box office for the release of Narnia.

This adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” has been packing theaters here, despite criticism in the Jewish press regarding its Christian allegories.

“The Disney remake of ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ is a pretty faithful to the book and the values portrayed are refreshingly uncompromising and definite,” Shoshanna, an Israeli, told israel today. “I think anyone who enjoyed the books would also enjoy the movie and anyone who has seen the movie, will be naturally curious to read the books.”

An American Jew who moved to Israel also said she would not see “The Passion,” but she enjoyed Narnia despite its “Christian” content.

In fact, the movie has become a craze. Israelis are collecting Narnia action figures available in McDonald’s Happy Meals. The Chronicles of Narnia series is available in bookstores in both English and the translated Hebrew version. Computer games are also on sale.

- Sara Fischer -

This article appears in its entirety in the February 2006 issue of israel today.

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