Jewish Movies and Quotes

From The Harp by Mark Birnbaum to Fiddler on the Roof, Jewish movies offer so many great quotes and inspiration.

•       “ A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask ‘Why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous?’ Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition!” Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof

•       “Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it…With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.” Amon Goeth, Schindler’s List

•       “…and he learned through the wisdom and the pain of silence, that a mind without a heart… is nothing.” Reb Saunders, The Chosen

•        “I’ll walk a million miles for one of your smiles, my Mammy.” Jack Robin, The Jazz Singer

•       “A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.” Alvy Singer, Annie Hall

•       “Millions of people nowadays are religious only in the vaguest sense. I’ve often wondered why the Jews among them still go on calling themselves Jews. Do you know, Mr. Green?…because the world still makes it an advantage not to be one. Thus it becomes a matter of pride to go on calling ourselves Jews.” Professor Fred Lieberman, Gentleman’s Agreement

•       “In this fatal optimism, you are Haganah. In methodology you are Irgun. But in your heart, you are Israel” Akiva Ben Canaan, Exodus

•       “You can break a man’s skull, you can arrest him, you can throw him into a dungeon. But how do you control what’s up here?” Sextus, Ben Hur

•       “A great light shines from your face, Moses. Perhaps, some day, I shall come to understand it.” Bithiah, The Ten Commandments

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