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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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The Human Spirit: Take Grandma to See Wonder Woman
By Barbara Sofer
On the first Tuesday after the Israeli opening of Wonder Woman, the day tickets are discounted for seniors, the Jerusalem movie theater is full of gray-haired Jerusalemites, even for the show that ends at midnight. Grandmas, too. Wonder Woman is the first superhero movie to draw more women than men viewers.
A spontaneous burst of applause greets the first appearance of Wonder Woman's star Gal Gadot. She's not just a shayner punim. This sabra superstar is one of ours, and she's the ultimate world-repairer. Instead of separating the identity of actor from role, the fortuitous choice of an Israeli to portray the Wonder Woman means that for many of us, the identities merge.
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