Good News For Our West Coast Fans of “The Stairs”

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Save The Date— October 18, 2017

People have asked for over a year, “When can I see “The Stairs” in Washington State or in Oregon?”

We told them, “You can’t say we didn’t try.”

“We entered a bunch of West Coast film festivals and saw a bunch of West Coast rejections.” Note to readers: West Coast rejections are much more mellow.

Well thanks to Jill Murphy Long, of JML Films:

On Wednesday October 18 , 2017

From 5 pm to 7:30 pm,

At WeWork Customs House 220 Northwest 8th Avenue

 Portland, Oregon 97209. 

The cast, the crew and you will be able to get together, party and see “The Stairs” in Portland.

They will be showing other of Indie films including ” Call Harry” and “Meltdown, Based on True Events”

“The Stairs” producer Blake Laitner (See photo below)  will be there to answer all your questions about our film. 

It’s a “free” networking event which is entitled “Making Movies that Matter!” so be sure to get your tickets while they last.

Go to Making Movies Matter! on Facebook to learn more about this exciting event.

Thanks Jill for including us in your event.

October 5, 2017

The Rabbi—A Mort Laitner Short Story

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“The Rabbi” by Mort Laitner

On Rosh Hashanah, I stood in the temple, faced the Torahs and stared at the rabbi.

I had known the rabbi for over 30 years. This learned man bar mitzvahed my three sons.

He had retired from one temple and he now held a part-time job at a newly formed congregation.

I recalled when black hair rested atop his head; a black beard covered his joules.

Now white fuzz fully eclipsed those once black hairs.

Now my rabbi wore wire-rimmed glasses.

He saw life through clear thin lenses.

Those glasses pinched the sides of his nose, but allowed him to study  torah and the benefits of Medicare and his pension.

Now on Rosh Hashanah, the rabbi covered his body in a white kittel and his head in a white kippa.

He still looked spry having kept his body fit by attending the “J” four days a week,

But age had taken a toll on his body. Gravity had compressed his spine so as to shave off an inch of his five foot—six inch frame.

I still stood, my back praying for the torahs to be placed back into the ark, when my eyes darted off the rabbi and focused at temple’s two torahs.

These parchment scrolls, covered in white cloth with their brown wooden handles, contained instructions on a way of life for the Jewish people.

Written on each of these scrolls were  613 commandments.

How many of these commandments did I know?

How many of these commandments did I obey?

I returned my gaze to the rabbi and wondered how many of these 613 commandments did he obey?

Now I pictured another rabbi.

A Charlottesville rabbi running out the back door of his temple holding a torah as Nazis brandishing lit torches marched past his temple’s  front door.

I pictured the Virginia rabbi’s fight-or-flight response to this existential threat.

I pictured the acute stress running across the rabbi’s pale face.

I pictured his darting dilated pupils,

I pictured his tight bleeding lips as he tasted fear for the first time in his life.

I pictured Kristallnacht and wondered how many rabbis were murdered running down German streets holding torahs.

I wanted to raise my hand and ask my rabbi:

 “Rabbi, if the Nazis were out front, would you run out the back door holding a torah?”

“Rabbi during your High Holiday speeches you never addressed this question. Why?”

“Rabbi, do you have a Nazi-attacking-temple plan of action or a torah removal emergency written procedure for such an event?”

“Rabbi have you ever even thought about what you would do?”

“Rabbi what do the Torah’s 613 commandments instruct you to do on handling Nazis carrying burning torches?

So Rabbi, I studied the 613 rules and here is what I learned:

That those engaged in warfare shall not fear their enemies nor  be panic-stricken by them during battle. Deut. 3:22, 7:21 20:3

Always to remember what Amalek did. (Deut. 25:17)

That the evil done to us by Amalek shall not be forgotten. (Deut. 25:19)

To destroy the seed of Amalek (Deut. 25:19)

Rabbi, are the Nazis our modern day Amaleks?

Rabbi, what is your plan? 

 Are you planning on following the commandments of the Torah?

September 22, 2017

WTF—A Mort Laitner Essay

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I turn on the TV and a  whole bunch of torch-waving Nazis are chanting,

“Jews will not replace us!”

I listen as the commentators mock the Nazis for marching with Walmart Tiki torches.


 Is that the best these pundits can do?

Pick on the Nazis for their tackiness.

The talking heads forget to analyze the JWNRU quote.

I think— over their heads, no historical perspective (Nuremberg laws— jobs and blondes), too close to some invisible line.

WTF are those Nazis screaming about?

We’re standing next to you in the unemployment line.

We’re driving the Uber next to your pickup. (Pickups don’t qualify as Ubers.)

We’re flipping McDonalds while you’re boxing the Happy Meals.

We’re greeting Walmart customers while you’re stocking shelves.

We’re lying prone on the same rifle range, blowing the same ammo.

You can’t replace us (Defined: take the place of someone) when you are already in the same place.

Well then, are Nazis howling about replacing “The Jews” in fields of science, economics, the arts, computer technology?

Here you have a problem.

Suckers, ya gotta pay some dues before you invent something.

I haven’t seen any American Nazi as leaders in nuclear physics or bioengineering.

I haven’t seen any famous American Nazi doctors, lawyers, college professors and Nobel prize winners? 

Forget about replacement for just one second and just think up one name.

Well, there aren’t any.

They don’t exist.

You may ask why?

Because racism does not require brains or a degree.

Just the ability to march, to chant and to carry torches.

Just the ability to drive cars into humans.

Just the ability to hate.

You’re a breed of bigots who have studied how the Nazis kicked us out of the line. (See Nuremberg laws)

Which makes you:

wannabe line-jumpers;

wannabe gate closers;

a breed of fear-mongers who are too lazy to earn the job.

Obviously, your abusive parents failed to  teach you that:

 you gotta get the degree to get the job;

 you gotta be seated on the bench to get to play on the field;

that there are consequences for your actions and inactions.

But you Nazis may be right in a small way.

Jews will not replace you in the art of intimidation, nor bullshit, nor in the field of lies.

Jews will not replace you in the college of bigotry and hatred.

Thank G-d!

Please share,


What the readers are saying:

Right on Brother!—Eva

So true Mort but the people who need to read this won’t.—Kim

The truth may be hard for some to swallow but you tell it like it is! Thank you Mort!—Toby

What’s crazy is I had this visualization in the last hour & called a friend. Mine had pitchforks, broomsticks & other gardening tool’s in a walk to our State Capital.—Camille

Well written and thank you.—Hiram


Mort, a very powerful essay!!—Marianne

Hi Mort, Another good one. —Ricki

Good Mort!—Ulrich

Great.— Barbara

Well said.—Elaine

Jason— The word Nazi seems to be the new word of the month. Prior words being Racist, Alt right, tea baggers etc…..
AmberActually pickups can used as an uber car . You sound like a bigot. Like all country southern people drive pickups and are Nazis
Jason— Makes a post complaining about bigotry by being a bigot
JujuOuch. Who would they hate w/o the Jews.
Ed — I don’t want to replace them at their convenience store jobs.


September 3, 2017