Father Abraham Spielberg and Kushner’s Jewish Lincoln

Did the two artists' experience as Jews in America inform them even subconsciously in portraying the 16th U.S. president?

BOSTON – Settling into movie-theater darkness to watch "Lincoln," the iconic president depicted on screen began to feel oddly familiar. First there was his habit of answering tough questions with stories and parables that felt positively Talmudic. Then came his fast talking, folksiness and appetite for legal debates.