Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
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I've often mentioned the piles of magazines that fill my study, and how, on weeks when Jewish news is slow - which, I admit is rare - I tend to rifle through these publications and find something of interest to write about in this space. What I haven't discussed is the mass of magazines on our third floor, which I...
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Puff, the magic drama? Comedy is more like it. And "Thank You for Smoking" is … s-m-okin! A nicotine fit of laughs, the new comedy, opening on Friday, March 24, lights up screens with a satire so sparking hot that it should come with a warning from the surgeon's general's office: Laugh at your own risk. And that's just what...
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How best to describe Idina Menzel's relatively brief appearance in "Ask the Dust" but to call it … bewitching? The Tony Award-winning star of "Wicked" has left her wicked wiles behind, but not the torment of what it means to be an outsider. Outside of Broadway, she's become a hot property, too, in Hollywood, the locus of this "Day of...
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Three years ago, after seeing the thought-provoking film Relentless - a documentary about the history and fallacies of the Oslo peace accords - Rabbi Yakov Couzens and his friend, Michael Wachs, dreamed of having the Philadelphia Jewish community view the movie as well. So they picked a day, booked Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz - who had just written a...
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This just in - Jon Stewart wins Oscar as best comic actor! Nah, not true; just some fake news about a fake newsman. What is true is that the host of Comedy Central's acclaimed "The Daily Show" will be spending his Sunday night trying to burnish the Oscar broadcast with those broadsides he's brought to the public arena. Bring it...
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