Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775

An incredible mind, for sure, though touched by blatant prejudice
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A new book about T.S. Eliot is always an occasion, of one sort or another, depending on who's doing the reading or who's formulating an assessment. Those with purely literary interests want the author of such a study to give them some new critical entry or insight into the life or the poems or both. When it was announced that...
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Gefilte fish, chopped liver, even Jewish apple cake, it seems, have made the endangered-species list. Once the bastions of Jewish culture and identity, food historian Dr. Carol Harris Shapiro explained that these staples are being tossed aside for sometimes healthier, often faster and usually more "American" options. Speaking at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Sunday, Shapiro suggested...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
The Trolleyvox just keeps getting better. The musical chemistry between singer Beth Filla and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Chalfen has been obvious since the outset, but seven years down the line, they've made their best record yet. "The Karaoke Meltdowns," released recently, shimmers with sweet melodies and pretty power-pop guitar. Previous outings had charms of their own, but the Philly group's lucky...
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Steve Hofstetter, JE Feature
I imagine it's much more difficult to be a Jew on Christmas than it is to be a Christian on Chanukah. You don't find many Chanukah specials about families getting stranded in an airport learning the true meaning of the menorah. But if there were a lot of Chanukah specials, I'd be just as annoyed at those as I am...
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Oy-dentity? No such problem for NBC's new game show, "Identity." It knows what it is: a clever, cunning ka-nock to any conceit that first impressions are the best impressions. Impressing during a five consecutive-night showcase ending this Friday, "Identity" is the latest stamp on Ben Silverman's passport to popularity. The series exec producer and Reveille's founder/CEO who's responsible for such...
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