Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775

Jeffrey Ross pledges comedy in 'Patriot Act'
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Don't flag Jeffrey Ross for his red- white-and-blue humor; the guy's a veritable weapon of mirth destruction, disarming the unaware while armed for mirthful combat. Ross regales with an arsenal of quips, quotes and clever put-downs that have made him the chicken dish of choice for many a Friars Club celebrity roast. He is a J.R. you wouldn't turn your...
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Driving Miss Guided? "Who Killed the Electric Car?" is a gas. But who knew that this movie murder mystery with moxie could mischievously produce such road rage and fuming fans? Which is exactly what has happened since "Car" opened, creating a current concern over how the gas guzzlers -- those in the oil industry -- have given the shaft to...
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'Only Human' is a Spanish-Jewish jambalaya
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In loco parentis? Forget the parents; this whole family is loco. "Only Human" is a "Meet the Fockers" over frittatas, a loopey Lope de Vega novel in which the inquisition comes down to this: "Mommele, Poppele, meet my fiance, the Palestinian." Opening Friday at Ritz theaters, "Only Human" is only one of the funniest comedies of the year, a Spanish-Jewish...
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You don't have to speak the language to understand its lore -- and lure
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Mort Alper, JEFeature
Who would believe that in 20 years a book collection could escalate from 70,000 books to 11/2 million? But it has happened. And the driving force behind this tremendous growth has been Aaron Lansky, president of the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass. In 1980, Lansky, then a 24-year-old graduate student of Yiddish literature, realized that irreplaceable Yiddish books...
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With at least half of all marriages ending in divorce, there must be something better than chocolate to bring lasting happiness to couples. Psychologists and married couple Peter L. Sheras and Phyllis Koch-Sheras have developed a creative, positive approach called couple-power therapy that teaches partners positive ways to create fulfilling loving relationships -- and have more fun together. Sheras and...
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