Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
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Baseball and beer. Baseball and red hots. Baseball and bragging rights. Baseball and -- Jews? It's not such a seventh-inning stretch; in fact, say many, it is -- like Roy Hobbs himself -- a natural. Maybe even biblical? "In the big inning" is the genesis of an old joke that goes back possibly to when the earth was created. Or,...
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Why are TV's Jews so ... obnoxious? There they are, primed to offend on prime time TV: A rogue's gallery of mouths that roar and rub people the wrong way. Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Bloom! When did the nice Jews leave the TV neighborhood? Molly Goldberg would drop her brisket if she ever encountered Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." But then,...
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"Sarah's Key" is filmmaker Gilles Paquet-Brenner's pièce de résistance -- ironic given how the Resistance failed as a concept in Nazi-occupied France (setting of the film), where so many French kissed off the futures of their Jewish compatriots by becoming collaborators during World War II. Indeed, it is the French, not the Nazis, who occupy the heart of this breathtakingly...
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Breaking bread -- or breaking heads? "Friday Night Dinner" may or may not make the most out of the motzi ceremony as this BBC America series takes the kiddush cup and pours it all over the head of what one anticipates to be a traditional Shabbat dinner. But then, the Goodmans may be the most untraditional of Jewish families to...
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What better name for a rapper than Michael Rapaport? "I am Rapaport," says the actor/director who will never be mistaken for Judd Hirsch or, for that matter, the late Cleavon Little, onetime stars of Broadway's "I'm Not Rappaport." He is that -- and so much more. The 41-year-old Rapaport beats rhapsodic about rap, and has done so ever since he...
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