Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775
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Soviet Snookis? Nyet, reprimands "Russian Doll" Marina, the gorgeously girlish, if somewhat garish, co-star of the new Thursday-night Lifetime series in which Russian emigres embellish their American lives with dreams that drip of riches and diamond rocks. Caviar dreams? No, they had that back in Russia and see how far it got them. But here, success is just a scimitar...
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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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