Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

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When Haley Simon entered sixth grade last year, she started school with the confidence to wear hair extensions and to be herself -- quirks and all. But in the world of middle school, she soon discovered, the consequences of seeming just a bit different proved to be severe. The bullying began on school grounds, with students hurling insults at her...
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Walk down the baking aisle of your supermarket and all of the sweetener options can be overwhelming. Even plain old sugar comes in a variety of colors, sizes and textures; and then there's molasses, honey and the more esoteric agave syrup -- not to mention the growing variety of calorie-free sweeteners. When do you use what, and why? Granulated sugar...
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Lucy Taus Katz, Jewish Exponent Feature
It's been more then 65 years since World War II ended and the concentration camp inmates were liberated. But for some, even after they were set free from the camps, there was another kind of prison that kept them captive: a prison of the heart, the mind and the soul. I thought I knew the basic details of my life:...
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Debra Rubin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Thanks to hip-hop superstar Drake's latest music video, there are now far more eyes focusing on Temple Israel's bimah in Miami than there are even during the High Holidays. And even though the song's lyrics are decidedly more profane than sacred, the Reform synagogue's president said he hoped the video would help Jewish youth connect to Judaism. The video, parts...
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Kurt Weill's massive opera-oratorio, known in English as The Eternal Road , has proven to be a daunting task for any director brave enough to tackle it. The work, which has four acts and deals with persecution throughout Jewish history, calls for a cast of hundreds and costumes in the thousands. Not surprisingly, the 1937 premiere, which took place in...
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