Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

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JTA
David B. Ruderman, director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, has won a National Jewish Book Award for "Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History," published by Princeton University Press. Ruderman, who also teaches Modern Jewish History at UPenn, won in the category of History. The 2010 awards, announced Tuesday, are given out annually...
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Lobbyist Jack Abramoff bet the house -- and lost
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You don't know Jack? Now you will. "Casino Jack" is both a gambol and a gambit that the trust-buster story of Jack Abramoff -- treacherous traitor of the trust of his family and friends, not to mention the public once he turned Washington lobbying into a foyer of self-enrichment -- will find its slot among Hollywood's great depictions of the...
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The truth hurts, sure, but lying has its own paean. Just ask Jon Lovitz, whose "Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar" lies as the foundation for a career which is true grit in action. "Here I was, no income, and suddenly I'm making a great living" as a member of "Saturday Night Live" (1985 to 1990), where his lively renditions of...
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN It's a small spiral notebook, the kind that you can find in any store. On the soft cover is a color photograph of a biker in front of a garden bright with summer flowers; the title: Recipes for Rothschild: Battling Cancer One Meal at a Time . What makes it so exceptional is that the healthy-looking biker...
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Franklin Roosevelt, 'his Jews' and the tragedy of the Holocaust
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When I interviewed Samuel G. Freedman back in 1996 about his book The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved From Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond , he relayed an anecdote that has stayed with me. He spoke of his Uncle Seymour's Bar Mitzvah ceremony, and how family lore had it that, as his uncle carried the Torah around the...
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