Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

For Sukkot: Keep it simple, keep it hot
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Linda Morel, JE Feature
What could be better than dining inside a sukkah? I love looking through a lattice roof entwined with greenery and gazing at stars. I love the scent of autumn air mixed with the medley of produce dangling from the sukkah's walls. I've always felt that Sukkot -- the Jewish harvest holiday -- beats Thanksgiving hands down. Sukkot not only lasts...
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Ruth Ellen Gruber, JE Feature
NOCARA, Italy — During the 1970s and '80s, my parents spent considerable chunks of time in southern Italy, documenting local life in Nocara, a wind-swept Calabrian village that clings to the crest of a half-mile-high hill overlooking the Gulf of Taranto. My father, Jacob W. Gruber, was an anthropologist at Temple University, and was there to carry out an ethnographic...
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Juggling holiday and hilarity
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What better time than this to go for the juggler? After all, Sukkot and juggling go together like meat axes, and peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. At least they do when the Flying Karamazov Brothers get their hands on them. Give a hand to Paul Magid and his magical merry pranksters, who juggle holidays and hilarity in an act that does justice to...
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The Jewish literary world -- from time immemorial -- has been a primarily male province. There were exceptions throughout history, of course, but these were also always exceptions that proved the rule. Only recently -- meaning within the last 35 or 40 years, with the feminist movement that had its roots in 1960s activism, and flowered in the '70s and...
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Healthy, sure, but also a handy holiday gift
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Eileen Goltz, JE Feature
There is always the problem of what to bring as a hostess gift when you've been invited to share a yontif meal with friends. A Waterford vase with flowers is obviously too over the top, and a book, while nice, is problematic in that my taste (murder mystery eclectic and veering toward who lopped off Colonel Mustard's head in the...
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