Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

It's what all Haggadahs, old and new, have in common
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Every Passover, publishers unveil a string of the "newest" Haggadot, most of them capitalizing on a current societal trend that seeks to make the ancient book "more relevant" for a contemporary audience -- or, at the very least, more accessible. Over the last half-century or so, there have been Haggadot geared to the traditional family, the interfaith family,...
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... where a kosher comic proves his mettle
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Here's a headline not for the Wall Street weak: "Gold Soars; Dullards Devalued." Such is the result of the riches afforded by former economics major Elon Gold, whose stock in supersmart, smack-in-the-face funny is a funny bones bailout for these unbankable times. As a stand-up comedian, he also stands up for the joys of Judaism, which, suffice it to say,...
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NBC obviously is missing the boat with its Jay-Conan-Jimmy comic drama. There is a viable, impossibly thrifty alternative to this star-strudded, money-saddled soap opera that would at once save NBC and place God on its side. All the network has to do is cull its archives for the answer. Move the rabbi in. There he is, Rabbi Glickman, the nebbishe,...
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Coming through the rye -- slowly cooked corned beef, juicy and marbled in enough fat to make it appear as if it's drooling; cole slaw so temptingly tangy they sent it to the moon with the astronauts; and Russian dressing -- aah, the Russian! -- so smoothly creamy, even Putin wouldn't protest. Got you hungry? Take a number! Built on...
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The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania is now the home of a wealth of papers from bestselling novelist Chaim Potok. The writer -- a Penn alum -- was also a professor and a rabbi during his multifaceted career, as well as editor-in-chief of Philadelphia's Jewish Publication Society. The archive contains lectures, sermons, correspondence, promotional materials...
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