Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

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Whenever the topic of torture and the mistreatment of prisoners is revisited in the media, as it has recently been with President Obama's hesitance over closing Guantanamo Bay, my mind returns to the most powerful piece of writing on the subject that I've ever run across. This particular essay also happen to be part of one of the most significant...
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
Gone is the fun and flavor of the outside grill. Let's face it -- it's November, and the cooler weather is here. All of which means we can get back into the kitchen for some serious cooking with burners and ovens going full blast. The Jewish holidays are well past us, so we can say goodbye to brisket and matzah...
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Just in time for the holiday season, the Manischewitz company announces the launching of its fourth annual cook-off event, designed to encourage home cooks to challenge themselves in preparing a kosher meal -- this year, using the new Manischewitz all-natural broth, made with chicken and beef. The contest encourages men and women to experiment with different ethnic foods and think...
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
"If you also see your mother when you look in the mirror, you are not alone," says Laura Arens Fuerstein, author of My Mother, My Mirror: Recognizing and Making the Most of Inherited Self-Images. Fuerstein, an analytic therapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience, explores a mother's influence on her daughter without blaming Mom. "This book does not...
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Israeli director moves into new role with wartime messages lived and learned
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"I'm not there," the two military men seem to say as they morbidly grapple with guarding the precious, if onerous, cargo they cart back home -- news that the wife/mother they greet as the door opens has had her soldier spouse/son/daughter die in combat. As attendants to the Army's Casualty Notification service, the soldiers seem like casualties themselves, dissociated from...
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