Monday, September 15, 2014 Elul 20, 5774

We've had the big holiday meat meal, with the rich brisket, simmering chickens and heavy vegetable-laden sides. Now, we're headed toward fast day, with meals before and after that should reflect the fact that our bodies will be more sensitive to the amount and type of food that goes into them. These recipes feature pareve and dairy dishes that are...
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ON THE SCENE Where it counts the most -- in life, on stage -- Billy Crystal may well be the Jewish Count Basie of jazz comedy. He's got the music in him, playing the stage as inner instrument for its soul sounds and insights, with riffs and rolls that reflect the hands of an artist and airy ambitions of an...
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The mystery behind the mystery woman on new reality series
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"Get real!" may be the mantra of network television these days, but one series is proving that reality can be seemingly as fractiously fictive as any flight of fantasy dreamed up by a programming exec. "My Antonio" may as well be "Mamma Mia!" as the mystery woman behind star Antonio Sabato Jr.'s current VH1 10-episode reality series -- in which...
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And no wonder: Producer David Elzer may just be duke of the juke-box musical
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When Mike, the character in "A Chorus Line," first saw dancers go through their paces in auditions, he confidently stepped up to the challenge with "I can do that." When David Elzer read the script of the shoo-be-do-bop musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes," he marveled and sha-boomed: "I can sell that." Both got their wishes. These days, it's also anniversary wishes...
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... and other issues pertinent to the Jewish state
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SPEAKING VOLUMES "Can Israel survive? Does it deserve to?" Could any two questions be more important today to the Jewish community or more pertinent to the lives of committed Jews especially during this period of spiritual introspection? They are broached in the brief prelude to Daniel Gordis' new, compelling book, Saving Israel , whose title probably answers at least one...
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