Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774

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At the turn of the last century, travel to what was then called the Holy Land began to become a distinct growth industry (as promotional types like to put it these days). This was the period, of course, when Mark Twain was one of many Innocents Abroad , and his descriptions of the terrain and the people he saw there...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Two recent Jewish musical experiences have demonstrated their artists' attempts to affect Middle Eastern discourse. The wildly popular Eurovision Song Contest has been staged in European and Middle Eastern cities for 50 years, and it is always a leading international television extravaganza. Israeli entries "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" and "Hallelujah" won in 1978 and 1979. This year, the Israel Broadcasting Authority selected Achinoam...
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Anvil's chorus of acclaim extends to a movie about the rockers
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This is not your grandma's Robb Reiner. Well, in a way, maybe it is ... After all, Reiner's in his 50s, and the rock musician's been lifting heavy metal since Grandma was clanging chains against the steam radiator. Meet not Meathead, but Headbanger Robb Reiner, whose own version of all in the family focuses on his band of almost-blood bros,...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Straight outta Morrisville, Pa., comes rapper Asher Roth, who released "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" on April 20. If you don't immediately grasp the significance of that date (during Passover), then you're not the pothead poet's target audience. So much mainstream music -- not just hip-hop, but pop and country, too -- appeals to the lowest common denominator. People want...
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When an accident turns a couple's world upside-down
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The confessional mode and its possible pitfalls, which I discussed several weeks ago in the case of Anne Roiphe's memoir, Epilogue , get another workout in Alix Kates Shulman's new book. Also a tale of harrowing loss, it's titled To Love What Is , and is published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. Where Roiphe's book discussed the sadness and bewilderment...
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