Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

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I don't know how some writers pull it off. When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win by longtime comedy writer Carol Leifer, which was published by Villard, seems to me in form and even sometimes in subject matter -- though not, of course, on a sentence-by-sentence basis -- to resemble Nora Ephron's marvelously entertaining and highly successful collection...
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And it can be part of a Bastille Day celebration
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Louise Fiszer, Jewish Exponent Feature
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP We have a number of friends who are die-hard "Francophiles." They spend every vacation in France, and usually come home with all things French -- wines, chocolates, porcelain and wonderful recipes. Recently, we were invited to a home where such French-lovers hosted an unusually tasty Shabbat luncheon featuring vegetables, fish and a garlicky mayonnaise-like dip called "aioli."...
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Perhaps it's the tradition of mezze -- a selection of salad appetizers without which no Middle Eastern meal could begin. Or maybe it has to do with the glorious abundance of produce in our local markets. In any case, Shabbat meals in Jerusalem always begin with at least four or five cold salads. When planning a course of salads, keep...
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It's in his solar system: Saul Rubinek has made an art out of science fiction, with Artie Nielsen his latest twilight-zoned-out success story of a character. The just-turned-61 actor whose star trek has led him to sterling appearances in "The Outer Limits" revival; SyFy Channel's "Stargate SG-1" and "Eureka"; and, of course "Star Trek: The Next Generation" ("The Most Toys")...
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In the almost comically contentious Minnesota election between Norm Coleman and Al Franken for a seat in the U.S. Senate, is it any wonder that the joker won? Grayer and filled with gravitas now, Franken spun an intellectual-style comedy out of his Jewish Minnesota roots, where, as he told the Jewish Exponent's On the Scene while still a writer/performer for...
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