Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774

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Rivka Tal
If you have nothing to talk about one day, ask your local culinary experts what halvah is and where it originated. You might be surprised at the answers. The Larousse Gastronomique, for example, states that "halvah or halva" is "an Eastern sweetmeat based on roasted sesame seeds, which are ground into a smooth paste (tahini), then mixed with boiled sugar."...
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The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times, which has been edited by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jonathan Karp, both respected academics, is an ambitious, wide-ranging collection of essays that displays all the advantages and a certain number of the defects of scholarly discourse these days (the publisher is University of Pennsylvania Press). The book's subject is not, as the title...
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For artist William Steig, it was the essence of freedom
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I remember how surprised I was when I learned, about a decade ago, that the famous New Yorker cartoonist and children's book author and illustrator William Steig hadn't at first wanted to be an artist. Actually, his most sincere desire as a young man was to run off to sea. That wish, of course, makes perfect sense once you think...
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Feeling the pinch at the pump -- and in the produce aisle
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Sticker-shock isn't relegated only to the gas pumps these days. Just take a walk around your local supermarket. According to reports, these higher food prices may be here to stay. One reason is that the operating costs of farmers, which include energy, fertilizer and equipment, are skyrocketing. For consumers, layoffs and bonus cuts add to the ripple effect. The result?...
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Aaron Passman
The Declaration of Independence was lost, and it was up to Hannah Lee and her puppet frog François to help find it. Amid sweltering heat, they rummaged through Old City's cobblestone streets in search of a quill pen to be used by Benjamin Franklin to sign the famous document -- if and when it turned up. Fortunately, they had some...
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