Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774

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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim is a crazy, "anything goes" holiday, where it's even encouraged to drink heavily. Kids and adults alike masquerade in costumes. Girls love to be Queen Esther, with sparkly crowns and dresses; for boys, it's the wicked Haman, with big false nose, floppy ears and the notorious tricorn hat. During services, Haman is mocked with groggers, booing, hissing and the...
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No country for old minyans? In a modern-day movie milieu where the au courant currency exchange at the box office seems to be blood money, does a nice movie that is heartfelt and haimisch have a prayer? If it's "Praying With Lior," which focuses on the davening dervish of a phenomenon that is Lior Liebling, it does. Indeed, it has...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's not surprising that, after more than 35 years of reporting on the people, history and culture of the Middle East, American journalist Robin Wright's fifth book should focus on this volatile, chameleon-like region. Dreams and Shadows , just released by Penguin Press, is subtitled The Future of the Middle East . Wright's assignments for various prestigious publications have sent...
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What it means to roam the aisles of bookstores
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I don't know how the situation has gotten to this point exactly, but I do most of my book buying on the Web now, making fewer and fewer visits to bookstores. That may not sound like so alarming an admission to make in our Internet-saturated age, but you've got to understand the role that bookstores have played in my life...
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Bag a bit of Purim in the form of breakfast treats
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Linda Morel, JE Feature
Marcy Goldman still recalls the kind gesture on a Purim in the mid-1980s. Her first son had come into the world with newborn jaundice and had to stay in the hospital after Goldman, author of A Passion for Baking (Oxmoor House, 2007), was discharged. Reluctant to leave her baby -- he's now 22 and healthy -- Goldman spent some sleepless...
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