Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

Right in time for Thanksgiving comes a cornucopia of delights
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Jews and food. Is there any more classic blend of elements? Even people who know nothing about Judaism or Jewish culture know that Jews and eating are intertwined. In fact, one of the things that seems to unite philo-Semites and their anti-Semitic opposites is their envy of the warmth and unity conveyed by the idea of the Jewish table spread...
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Like your grandmother would make!
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
My job was to pinch and seal the seams of the freshly rolled strudel so that none of the juicy apple filling could escape during baking. That was a very important task for a 5-year-old, who every Thursday watched Grandma Chevet (short for Yochevet) make miracles with dough that was rolled so transparently thin that a "even a dull light...
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
Now that shopping season has officially set in and T.V. stations have aired the requisite video of the madcap "Day After Thanksgiving" stampede of shoppers tripping over each other at 5 a.m. to buy overpriced junk they don't need, life can return to normal. It turns out that the second-biggest shopping day is the Monday after Thanksgiving, which the National...
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
The Golden Age of the Silver Screen may indeed be a thing of the past, but dinner and a movie is practically a dating cliché. How going to a movie became a dating staple is vexing. Think about it, when you are dating someone, especially someone new, you want to get to know that person. Sitting side by side with...
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But, more important, where?
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When Kenneth I. Helphand's book Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime appeared on my desk many months ago, I thumbed through it, stopping for a moment on the chapter devoted to "Ghetto Gardens," and thought a terrible, improper thought: "Holocaust scholars will do anything to find a new angle on a well-trafficked subject." I put the solid, clearly serious volume...
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