Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
The event was bad enough. Besides me, there were three guys and a 40-year-old woman, who, to put it politely, was "not all there." While the hot dogs and veggie burgers were cooking on the grill, this guy showed up. I'll call him "Milt." His head of receding gray hair gave away his age from half a field away. He...
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Back in the 1980s and '90s, when Rabbi Lance Sussman was researching the life of 19th-century Jewish leader Isaac Leeser, he would shuttle back and forth between institutes in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, the repositories where the bulk of Leeser's papers were stored. The rabbi kept his notes on thousands of index cards and stored his work on numerous floppy disks...
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On the streets where Benjamin Franklin walked, James and Dolly Madison once lived, and George Washington may have slept, Colonial-era Jews also made their presence -- albeit a subtle one -- known. The cobblestone streets that William Penn designed between the Delaware and Schuykill rivers welcomed Jews as merchants, religious leaders and Revolutionary War supporters -- so much so that,...
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When prose depicts reality, in novel form
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I am forever astonished at how many fictional variations Aharon Appelfeld has been able to spin from the bits and pieces of his tragic life story. This ability became even clearer to me several years ago, when the great Israeli novelist published his memoir The Story of a Life , where he dealt with the "truth" that has been the...
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Audiences laughing must mean that she's in the building
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"Wake up, little Susie, wake up. Wake up, little Susie, wake up ... " "Ah, go *#&% yourself, you piece of &*@^!" That's some wake-up call even the Everly Brothers would never expect. Rude awakening? No, a dream job for Susie Essman, whose "Curb Your Enthusiasm" character Susie Greene takes her trash talk to the cable curb every Sunday night...
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