Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775

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Earlier this year, I wrote a piece about Thomas Eakins -- the occasion was the appearance of a fine new biography by William S. McFeely -- and I described him as the greatest painter this city ever produced, as well as one of many artists that our fair metropolis also saw fit to abuse (in saying this, I was thinking...
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In one poem, acclaimed Yiddish poet, singer and songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman uses nature references to recall her childhood. One line goes as follows: "I've come such a long way." And that she has. Schaechter-Gottesman, 87, a Holocaust survivor, recounted not just her own journey during a recent event in Elkins Park, but that of the language and culture she uses...
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"The Kite Runner" tale has snaked through the sky like a paper sunburst, electrifying fans of the best-selling book keyed up for its transformation into a movie. Can lightning strike twice? Seems it has, albeit the last bolt from the blue grounded the film for a bit. Based on Khaled Hosseini's hotly received roar of a novel about boyhood friendship...
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For the contestants of a recent cook-off, the heat was on!
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
"Food is the last connection some people have to Judaism," insisted Rabbi Yaacov Horowitz. And this gentleman, employed by the Orthodox Union and the expert in charge of all operations at Manischewitz, should know. Traveling throughout the world -- to Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Israel and England, where Manischewitz has production plants -- he sees firsthand how Jews embrace Jewish...
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You hear about Jewish influence in all of the arts, to say nothing of other areas of expertise; and, though you sometimes think of it as a pleasant exaggeration -- when it's not being posited as a subtle slur -- you can still run across evidence of such influence, and be amazed at just how far and wide and deep...
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