Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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Ryan Teitman
Abram Shnaper was shipped among seven different concentration camps throughout World War II. After narrowly escaping death at the last of them, he said, the first significant thing he did once he was liberated was to sit down and write down everything that had happened to him. He had found an old, battered, salt-and-pepper notebook, which served this purpose perfectly...
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Answers to some difficult questions
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Just about fours years ago, Targum Press issued a book on intermarriage titled Why Marry Jewish? and I thought then, and for a long time afterward, that it couldn't be topped. Subtitled Surprising Reasons for Jews to Marry Jews , it was the work of Doron Kornbluth, who had already written a classic work called Jewish Matters: A Pocketbook of...
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
Although the temptation of cooking new dishes for Passover lurks in my mind every year, I always can remember my mother's warning of not to "cook anything too weird." She's right, of course, as usual. The tried-and-true traditional Ashkenazic family recipes may seem a bit boring to the cook, but the guests take comfort in them as being familiar, offering...
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Jonathan Brody -- Broadway baby? Well, more Baby Boomer: The Englewood, N.J., native son recalls watching as an audience member the number "I Can Do That" from "A Chorus Line" and thinking, "I can do that." Indeed, he did; and it did a number on him: Years later, Brody performed the song and dance delight in the first summer-stock production...
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'Israel's Beatles' beat a path to the TLA stage
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Marsha Bryan Edelman, JE Feature
It is the job of social historians to identify important developments, and even pivotal moments, that signal turning points in popular culture. There is consensus that for listeners of "a certain generation," it was the appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" that launched the "British invasion" and changed the face of American music. For Israelis -- and...
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