Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

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Yocheved Miriam Russo, JE Feature
"It's nice to see so many Jews in the audience," jokes Arab comedian Ray Hanania. "I view you all as potential hostages." The Jerusalem audience claps, howling with laughter. In another setting, that comment wouldn't be quite so funny. But plunked down in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour, it's the perfect joke: It makes fun of the situation,...
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Watch out, Oprah! There's a new book club in town, and it seeks to revolutionize the reading community in Philadelphia. According to Kehillah of Center City coordinator Catherine Fischer, "People of the Book" -- as the club is called -- aims to provide a citywide venue for the reading and discussion of books of Jewish interest. To do so, Fischer...
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A sexual awakening in the suburbs that's meant to stir feelings
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This is how Fredrica Wagman's first novel, Playing House , published back in 1973, begins: "Can't concentrate. My mind is wandering over him crouched on top of me, over his shoulders to a summer day again, always back to then when a room was filled with sun gold, when the walls were white, when the window glass was crystal clear...
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Philly guys pen a paean to agents uncovering a traitor in their midst
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Giving "Breach" birth may be the breakout hit Philadelphia filmmakers Adam Mazer and William Rotko have been looking for -- and deserve. The true-life thriller chiller about the spy who came in from the Cold War and poked the federal officials in its FBeye by turning turncoat -- doing irrevocable harm by selling off top state secrets to the Soviets...
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You go, girl -- and while you're at it, why not fix the faucet? "Be Jane" is bedazzling -- an online community of female home-improvement fans who once thought the term was only a TV series about tool guy Tim Taylor. Timid, they're not. Now, they're serious about fixer-uppers and downloading information in areas that stereotypically were men's, including fixing...
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