Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

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Catherine Hardwicke, just what is it about you making movies about 13-year-old Jewish girls? No -- these aren't Bat Mitzvah home movies, but a mitzvah of a different sort: Going to bat for the angst and anxiety of being a Jewish teen torn between parents and peers. Of course, the director of "13" -- whose two main characters were played...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Somewhere near the West Virginia-Kentucky border, the portable CD player ran out of juice. My friend John was in the driver's seat, so it was up to me to replace the batteries. Now, I'm a klutz, and I know it. Anything that involves a sharp object -- even buttering a bagel -- is bound to end badly, so I'm smart...
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... and the naivete to believe it's always a possibility
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Sometimes, I get a book in the mail, and I have to scratch my head in befuddlement about why it was sent to me. Such was the case with The Buddha and the Terrorist by Satish Kumar. It's a small, delicate volume, clearly published with consideration and care by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a reputable publisher. But why I...
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Indoors, of course, and in style
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
To entertain -- or not to entertain? At this time of year, it's definitely party time. There are celebrations at the office, dinners in fancy restaurants, snacking at sports bars, but entertaining at home is somehow more comfortable and relaxing. And that goes for hosts, as well as guests. And if you plan your event for the beginning of the...
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A great new anthology by the great Harold Bloom
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So what actually constitutes an "American religious poem"? That's the question at the heart of a new anthology, titled, appropriately enough, American Religious Poems . It's been edited by the indefatigable Harold Bloom, the masterful literary critic and Yale University professor, with the assistance of Jesse Zuba, and published by the ever-enterprising Library of America. Both editors have provided answers...
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