Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

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Who knew that hiring a "Domestic Import" would trigger a pistol-packin' game of Russian roulette that would fill every chamber of the house with émigrés out of a production of "Dr. Zhivago?" From Russia with ... laughs? It is now for Cherry Hill, N.J.'s Andrea Malamut. But it was no laughing matter way back when the ad executive faced a...
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Tori Spelling? Try Michael spelling! Okay, Michael Zahler, the soft-spoken star of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," may not be in the same tabloid -- or ZIP code -- class as the "Beverly Hills 90210" star. But his role as Leaf Coneybear -- who bears the weight of seemingly getting the hardest words to spell on stage at...
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Ten years ago, Jeremy Cowan could be seen driving around San Francisco in his grandmother's Volvo, hand-delivering bottles of his homemade beer to local merchants. The label featured a smiling, cartoonish-like rabbi and a tongue-in-cheek name -- "He'Brew." The idea may have started out as a gag between Cowan and some of his friends, but he soon realized that he...
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Rivka Tal, JE Feature
Sukkot in Jerusalem is an especially festive holiday. Everywhere you look you can spy these charming booths, sometimes precariously perched atop open porches. During the week, families from all over the country flock to the Western Wall, often carefully carrying their four species, fulfilling the commandment of, "And you should take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of...
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How religions grapple with the dilemma of evil
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Philadelphia's estimable Jewish Publication Society has returned one of its classic works to its backlist this season. Fallen Angels: Soldiers of Satan's Realm was first issued in the early 1950s, and has now been reincarnated in a paperback edition. Long recognized as a definitive piece of scholarship on the belief in fallen angels in three of the world's great religions...
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