Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

An accounting of survival -- and loss
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The sisters discovered the bundle of letters nearly 20 years ago in their parents' Chicago apartment, soon after their father's death. Raya Schapiro and Helga Weinberg recognized immediately "the delicate Old German script" and "the brisk Czech writing" of two relatives who'd once been extremely close to them: their maternal grandmother Paula Froelich and her son, their uncle Erwin. These...
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Fire up the kitchen; it's Mexican tonight!
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
For Mexican families, food is a celebration. And though society and eating habits have changed in Mexico as in the rest of the world, the real dishes eaten everyday are rooted in tradition. Chiles, onions, tomatillos, cilantro, Mexican oregano and thyme -- to name just a few -- all impart a specific vibrancy to Mexican fare. Hot, piquant sauces dominate...
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War and wine -- even that pairing has a story these days. "It seems like we survived a real threat that may have ruined our harvest," declared Sasson Ben-Aharon, chief winemaker for Binyamina wineries. Their vineyards are located in Binyamina, between Haifa and Hadera on Israel's western coast, cities that were under attack by some of the 3,000 rockets discharged...
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ABC miniseries offers a serious and affecting look back ... and forward
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How does a nation benumbed and benighted by a nightmare commemorate the fifth anniversary of the tragedy that rained down ash on it like confetti of chaos dancing darkly in the streets? With hope. Such is the hope of producers more sanguine than sensationalistic as they set up a series of special memorial movies in anticipation of 9/11/06. Perhaps the...
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Author: What would Leah do? Looking for some divine inspiration
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
To tell the truth, I never really knew the whole story of Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel, all of whom suffered from infertility, but eventually gave birth to the founders of the Jewish people. But I knew exactly how author Jessie Fischbein felt. Wanting a child and not being able to have one can be a devastating, demoralizing and highly depressing...
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