Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Richard Hofstadter: Exemplar of the engaged intellectual
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For those with certain political leanings who came of age in the 1960s, Richard Hofstadter was the historian of note, the writer from whom we learned much about the American political sensibility and how it worked. The titles of his many books -- distinctive, evocative, unmistakably his -- bring to life an era and a portion of the intellectual underpinnings...
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There's nothing like tradition for this traditional dish
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Rivka Tal, JE Feature
According to an informal survey I have yet to make, if you say "kugel" in New York, New Mexico or even North Dakota, what comes to mind is that oh-so-fragrant "baked pudding" consisting of grated potatoes, onions, eggs, oil and salt. A side dish of potato kugel is the quintessential kugel for most people. But what really makes a kugel...
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It comes every week -- whether we're ready or not
Of all the Jewish holy days, the Sabbath is the oldest and the only one specifically referred to in the Ten Commandments. From the Hebrew word Shabbat -- "to rest" -- the Sabbath is a time to spend with the family in peace, celebration and festivity. It begins at sundown on Friday with the lighting of the candles and blessing...
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A weekend of relaxation, even when it comes to the cooking
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
Living in the beautiful, temperate San Francisco Bay area, I prefer to spend my weekends at home, but many people residing in a less desirable climate take advantage of a two- or three- day hiatus to get away from it all. Predictably, our resort-bound friends call to see if they can book a night or two with us en route...
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The history of a much maligned fat, and whether or not it's good for you
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Rivka Tal, JE Feature
All the fuss we hear today about use of the health mavens' latest no-no -- now, don't even say it -- margarine -- with its bad reputation for trans-fats got me thinking about what Jewish bakers used a mere generation or three ago. They could use butter, but this often interfered with baking for special occasions, such as Shabbat or...
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