Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

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When Henri Parens was 12 years old, he escaped a French concentration camp by crawling across train tracks, running through a barren vineyard and hiding in a toilet stall overnight. The following year, he traveled to the United States by himself, where he lived with a host family in Pittsburgh. It was then, in 1942, that he learned that his...
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The shadow Orson Welles cast during a prolific and profligate lifestyle had less to do with his gargantuan girth than the net he used to nab some of the world's best talent to take part in his evocative and echtian productions. Caught in that shroud -- and the shrapnel stitched inside -- were Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright, co-stars --...
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Think Da Vinci's was difficult? Spellbinding TV series gets helping hand from an inside source: the Vatican
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Torture and Torquemada crossed paths and pathology with the Catholic Church on the ruinous road to the Inquisition as the Spanish steps toward ethnic cleansing sent non-Catholics careening into a tailspin of fiery 15th-century moral turpitude. It is no secret that the Spanish Inquisition's inequities inveighed against its Jews, forced to convert or be condemned by a church hell-bent on...
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Louis Marmon, JE Feature
More than 40 different varietals -- high-quality Zinfandel, excellent Cabernet blends and first-rate Rhone varietals -- are cultivated in Paso Robles, California's largest American Viticultural Area. The 24-plus-square-mile area has 700- to 2,000-foot elevations with diverse microclimates -- from the cooling Pacific breezes and multiple canyons. Still, Paso Robles suffers from an identity crisis. The public is mostly unaware of...
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
A good part of the joy in foreign travel is the discovery of foods that express the flavor of the country and its people. I'm always on the lookout for new dishes that will translate well to fit my kitchen and dining lifestyle. On a recent trip to Spain, I found such an item -- paella, the national culinary treasure...
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