Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

The Sandwich Holiday
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Linda Morel, JE Feature
I consider Yom Kippur eve the sandwich holiday -- not because I would ever serve my family and friends sandwiches before going to synagogue on the eve of a solemn fast, but because the start of Yom Kippur is sandwiched between two days of Rosh Hashanah celebrations and the Day of Atonement. With the emphasis that night, as it should...
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Rivka Tal, JE Feature
As most people know, at High Holiday time, we traditionally dip apple slices in honey at the start of our festive meals, expressing our prayers for a sweet new year. In keeping with the honey tradition, I bake a honey cake every year. And an apple cake. But guess what? After a couple of dutiful bites have been taken, the...
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X marks the spot ... Wait, no, it doesn't. More like NC-17 marks the spot that Kirby Dick is in. And it is the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board who's put him there. For Dick, ironically, it's a good spot to be in, because if not for the myopic MPAA, his quirky clever "This Film Is Not Yet...
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Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the classic When Bad Things Happen to Good People, as well as nine other books, has just published his newest work, Overcoming Life's Disappointments. It draws on the story of Moses, and weaves together references to social science and popular culture with the explicit purpose of helping people deal with the personal setbacks that...
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Dipping into biblical beauty
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Hills of Spices does a very simple thing which, in its very simplicity, seems almost revolutionary: It reminds us, through quotations and a minimum of textual analysis, that the Bible is filled with some of the most beautiful poetry ever written. It is a plain fact, known to countless numbers of us, but in this over-connected world of ours, it's...
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