Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775

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David Freidenreich never would have expected that his research regarding Jewish, Christian and Muslim prohibitions on food and drink would make for a potentially juicy book topic. Nevertheless, Freidenreich will be spending the next year at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, where he'll attempt to turn his doctoral dissertation into not just one book but two...
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An anthology celebrates film criticism as a legitimate form of literary expression
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In October 1944, the poet W.H. Auden wrote a fan letter to writer James Agee, sent via The Nation magazine where Agee was a regular contributor. Dear Sirs: I do not care for movies very much and I rarely see them; further, I am suspicious of criticism as the literary genre which, more than any other, recruits epigones, pedants without...
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A new cookbook features kosher recipes perfect for every time of year
Laura Frankel, full-time chef and mother, celebrates Jewish and kosher cooking with her new book Jewish Cooking For All Seasons . The book is a collection of 150 seasonal recipes for soups, salads, starters, main dishes and desserts that have that professional touch. The recipes are grouped by season so you can use fresh produce to its best advantage and...
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Carlton-Kaplan: 'Y&R' explores dashing Don Diamont's many facets
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"The Young and the ... Religious"? CBS's number-one-rated daytime soap "The Young & the Restless" has gotten a jolt of Judaism, and, ya know, the super soap cleans up nice. With all its typically twisted plots, is it any wonder "Y&R" should script one that reads from right to left? In a storyline just revealed, Brad Carlton, the hunk of...
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He appears seemingly out of thin air. "Hi, I'm Neil Burger," and he proffers a hand pointedly attuned to the power of prestidigitation, suddenly drawing the focus of attention in a crowded Center City hotel. Ah ... the "Illusionist." No. Neil Burger is very much the real thing. And as the director of "The Illusionist" shows on screen and off,...
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