Thursday, July 30, 2015 Av 14, 5775

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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
A major part of my professional responsibilities over these last few weeks has been to prepare children for their model seders, and thus, for their families' Passover celebrations. At our Passover seder, we really ask an implied fifth question: On all other evenings and mornings at synagogue services, we strive for musical uniformity. The "old timers" want the "traditional melodies,"...
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Clifford Irving was the real deal: A real fraud, an honest-to-goodness con artist, a true liar. That's all according to "The Hoax," the truly tragic albeit terrific tale about his pseudo-named biography of Howard Hughes, a huge miscalculation of greed and ego that eventually landed Irving in deep shame ... and jail. Based on Irving's memoir of The Hoax, which...
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Soviet Jewish émigré finds real success as creator of a series that Travels well
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Isn't it Rich? Uh, actually, no, it's Malloy. But if Stephen Sondheim sounds surprised when he sends in the clowns, imagine how the neighborhood feels when Dmitry Lipkin sends in the gypsies. Because that's exactly what the Soviet Jewish émigré has done -- brilliantly -- in FX's rag on "The Riches," its new scene-stealing series of a family of American...
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Martin D. Davidson, JE Feature
Wine has been a cherished and respected centerpiece of Jewish celebrations for centuries. Sabbath and holiday meals are preceded by the sanctification of the wine, and the Passover seder is highlighted by four cups of wine. Some say that wine also relates to the art of moderation, which if abused can lead to excess and a loss of control. For...
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Rivka Tal, JE Feature
Do "Passover sandwiches" sound like an oxymoron? Well, they're not! Creative cooks long ago came up with the perfect solution for Pesach food under wraps: the matzah-meal popover, bagel or roll. When we were kids, and the intermediate days of the holiday were considered "days-we-had-to-go-to-school-anyhow," my mother of blessed memory would prepare delicious sandwiches for us. She would halve a...
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