Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

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The tribe has … schpilkes. In a Jewish "Survivor" battle of the Bar Mitzvahs, "Keeping Up With the Steins" sets the bar high above a Jew's oys. The Bar Mitzvah boy? Bimah him up way beyond celebrations ever experienced by others his age. May the Force be with him; but then it's the bills that belong to his papa and...
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Pentateuch Envy, Anyone? Steins? Their cups runneth over - way over, as this at-times very funny film will have viewers not so much beaming from the bimah as bemoaning where all the flour has gone? Why, to build a Bar Mitzvah cake that would sink a Titanic - if that weren't already in play as the theme for the young...
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It's a Mother's Day present with a past. Such was the gift lovingly provided by Lee Caplin, whose call to his mother two years ago that they had gotten rights to adapt a book to film provided a social security for Ruth Sacks Caplin that no government check could compete against. How dramatic a real-life script when you're an 85-year-old...
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In the early 1980s, I worked for several years with the late and sorely missed Murray Friedman as his assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. My job was to answer his mail, read and summarize the material the commission sent him on a daily basis (most of it writings dealing with civil-rights matters culled from newspapers and magazines across...
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Guys, get that grill going, but first learn your flame-broiled ABCs
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Andrew Schloss, JE Feature
If you have ever sacrificed a steak to the incendiary powers of a backyard grill, or tried to convince yourself that "black and crusty" is exactly how you like your chicken, then you know - firsthand - the ambiguous art of cooking over an open flame. The problem is not just a lack of skill; it's a lack of understanding...
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