Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

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Sarah Bernhardt. For anyone enamored of the theater, hers is a mythic name. And for anyone with the added love of Proust, Bernhardt is twice mythic, as she appears in the French novelist's great seven-part work, In Search of Lost Time , as the adored Berma; in fact, the novel's central character, Marcel, evokes her example many times as the...
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Matzah's more versatile than you probably know
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Andrew Schloss, JE Feature
Unlike most food that exists to nourish or delight, the function of matzah is quite different: It's about storytelling. Symbolic and revered, the bread of affliction is more often seen as a hurdle in a recipe, rather than a means for creating something delicious, which begs the question, "What is the sensual charm of matzah?" Like many fashionable ingredients, matzah...
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Below are some sweet suggestions to bring your seder to a fitting end. Enjoy! Lemon Meringues This is a fabulous Passover dessert. The three components: meringues, lemon cream and chocolate-dipped nuts can all be prepared 2 to 3 days in advance and assembled right before serving. Meringue Ingredients: 2 egg whites pinch of salt 1/2 cup superfine sugar 1/2 tsp...
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A Most Successful Synthesis
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Until the modern period, architecture was not a profession much open to Jews. Judaism itself - except perhaps for the Temple periods in Jerusalem - never really made much fuss about buildings per se. Synagogues, in the ghettos and shtetls of Europe, at least through a good part of the 19th century, were not generally grand affairs (western Europe was...
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I've often mentioned the piles of magazines that fill my study, and how, on weeks when Jewish news is slow - which, I admit is rare - I tend to rifle through these publications and find something of interest to write about in this space. What I haven't discussed is the mass of magazines on our third floor, which I...
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