Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775

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In I.B. Singer's "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," the female protagonist chooses intellectual pursuits over a man with whom she's in love. In Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, a male character recounts various episodes of sexual frustration, gratification and much experimentation. Indeed, great works of Jewish literature raise provocative -- and very real -- questions about love, sex and interpersonal relationships...
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Brazil is flooded with history -- in the most unlikely places
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Janet Darbey, JE Feature
Everyone's surely heard of Carnival in Rio and its wild street parades that bring on the somber time of Lent. And, of course, Brazilian cities are much influenced in many ways by their Catholic heritage -- Rio's Corcovado and its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, known worldwide, attest to that. And yet, although the Jewish community in Brazil numbers...
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Ben G. Frank , JE Feature
In one city, there is joy, back-slapping, the roar of the crowd, popping champagne, a citizenry even smiling on their way to work early in the morning. In another city, it's all "doom and gloom," crying in their coffee, throwing away their baseball caps, frowning and not even showing up for work -- so depressed are they. This month, the...
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No, something indeed, as Israeli researchers make bee-dazzling discoveries
Archaeological proof of the biblical description of Israel as "the land of milk and honey" -- or at least, the latter -- has been uncovered by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Archaeology. Amihai Mazar, the Eleazar L. Sukenik Professor of Archaeology at Hebrew U., revealed that the first apiary (beehive colony) dating from the biblical period...
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Fred D. Snitzer, JE Feature
The arrival of the New Year offers another opportunity to reflect on the passage of time and the cycles of human behavior. Even as life around us changes at a rapid pace -- in the form of iPhones, iPods, Treos, BlackBerrys, e-mail and all the other technological inventions that allegedly make our life easier -- certain eternal themes reappear every...
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