Sunday, May 3, 2015 Iyyar 14, 5775

... and the naivete to believe it's always a possibility
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Sometimes, I get a book in the mail, and I have to scratch my head in befuddlement about why it was sent to me. Such was the case with The Buddha and the Terrorist by Satish Kumar. It's a small, delicate volume, clearly published with consideration and care by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a reputable publisher. But why I...
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When I heard that Arthur Kurzweil, the longtime editorial director of Jason Aronson Books, which over the years has returned many classic Jewish works to print, was going to publish a book about Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the translator of the Talmud into English, I couldn't have been happier. Readers of this column know by now how highly I think of...
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Howie Mandel has his game face on. His head, too. The former curly-haired king of hi-jinks has in years past gone straight to the chrome-dome look, which gleams nicely on his game show "Deal or No Deal," now ensconced in its second season on NBC. Thanks for the deal, Mandel says of his good luck just a day before turkeys...
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Christopher Moynihan ... such a big Pischer. "Well, actually, I'm 5'9". I just look taller because the others in the scene are shorter than I am," says Moynihan, whose turn as Sam Pischer in "Home for Purim," a movie-within-the-movie, is considerably one of the better features of the mainframe, if not mainstream, "For Your Consideration," opening Nov. 22. For your...
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New Comedy's Married to a Mob of Mischief
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Is this the little girl I spoiled rotten ... Is this the little boy who no fashtay ... What imlech ordered arugula for the reception ... Oy ... oy vay ... Place the chopped liver by the Rigbergs ... Don't put the Goldsteins near the Steins ... Is there a way of his breaking the glass ... Without breaking our...
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