Thursday, July 2, 2015 Tammuz 15, 5775

Ditch the fake stuff, and discover what natural goodness is all about
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Linda Morel
NEW YORK The problem with Thanksgiving is the food. Though it's a lovely family holiday, most traditional Thanksgiving recipes -- the mashed and sweet potatoes, chestnut stuffings, cornbread dressings, whipped parsnips, pastries and pies -- call for butter. Riddled with fat and cholesterol, butter also poses a challenge to people who keep kosher. Jewish dietary laws prohibit the mixing of...
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Until recently, most people, when asked if they recognized the name Nora Ephron, might have come up with "When Harry Met Sally," "You've Got Mail" or even her novel Heartburn . It would have depended upon the age of the respondent whether they would have picked out the movies or recalled the book -- or just have drawn a blank...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
In what has become a long-running Philadelphia tradition, the 13th annual Jewish book festival will once again showcase some of the region's foremost Jewish wordsmiths. But unlike previous years, in which events have been held at numerous venues over the course of several weeks, this year's festival will be a single-day affair. That means that on Nov. 19, the Gershman...
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DeBris, meet de Brad. The two are familiar enough; after all, Brad Nacht's turn as Roger DeBris in "The Producers" is musical theater at its most cutting. As the flamboyant and fey director who shimmies as he shakes up anyone's conceit of good taste, DeBris is delight on his feet -- and his brain doesn't weigh three pounds either. He...
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Arbus in Wonderland? In a way, Steven Shainberg's dreamscape of a movie about daring photographer Diane Arbus mirrors her own work, a phantasmagoria of photo finishes and bizarre beginnings that wax and wane with an "Alice in Wonderland" aura of wonderment. His film of "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," her demi-biography -- he concedes it's not wholly about...
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