Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

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Who knew that a young boy with rather geeky, dark-rimmed glasses could hold so much power? Not just the kind of magical power involving special potions and curses and flying broomsticks, but the kind that captivates millions - and leaves them hungry for more. "I devour it," said Jacob Adenbaum, barely able to contain his excitement while at summer day...
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About a decade ago, upon the publication of poet Alan Shapiro's book The Last Happy Occasion , I wrote that he had, until then, lived one of the representative Jewish lives of the 20th century. Any middle-aged American Jewish male who'd ever harbored literary aspirations, even fleetingly, would recognize large swatches of his life in the pages of this collection...
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Telling a story that spans nearly 1,000 years - beginning with the birth of what became a vibrant culture but ending in one of the darkest periods of Jewish history - will not be an easy task. But an international group of historians, scholars and those who simply wish to remember have decided to take on the task in the...
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Stella is a scream - and you don't have to be Stanley Kowalski to know that this comedy clan can kill. Indeed, somewhere, Marlon Brando may be mumbling, "I coulda been a contenda, along with David, Michael and Michael." But there's no godfather clause for the deceased that would qualify Brando to join the very lively band of Stella, the...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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White Noise Heard by Network The welcome mat has been pulled out from under the producers of ABC’s “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” in which a group of white residents in a white-bread community got to choose who their new neighbors would be — housing fairness laws be damned — from groups aiming to win a prize if chosen. The network,...
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