Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774

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Columnist Susan Estrich writes in the St. Petersburg Times ( www.sptimes.com ) on Aug. 24 that the media's embrace of Iraq-war protester Cindy Sheehan ought to worry Jews: "Did an ABC staffer insert the following lines in an e-mail sent by celebrity antiwar mother Cindy Sheehan? " 'Am I emotional? Yes, my firstborn was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he...
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An odd article appeared recently, titled "The Book." It wasn't badly written or muddled; in fact, author Patrick Symmes crafted it smoothly and made it compelling to the end. The odd thing was where it was published, the subject matter and, in a lesser sense, that Symmes had written it at all. Here's how the piece was summed up on...
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Leonard Fein
"All the wellsprings of the great deep burst and the casements of the heavens were opened" (Genesis: 7:11). But in New Orleans, the order was reversed: First, it was the casements of the heavens that were opened, and only then did the wellsprings of the great deep burst. "A flood of biblical proportions," many people called the surging waters of...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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Arresting Developments It’s time for Martha! (And TLW is not talking about the “doing time” variety.) With her two shows set to premiere in the next two weeks — the syndicated “Martha,” Sept. 12; and NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” Sept. 21 — TLW got a chance to hear the merry miscreant the other day. (Not asked: Whether she ever...
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