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Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel’s fallen statesman
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi Akiva made the Jews who they are today, says biographer Holtz
It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They were discussing the Exodus from Egypt all that night, unti...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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This roller derby player goes by the name Hebrew-Ham Lincoln
NEW YORK — Dara Fineman may not be the only Jewish player in the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League, but she’s the only one who sports a Star of David painted over her eye. Her derby name is plenty J...
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Marlee Matlin reveling in unique ‘Spring Awakening’ revival
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 331 331 recommendations | email to a friend
When the rock musical “Spring Awakening” premiered on Broadway, it was a critical darling and financial success. It won almost every major award possible, including eight Tonys, four Drama Desk Awa...
Silverman turns serious as desperate housewife in ‘Smile’
by Michael Fox
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 332 332 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Silverman’s rougher edges have been smoothed by two decades in the spotlight. But make no mistake, she remains an iconoclast unwilling to accept received wisdom and pat generalizations. Most ...
At Halloween, kosher candy rings the bell
by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 329 329 recommendations | email to a friend
This Saturday night, after waiting for three stars to become visible in the sky and observing Havdalah, the departing of Shabbat, with candle, wine and spice box, I will prepare to perform another ...
The golden age of Zahav, now available to home cooks
by Rachel Kurland, Special to the Chronicle
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 324 324 recommendations | email to a friend
After almost seven years’ worth of prep time, Zahav chef and co-owner Michael Solomonov’s latest culinary accomplishment is ready to be enjoyed. Former Pittsburgher Solomonov, the 2011 James Beard ...
Opera’s stirring ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’ is matched by Benedum’s powerful production
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 324 324 recommendations | email to a friend
After a more than 40-year absence from the stage, the Pittsburgh Opera resurrected Giuseppe Verdi’s 1841 opera, “Nabucco,” last week at the Benedum. Murmurings of “brava” and “I love it” were heard...
‘Jukebox musical’ will bring ‘Beautiful’ memories to the Benedum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 322 322 recommendations | email to a friend
The first time Ben Fankhauser heard “The Loco-Motion,” he was dancing to the tune with his fourth-grade Sunday school class at his synagogue in his hometown of Cleveland. Now, 16 years later and on...
Storyteller behind tales biblical and Bostonian to speak in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 324 324 recommendations | email to a friend
Early 20th century Boston is a far cry from biblical Haran, Canaan and Israel, but fans of Anita Diamant’s 1997 bestseller “The Red Tent” will notice a definite link between the fictional account o...
The birth of ‘Jersey Boys,’ thanks to two New York Jewish guys
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 335 335 recommendations | email to a friend
As unlikely as it was for a group of guys from the New Jersey projects — who were affiliated with mobsters and occasionally incarcerated — to rise to the top of the 1960s pop charts, what may be ev...
Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 349 349 recommendations | email to a friend
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 343 343 recommendations | email to a friend
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...