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This man almost killed Hitler: An incredible true story
LOS ANGELES — What if Adolf Hitler had been assassinated shortly after his armies invaded Poland to start World War II? How would global — and Jewish — history have played out? The question is not ...
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul Shaffer’s post-Letterman act: Touring with ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Band’
NEW YORK — Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with m...
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Appreciating and understanding the Bible, then and now
Review Jeremiah Unterman begins “Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics” by highlighting two revolutions in the understanding of the Bible that have taken place in the last two...
Jun 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 148 148 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delish fish doesn’t have to be based on salmon
I’ve been experimenting with different types of fish recently. My latest strategy is to walk up to the fishmonger and ask what he or she recommends on a given day. It has never failed: The recommen...
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Allen’s sidekick, Tony Roberts, on teetering on the edge of fame
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 417 417 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys fro...
The Jewish TV show you should be watching: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jan 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 416 416 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — If the ratings for CW’s newest show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” are any indication, you probably aren’t watching it. If not, you’re missing out. Now that creator and star Rachel Bloom is a G...
For ex-baseball players, Israel is a place to learn, teach
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 423 423 recommendations | email to a friend
Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered ho...
From HBO to Arthur Miller, what a ‘tough guy’ actor learned from his Jewish grandma
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 413 413 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On a trip to London last year, actor Michael Zegen caught a revival performance of Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, “A View from the Bridge.” about a Brooklyn longshoreman whose protective im...
‘As a Driven Leaf’ is a powerful look at politics, religion, philosophy in ancient times
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 465 465 recommendations | email to a friend
Questions of faith versus reason, religion versus paganism and strict adherence to ritual versus assimilation are all central themes in Milton Steinberg’s 1939 novel, “As a Driven Leaf.” It is curi...
A classic Yiddish operetta gets revived for a new generation
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 453 453 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — “For a German Jew, Yiddish is beneath contempt,” musicologist Michael Ochs said. “German Jews tend to think of Yiddish as bad German. The only use we had in our family for it was to make...
The ‘Kate Middleton effect’ on synagogue fashion has its admirers
by Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 457 457 recommendations | email to a friend
The so-called “Kate Middleton effect” — by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller — seems to know no bounds. She has graced the covers of countless magazines; ...
Eight ways to celebrate Chanukah that don’t involve gifts
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 416 416 recommendations | email to a friend
Despite Chanukah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play — pun intended. Shmuel Arnold of Baltimore recalls that while growing up in a secular Jewish ...
Chanukah FAQs for non-Jews: All I want for Christmas is Jew
by Rachel Kurland
Dec 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 404 404 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year again: Christmas. Oh, and Chanukah, too. For non-Jews, Chanukah has been built up to be perceived as the most important Jewish holiday, even though we all know the High Holid...
You down with RBG? Highlights from the new biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Erica Brody, JTA
Nov 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 412 412 recommendations | email to a friend
Ever wonder what the perfect pop-culture storm looks like? Hurricane Ruth — as in Bader Ginsburg — was brewing among millennials, feminists and across social media platforms before it made landfall...