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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...
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 72 72 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...
Jun 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘The Wedding Plan’: a Haredi rom-com with a spiritual bent
The trailer for “The Wedding Plan” leads one to believe the film is a light-hearted rom-com about a zany plot to get hitched, hatched by an unmarried Orthodox Israeli woman with a lot of pluck. But...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 406 406 recommendations | email to a friend
“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah. It’s based on Dalia Sofer’s well-received 2007 n...
Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 374 374 recommendations | email to a friend
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 384 384 recommendations | email to a friend
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
Listen to ‘The Lion’
by Lisa Traiger, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 382 382 recommendations | email to a friend
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
In new film, Yitzhak Rabin narrates his autobiography
by Curt Schleier, JTA
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 387 387 recommendations | email to a friend
“Rabin in his Own Words,” which opened on Friday in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, is more than a tribute to the two-time Israeli prime minister tragically gunned down in 1995. The aptly ...
A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring
by Victor Wishna, JTA
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 376 376 recommendations | email to a friend
Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spr...
Israeli audiences warm to home-grown horror movies
by Ben Sales, JTA
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 387 387 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — On an army base in northern Israel, a scrawny nerd with glasses shakily patrols in the dead of night. Suddenly he’s ambushed by a group of militants in kaffiyehs, and he’s forced to figh...
The Streit’s Matzo story comes to the silver screen
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Apr 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 379 379 recommendations | email to a friend
“Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” is far more than a Jewish Horatio Alger story. It is that, of course — the film documents the story of an immigrant baker who came to the United States and ...
Hard work continues to push Dylan Reese’s NHL goal
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 392 392 recommendations | email to a friend
Some kids dream of becoming a professional athlete. Some kids live that dream — case in point, Dylan Reese. The 31-year-old Upper St. Clair native is a 6-foot, 205-pound ice hockey defenseman for t...
Cuden beats Hollywood, encourages others to do the same
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 377 377 recommendations | email to a friend
Steve Cuden, a local talent whose work has shone on the brightest stages, has published a new book, “Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays — 40 Classic Movies Analyzed.” Th...