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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 | 11 11 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 | 87 87 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 | 69 69 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 | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
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Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Israel’s fallen statesman
by Aaron Leibel, Special to The Chronicle
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
“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...
Rabbi Akiva made the Jews who they are today, says biographer Holtz
by David Holzel, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
This roller derby player goes by the name Hebrew-Ham Lincoln
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ tells of resilience, hope
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
Imagine growing up never knowing that you were from a family of Holocaust survivors. Then imagine that once you discovered the truth, you learned that there was an incredible story behind the story...
Chef Michael Solomonov goes ‘In Search of Israeli Cuisine’ in new film
by Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA
Mar 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
“I thought it was just going to be about falafel and hummus.” That was the perception of Israeli cuisine that filmmaker Roger Sherman had when he reluctantly decided to accompany his friend, the ac...
Exhaustive new volume chronicles Chabad Rebbe’s ‘Early Years’
by Liz Spikol, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It is the story of the formative years of...
Try not to cry during this Oscar-nominated film about a Holocaust survivor and his violin
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 234 234 recommendations | email to a friend
Filmmaker Kahane Cooperman hasn’t written an Oscars acceptance speech yet, but she likely will before the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28. Not to jinx things or appear overconfident, Cooperman s...
An ode to ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham and modern Jewish neuroticism
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 219 219 recommendations | email to a friend
The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways. “Girls” debuted...
These upscale Israeli hotels are only for new moms and babies
by Debra Kamin, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 203 203 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — The pedestrian bridge is drenched in sunlight and has the soft fragrance of baby powder. Like the hotel it leads to, it’s exclusive and hard to find — you have to get directions ahead of...