Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 5775

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Throughout his life in politics, former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter often invoked the name of his Yiddish-speaking father, Harry, who left czarist Russia in 1911 for a better life in the United States. Sometimes, the younger Specter would highlight how his father had once owned a junkyard and did whatever he could to get his family through the Great Depression,...
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A sibling's mental illness can wreak havoc on a brother or sister
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Lynne Blumberg, Jewish Exponent Feature
The mental illness of a daughter or son affects the well-being of the entire family, including healthy siblings. Examples of this are illustrated in Jonathan's Return, the latest documentary by the Oscar-nominated Eran Preis, the Israeli-American film director and associate professor of film and media arts at Temple University. Jonathan, 33, the youngest of Preis' three sons, had behavior problems...
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Peter Ephross, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Nearly all fans of baseball history have heard of Hank Greenberg. Most have heard of Al Rosen. But fewer have heard of Cal Abrams, and hardly any, it's safe to say, have heard of Lou Limmer. All four are members of a compelling team -- the 165 American Jews who played Major League Baseball between the 1870s and the end...
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
For home cooks, the eight days of Passover have always constituted a challenge. The basic rule has been that any product that is fermented or can cause fermentation may not be eaten. That includes five grains: wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt. However, Sephardic tradition has always allowed rice to be used. Growing up in Scotland in the 1960s, as...
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Jamie Geller, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Want to know a little secret that helps me keep my kitchen cool during the major food holiday that's fast approaching? Last year, 99 percent of what I made for Passover wouldn't qualify as a Passover recipe. Of course the dishes were all kosher for Passover, but they didn't require any major Passover ingredient tweaks. These recipes were , however,...
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