Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

Franklin Roosevelt, 'his Jews' and the tragedy of the Holocaust
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When I interviewed Samuel G. Freedman back in 1996 about his book The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved From Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond , he relayed an anecdote that has stayed with me. He spoke of his Uncle Seymour's Bar Mitzvah ceremony, and how family lore had it that, as his uncle carried the Torah around the...
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Is it an odious omen that an edgy comedian's phone number ends in the less-than-holy trinity of 666? Do we have reason to be frightened of Marc Maron? What, me worry? Are you mad? his taken-aback demeanor suggests. He's paid his dues, says Maron; he also claims to have paid to get that special number. "If you can't rely on...
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From "Fiddler on the Roof" to "Up on the Roof," there doesn't seem to be a glass ceiling that could hold Kate Ferber from reaching the top. If they build it ... Well, actually they had, and who knew it was in Merion Station? That's where local writer Louis Greenstein saw her perform in "Fiddler" at Adath Israel Congregation. Chava,...
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Louise Fiszer, Jewish Exponent Feature
It's as predictable as falling snow flakes -- with the harsh winds of winter, my mind turns to heartier and more sustaining menus. What could be more substantial, nourishing and, of course, delicious than a beautiful, bountiful bowl of soup? If you are intimidated by the thought that soup-making is an all-day project, consider the following suggestions, all of which...
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Shmuel Feiner begins his new biography, Moses Mendelssohn: Sage of Modernity , published by Yale University Press, with two anecdotes, which he's linked in an effort to define the essence of his subject and the contour of the man's life. He begins with a summer night in 1780. Mendelssohn is out walking in Berlin with his wife and several of...
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