Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

... or is it? Some essays put the matter up for debate
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Just when the brouhaha over the New Atheism cooled down a touch, along comes The God Question , which would have been a useful tool during the cultural wars that broke out during that protracted spat. No matter. The book still makes for good reading, especially for those who get their kicks from intellectual pursuits. It also provides...
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Here's Esther's answer to avoiding treif while living with the king Achashverosh
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Linda Morel, Jewish Exponent Feature
WHAT'S COOKING? I've always admired Queen Esther, the brave young beauty who confronted King Achashverosh of ancient Persia, a despot who happened to be her husband. She had some touchy news to relate: The king's trusted vizier, Haman, was plotting to annihilate the Jewish people. While this was of urgent concern to Esther because of her religion, the news was...
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Framed! Was the whole art world taken for a ride in the venture that has catapulted the Barnes Foundation from the Main Line to the main corridor of museum row on the Parkway? Has it all been an artless ... art-jacking? Lenny Feinberg has crafted a masterpiece of a documentary -- if only because the masterpieces at the center of...
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If Jews in the tri-state area were, for many years, only vaguely aware of the term "lone soldier," its meaning was driven home to them heartbreakingly in 2006, with the start of the Second Lebanon War and the brave story of Michael Levin, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs. Lone soldiers are those who make aliyah from all over the...
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The perfect backdrop for tea and crumpets
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Snowflakes whirled outside on a recent afternoon, covering everything in sight with a fluffy white blanket. I was reminded of my Scottish childhood, where tea and crumpets were a daily ritual in winter. There was no need for my mother to bake from scratch. At the bakery down the street, hot crumpets were displayed right alongside apple tarts, floury rolls...
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