Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775

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Lebanon and the not-so-civil war that erupted between the right and the left brings its battlefield to the big screen this weekend, with all the religious and political rancor endemic to the region played out by flame-throwers on a combustible crusade. "Well, we have been confused with that Lebanon," quips Jason Contino, co-producer of "Lebanon, PA," opening on Friday, April...
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Two thumbs up for Max Winkler's first major film? He's halfway there, having already gotten a thumb up, making the "Aaay!"-list of choices from his father, the Fonz. But then, Henry Winkler had some advice for his young son: "Be honest with yourself." But can the son take the advice of dear old dad and do it to the Max?...
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Not every up-and-coming rebel rocker/fine-voiced folkie earns enough money to jingle-jangle in his pocket. But then, not every one grew up knowing the value of jingles. Ari Hest did; his father wrote them, and his son occasionally performed them in commercials -- when he wasn't doing backup choral work for his mother, the cantor. Music as muse? Sure, but now...
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Can't we all get along? Hope so, says Jonathan Leshnoff. And his "Hope" is just that -- a union of a musical mission of orchestra, soloists, choir, poetry and composer that bonds Bible to spiritual and blends ancient with au courant. And this oratorio of an aural sensation all plays an important part in the current Philadelphia International Festival of...
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Rivka Tal, Jewish Exponent Feature
Let's face it, sometimes Passover food can get monotonous -- how many potatoes can one person eat? So when the family tires of chicken and potatoes or roast and potatoes, why not try using whole matzah as a raw material? There are matzah kugels and matzah roll-ups. Sephardi Jews often dampen matzah before eating it; then it can be filled...
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