Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775

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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
It used to be that we depended on parents and grandparents for on-the-spot kitchen instruction. Now, as changing lifestyles and the necessity of multitasking transform our society, we look elsewhere. But in our complex, fast-paced world, it seems that plain-old "recipe-only" cookbooks just don't cut the mustard. Today, home cooks are hungry for practical information, while armchair culinary enthusiasts want...
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Author says it's time to give Hillel his due
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Rabbi Joseph Telushkin uses the first chapter of his compelling new biography of Hillel to retell an anecdote about the great rabbi that I'd never heard before. Most people know the "summarize-the-Torah-while-standing-on-one-foot" tale, though perhaps not all of its details and ramifications. Telushkin eventually gets around to analyzing that resonant encounter, since it holds a central place in his conception...
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Almost exactly a year after Temple University unveiled the brand-new Rosen Hillel Center, students and faculty gathered at the three-story facility last week to celebrate the grand opening of a New York-style kosher deli housed inside the building. The kosher eatery, dubbed Cafe 613 as the result of a student naming contest, has been in the works since plans for...
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The book of Ruth has a brio of biblical proportions: A prolific and popularly published author/journalist Ruth Gruber grabbed life at its most newsworthy, covering the Nuremberg Trials and serving as photojournalist witness of the troubled waters bridged by the Exodus in 1947 (a memorable accomplishment in itself, even if Paul Newman wasn't aboard). Gruber was also the Roosevelt administration's...
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Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival: Older and wiser?
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The old saw said, "Don't trust anyone over 30." Does that include film festivals and their directors? Trust us, says Judith Golden, the golden goal-oriented chair of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival www.gershmany.org/pjff.php as it celebrates its 30th anniversary and looks to the future with its usual eclectic list of flicks that click with connoisseurs and auteurs as well as...
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