Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

Hilarity as a healer? It couldn't hurt!
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You bring the marshmallows; Brad Trackman will bring the roast. A comedy camp for kids? Take my teens -- please! But that's exactly what Trackman -- a national headlining comedian with many cable and late-night TV appearances to his case of credits -- is attempting to do: Taking teens whose big battles may be with acne and awkwardness, and changing...
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Peter Balakian is primarily a poet, with several acclaimed volumes to his credit. But beginning in the late 1990s, with the appearance of his prize-winning memoir, Black Dog of Fate , recently reissued by Basic Books in a updated edition, Balakian began delving into his family's Armenian past, and especially the fate of certain members at the hands of the...
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What about sex? Sex is good. You betcha, and no better time than the present. But what if that's not what was actually said, and what was really asked was "how about dinner at 6? Six is good." That's some big matzah ball hanging out there, "Seinfeld." But for Marlee Matlin, "sex/six" was comedy at its most organic, if not...
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It wasn't surprising to discover that Sheryl Kane, author of Volunteer Vacations Across America , has daughters named Aviva and Elanit, and that her mother Ruth Wolfe, who's 86, recently received a lifetime achievement award for her more than 40 years of volunteer work. By saying this, I'm not suggesting that volunteering belongs only to Jews, but I am noting...
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Louise Fiszer, Jewish Exponent Feature
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did." William Butler, a 16th-century physician, shares my view on the much beloved strawberry. No wonder that strawberries grace the covers of most spring issues of food magazines, and that a number of restaurants declare a "Strawberry Week" in mid-May with special dishes on their...
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