Thursday, August 25, 2016 Av 21, 5776

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Bucks County troubadour of trauma? True to the tradition of using music as muse as a storyteller's medium, Carversville's Alec Gross has carved out a nice niche for himself as singer/songwriter with a backpack of imagery that begs to be heard. His music travels well; just give a listen to the blues-infused "Strip the Lanterns: The Night Terrors of Mr...
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Rivka Tal
A TASTE OF ISRAEL In Israel, summer is the time for bourekas -- those flaky, filled pastries of Balkan origin. You can buy them at any bakery in Israel, ready-made at the open markets, frozen and ready-to-bake -- and you'll probably meet up with them sometime as a first course at weddings topped with mushroom sauce. Made from phyllo dough...
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Why are TV's Jews so ... obnoxious? There they are, primed to offend on prime time TV: A rogue's gallery of mouths that roar and rub people the wrong way. Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Bloom! When did the nice Jews leave the TV neighborhood? Molly Goldberg would drop her brisket if she ever encountered Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." But then,...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES It was said of Agnes Lewis, the self-taught Scottish scholar of Middle Eastern languages and cultures, and her equally learned twin sister, Margaret Gibson, that they hurried down a street or hallway "like ships in full sail." They looked much alike -- same rounded frame, thick lips, hawkish eyes. Both, it is said, were vain about their "dainty...
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"Sarah's Key" is filmmaker Gilles Paquet-Brenner's pièce de résistance -- ironic given how the Resistance failed as a concept in Nazi-occupied France (setting of the film), where so many French kissed off the futures of their Jewish compatriots by becoming collaborators during World War II. Indeed, it is the French, not the Nazis, who occupy the heart of this breathtakingly...
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