Monday, May 4, 2015 Iyyar 15, 5775

Finally getting published?
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Several months ago, when I discussed the work of the little-known German writer, Grete Weil, I posed certain questions and discussed conundrums surrounding the fickle nature of reputation in the arts. Why is it, I wondered, that certain writers achieve fame far out of proportion to the reality of their talent -- and that such reputations persist, despite the evident...
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It's what all Haggadahs, old and new, have in common
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Every Passover, publishers unveil a string of the "newest" Haggadot, most of them capitalizing on a current societal trend that seeks to make the ancient book "more relevant" for a contemporary audience -- or, at the very least, more accessible. Over the last half-century or so, there have been Haggadot geared to the traditional family, the interfaith family,...
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Coming through the rye -- slowly cooked corned beef, juicy and marbled in enough fat to make it appear as if it's drooling; cole slaw so temptingly tangy they sent it to the moon with the astronauts; and Russian dressing -- aah, the Russian! -- so smoothly creamy, even Putin wouldn't protest. Got you hungry? Take a number! Built on...
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NBC obviously is missing the boat with its Jay-Conan-Jimmy comic drama. There is a viable, impossibly thrifty alternative to this star-strudded, money-saddled soap opera that would at once save NBC and place God on its side. All the network has to do is cull its archives for the answer. Move the rabbi in. There he is, Rabbi Glickman, the nebbishe,...
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... where a kosher comic proves his mettle
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Here's a headline not for the Wall Street weak: "Gold Soars; Dullards Devalued." Such is the result of the riches afforded by former economics major Elon Gold, whose stock in supersmart, smack-in-the-face funny is a funny bones bailout for these unbankable times. As a stand-up comedian, he also stands up for the joys of Judaism, which, suffice it to say,...
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Arts and Culture Events

Mon. May 4
Interfaith Family Philadelphia
6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Tue. May 5
Beth El's Jewish Film Festival
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County
7:30 PM
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County

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