Saturday, August 27, 2016 Av 23, 5776

The flickering lights of the menorah inspire a variety of emotions among Jews -- from pride and a warm sense of belonging to sheer delight in their beauty. But for Jewish parents, they also bring a touch of worry -- as little eyes and hands are drawn to them. Small children should always be watched while the menorah is burning...
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Chanukah delicacies from other shores
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
When Shani Feinstein cooks, her Philadelphia kitchen is filled with the aromatic spices of her native Iran. Ordinary dishes like rice are transformed into a colorful mosaic of tantalizing flavors. In fact, the scents bring her back, so to speak. Memories of life in Tehran, she says, are as vivid as when she left as a young student, right after...
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The sad story behind a particular art collection
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My father was an inveterate collector, and over the years, he converted our house into a kind of museum. The first floor was literally filled with books, antique furniture, Oriental rugs, paintings and all of the accessories that make a space come alive. My father's taste was wide-ranging and impeccable, and best of all, none of the rooms were off-limits...
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In the four months since Rabbi Daniel Grodnitzky moved to the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, the young father said he's met more than 100 aspiring Jewish artists. By his estimates, there could be up to 1,000 Jews enrolled at the six art and music schools downtown -- and he wants to draw as many of them as he can into the...
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Who else but novelist/comic-book writer Brad Meltzer on the case of history for TV?
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Decoding Brad Meltzer -- whose "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" invokes history mysteries and cipher-meisters, beginning a 10-part series on Dec. 2 on the History Channel -- requires no central intelligence agenda. Channeling history? Sure, the Brooklyn-born, Florida-raised writer who hails from Columbia University Law School, has added brilliant sparkles of wit and wisdom to the best-seller list by paging history through...
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