Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775

... and other issues pertinent to the Jewish state
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SPEAKING VOLUMES "Can Israel survive? Does it deserve to?" Could any two questions be more important today to the Jewish community or more pertinent to the lives of committed Jews especially during this period of spiritual introspection? They are broached in the brief prelude to Daniel Gordis' new, compelling book, Saving Israel , whose title probably answers at least one...
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Jerry Springer feels right at home playing in and with the Broadway musical of razzle-dazzle mazel
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It's not the same old song and ... dunce. Song: Sartorially splendid Jerry Springer spills onto the stage looking very much the dapper dynamo that he's proven to be, assaying the role of the roguish bilious Billy Flynn, in "Chicago," shortly after marking his Broadway debut in the role and now beginning a short run Sept. 15 at the Academy...
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Seeking some answers on how best to modernize High Holiday services
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
All over North America, cantors are in rehearsal for the High Holiday services, which begin with the advent of Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Sept. 18. Meanwhile, there are fast-growing minyanim not affiliated with mainstream denominations whose leaders are also preparing. These minyanim attract a significantly younger cohort of congregants in their 20s and 30s than more establishment congregations...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES There's perhaps no way that any reviewer, in such a relatively small space, could possibly convey the riches that have been amassed -- or more accurately, that were amassed more than 20 years ago -- between the covers of 20th Century Jewish Religious Thought . (For the record, when the book first appeared from Scribner's publishers in 1987,...
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What do Israelis serve at Rosh Hashanah? Try a whole host of ethnic delicacies!
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Linda Morel, JTA
What does a typical Israeli family eat on Rosh Hashanah? It's hard to say with certainty. Ask any two Jews, and you're likely to get three opinions. In a sense, it's an unfair question because no two families in Israel, or in any country, celebrate the holiday in the same way. However, Janna Gur, author of The Book of New...
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