Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 5775

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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
The festivities are over. We've had our fill of rich food and wines. Calendars are blessedly light on upcoming social events. Now is the perfect time to curl up with a good food book. It's instant therapy. Here's a selection of volumes that I've come across in the past months that come highly recommended. Not all are specifically kosher cookbooks,...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Amherst College professor and prolific writer Ilán Stavans' most recent book, Resurrecting Hebrew , recounts the story of how, at the end of the 19th century, Lithuanian-born lexicographer Eliezer Ben-Yehuda reinvented the Hebrew language as the "centerpiece of Zionism" -- "the living tongue" of a new, modern nation to be known as Israel. The author, 47, who teaches Latin American...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Cat in the Hat, but Di Kats der Payats ? That's the Yiddish translation by Zackary Sholem Berger who, along with his wife, Celeste Sollod, runs Yiddish House LLC. Since 2003, Yiddish House has published Yiddish translations of children's classics like The Cat in the Hat, Curious George (George der Naygeriker) and, most recently, another Dr. Seuss -- One...
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Stephen Daldry turns the page on war-torn dramas
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Your weakly "Reader"? There is nothing weak-willed about Stephen Daldry's strong-spirited and powerfully propelling adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel The Reader, whose reading of the Holocaust is a riveting reminder that not all its stories have been bookended by biographers and Hollywood on one of its bathetic benders. Indeed, this is no banal bedtime story -- albeit much of...
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Or is it a Cruise? Actor/producer successfully takes on the risky business of history
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Tom, you had me at "Heil." Show me the Nazis, demands Tom Cruise, controlling the careening caper that is "Valkyrie," portraying Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the stealthy German soldier, whose assassination plot against Hitler hit some snags, in the film opening in theaters on Dec. 25. The actual plot, coded "Valkyrie," may have plotzed, but Cruise creates a character as...
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