Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

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Martin Davidson, JE Feature
When invited by Philip Herzog to travel up to Marlborough country to witness the harvest, I could scarcely have known what to expect. I knew there were eight generations of winemaking invested in the Herzog family, and prior to the opening of their new state-of-the-art facility in Oxnard, Calif., some three years ago, Kedem had been the flagship of the...
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Whether she looks north or south from the windows of her house in the Galilee, echoes of history come alive, explained poet Rachel Tzvia Back, who also noted that she is reminded daily of all that has transpired in the hills she now calls home. The cycle of violence in the region is brought vividly to life in the poems...
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Big laughs are not the sort of response we immediately associate with most modern poetry. Humor and satire are integral components of some of the great modernist works of fiction -- think James Joyce's Ulysses , Italo Svevo's The Confessions of Zeno , much of Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita and Pale Fire , especially -- even when the overall effect is...
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Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone prove 'Evita' had nothing to cry about then -- and now
It is a revolutionary reunion: "Evita" and Che storming the stage. On your mark, get set -- sing! Stand back, Philadelphia! For Mandy Patinkin, stationing himself on stage alongside fellow phenom Patti LuPone 27 years after they both won Tonys for their roles in the revolutionary "Evita" -- he was Che to her evolved "Evita" -- is somewhat akin to...
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Oy, Jerusalem! The locus of love and heartache and war and winning and wandering Jews and wailing walls of emotion, it is also now the focus of a motion picture that scales its history, flat notes and sharp attacks, and puts it on a 20-foot screen, all still too small to take the Mideast measure that is this Jewish people's...
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