Friday, March 6, 2015 AdarI 15, 5775

Hot food, good times and a festive outdoor holiday
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Lag B'Omer is a carefree day that sits right between Passover and Shavuot. In Israel, it's a school holiday. Families and friends gather together for a bonfire, a picnic, a sports game. Grills are set up in parks, on the beach -- even on apartment balconies -- but by far, the largest celebration takes place in and around Miron, the...
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When Henri Parens was 12 years old, he escaped a French concentration camp by crawling across train tracks, running through a barren vineyard and hiding in a toilet stall overnight. The following year, he traveled to the United States by himself, where he lived with a host family in Pittsburgh. It was then, in 1942, that he learned that his...
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Think Da Vinci's was difficult? Spellbinding TV series gets helping hand from an inside source: the Vatican
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Torture and Torquemada crossed paths and pathology with the Catholic Church on the ruinous road to the Inquisition as the Spanish steps toward ethnic cleansing sent non-Catholics careening into a tailspin of fiery 15th-century moral turpitude. It is no secret that the Spanish Inquisition's inequities inveighed against its Jews, forced to convert or be condemned by a church hell-bent on...
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