Saturday, September 5, 2015 Elul 21, 5775

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"Raines" drops into the midseason TV schedule like a warm welcome spring storm -- with a wallop. An offbeat, possibly off-his-rocker rollicking detective with a built-in audience of one, Michael Raines speaks to actor Jeff Goldblum in a meaningful way. That is, when he's not talking to himself. Because, you see, Raines is his own sounding board, even if it...
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Or when is it enough: A biographer's dilemma
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When Florence Noiville's Isaac B. Singer: A Life arrived in my office, just the look of the book -- it's sheer lack of heft -- made me sit up and take notice. Here was the biography of a major 20th-century writer -- a Nobel Prize winner, at that -- and the volume topped off, with index, at under 200 pages...
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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross -- a secular Jew turned radical Muslim turned practicing Christian turned counterterrorism consultant -- clearly has one of those "where do I begin?" kind of life stories. But a far more difficult question -- given the fact that Gartenstein-Ross' ideas about radical Islam and terrorism are being taken quite seriously by major publications -- is: What implications does...
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Grinning widely, Michael Levin steps out of line and walks toward an Israel Defense Force soldier, proudly accepting his formal induction into the army. Minutes later, the large movie screen shows a still photo of Levin in black and green face paint, just hours before he was killed during the summer war with Hezbollah in Lebanon. The 22-year-old native of...
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With Passover coming fast and furiously -- April 3 to April 10 -- this year's selection of new or improved kosher for Passover products runs the gamut, from upscale kosher wines and pomegranate juice to potato pizza poppers and cakes that you'd swear contain flour. And there's lots of kosher-for-Passover gift ideas as well. Here's a roundup of some of...
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