Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

By:
Douglas M. Bloomfield, JE Feature
An old alliance has taken an unusual - and tasty - turn. Israeli-Lebanese ties have a new flavor that is actually centuries old - as old as King Hiram of Tyre, Lebanon and King Solomon of Jerusalem, and as new as the 21st century. At the center of this alliance is arak, arguably the most popular drink in the Middle...
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The Dating Dance
By:
Adina Matusow
I was searching online and came to the most amazing guy. He seemed funny, intelligent, caring, adventurous and romantic, and get a load of this - he loves his family! He seemed like such a gooteh neshumeh ("a good soul"). Maybe he was my soulmate. But after searching some more, I discovered almost every other man online had the same...
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'Squid and Whale' star Jesse Eisenberg astounds as troubled Jewish teen
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Jesse Eisenberg is the reel Oscar bait of "The Squid and the Whale," a wallop of a film in which an urbane urban mess of a family can't manage to see its way above sea level. Not that Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney don't limn illustrious portrayals of his Jewishly writerly professorial-type parents; they do. But that's all academic when...
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Movie Mania
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As Tevye and Golde said, discovering that they actually loved each other after 25 years of geshreis … "It's nice to know." Nice to know, too, that the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is celebrating its silver anniversary with more than a shtetl of a following for its success. Indeed, the film fest - the second oldest of its kind after...
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Off the Beaten Track
By:
M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Power pop is neither powerful nor popular right now. It's been a long time since the upper-middle-class fans at folk festivals were just folks. Alt-rock used to be an alternative to junk; now it's just as likely to be awful. There's no jazz in soft jazz, no blues in R&B and definitely no gay in reggae. Now add Americana to...
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