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Romance Of A Horse Thief

Friday, May 1st, 2009 Forget the Kentucky Derby. If you’re young and in love, or are romantically inclined, check out Ketubah, a filly running in the sixth race at Belmont.   If after that race you’re still feeling lucky, check out this Ketubah from an Ohio horse farm.  

Israel’s Disproportionate Response

Monday, December 29th, 2008 I condemn Israel’s disproportionate attack on Hamas because, so far, it has only lasted a few days and I would like to see a proportionate response that terrifies Hamas for eight years, the years that have filled Sderot and neighboring towns with nightmares, death, amputations and trauma coming from rockets and mortars fired from Gaza.  

String Theory: Purim gets the puppet treatment

02/13/2009
Special To The Jewish Week
Of all the holidays in the Jewish calendar, Purim is the most theatrical. Throughout the ages, Jewish communities worldwide have naturally performed the story in different ways, in accordance with their own native theatrical traditions. In 18th-century Prague, since itinerant puppeteers provided much of the entertainment seen by the common people, a marionette version of “Queen Esther” was one of the hits of the day.

Last Act

Staff Writer
11/10/2009
It is understandable that many Philip Roth admirers have been disappointed by his recent novels. Hanging over them all is Roth’s morbid fixation on death, and not even graceful deaths, but ones of an utterly savage, genuinely tragic kind. Here is the exuberant writer who gave us “Portnoy’s Complaint,” (1969) about a postwar adolescent brimming with libidinous energy, now coming up with “Indignation,” (2008) where a studious, straight-A student dies before having barely been laid.

Man Of Science, Man Of Faith

Staff Writer
10/20/2009
When it comes to curing cancer, one scientist gives God all the credit as he moves one step closer to slaying the resilient killer.

Yisrael Campbell: Circumcise Me -- A video profile

He's just your average Irish, Italian Catholic kid from Philly, Comic Actor, Sober Alcoholic, Recovering Drug Addict, Husband, Father, Reform, Conservative, Unorthodox, Orthodox Jew.

He's just your average Irish, Italian Catholic kid from Philly, Comic Actor, Sober Alcoholic, Recovering Drug Addict, Husband, Father, Reform, Conservative, Unorthodox, Orthodox Jew.

Sephardic Gangster Flicks

12/06/2002
Staff Writer
The Bettouns are a traditional kind of family. They decorate their homes with menorahs and affix mezuzahs to their doorposts. They gather in the synagogue for bar mitzvah services and celebrate in lavish style. And when someone dies, they immediately say the Shema: even when that person has just been thrown from a helicopter into the backyard of the family compound.   

Back In The Big Apple

09/19/2003
Staff Writer
A week before opening in two productions at Symphony Space (as Allen Ginsberg's mother in "Kaddish L'Naomi" and in the autobiographical one-woman play "Summer of Aviyah") one of Israel's leading ladies was giving a solo performance of a different kind.    

Question Of Conscience, Revisited

09/05/2003
Staff Writer
An Internet search for Istvan Szabo's films on the Reel.com Web database brings up the Hungarian director's Academy Award-winning "Mephisto" and the other installments in his 1980s trilogy about characters compromised by war. Like those films, "Colonel Redl" and "Hanussen," Szabo's newest release, "Taking Sides," returns to the battleground between conscience and collaboration.

Klannish Behavior

08/08/2003
Staff Writer
"Klan-destined" is how Steve Aronson describes his acting career. Since the limelight lured him away from legal work in 1980, he's played both sides of the law, beginning with a Ku Klux Klan leader in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X."
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