Arts & Life Features

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Resolving his “Issues” brings this one-man comedy to life
BY Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

He was just a boy when 37-year-old theatrical director, producer, actor and playwright Ben Rimalower first heard musical theater giant Patti LuPone sing “Don’t Cry for Me Argen-tina” in her Tony Award-winning performance as Eva Peron in “Evita.” But what he heard and how it thrilled him would set the stage for many of his CONTINUE »

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‘Torah-Rock’ band toured internationally in ’70s and ’80s
BY Marc Shapiro
January 16, 2014

Avraham Rosenblum grew up during the Woodstock generation; he even attended the legendary music festival in 1969. But when he left behind his hippie rags for spiritual riches, he helped found a band that would pioneer Jewish rock music. The Diaspora Yeshiva Band formed on Mount Zion in Jerusalem in 1975, creating a unique sound CONTINUE »

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A look into the history of cholent
BY Eli W. Schlossberg
December 19, 2013

Ethnic foods are enjoyed by Americans, Europeans, Asians and other well-traveled societies. Thai, Indian and Vietnamese cuisines have joined the ranks of French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Greek Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Hungarian culinary delights and haute cuisine. As experienced worldwide travelers visit exotic places and taste a wide variety of authentic culinary cuisines, they CONTINUE »

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Fundraiser will help fund Israel’s needy
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

When Meir Panim held its “American Idol”-style “Voices” contests last year, organizers unintentionally excluded part of the Jewish community. “We realized that observant girls were not a part of the event, and it wasn’t really an oversight as much as a lack of understanding as to the laws,” said Leslie Goldberg, Maryland regional director for CONTINUE »

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Making laws, improving lives and working to create a cultural shift
BY Melissa Gerr
December 12, 2013

Halacha (Jewish law), just like the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, states the right for citizens to own weapons for use in self-protection and to maintain public safety. In the case of Jewish law, however, it also mandates safe and responsible use with regard to ownership for the public good. “Safe and responsible” CONTINUE »