‘Wish I Was Here’

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Zach Braff, a decade after his hit film “Garden State,” has offered up his next humor-infused self-searching roller-coaster ride, another personal expression written with his brother, Adam. “Wish I Was Here” — an anomaly as a Hollywood feature because it began as a crowd-funded project through the website Kickstarter — is about a 30-something Jewish… Read More

‘Rich’ with Success

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As director of professional scouting and baseball development for the Oakland Athletics, Dan Feinstein scouts amateur players, evaluates the organization’s talent, is involved in contract negotiations and arbitration cases, ponders trades and analyzes potential free-agent signees. His varied portfolio is news to at least one of the team’s players. “I don’t doubt that he does… Read More

Keeping Their Language Alive

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AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generations of Iranian Jewish men set to hit theaters next year, is the first Farsi movie ever to be made in Israel. Set in… Read More

Come And Get It!

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My favorite signs of summer — the “Farmers’ Market Is Now Open” placards — are popping up all over town. The season for Maryland produce is short, so don’t let any grass grow under your feet: Take advantage as soon as you can. There is no better way to test new family recipes than this… Read More

‘A Unique Space’

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Long before he was booking A-list comedians and musicians at one of Baltimore’s premier venues, Toby Blumenthal could be spotted passing out flyers for upcoming concerts in Northern Virginia. But for Blumenthal, then a high school student, these weren’t just flyers. He knew that an agent who booked a tour for an artist connected with… Read More

Sad Ending

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Chicago native Aaron Swartz was both an idealist and a realist. The Internet prodigy had the highest aspirations, but he also realized that felons weren’t allowed to work in the White House. Swartz’s brief, brilliant life, and the seemingly noncontroversial principles for which he was persecuted by the government, are the provocative subject of Brian… Read More

Easy to Digest

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Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in… Read More

Four Questions for Jeffrey Rosen

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Mark down the date: Friday, June 20, 2014. It was the day that the world realized that Israel had become a force in the world of professional basketball. Former Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, who led the yellow and blue to both the 2014 Euroleague and Israeli Basketball Super League championships, was… Read More

Winning Shot

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LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to coach in the… Read More

Evil, Even in Argentina

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Seven decades after the Holocaust, Josef Mengele is still a difficult name to stomach, as the repercussions of his medical experiments echo throughout history. So when I first heard about “The German Doctor” (“Wakolda” in German), a historical drama set in early 1960s Argentina and focused on part of Mengele’s life on the run from… Read More