Mah Nishtana HaYayin Hazeh?

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So, with all of your detailed Passover planning, you may ask, “Just what is the difference between kosher wine and kosher-for-Passover wine?” To be kosher, wines must be produced under a rabbi’s immediate supervision with only Sabbath-observant workers handling the grapes from the crushing phase through pasteurization. For a wine to be kosher for Passover,… Read More

Jabotinsky: A Life

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By Hillel Halkin Yale University Press, 235 pages Vladimir Jabotinsky was passionate, unpredictable and full of contradictions. He was also the fiery leader of the Revisionist Zionist Movement. Author Hillel Halkin deftly tells Jabotinsky’s story, first taking considerable time to illustrate why growing up in a city like Odessa truly shaped Jabotinsky’s outlook — on… Read More

Slices of Life, A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum

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By Leah Eskin Running Press, 408 pages Sometimes it’s best to describe something in terms of what it’s not. In that vein, readers looking for the newest entrant in the cookbook genre of today — think coffee-table tomes of glossy photos that make mouths water and desires burn — will not find it in culinary… Read More

What is your favorite thing to eat with matzah?

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Janis Bush: I love the Hillel sandwich. Aiden Bush: Jam Barry Shlian: I like margarine. Robin Brandes: Chocolate! I’m a chocolate girl. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Rubenstein’s Generous Gift

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Baltimore native and Duke University trustee David M. Rubenstein is giving $1.9 million to Jewish Life at Duke to expand programming, fund building renovations and enhance the college experience for Jewish students Most of the gift — $1.5 million — will fund new initiatives and staff positions for a Jewish student population whose needs and… Read More

What is your favorite Passover tradition?

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Wendy Merrill: Watching my daughter do the four questions. Adam Plunka: Going to synagogue for the second night of Seder and spending it with good friends. Azi Rosenblum: Replacing soup nuts with crumbled matzah. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Ditch That Rolodex!

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Are you a boomer or retiree ready to launch the next great act of your career? Than you must have a social media footprint. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 95 percent of organizations use LinkedIn to recruit workers. So throw out that ancient Rolodex you’ve depended upon and create a professional online… Read More

This Year in Jerusalem

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By Jeffrey F. Barken Banjo Press, 128 pages What begins as a collection of short stories quickly turns into an intriguing narrative in “This Year in Jerusalem.” Barken, who based the book on his own experiences living on a kibbutz in southern Israel from 2009 to 2010, incorporates characters from almost every walk of life… Read More