Who? What? How?

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How did trees save Israel during the Six Day War? Who was Zvi “Zvika” Greengold, and why was he awarded Israel’s highest medal for heroism? How did the State of Israel grow between the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, and what challenges did it face? Why didn’t Israel launch a pre-emptive strike… Read More

In Search Of The Perfect Hummus

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In supermarkets across the country, hummus is slowly becoming as ubiquitous as bagels. Americans are discovering that this healthy Middle Eastern treat makes the perfect party dip, appetizer and sandwich spread. But in Israel, this flavorful mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic is often the centerpiece of the meal, the… Read More

Front Stoops in the Fifties, Baltimore Legends Come of Age

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By Michael Olesker Johns Hopkins University Press, 248 pages To be a proud Baltimorean is to be ambivalent. There is perhaps little charm left in Charm City, and yet its people cling to past triumphs and glory days with a fierce tenacity. Michael Olesker’s latest Baltimore history “Front Stoops in the Fifties, Baltimore Legends Come… Read More

How is the government shutdown affecting you?

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Alan Rosenblatt: I’m an employee of Social Security and I was furloughed. Ed Kafes:The government isn’t shutdown, it’s partially shut down. The employees are on a paid vacation. Penina Szojchet­:Not at all. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Jewhooing The Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity — Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand

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When Boston returned to normal after the marathon bombings, Neil Diamond pulled off a classy act. Knowing that the Red Sox played his “Sweet Caroline” during the seventh-inning stretch, he flew into Boston unannounced and uninvited and arrived at the first game played after Bostonians again were free to move about the city. He sang… Read More

‘An Insider’s Account’

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Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres, published his insider’s account on those experiences in 2010. “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership” was an instant best seller and received rave reviews from… Read More

What is your favorite bar/bat mitzvah memory?

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Marcy Flicker: My granddaughter became a bat mitzvah last weekend. Even though everything leading up to the event went wrong, the day itself turned out perfect. You just have to have faith in Hashem. Sharon Ryterman: My mother made my bat mitzvah dress and I still have it. It is pink with flowers. Ada Grodzinsky: My grandson, Aaron,… Read More

Amidst the Shadow of Trees

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Not long from now, the last survivors of the Holocaust will have passed on. Our collective memory, those of us who were spared this horror, will become secondhand. This is why Miriam M. Brysk’s book could not have appeared at a more appropriate time. There are three basic narratives in her treatment, each of which… Read More

All Abuzz

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The coffee market in Israel woke up last week to a new era with the launch of a new coffee and food chain, Cofix. The coffee shop is kosher and offers costumers food and beverage for only five shekels (less than $1.50). It is only for takeout with no seating or wait staff. On the… Read More