My Mother’s Secret

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By J.L. Witterick G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013; 195 pages This book by J.L. Witterick is a quick but very meaningful read. The story is really about a family of righteous gentiles — a mother, daughter and sons. The family lives in a little house in Poland during the Holocaust and manages to hide two Jewish… Read More

Sigd!

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Ethiopians in Israel have just completed the celebration of Sigd on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. The holiday takes place 50 days following Yom Kippur. On Sigd, the community rejoices for the renewal of the alliance between the people, God and His Torah. This act is reminiscent of the treaty made for… Read More

Wedding Wipeout

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By Jacob M. Appel Cozy Cat Press 2013, 249 pages “Wedding Wipeout,” a Rabbi Kappelmacher mystery, was nothing short of hilarious. And interesting. And edge-of-your-seat. Yet, it was never intense. When I started the novel, I sighed, assuming it would be some corny Jewish trash novel with little plot. But it was not long before… Read More

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