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Catch ‘Some where in the Middle’ before it closes

By Cynthia Citron NORTH HOLLYWOOD—The play Somewhere in the Middle is about three generations of a family living together somewhere in the Midwest.  For once, they are not a dysfunctional family, a subject that many playwrights these days tend to focus on.  This family is  an affectionate, intelligent, funny, and reasonably harmonious company. The older […]

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Hamas, Fatah peace parlay rife with problems

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — After weeks of Egyptian-sponsored pre-talks, and a very short “cabinet meeting” in Gaza, “formal reconciliation talks” are now being held between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (P.A. or Fatah) in Cairo under the direct auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. For some Middle East-watchers, the talks are a form […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Harvey Weinstein

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York —  Jewish Hollywood mogul/film producer Harvey Weinstein was fired by the Weinstein Company last week following news reports detailing multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Throughout his career, Weinstein has received many awards, including the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award, the Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Great […]

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Cry Hallelujah at ‘Smoke on the Mountain’

We are all junebugs in this life, hitting screen doors and drowning in the refreshments. By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Follow a lonely country road –past a pickle factory- and you’ll come to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Brian Mackey, as the Bible toting Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe, greets us with welcoming smiles and warm handshakes. […]

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Talmud as seen by a political scientist

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — For something like 15 years, I’ve been studying Talmud Shabbat mornings for an hour or so with a religious (i.e., Orthodox) neighbor. We’ve been friends for more than 40 years, since we were both at the University of Wisconsin. I’ve commented several times, perhaps not to his delight, and to other […]

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Novel ideas needed for Simchat Torah

By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — Simchat Torah is a relatively new holiday. Nowhere is it mentioned in the Talmud; nor is it mentioned in Maimonides or the Tur Shulchan Aruch. But it is explicitly mentioned in the Zohar,[1] a work that dates back to about 1270—although it is a holiday that […]

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Jewish baseball card book now on sale

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — I first met Robert Wechsler online during some email chats back in 2015 when he was trying to find out the name of the artist who painted the portraits on the 1952 Topps baseball cards (it was Maurice Blumenfeld). He told me then he was working on The […]

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Speaking out against male predators

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASERET ZION, Israel — “Predators.” No, the term doesn’t apply to all men, but it would seem to be a corollary of the power that many men have obtained, by fair means or foul, over women, particularly in the workplace. The recent revelations about the way Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein appears to […]

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Humoring the headlines: October 12, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−The forest fires in Northern California have killed 23 people and destroyed 3,500 homes and businesses.  Even though it is not as bad as Katrina or Maria, why hasn’t President Trump visited to console the victims?  Unnamed sources say he looked at the electoral map and commented, “It’s so far and […]

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Evaluating the U.S. through comparison

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Several of my Internet friends have not reacted well to recent columnscritical of American government and society. It’s been charged that I don’t understand that country, and certainly do not appreciate its virtues. It rankles that I note social statistics falling below those of other democracies, and especially of Western […]

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Courageous reading: ‘Courageous Aging’

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — There are many books on aging on bookstore shelves; some are humorous, some serious, some emphasize financial planning, some deal with loss, most wish to help our aging population to age “gracefully.” The new book by Dr. Ken Druck, a noted author, addresses the issue of aging by […]

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Iran’s military buildup is full throttle

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — The clock appears to be ticking on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); more than some may think, less than others may hope. Whatever President Donald Trump decides to do with the unsigned, unratified, unagreed-upon text of the untreaty, it should be clear that the agreement did not […]

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Bennett pushes for more Orthodoxy in public schools

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM–If you decide to look up the word that appears often nowadays in the Hebrew press, הדתה (hadata), you’re not likely to find it in standard dictionaries. It’s obviously connected to the word dat (דת), a Persian term which entered the Hebrew language to mean “religion.” The derivative can perhaps be […]

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‘Just Kidding’: Lawyers laud Trump for job creation

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK– JLo, the Jewish Lawyers Organization – not to be confused with Jennifer Lopez, the actress – will honor President Trump and his administration for “incredible job creation,” namely for attorneys, many of them Jewish. A JLo official said: “Candidate Trump promised unbelievable strides in creating jobs. And now, President Trump […]

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