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Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel’s fallen statesman
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi Akiva made the Jews who they are today, says biographer Holtz
It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They were discussing the Exodus from Egypt all that night, unti...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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This roller derby player goes by the name Hebrew-Ham Lincoln
NEW YORK — Dara Fineman may not be the only Jewish player in the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League, but she’s the only one who sports a Star of David painted over her eye. Her derby name is plenty J...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ tells of resilience, hope
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Imagine growing up never knowing that you were from a family of Holocaust survivors. Then imagine that once you discovered the truth, you learned that there was an incredible story behind the story...
Chef Michael Solomonov goes ‘In Search of Israeli Cuisine’ in new film
by Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA
Mar 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
“I thought it was just going to be about falafel and hummus.” That was the perception of Israeli cuisine that filmmaker Roger Sherman had when he reluctantly decided to accompany his friend, the ac...
Exhaustive new volume chronicles Chabad Rebbe’s ‘Early Years’
by Liz Spikol, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend
It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It is the story of the formative years of...
Try not to cry during this Oscar-nominated film about a Holocaust survivor and his violin
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend
Filmmaker Kahane Cooperman hasn’t written an Oscars acceptance speech yet, but she likely will before the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28. Not to jinx things or appear overconfident, Cooperman s...
An ode to ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham and modern Jewish neuroticism
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 145 145 recommendations | email to a friend
The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways. “Girls” debuted...
These upscale Israeli hotels are only for new moms and babies
by Debra Kamin, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — The pedestrian bridge is drenched in sunlight and has the soft fragrance of baby powder. Like the hotel it leads to, it’s exclusive and hard to find — you have to get directions ahead of...
Slow cooking: the Jewish connection
by Linda Morel, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 09, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’ve ever walked into a house where a slow cooker is infusing the air with tantalizing aromas, you understand why the Crock-Pot has been a staple in American homes for more than 40 years. Cook...
Going to ground: Turkey beats beef
by Linda Morel, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend
“Let’s give ground turkey a try,” I said to my husband. “It’s better for us than beef.” “But it’s so dry,” David said. “You have to pour half a bottle of ketchup on a turkey burger just to make it ...
‘Gefilte Manifesto’ seeks to make classic Jewish food great again
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend
Having paid their dues on the Brooklyn food scene, emerging young chefs Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz are on a mission to reclaim and revolutionize Ashkenazi cuisine. The millennial duo’s missio...
‘Jewish Americana’ music gets its moment in the spotlight
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Saul Kaye never wanted to be a “Jewish blues” player. In his opinion, the Jewish music he had heard growing up in Northern California’s Bay Area ranged from “really bad to horrible.” In ...