Category Archives: Judaism

Politics & Purim

This week, I called my congressman, Leonard Lance, (NJ 7th) to urge him to vote against the repeal of the ACA. Then I heard WNYC, my local public radio affiliate, report on a fundraising letter he sent supporters where he … Continue reading

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Revisiting Fiddler on the Roof

What’s not to like about Fiddler?  Foot tapping, hum–along, memorable music and lyrics, stunning choreography, and a story that resonates, 52 years after the show first appeared on Broadway. Based on Ukraine writer Sholem Aleichem’s (1859- 1916) short stories, “Tevye … Continue reading

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Prepping for Passover

In kitchens around the world this week people are planning and preparing for their Passover celebrations starting Friday, April 22. The holiday commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The meal, the Seder, includes the retelling … Continue reading

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Flowers for Annie

My Aunt Anne always said, “never miss a ‘simcha’- (Yiddish for celebration); don’t wait for the funeral.” I’d visited my aunt several times in the past four years since she’d moved to Connecticut after many years in Florida. By the … Continue reading

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Announcing: A Glub Glub & A Shake Shake: A Cookbook

I was seated on a flight from New Jersey to San Francisco and overhead the attendant asking customers in business class if they wanted blintzes for breakfast. I thought of my mother’s—hand made, light batter, carefully mixed cheeses, lightly fried, … Continue reading

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Cary, Anthony, & Alice: More Books

Summer’s nearly over. Here’s a few titles to carry you through Labor Day. Princess Bride fans take note. Cary Elwes, the actor who played Wesley, has written a memoir about the making of the 1987 movie, based on the 1973 … Continue reading

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Oh, Oh Freedom!

We joined my son and his family at his in-laws in Atlanta for Passover, the holiday that commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The meal, the Seder, includes the retelling of the story, often accompanied … Continue reading

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