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  • New Pesach ‘traditions’ might be purr-fect for your family

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own" (Schocken Books, $22.95).

    When author Marge Piercy was a little girl, her grandmother set a special place at the Passover seder for Blackie, her grandmother's cat.

    He was a very dignified cat, Piercy recalled in an...

  • Bring the taste of France to your Passover table

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One might expect the chef-owner of a haute cuisine, award-winning French-American restaurant, where l'addition can easily top $300 per couple, to be an egotist. One would be wrong.

    Chef Josiah Citrin of Mélisse in Santa Monica, which earned the prestigious four-star rating from...

  • Unmasking Purim’s vital meaning

    By Rabbi Sharon Brous

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's a classic Jewish tale: Just when we feel comfortable and safe, nahafokh hu -- the whole world can turn upside down.

    Megillat Esther, read on Purim, reminds us that history is capricious and life is fragile; that willing or not, we must confront our powerlessness and...

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  • The whole megillah: Ten reasons to love Purim

    By Jane Ulman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    So what is Purim about? This short guide explains the various holiday traditions and celebrations, as well as a few suggestions of unique and fun ways to partake in the festivities.

    1. Megillah Reading

    One of four mitzvot, or commandments, on Purim is listening to the reading of...

  • A wish list of guilty pleasures and goofy gifts

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We've all been there.

    You go to the store, turn on the TV or pick up a catalogue and see something incredibly silly that you never in a million years would buy for yourself (it's also called a "guilty pleasure"). But you can always say you are buying it for someone else. So in...

  • Originality trumps repetition in the holiday songs battle

    By George Robinson

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I will be frank. I'm tired of hearing the same holiday songs over and over. So the best Chanukah present I've received this year is a pile of Chanukah-themed CDs with lots of new holiday songs, many of them quite good. Here's what crossed my desk this December.

    The Klezmatics:...

  • Books: Wrap up new worlds for your young readers

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Many inns throughout the Mid-Atlantic states claim that George Washington slept here or there, but a new book makes an altogether new claim about the first president: that he learned about Chanukah from a Polish-born soldier at Valley Forge in 1777, when he noticed the young man...

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