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  • Mayoral Magic

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    At your next dinner party, here's a surefire way to bring the sparkling conversation to a dead stop. In the midst of all the banter about the Oscars and Westside real estate prices and Michael Jackson, chime in with, "So, what do you think of the mayoral race?"

    Go ahead. Ask it....

  • Passing on a Legacy of Love

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "All That Matters" by Jan Goldstein (Hyperion, $17.95).

    Walk into Zabar's and it's easy to spot 76-year old Gittel "Gabby" Zuckerman. She's feisty and funny, and her shrinking height and failing health don't diminish her power. Nor do the memories of the family she lost in the...

  • The Heimish Home Stretch

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Finding a nice Jewish neighborhood to live in can be a tricky process if you're moving to a new city. Realtors might not be able to tell you if the house you are interested in is near a synagogue, if there are Jewish schools nearby, what sort of a community you are moving into or...

  • Matzah Masters Write About Every Nook and Cranny

    By Elli Wohlgelernter

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ari Greenspan knows his matzah. It's not the only thing he knows, but he definitely knows his matzah.

    The former New Jersey resident has studied it inside and out, from the firebricks that line his own homemade oven in the basement of his house in Efrat, Israel, to the unbaked...

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  • Q & A With Steve Oney

    By David Finnigan

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles writer Steve Oney's book, "And the Dead Shall Rise" (Pantheon Books, 2003), details two infamous, unsolved crimes: the 1913 murder of non-Jewish preteen Mary Phagan in an Atlanta factory and the arrest, trial, conviction, death sentence commutation and 1915 abduction and...

  • Mostow Terminates Fans’ ‘T3’ Fears

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the relentlessness of a Terminator pursuing its victim, the fan hounded Jonathan Mostow at a convention. "You aren't the original director of the 'Terminator' movies," he said. "Are you going to ruin [the franchise]?"

    It's a question observers have posed, albeit more politely,...

  • Seeking Redemption

    By Ed Solomon

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In college, I tutored in a maximum-security prison for kids who had committed violent crimes. I met a 17-year-old boy there who had killed a 16-year-old boy earlier that year. He had been tried as an adult and sentenced to life. Though we were only together for a couple sessions, he...

  • The Cost of Boycott

    By Bonnie Lipton

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For some time, Dr. Eitan Galun, the head of Hadassah Medical Organization's Goldyne Savad Gene Therapy Institute, has been engaged in research to cure a genetic disease prevalent in the Palestinian community. He recently requested genetic material from a Norwegian scientist and was...

  • New Vistas

    By Dennis Gura

    November 29, 1999 | 11:00 am

    "The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution Is Reshaping the American Landscape," by Joel Kotkin. (Random House, $22.95)

    Joel Kotkin, a senior fellow at both Pepperdine University Institute for Public Policy and Milken Institute and a research fellow at the libertarian Reason...

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