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  • Biden regrets making ‘Shylock’ reference

    September 17, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that he made a “poor choice of words” in using the term “Shylock” to describe unscrupulous lenders.

    Biden was reacting Wednesday to remarks by Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, in response to the vice president’s...

  • Six Quotations Above My Desk

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 11, 2013 | 7:07 am

    One of my hobbies is collecting quotations. Over the years I have gathered thousands of bits of truth, wisdom, insight, light, poetry, sayings, one-liners, and more extensive passages on virtually every conceivable theme. My ever-growing collection draws from the famous and the...

  • Full of sound and fury: Bloch’s ‘Macbeth’ opera gets a rare airing

    By Rick Schultz

    May 29, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Ernest Bloch, the renowned 20th century Swiss-born American composer, wrote just one opera, “Macbeth,” and it has rarely been produced in the United States since its 1910 Paris premiere. Now, the Long Beach Opera is presenting the opera’s first U.S. staging since John Houseman’s...

  • Jewish Entertainment Network: Members of the Tribe only

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 17, 2012 | 5:18 pm

    If this were any other crowd, the speaker wouldn’t dare dish so freely about Steven Spielberg.

    But in the odd cabinlike setting at Morrie’s Fireplace, the private AISH outpost on Pico Boulevard, film director Brad Silberling is among — well, if not friends — fellow Jews. Which is...

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  • Abraham unlocks nuances of Shylock in ‘Merchant’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    F. Murray Abraham’s performance as Shylock, praised by New York critics as the greatest in memory, owes much to the fact that the actor is almost invariably taken as Jewish.

    That pardonable error, he says, is central to his portrayal of the much-vilified Jewish moneylender in...

  • Seniors Flock to OASIS of Learning

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Make the shape of a U with your hips," coaches belly-dancing teacher Elexa Williams. Her students willingly comply, rolling their shoulders, gyrating their torsos and undulating their hips as they follow the teacher's example. Around their waists, the participants wear scarves...

  • Defending Shylock

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Since the Holocaust, "The Merchant of Venice" -- which opens Sunday at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum -- has been Shakespeare's most controversial play. The story of Shylock, the moneylender who demands his "pound of flesh," has been lauded by some as humanistic and condemned by...

  • Menkes’ ‘Divorce’

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. John Menkes' "Lady Macbeth Gets a Divorce" at the Beverly Hills Playhouse is a witty and diverting drawing-room comedy that elicits something most sitcoms don't: real laughs.

    The story is as familiar as Shakespeare: In a Vermont village, Fiona has had it with her lost and...

  • Shylock Reinterpreted

    By Charles Marowitz

    August 27, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    Venice" is 400 years old. The play was first entered on the register of the Stationer's Company in July 1598, along with a proviso that it shouldn't be published till the Lord Chamberlain gave his consent. And that didn't happen until 1600. It may...

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