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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Movie Review: ‘Roma’

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Roma, a Spanish language film, was written and directed by Oscar winning, Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron. It is an engaging and powerful story set in Mexico City from 1970 to 1971.  Mexico was in...

Book Review: ‘An Unorthodox Match’

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An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen, St. Martin’s Press © 2019, ISBN 9781250-161222; 322 pages plus acknowledgments and glossary; $27.99 I once had a rabbi who inveighed against religious hypocrisy with this saying: “Big beard, small...

Yiddish Glossary for Goyim: The Power Shmoozer’s Guide to Hollywood

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In the era of Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg, movie moguls tended to spice their jargon with expressions from the colorful vernacular of their pushcart-peddling forebears. The euphony of Yiddish is a tradition...

Gale Kissin sings “Mame Loshn”

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Few recordings so well selected, so clearly interpreted, and so significative as this one: Gale Kissin sings Mama Loshn 15 songs that illustrate Jewish life and struggles through the last 300 years! I was afraid that America...

Movie Review: The Photographer of Mauthausen

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The Photographer of Mauthausen (TPOM), available on Netflix, is a Spanish film directed by Mar Targarona. The film is written by Roger Danès and Alfred Pérez Fargas. It is based on the true story of Francesc...

Operation Paperclip, The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America, by Annie...

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“As comprehensive as it is critical, this latest exposé from Jacobsen is perhaps her most important work to date….Jacobsen persuasively shows that it in fact happened and aptly frames the dilemma….Rife with hypocrisy, lies,...

Siberian Exile by Julija Sukys

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By the end of the Holocaust, Lithuania suffered one of the highest percentages of Jewish deaths in all of Europe. Before the war, 168, 000 Jews lived there, of which 83 per cent were...
From left: Bubbies S.J. Mendelson, Linda Rich and Bunny Gibson. Credit: JLTV.

Jewish ‘Bubbies’ do matchmaking, share their dating wisdom in new TV show

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In each episode of “Bubbies Know Best,” which premiered Feb. 11 on JLTV, S.J. Mendelson, Linda Rich, and Bunny Gibson interview three potential suitors before picking one to go on a date with their...

Jews against themselves by Edward Alexander

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Every Anglophone reader, Jew and non-Jew, owes it to him or herself to read Jews against Themselves. And every non-Anglophone country that aspires either to establish or maintain democracy owes itself a good translation. Rarely...

Listen to ‘Despacito,’ Justin Bieber and Luis Fonsi’s megahit song, in Hebrew

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(JTA) — Attention Jews who love to dance to Latin grooves: There is a Hebrew version of “Despacito,” the first mostly Spanish-language song to become a number one Billboard chart hit in 20 years. “Despacito,”...