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How a ‘largest menorah’ tiff landed two rabbis in Jewish court

NEW YORK — Each year in Brooklyn, Chabad Rabbi Shimon Hecht ascends 33 and a half feet to light the tallest menorah in the world.

Tuesday 12/06/2016
Kirk Douglas to celebrate his 100th birthday in star-studded Beverly Hills bash
Posted: December 06, 2016

LOS ANGELES – Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, and there is a special treat in store for the centenarian.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
‘Strange Beauty’ rich in aural allure
Posted: November 30, 2016

These last several weeks have been tumultuous, to say the least. The upheaval on the political scene has caused me consternation, distress, woe, and, finally, (some) acceptance. We are going into uncharted waters. And when I’m feeling uneasy, I tend to retreat into the one consistently calming elixir that soothes my nerves and gives me the space for some self-reflection: jazz. It may seem like a peculiar remedy. But in my experience, I’ve found that jazz, especially of the mid-tempo variety, has the uncanny ability to lend me a bit of comfort as well as the opportunity to pause and take stock of the world in all of its perplexing pulchritude. 

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
Artist combines yoga, art
Posted: November 23, 2016

Local artist Sara Becker will combine two of her passions – yoga and art – in her upcoming show, “Upward Facing.”

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Birthday book opens door for discussion
Posted: November 23, 2016

Thoughts are running a little deep in Gigglyville.

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Belmont Village honors American heroes
Posted: November 23, 2016

Belmont Village Senior Living Scottsdale recently hosted a reception and recognition ceremony for the World War II veterans living at the facility. In honor of these veterans, Belmont commissioned photographer Thomas Sanders to create the “American Heroes: Portraits of Service” to preserve and display the heroic tales of these veterans.

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Exploring Germany close up
Posted: November 23, 2016

I was alone walking around town on my first day in Berlin. Will anyone be willing to help me out if I get lost? Would there be a harshness to the people I encountered? Will anyone have a sense of humor? Would I see swastikas on the walls of buildings?

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Why ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is an allegory about anti-Semitism and fear
Posted: November 23, 2016

The first spin-off from the Harry Potter film series, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is a thrilling and at times darkly sinister adventure. The movie, which launched a new five-film franchise with new characters, has already cast a spell over Potter fans, raking in a box office best $75 million in its opening weekend.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Independent spirit
Posted: November 16, 2016

In her short life, Eva Hesse escaped the Nazis and became a renowned sculptress in the 1960s before succumbing to brain cancer at the age of 34.

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