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Google "Mormon candidate" and Avraham Azrieli's new novel of the same name pops up at number 10. It's not a biography of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, nor an examination of the current electoral landscape - "The Mormon Candidate" (CreateSpace, $15 paperback) is a fast-paced thriller with an intriguing title and even more intriguing plot.
A regular on the CBS hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," which begins its sixth season on Sept. 27 - in which she plays Sheldon Cooper's friend-who-is-not-his-girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler - actress Mayim Bialik is also widely known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom "Blossom," as well as for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in "Beaches."
The dybbuk, an evil possessing spirit in Jewish culture and folklore, has seen some screen time in recent years: 2009's poorly reviewed "The Unborn" is about a teenager haunted by the spirit of a young Auschwitz victim, while Joel and Ethan Coen's outstanding "A Serious Man," released in the same year, opens with an unsettling tale about a Polish Jewish couple who may have invited a dybbuk into their home.
Art comes in many well-established forms - painting, sculpture, video, photography.
In his quest to catalog the top 100 great Jewish books, Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman has written one. Not a great book in the tradition of the sacred texts that are foundational to Jewish belief and practice, nor in the tradition of the notable scholarly works that explore Judaism's historical, philosophical or theological underpinnings, nor in the tradition of the great works of fiction and poetry that limn its spiritual and emotional depths. No, "One Hundred Great Jewish Books, Three Millennia of Jewish Conversation" (Bluebridge, $17 paperback) is a great book because it gathers all of this greatness and more in a comprehensive compendium that provides an expansive view of the progression of Jewish life and thought.
For most of his six-year professional baseball career, Brian Horwitz, known by teammates as "The Rabbi" for his Jewish heritage, was forced to play the game within the game.
Arizona Jewish Theatre Company closed last month, but producing director Janet Arnold still has more than $60,000 of the organization's debt to contend with.
It was not beautiful Jewish maidens who greeted me at JDate's recent Club Getaway weekend in rural Connecticut, but a couple of guys from New York who raised dust and kicked gravel as they flew into the parking lot. They joined another fellow who was sitting in his idling and air-conditioned orange Camaro as they kvelled over each other's cars. But when one started flinging a Frisbee around, I knew that my skills - honed at a liberal arts college in nearby Massachusetts - would make me look pretty cool, and that did help sustain me for the weekend.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.