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  • How to enter a bar mitzvah

    Sam Horowitz of Dallas shows us how to make an entrance. Rule #1: Make sure a troupe of Broadway-style dancers is nearby.

  • Trading prisoners for peace

    Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners last week in a bid to help jumpstart peace negotiations. It’s hardly the first time Palestinian prisoners have been released to jumpstart political talks.

  • Ossie Schechtman, scored first basket in NBA, dies at 94

    Ossie Schectman, who scored the first basket in the league that would become the NBA, has died.

  • Should Israel release Palestinian prisoners?

    Like virtually everything associated with the Middle East, pundits disagree over the wisdom of releasing Palestinian prisoners in the name of peace.

  • Pew: Jews support abortion rights (Duh!)

    A new poll confirms what we all know — Jews support abortion rights. But check out the numbers.

  • The ambition of Natalie Portman

    Can Natalie Portman actually pull off adapting Amos Oz’s sprawling book, “A Tale of Love and Darkness?”

  • Helen Thomas and Israel

    Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas died last week. Thomas had covered every president from Kennedy to Obama and, as many noted, she was frequently the only woman reporter in a room full of men. Often referred to as the dean of the White House press corps, she is credited with breaking the glass ceiling…

  • An innocent man

    It could have been worse. After Keith Weissman was trapped in a Justice Department sting in 2004, he lost his job as an analyst at AIPAC, lost his livelihood, lost the pleasures afforded by access to people of influence, lost the horizon of a future. But as a part of a Washington power couple —…

  • Film fest bonus ‘Deceptive Practice’ spotlights magician, actor Ricky Jay

    Ricky Jay is a preeminent sleight-of-hand magician, historian of magic and oddities, author and actor, but the man with the cards himself is more a mystery. In “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay,” the magician reveals a bit of himself but more about how he learned all those tricks, along with something…

  • Jews on Bikes

    It’s not even 8 o’clock Sunday morning, but members of the Lonsmen, the [Yiddish] word for brotherhood and kinship, already are putting on their black pants, black shirts, black leather jackets and do-rags. We’re not talking Hell’s Angels here. Instead, picture a coed group of predominantly Jewish motorcyclists in their 50s and 60s who also…