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  • Ben Kingsley’s 5 most memorable Jewish roles, from Moses to Anne Frank’s dad

    (JTA) — Thirty-five years ago, British actor Ben Kingsley — born Krishna Bhanji — won an Academy Award for his breakout portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the epic film that bore Gandhi’s name. Next week, viewers across the country will see Kingsley, 74, play a slightly less peaceful figure: the infamous Nazi and Holocaust architect…

  • How ‘The Red Tent’ invented a new kind of fiction

    (JTA) — Twenty years ago this summer, Anita Diamant — a freelance writer and author of several nonfiction books about Jewish practice, including “The New Jewish Wedding” — was awaiting the publication of her first novel. It was a work of historical fiction, set in biblical times, that focused on the story of Dinah, the…