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SHEELA CLARY: Thoughts on my 52nd birthday

Of course I still have friends, and I will spend the evening celebrating with some special ones, but the gift of being 52, I am discovering, is to realize the pleasure to be had in doing nothing apart from standing still and looking at things.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ profiles the astonishing life of famous sexpert

This 4-foot-7-inch dynamo with a thick German accent connected with her audience because of her candor and her good intuitive advice.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

"Then God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone who comes with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter." -- Evangelist John Hagee, a guest of honor at the dedication of the American embassy in Jerusalem

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Connecting the Kushner dots

“Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience." --- The Washington Post

BOOK REVIEW: The Unbearable Madness in ‘Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House’

I, for one, am extremely grateful that Wolff managed to survive the mental torture that is apparently the way of the current White House. A lesser man or woman would have thrown his notebook to the floor and run to the hills after the first day.

HÉLAS! Sephardic-Greek food arrives in town just in time for Rosh Hashanah

Corfu-born George Cami, chef at the Aegean Breeze, cooks up the marvelously piquant fish dish, Bourthetto, a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) staple for Sephardic Jews.

Cookbook author Joan Nathan to share her wisdom at Jewish Festival of Books

“Food and people go together, and I’ve always found that food can break down cultural barriers. Food goes above culture.” -- Joan Nathan, author of “At King Solomon’s Table”

Chanukah: Renewing the Light

It is during the darkest season, usually quite close to the winter solstice, that the Jewish people rededicate themselves to increasing light in our world.

Purim: A celebration of joy

Purim has become an opportunity to dress in costume as a way of ritualizing the theme of concealment and revelation.

‘The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites’: Lobby

Luba never liked the Last Hotel. For one thing, the neighborhood scared her to pieces. During the short walk from the Broadway 72nd St. subway, bums accosted her, filthy palms open. Drug addicts hanging outside buildings, passing back and forth a cigarette, women dressed like men, garbage everywhere.
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