August 20, 2016 |
Hundreds of years before Pope Gelasius invented Valentine's Day in 496, there was Tu B'Av. At the start of each summer grape harvest, Jewish women dressed in white and danced in a vineyard, hoping to find a mate. So significant was the holiday of love that an ancient rabbinic text stated flatly, "There are no better days in Israel than Tu B'Av and Yom Kippur. " Through the millennia, Valentine's Day was embraced by popular culture, but Tu B'Av, not. Yet there are signs that it is winning Jewish hearts anew.
August 20, 2016 |
Barbra Streisand has done it all. In her six-decade career, she has been a singer, an actress, an activist, a director, and an urban legend. She is, in short, everything. Babs was Celine before Celine, she was Beyoncé before Beyoncé (sacrilege, yes, but true). She's a pioneer, and, at 74, she's not done yet. In honor of her stop Saturday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center - only the sixth tour of her career - let's look back at some of her most defining moments. Miss Marmelstein Babs burst onto Broadway with a bang in the 1962 musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale . Much of the musical, set in New York's Garment District and using Jewish harmonies in its pop-music score, was remarkable, but Streisand's tour-de-force performance as the secretary Miss Marmelstein and her eponymous song remain the stuff of legends.
August 20, 2016
ISSUE | YOUTH SERVICES To those who need love the most Tears fell freely down my cheeks as I read Mike Newall's follow-up column about Ethan Okula, the intellectually disabled, 10-year-old foster child who died because of adult neglect ("Boy so many had failed inspires an outpouring," Wednesday). My chronically ill and developmentally challenged child passed away only 16 weeks ago at age 19. We loved and cared for him at home. I realized my full capacity for unconditional love after I gave birth to Dylan.
August 17, 2016 |
Ray Quick's father, Clarence, made a name for himself as a founding member of the Del-Vikings, a pioneering, Pittsburgh-based doo-wop quintet that was among the first racially integrated singing groups of the 1950s. Clarence Quick penned the group's biggest hits, including "Come Go With Me" - the tune John Lennon's band the Quarrymen was playing at a Liverpool church in 1957 when Paul McCartney first noticed him, according to Beatles lore. As magical as those moments are, they are not why Ray Quick most remembers his father and devotes his life's work to his memory.
August 14, 2016 |
Hello there Melanie could not look away. "He was the most gorgeous man I've ever seen," she said, remembering the April 2008 birthday party at Pyramid Temple No. 1 where she first saw Francisco. "I had to talk to him. It was love at first sight. " As determined as she was to meet the man so joyfully dancing and singing to the music, she was also terrified. So Melanie sent her sister, Yvette, who had brought her to the party, as her dancing ambassador. Francisco happily accepted a stranger into his dance circle.
August 13, 2016
By Sally Friedman In the short space of a couple of weeks, I watched as a radiant young bride floated down the aisle to her groom - and as two women I admire said goodbye to their husbands in different ways. Life's contrasts, for sure. One wife lost her husband to illness after a long marriage. The other had the ultimate pain of placing her husband in a care facility because his Alzheimer's had become unmanageable at home. And then there was that wedding, drenched in the sweetness of young love.
August 12, 2016
Hazelnuts have been favored for centuries because they are so versatile and complement so many flavors. So it's no surprise they are the star of this main course, included in a cookbook of Mediterranean recipes for folks who need to follow a low-glucose regimen. But be assured: This pasta is all about being delicious. Hazelnut Pasta Makes 2 or 3 servings 3 ounces skinned hazelnuts 2 to 3 cloves garlic 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Leaves from 4 stems flat-leaf parsley Kosher or fine sea salt 7 ounces whole-wheat penne 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 ounces Parmigiano cheese, shaved 2 tablespoons finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese 1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
August 8, 2016 |
In the fall of 2008, filmmaker Daniel Meirom turned a group of Camden teenagers loose on the streets with handheld cameras they used to interview friends, neighbors, parents, local historians, and people they met along the way. The goal was for the students to use their burgeoning filmmaking skills to learn about their city's past, present, and future. But over the years the project morphed into a full-fledged documentary in which they were both stars and collaborators. The final product, a 75-minute film called Camden Love Hate , was completed earlier this year by Meirom and Ron Lipsky, who codirected and coproduced.
August 6, 2016 |
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The most important thing to remember as you read this story is that Bryan Scott did not retire from the National Football League because of concussions. He did not. It is the most compelling aspect of the entire tale - an indication of the hold that football had on him, and has on us. There is something about it, someone in his family said, that no one can touch. It stays with us, and it stayed with him, and the fear now for Scott and those close to him is that, for all the blessings it gave him and allowed him to give, it remained a part of his life for too long.
August 5, 2016 |
MAY 25, 1996 Yes, that is correct, the man had said. If you can string together some reasonably coherent sentences, we shall publish them. Cool. Not wanting to dampen the pilgrim's eager enthusiasm, he didn't mention that even before it had a chance to yellow and fade, that very same deathless prose would serve as a repository for eggshells and coffee grounds and as bladder training for puppies who were equally eager and enthusiastic. Plus, the man said, triumphantly, we shall pay you. The pilgrim's mind reeled.