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True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, Two issues, both Hanukkah related. Every year we host our family’s Hanukkah party, which is lovely and we are happy to do it. Issue number one: I feel as if most of my family knows nothing about what Hanukkah is really about other than latkes and(…)

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The doctor with the heart of gold

The doctor with the heart of gold

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Each year, many heart disease patients in the U.S. and around the world die waiting for a heart transplant because there are just not enough organ donors to serve all of the patients on waiting lists. Tissue engineering is now becoming a real option for patients and ongoing research(…)

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In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent “It’s an interesting lens of the 20th century, but through the eyes of one world,” says Laura Ferri, director of “Letters to the Editor,” Book-It Repertory Theatre’s performance that brings our state’s Jewish community to life on the stage — through the pages of this very newspaper. “‘Letters to(…)

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Members of the poetry tribe

Members of the poetry tribe

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Happy Jewish Book Month to writers and readers everywhere! I decided to reach out to Merna Ann Hecht after the Seattle Times did a lovely profile of her and her poem that won a place in the King County Metro poetry on buses competition. As co-founder and co-director of(…)

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Thanksgiving at the Harris home: Norman Rockwell it ain’t

Thanksgiving at the Harris home: Norman Rockwell it ain’t

By Ed Harris A Jewish friend of mine once described Thanksgiving as his favorite holiday. He said Thanksgiving is the only celebration of the season that serves to unite people of all faiths, unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, which are drawn from entirely different religious traditions. In making this assessment, however, my friend was not familiar(…)

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Scramble a little spice into your pasta

Scramble a little spice into your pasta

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Spaghetti alla carbonara is one of those great Italian dishes that comes with multiple-choice apocryphal explanations for the name. Possibly it is in the style favored by a group of charcoal makers, or coal miners, or maybe it was named after the charcoal burner it was cooked on. In(…)

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Could more shuteye mean less cancer?

Could more shuteye mean less cancer?

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist The evidence that our sleep time and quality is a significant factor in our health continues to mount. In May 2014, Israel: to Your Health reported that researchers at the Rambam Medical Campus in Haifa saw the mice in their study published in the Journal of Cancer Research grow(…)

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Our lemon of a calendar. Or is that an etrog?

Our lemon of a calendar. Or is that an etrog?

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist Whew! The cycle of major Jewish holidays has finally come to an end. The succession of celebrations and observances began with Rosh Hashanah amid a cacophony of shofar blasts, continued with the hunger-pang inducing somberness of Yom Kippur, followed by Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and, finally, Simchat Torah. The religious(…)

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Helping people survive and helping people sleep

Helping people survive and helping people sleep

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Steve Schwartz initially emailed me to say he’s “a Member of the Tribe who has found himself living and working with plenty of different tribes.” He might be referring to moving around a lot in the Midwest as a child before his family settled in Syracuse, N.Y., but he might(…)

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