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Film dialogue: Divorce in Israel

Film dialogue: Divorce in Israel

“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” a movie limited to a courtroom and the waiting area outside the courtroom, tells the story of a secular Israeli woman seeking a divorce (get) from her religious husband Elisha.

She became engaged at age 15 and now has four children. Viviane stopped loving her husband a long time ago and left him before the film begins.

Her trial continues for five years — and then some. The brother-sister team of Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz (Ronit plays Viviane) are the directors.

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Guitarist of Jefferson Airplane finds his Jewish roots

Guitarist of Jefferson Airplane finds his Jewish rootsNEW YORK — Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released “Ain’t In No Hurry,” his first solo album since 2009. While Kaukonen’s guitar skills are legendary, few people know that he bought his first electric guitar by cashing Israel Bonds he received from his Jewish grandmother. On the eve of Jefferson Airplane’s 50th anniversary, the 74-year-old Kaukonen, who lives in Athens, Ohio with his wife, a Jew-by-choice, talked to...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:01 )

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"24 Days:" new film retells the brutal murder of Ilan Halimi

“24 Days” is not a film for those seeking light-hearted comedy or a nostalgic view of a time gone by. It’s a film that tells the horrific story of the 2006 kidnap, torture and subsequent murder of an engaging, attractive young Jewish French man, Ilan Halimi. The film doesn’t hide from the raw emotions of Halimi’s family. This is a film, particularly in the context of rising anti-Semitism in France, which everyone should see.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:00 )

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Getting the lay-up of it

Getting the lay-up of itFormer Maccabi Tel Aviv coach leapfrogs (like LeBron) to Cavaliers WASHINGTON — With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over the Washington Wizards. Things didn’t come quite as easy early this season for the rookie NBA coach and his team, which had great expectations with the return of four-time MVP LeBron James via free agency from the Miami Heat....
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Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock, and more

Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock, and moreThis article was originally published in 1991. In the wake of Leonard Nimoy’s Feb. 27 death, the piece is republished with the permission of the author. LOS ANGELES — As a struggling young actor in the early 1950s, Leonard Nimoy, inspired by the rebirth of the Jewish state and childhood memories of Zionist rallies in Boston Garden, considered making aliyah to join Habimah, Israel’s national theater. Upon cooler reflection on the huge language barrier he would face, Nimoy dropped the idea...
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