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pirkeavot
Dayton

By Rabbi Levi Simon. Chabad of Greater Dayton Chapter Six in the Mishnah of Ethics of Our Fathers, or Tractate Avot, is customarily read on the Shabbat afternoon before the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is the holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah by God to the Jewish people,

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Dorothy meets the Cowardly Lion, from the first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, illustrated by W.W. Denslow.
Dayton

Back To Basics Series Jewish Family Education With Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer While shopping at a local lingerie store, my friend J observed another patron slipping items into her oversize handbag as she went from display to display. J pointed at the woman and called out, “You

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Jennifer Stempel's recipe was inspired by the similarities between a knish — pictured here from New York's Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery — and an empanada. Eric Hunt/Wikimedia Commons.
Dayton

By Jennifer Stempel, JTA When I think of knishes, I think of New York Jewish deli-style discs of creamy potato or savory meat enveloped by a flaky crust. Potato knishes are my favorite because they act as a vehicle for as much good, grainy mustard as I see fit. In

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Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner in the film Chuck. Sarah Shatz/IFC Films.
Dayton

By Curt Schleier, JTA Liev Schreiber has trained as a boxer on and off for 18 years. He’s a fan of the sweet science and has played numerous tough guys on the screen — notably the prizefighter Mischa in the concentration camp movie Jakob the Liar and, of course, as

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yahrzeitcandle
Dayton

Herman Jaffe, 75, passed away Dec. 25, 2016, the first day of Chanukah, at Oaks of West Kettering. Mr. Jaffe was the third child born to the late Joseph and Lena Jaffe. They moved to Dayton from Bellefontaine and became active in Beth Jacob and Beth Abraham synagogues. He was

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A YAD event at The Dublin Pub
Dayton

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer When Hannah Schwartz moved from Knoxville, Tenn. to work for the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, she hoped to find a social group for young Jewish adults. “There wasn’t anything,” Hannah, 26, says. “And so, I approached the Federation and said, ‘Hey,

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A scene from The Women’s Balcony. Menemsha Films.
Dayton

Movie Review By Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Set within a congregation of observant Jews in a quiet neighborhood in Jerusalem’s Old City, The Women’s Balcony begins with a Bar Mitzvah and ends with a wedding. But there’s plenty of trouble between the celebrations, triggered by a

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Burghart Klaussner in The People vs. Fritz Bauer. Martin Valentin Menke/Cohen Media Group.
Dayton

Movie Review By Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Fritz Bauer is hardly your prototypical action hero. As portrayed by Burghart Klaussner in the minor-key historical thriller The People vs. Fritz Bauer, the late-middle-aged lawyer resembles David Ben-Gurion without the charisma. Like Ben-Gurion, though, he is a force

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Toshiaki Karasawa as Chiune Sugihara in Persona Non Grata
Dayton

By Alyza D. Lewin, Special To JTA The story of Chiune Sugihara — the Japanese consul in Kovno, Lithuania, who disobeyed his government’s orders in 1940 and issued transit visas through Japan to thousands of Jews seeking to flee war-torn Europe — wasn’t widely known until 1985, when Yad Vashem,

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Candace R. Kwiatek
Dayton

Back to Basics Series Jewish Family Education with Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer Two equally accomplished young women left their abusive marriages. One took her grandmother’s recipes and her Shabbat candlesticks while the other took an assortment of empty Gucci purses. If you had only hours to pack

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