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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 29, 2013 / 18 Nissan, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






The Back Story of the Ten Commandments (the film)--including Funny Stuff; Brit TV Dramas with a Jewish Connection

JewishWorldReview.com | TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE MOVIE: SOME BACK STORY Every year, ABC broadcasts the 1956 film, "The Ten Commandments," starring Charlton Heston as MOSES. It usually beats all the competition in the ratings. This year, it will air on Saturday, March 30, at 7PM.

In 2011, a special edition of the film was released on Blu-Ray disc. It includes lots of extras about the making of the film. The new edition was made with the participation of Fraser Clarke Heston, a director, writer and son of the late Charlton Heston. He said the new edition is not simply a re-issue. Rather, "it was a painstaking job, a complete shot by shot restoration."

Fraser Heston, by the way, was three months old when he appeared as baby Moses in the 1956 film. Charlton Heston, who played Jewish characters in both "The Ten Commandments and in the 1959 Oscar winning film Ben-Hur, was a devout Christian. He was also a big supporter of Jewish and Israeli charities.

The film, as most people know, is not a shot by shot re-creation of the account of Moses' life or of the exodus from Egypt as told in the Bible. The film's creators took many liberties dramatizing the Biblical account. Even so, when it debuted, its special effects were considered to be groundbreaking and audiences loved the film.

EDWARD G. ROBINSON (as the evil Dathan) and OLIVE DEERING (as Moses' sister, MIRIAM) were the only Jewish actors with important roles in "The Ten Commandments." Yul Brynner, who played the Pharaoh of Egypt, had one Jewish great-grandfather.


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Robinson (1893-1973), most famous for his early gangster roles, was born Emanuel Goldenberg in Romania and came to the United States in 1903. Always proud to be Jewish, he was also a highly cultured man due to a rigorous program of self-education. At one time, he owned one of the finest collections of impressionist paintings in the world.

Deering (1918-1986), born Olive Corn, received good notices for her stage work in the 1950s and 60s, but had a limited film and television career.

Deering's brother, actor ALFRED RYDER (1916-1995), born Alfred Corn, was a top stage actor who also had a slew of TV guest roles through the early 80s. (He guest starred in the first Star Trek episode.)

He was married to actress KIM STANLEY (1919-86) from 1958-1964. Stanley was one of the most acclaimed Broadway stage actresses of the 1950s and '60s. She was twice nominated for an Oscar ("Seance on a Wet Afternoon" and "Frances"), although she made only a handful of films. Almost everyone has heard Stanley's voice. She was the unseen narrator of the opening and closing scenes of "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962).

Stanley converted to Judaism prior to marrying Ryder. Their daughter, a practicing Jew, told a recent scholarly biographer of Stanley that her mother continued to observe some Jewish holidays until her death.

An amusing sidelight about Olive Deering and the making of "The Ten Commandments" is found in the 1989 memoir, "Which Reminds Me," by the late, Jewish actor TONY RANDALL, born Arthur Rosenberg.

Randall says that Deering originated a line that many actors (stuck filming a bad movie or filming a movie under terrible conditions) have since used. After many weeks of filming "The Ten Commandments" in the heat and dust of California's Mojave Desert, Deering said, "Who do you have to sleep with to get with to get OFF of this picture?"

Randall also includes a classic, Passover-related, celebrity comic anecdote in his memoir. He admits it isn't true, but says it is too good a story not to re-tell. Here it is:

Marilyn Monroe was eating at a famous New York Jewish deli. A dining companion recommended the matzah ball soup and Monroe replied that she had never had the dish, but she would order it. The soup came and Marilyn gobbled up her first matzah ball. She told her dinner companion: "Oh, they are absolutely delicious. What do they do with the rest of the matzah?"


BRITISH DRAMAS WITH A JEWISH CONNECTION Starting on Sunday, March 31, at 9PM, is the PBS "Masterpiece" series, "Mr. Selfridge." It's about the real-life Harry Selfridge (1856-1947). A Midwest "WASP" from a poor family, he left school at 14. But Selfridge had luck, pluck, and talent—and he managed to amass quite a fortune as he climbed the executive ranks of the Chicago-based Marshall Field department store chain. Marshall Field pioneered in offering upscale customers high quality merchandise and superior service.


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In 1906, Selfridge (and his heiress wife) visited England and he was appalled by the low quality goods and poor service founds in most shops. He correctly guessed that the UK was ready for its first top tier department store. His first store (1909) was a smashing success and the Selfridges department store chain prospered for decades.

JEREMY PIVEN, 47, stars in the title role. There are similarities between the hustling Jewish talent agent Piven played in HBO's "Entourage" and Selfridge.

Airing on Wednesday, April 3, at 9PM, and a week later, on April 10, at 9PM, is the BBC America two-part mini- series, "Spies of Warsaw." It's from the acclaimed novel of the same name by ALAN FURST, 71. The series follows Col. Jean-Francois Mercier (David Tennant), a WWI hero, who, in the years leading up to WWII, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw. Along the way, he has a torrid and sometimes dangerous romance. Mercier's bohemian sister has a Jewish jazz pianist boyfriend and Mercier takes under his protection two Soviet Jews who have defected from working for the Soviets (one is played by English actor ALLAN CORDUNER, 62).

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Previously:


Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff co-star in New Comedy; Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector; Tribe Heavy "Girls"; An Oscar Winner's Orthodox Son

Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Harper; LA mayor's race; Albert Brooks on going to Shul

The Land of Oz's Many Hebrews; Mila Kunis & a "Menschy" Company; Aly Raisman Dances & Jewish Figure Skaters at World Championship

New on the Big Screen, Tube

The Oscars: The Jewish Connection

Jews in the National Hockey League; Possible Start of a Blockbuster Film Series; Star Wars Keep on Comin', Special TV Showing of Schindler's List



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