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The Secret To Making It Through A Yom Kippur Fast? Kreplach

Jews across the world are sitting down to a big meal before Friday's Yom Kippur fast. And many of them are eating kreplach. Some say these strange-sounding-yet-good-tasting dumplings are a holiday meditation on our inner and outer selves. Or maybe they're just a delicious example of the peasant cooking of Eastern Europeans.
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How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder'

A chance encounter with a little girl in an ice cream store inspired R.J. Palacio to write a novel about a boy born with distorted facial features. She says it got her thinking about what it's like to "have to face a world every day that doesn't know how to face you back."
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The Internet's 'Twerk' Effect Makes Dictionaries Less Complete

When dictionaries add trendy words like "twerk," they're prioritizing the fleeting language habits of the young, says Geoff Nunberg. And our fascination with novel words tends to eclipse subtle changes in the meanings of old ones — "which are often more consequential," he says.
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Gala Hispanic Brings Spanish-Language Theater To D.C. For Nearly 40 Years

GALA Hispanic Theatre has been entertaining D.C. audiences with Spanish-language productions for 38 years.

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Eating In The Embassy: Pati Jinich Debunks Stereotypes About Mexican Food

We'll cook up some traditional Mexican dishes as we continue "Eating in the Embassy," our ongoing series with the blog Eater DC.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Latino D.C.

From politics to food to the arts, we'll explore the scope of the region's growing, vibrant Latino community.

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Hannibal Buress And The Comedy Of The Unexpected

A former Saturday Night Live writer and an alumnus of 30 Rock, the comic hosts a weekly stand-up night at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, where surprise guests have included Louis CK, Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman. When he's on his game, you're sometimes not at all sure why you're laughing.
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Tired Of Inequality? One Economist Says It'll Only Get Worse

In his new book, Average Is Over, Tyler Cowen predicts that America will become a new, more creative meritocracy. Though he believes a rise in income inequality is inevitable, he hopes that "happiness inequality isn't going up in the same way."
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Fake 'Twerk Fail' Video Tricks Gullible TV News Networks

Last week a video of a girl dancing, falling and catching on fire made its way onto cable and local news networks. This week, late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel came forward to reveal that the video was a hoax and that he staged the whole thing. It's not the first time the press has been duped by videos engineered to go viral.
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In These 'Gardens,' The Tree Rings Of The Radical Left

Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens sketches a history of the American left that is at once intimate and expansive. Out of the lives of a few conflicted characters, reviewer Mohsin Hamid explains, the book lends depth and emotion to events that affected millions.

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