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  • An enormous cinema complex is being planned for the port of Tel Aviv.

  • Daniel Retter, an immigration attorney from the Bronx, has written the first index to the Talmud.

  • Music students at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance are working to restore lost Jewish compositions.

  • Apparently, the beardless Matisyahu is still generating controversy thanks to a run-in with a photographer at one of his shows.

  • Palestinian director Susan Youssef has won the Best Film of Muhr Arab Feature award at the Dubai International Film Festival for her Gaza-based movie, “Habibi.”

  • Jonathan Ames reflects on his housekeeping habits.

  • Don Blanquito, one of the most popular funk musicians in Brazil, is a Jewish kid from L.A. named Alex Cutler.

  • Abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler has died at age 83.

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