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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ author, Joseph Stein, 98, dies from fall in NYC

October 26  (JTA) -- Joseph Stein, the Tony Award-winning writer of "Fiddler on the Roof," has died.

Stein died Sunday in Manhattan after fracturing his skull in a fall. He was 98.

Stein wrote more than a dozen Broadway musicals, but is best known for "Fiddler," which won nine Tony Awards in 1965, including Stein's "Best Author of a Musical."

He began his career in writing after meeting comedian and actor Zero Mostel, who played Tevya in the original Broadway production of "Fiddler," and writing him some material, according to The New York Times.

Stein also wrote "Enter Laughing," a comedy based on an autobiographical book by Carl Reiner about a Jewish boy who wants to become an actor, as well as "Zorba" and "Rags." He wrote screenplays for three shows including "Fiddler," and also wrote a handful of television projects.

Stein earned a degree in social work from Columbia University in 1937 and worked for a decade as a psychiatric social worker.

While most think first of Fiddler's score, by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, it was story and dialogue like this introduction of Perchik to Tevye and the Anatevka villagers which gave Fiddler's characters their flavor.

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Rabbi Meir Kahane's spiritual teachings - the authentic, "Jewish Idea" explored in Los Angeles at at 20-year yahrtzeit of his martyring

Jews in Los Angeles gathered to commemorate the 20th Yarhtzeit of the assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane (zecher tzadik v'kadosh l'brachah). In these 2 videos, Rabbi Moshe Parry delivers a treatise on Rav Kahane's Magnum Opus, "The Jewish Idea," which interprets Jewish liturgy into a philosophy for living.

Rabbi Aaron Parry, scholar and teacher, teaches about the Rabbi Meir Kahane we never knew - a Tzadik, an historic teacher and leader of the Jewish nation.

Jerry Bloom tells how Rav Kahane changed his life:

Heshy Rosenwasser's first-hand experience learned that Rav. Kahane led by example:

The young generation was represented by Moti Cohen, who tells of how Kahane's ideas are still growing throughout Israel:

25th Israel Film Festival opens in Los Angeles with surprises from Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Ryan Kavanaugh

25th Annual Israel Film Festival opened at a gala dinner at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, 20 October. Founder Meir Fenigstein honored several Hollywood luminaries with relation to Israel and Israeli film. Actor, Topher Grace (star of "That 70's Show" and "Spiderman 3") presented the annual IFF Outstanding Achievement in Film Award to Relativity Media's CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Kavanaugh reveals his surprise Jewish identity and Zionist pride. He calls for greater media and public appreciation for Israel politically, the accomplishments of its society, and encourages support for Israel's media and film industry.

Also honored were actor Richard Dreyfuss (introduced by UCLA Hillel's Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller), "Avatar" producer, Jon Landau (introduced by Fox Film CEO, James Gianopulos), and Nu Image / Millenium Films' Israeli-American CEO Avi Lerner ("The Expendables") who was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Lerner was introduced by actor, Sylvester Stallone. Actor Dolph Lundgren also appeared in support of Mr. Lerner.

Israeli Consul General Jacob Dayan called upon the Hollywood film community to break the drought since "Exodus" and convey more of Israel's history through movies.

Celebrating its 25th year, the Israel Film Festival’s mission is to showcase the finest new Israeli films. The film festival encompasses over 30 titles and runs through November 4 in Los Angeles. The schedule can be found at Israel Film Festival.com

Calif Gov candidate Meg Whitman confers with "Start-Up Nation" co-author Dan Senor; She pledges to Iranian-Jewish "30 Years After" confab she'll speak-up for Israel's rights to exist and self-defense

California's Republican gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, shares her familiarity with Israel from managing eBay's business. "Start-Up Nation" co-author, Dan Senor, interviews Ms. Whitman at "30 Years Later," Iranian-Jewish-American civic-affairs conference, on 10/10/10. Ms. Whitman professes her commitment to Israel's right to exist and Israel's right to defend herself- and she would use her position as Governor of California to promote those positions.

Kadima Knesset Member Yoel Hasson speaks to Iranian-Jewish group 30 Years Later in L.A.

Kadima Party Member of Knesset Yoel Hasson speaks in Los Angeles, courtesy of Iranian-Jewish civic association, 30 Years Later.

Complete length 1 hr. 34 minutes, but you may view it in whatever length of time you wish.

Pro-freedom congressional candidate, Bob Kunst (I-FL20) campaigns for Jewish voters seeking to clean-up Obama's Islamism-appeasing administration, starting with South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL 20) on Nov 2nd

Florida Congressional candidate, Bob Kunst (I), discusses how voters can help him to reverse the global instability and economic slide created through the Obama Administration's weak, Jihadism-appeasing foreign and domestic policies.

Mr. Kunst, who is Jewish, expresses his opposition to Jewish social and poltical organizations contradicting Judeo-Christian precepts about guardianship of the Land of Israel to appease the Obama Administration, which empowers Islamist imperialists, like Wahabism from Saudi Arabia, or Iran, in their quest to assert Muslim influence over Israel and America. This trend is avoidable, Mr. Kunst says, by patriots supporting and voting for Mr. Kunst to unseat the Obama Adminstration's anti-Zionism facilitator from south Florida's 20th District, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, on Tuesday, November 2nd.
Are you eligible to vote in Florida's patchworked 20th District?

Black activists allege dirty-pool in minorities' racism-mongering against critics of Obama or support for Calif State Sen candidate, orthodox Rabbi Nahum Shifren over black, liberal incumbent

Veteran U.S. Army Officer James Spence discusses why he feels that minority voters should elect Orthodox urban-activist Rabbi Nahum Shifren to better serve voters in L.A.'s 26th Senate District over Rabbi Shifren's black, liberal opponent, Curren Price. Mr. Spence calls to overcome the pigmentation politics mentality which keeps minorities from electing better public-servant candidates.

Lesley Jordan, an African-American conservative, argues to elicit support for Calif. State Senate Republican Candidate from L.A., Nahum Shifren- a white urban-activist running in a large minority district (26th) against an incumbent black liberal. Black-conservative Les Jordan exposes blacks' playing of racial politics against whites to derail criticism of Obama's Administration - despite what he feels is Obama's betrayal of blacks and whites to benefit alien Hispanics.

Les Jordan, America's Black Shield activist and blog-moderator, absolves non-black critics of Pres. Obama (and the Congressional Black Caucus) from fear of guilt of racism in this fascinating, in-depth discussion. Mr. Jordan reveals unethical black-racism against whites and blacks dissatisfied with Obama as president. He exposes the Nation of Islam as a mafia and asks uncomfortable questions about their ties with Obama.