| Dec 11, 2011
Simon Sebag Montefiore's epic survey of Jerusalem's sanguinary history does not inspire confidence in the civilizing qualities of religion. The pile of corpses accumulated over millenniums from the persecutions both perpetrated and endured by all three of...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:38 PM
In Austria last week, protesters condemned a fancy ball that has been linked to extremists and neo-Nazis. The ball happens annually, but it caused extra uproar last week because it dovetailed with worldwide commemorations of the Holocaust....
| Apr 17, 2011
How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 418 pp., $28
James Carroll's latest book is very ambitious. Invoking history, anthropology, social psychology, geography and theology, the...
| May 30, 2012
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A classical music event in Israel is expected to break the country's taboo on performing the music of Richard Wagner, the 19th century German composer and a well-known anti-Semite.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week that the event,...
| Jun 6, 2012
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A planned performance of the music of Richard Wagner in Israel has been abruptly canceled following an apparent disagreement between the presenter and Tel Aviv University, which was supposed to host the event.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports the...
| Feb 7, 2010
Among the copious anecdotes that Leon Botstein likes to relate about Richard Wagner and his ugly anti-Jewish views is an ironic one involving Zionist Movement founder Theodor Herzl.
FOR THE RECORD:
Wagner and the Ring Festival: An...
| May 16, 2010
By now you've probably gathered that Richard Wagner was opera's great maker of epics, with the singular ability to rouse emotions, amass followers and incite enmity. He was mythmaker, and he was mythologized. His operas are massive pageants of humanity,...
| May 27, 2009
Amos Elon, whose critical explorations of Jewish history and the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict made him one of the most distinguished and provocative Israeli authors of his time, died Monday in Italy, his home for the last five years. He was...
| Apr 27, 2008
By Richard Rayner
Off the southwest coast of Finland are more than 80,000 small islands left by the retreating ice 10,000 years ago. Some of the islands are mere rocks, washed by the cool waters of the Baltic, but many are covered in pine and fir trees...
| Feb 16, 2010
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What could Richard Wagner, Karl Marx and British novelist George Eliot possibly have had in common relating to issues of what Marx referred to as "the Jewish question"? An attentive reader asked for some elaboration on that point after reading......
| May 2, 2010
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Beverly Hills on Sunday will formally rename a street in honor of Theodor Herzl, considered a founder of Zionism. The 300 block of North Clark Drive, in front of the Temple Emanuel, will now be known as Herzl Way. The......
| Dec 21, 2008
I expected to be transformed by my first visit to Israel, and especially Jerusalem, the cradle of three faiths, a traveler's Holy Grail.
But when I returned to Rome for Christmas, I was surprised to realize that what I remember most is not ancient,...