| Sep 5, 2013
| 3:10 PM
WASHINGTON – Could the Jewish New Year herald a fresh start in Iran?
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was known for incendiary anti-Semitic comments, questioning whether the Holocaust was “a real event” and once...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
TELLURIDE, Colo. — Many sequences in Steve McQueen's new movie, "12 Years a Slave" — the true story of a free black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold to Southern plantation owners — were emotionally exhausting to film. But the British...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Although exquisitely photographed in black-and-white, this biopic of the little-known 20th-century Polish-Roma poet Bronislawa Wajs, known as "Papusza," unfolds in time-skipping, dramatically underwhelming vignettes. Like dipping at random into an old...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 2:51 PM
A post has been making the rounds recently on social media sites such as Facebook in which a man asks God a series of questions and God answers.
The man starts off by asking, "Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?" He goes on to list several...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 12:24 PM
The publisher Hogarth’s ambitious project to produce novelized retellings of William Shakespeare’s plays has two new authors -- the Man Booker Prize-winning writers Margaret Atwood and Howard Jacobson.
The Canadian writer Atwood, author of...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 5:00 AM
As both a producer and a director, Stanley Kramer was fearless.
As a scrappy young independent producer in the late 1940s, he bought the rights to Arthur Laurents' "Home of the Brave," the hit 1946 Broadway play which exposed anti-Semitism in the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:56 PM
Q. How many Jews in Germany have been killed or have committed suicide in the last seven or eight years? L.H.
A. Since 1933, 20,000 Jews are reported to have committed suicide and 8,000 to have been murdered by the Nazis.
Question & Answer column of The...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 3:11 PM
It is impossible to define Jesse Owens with mere numbers, for it would suggest that a life story so consequential could be told fully in quantifiable terms.
Yet a number is at the genesis of this remembrance, so it would not be wrong to begin with a few...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 10:08 PM
There's a popcorn shop in downtown Chicago that generates long tourist lines, and most locals, like me, don't get it. I don't think the popcorn is better than at any other place that puts a little effort into its popcorn, and if your time in Chicago is...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:45 PM
“The Diary of Anne Frank,” the journal of a Jewish girl who died in the Holocaust during the final days of World War II, has been a worldwide phenomenon since it was first published in 1947.
The book was converted into a 1955 play and an...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 12:26 PM
CAIRO — It could have been a story of reconciliation and redemption, inspired by a long-ago act of courage and kindness. Instead, it turned into an illustration of the stark realities of the modern-day Middle East.
Yad Vashem, Israel’s...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 3:16 PM
The Alan Grayson spin machine had been running full speed.
The storyline — promoted by Grayson's handlers and the media — was that Central Florida's firebrand liberal congressman was no longer a bomb-thrower.
No more calling female...