| Feb 23, 2014
| 8:16 PM
When Alice Herz-Sommer played the piano at Theresienstadt her audience was enthralled.
As she approached the end of Chopin's difficult Revolutionary Etude, the piece's mounting musical turbulence exploded.
"Alice's hands slid furiously over the keys,...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: Our church has started a big building campaign, but I'm not sure I'm in favor of it. After all, the early Christians didn't have fancy buildings. They just met in their houses, from what I've heard. Am I wrong to feel this way?-- R.N.
A: The first...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 2:41 PM
RAMALLAH, West Bank – With the 8-month-old Palestinian-Israeli negotiations entering a state of deadlock, Palestinians spoke Monday about a "paradigm shift" in the U.S.-sponsored peace process.
The talks, which were supposed to produce a peace...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 3:09 PM
John Kerry is waiting for Benjamin Netanyahu to nail himself to a very large cross.
Unfortunately, you're going to have to keep reading to find out what I mean by this.
First, here are four assumptions about the Middle East peace process:
1. It's dead....
| Apr 4, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Meyer Lansky is one of the gravitational centers of Zachary Lazar's new novel, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" (Little, Brown and Company: 256 pp., $25). Not so much the dapper, "Boardwalk Empire"-era gangster as Lansky in 1972 in Israel, seeking to retire...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 12:54 PM
RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Israeli military on Friday evicted Palestinian activists from a camp they set up a week ago in the Jordan River valley in an attempt to challenge any Israeli plan to maintain a presence in the area under a future peace...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 9:30 AM
I totally agree with Melani McAlister's point that the "question of how Americans should respond to the deteriorating situation in Israel and Palestine — what our government should do, what we as individuals can or should do — should be openly...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Should Isaac Serotta, rabbi at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism in Highland Park, ever return to Rome, it will be hard to top his first trip there.
Traveling last month with 19 Chicago-area rabbis as part of the Jewish United Fund Rabbinic...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 9:35 AM
Blame Mel Gibson for it if you like, but no Jesus movie these days is worth its salt without an utterly unflinching treatment of his torture and Crucifixion. And "Son of God" has stretches when the agony we watch this poor man endure is avert-your-eyes...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 11:00 AM
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 11:13 AM
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Jordanian judge of Palestinian descent Monday at Allenby Bridge border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, according to statements from the Israeli army and a Palestinian official.