| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:30 AM
My end of the year report on Tommy:
Fr. Tom Hartman, my pal and former partner in all the God Squad stuff, including this column, is still suffering with Parkinson's disease. He lives in a nursing home, where the people love him and care for him. Both...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Here, as every year, I send along to you, dear readers, a summary of my sermons for the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. If you attend my synagogue, you can read this and then sleep through my sermons knowing you really didn't miss...
| Sep 16, 2013
Rabbi Michael Sternfield had just started pushing buttons at an Indiana casino on a June day in 2011 when he watched the icons flash across the screen: ace, king, queen, jack and 10, all of the same suit.
Bells rang, lights flashed and casino staff...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:46 AM
For Robert Indiana, the former sign painter most widely known for the enduring piece of Vietnam War-era pop art “LOVE” and the Obama-campaign visual “HOPE,” the operative word is “NOW.”
Indiana, who will celebrate his...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 5:13 AM
JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the iron-willed army general who fought in nearly all of his nation's major wars and spearheaded Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories, then years later presided over Israel's withdrawal...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 9:41 PM
When Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. heard that the pope had honored Kurt Waldheim, the Austrian president he had exposed as an ex-Nazi complicit in war crimes, he fired off a note to the Vatican.
Pope John Paul II making Waldheim a papal knight was "like...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 7:53 PM
I have an unfamiliar refrigerator in my familiar kitchen. It's sleek, shiny and smudge-proof.
So why am I missing my old one, a clunky, black, last-century model, its drawers and shelves held together with duct tape and Super Glue?
The ice maker hadn'...
| Oct 29, 2013
Forty years ago this month, on a cold desert night, 700 Israeli paratroopers crossed the Suez Canal in rubber dinghies in a secret operation that was about to bring Israel its greatest military victory. It was the height of the Yom Kippur War, and the...
| Nov 21, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been labeled a warmonger, a wolf-crier and an opponent of peace at any price because of his policies on Iran.
Here's what Netanyahu's critics say: His warnings of a bad deal are designed to undermine...
| Oct 10, 2013
Maale Gamla, Israel — Was the Yom Kippur War, which began 40 years ago this month, inevitable? Documents newly released from the Israeli state archives and their integration with American archival material suggest that it wasn't. The records show...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 6:00 PM
The documentary "The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers," adapted by producer-director Richard Trank from the book by Yehuda Avner, examines the geopolitical state of Israel under the leadership of two of its earlier prime ministers, Levi Eshkol (1963-1969)...