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A big Jewish pianist with unremarkable hands

February 28, 2014 | 10:44 am

Jonathan Biss during the recording of his Coursera class in 2013

When Jonathan Biss went to Carnegie Hall for a rehearsal late last month, ahead of his 12th performance there, he discovered that backstage had been renovated. Initially he couldn’t find... read on

  • Ramis was a filmmaker with a questioning soul

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    Despite his Jewish upbringing, Harold Ramis, who died today at the age of 69, was not the most Jewish of comedy filmmakers.

    Ramis, who was born in 1944 in Chicago, has said that he was not a practicing Jew. In a 2009 interview with Vanity Fair, he summed up his views as such:

    ... read on
  • Harold Ramis, dead at 69

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The Chicago Tribue has reported that Harold Ramis died at 12:53 a.m. on Thursday.

    The cause of death was "complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels," the Tribune said. 

    He was 69-years-old.

    Ramis' wife, Erica Mann Ramis, provided the cause and time of the comedy filmmaker's death, the newspaper reports.

  • Survivor, 110, dies as film on her life vies for Oscar

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2014 | 1:05 am

    Alice Herz-Sommer, at 110 the oldest known Holocaust survivor, died Sunday (2/23) in London, after starring in a documentary on her life up for a possible Oscar win on March 2.

    Her death in a London hospital after a brief illness was confirmed by her grandson, Ariel Sommer, who... read on

  • L.A. Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander splits $1 million prize

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    UPDATE [Feb. 21, 11 a.m.]: The Dan David Prize will be presented to Friedlander during a ceremony at Tel Aviv University on May 18.

    UCLA Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander has been named one of the winners of the 2014 Dan David Prize. He splits a $1 million award with Polish... read on

  • Tom Friedman: B.D.S. ignores Israel’s “complexities”

    By Ryan Torok

    February 19, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    New York Times columnist Tom Friedman's latest op-ed spotlights the efforts of Hossam Haick. The Israeli-Arab professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology will be leading a MOOC (massive open online course) on nanotechnology. Because the course will be available in... read on

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman was honest and unmerciful

    By Ryan Torok

    February 2, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on Feb. 2. He was 46.

    When the news of his sudden, tragic death broke, I was speechless.

    Hoffman was more than a film actor. He was also a theater actor and director. He was a father. He leaves behind three children.

    But, if I may, I’d... read on