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  • ‘Rosewater’ reveals journalist’s ordeal in an Iranian prison

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 week ago

    Iranian-born journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari’s life was compelling long before he became the plotline for the movie “Rosewater.” 

    Bahari had traveled to nearly 70 countries to report on the issues of the day, some of them conflict zones, and nearly lost his life once, when... read on

  • Renee Zellweger’s tragic beauty lesson

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 28, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    The first time I met her, I could not avert my eyes.

    Renee Zellweger was leaning on a table in the middle of a grand, mahogany library, holding court as if she were the guest of honor at this agency Oscar party, at which there were many honored guests.

    She must have been 42.... read on

  • When Bill and Hillary Clinton turn to Judaism…

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 13, 2014 | 6:26 pm

    What do you do when you are president of the most powerful nation on earth and you get caught red-handed having an affair? 

    You turn to the Talmud, of course.

    At least that's what former President Bill Clinton did, according to recently released documents from the Clinton... read on

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  • Sharing the sukkah with God in a season of love

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 7, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Sukkot is my holiday.

    It’s been obvious since my girlhood, even before I saw “Titanic” a dozen times, that love stories ignite me and are my preferred mode of engagement with the world. I’m partial to eros, of course, but any love will do: filial, platonic, philosophical,... read on

  • How Jewish ritual helped me find my way through loss

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 2, 2014 | 11:06 am

    I had to press my lips closed, the day after it ended.

    The ritual was no longer mine. My duty was complete. But the words, with their cadences and rhythms, their alliterative twists — yitgadal v’yitgadash — had become my anthem. For 11 months, I had owned these words, claimed... read on

  • Edge of Tomorrow: At 91, Grandma reflects on the state of the world and her soul for Rosh Hashanah

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 23, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    "It’s been such a lousy year,” my grandmother said when I asked her what she thought I should write for my Rosh Hashanah column.

    It was a cloudy Sunday night in Miami and we had just finished watching the Tom Cruise movie “Edge of Tomorrow,” in which Cruise is forced to repeat... read on

  • The martyrdom of Steven Sotloff

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 17, 2014 | 10:50 am

    “It is OK to be angry,” a reader scolded in an email I received over the weekend. 

    “When I saw you waxing nostalgic for your friend who was murdered (not killed) by Islamic trash, I wish that you (and others) would show some anger and look into the camera, point a finger, and... read on

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