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  • The making of a real spy

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 14, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Our idea of what spies actually do is deeply tainted by a century or so of novels and movies, some better than others but all of them fictional. “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames” by Kai Bird (Crown, $26), by contrast, is the real thing.  And yet, for all of its...

  • About

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 1, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    The blog Rosner's Domain is written by Shmuel Rosner, the senior political editor for The Jewish Journal.

    Rosner is a columnist and editor based in Tel Aviv. He is a contributing opinion columnist for The International New York Times. He is a fellow at the Jewish People Policy...

  • Gandhi loved Jewish architect, biography says

    March 28, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi left his wife for a German-Jewish architect and weight lifter, a new biography says.

    The new book, “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India,” by former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, reports that Gandhi was in love with...

  • Stormin’ da castle: Tony Curtis in Hollywood

    December 30, 2008 | 10:55 pm

    In "Cultural Amnesia," Clive James' eccentric encyclopedia of modern culture, the Australian critic devotes some of his most enthusiastic pages to Tony Curtis.

    One might not think that Curtis, whose fame rests more on his beauty and outsized personality than on the quality of his...

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  • Rahm Emanuel is a fighting policy wonk with a Jewish soul [VIDEO]

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 13, 2008 | 1:03 am

    Political insight, killer in a fight, Yiddishkayt -- it's an inseparable package when it comes to Rahm Emanuel, say those who know President-elect Barack Obama's pick to be the next White House chief of staff.

    Since his days as a fundraiser and then a "political adviser" -- read:...

  • Bob Saget: Clean-cut and filthy (uncensored version) [VIDEOS]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Bob Saget was pondering his status as comedy's reigning filth monger at a Santa Monica cafe recently.

    "You play a guy who's clean-cut and never curses for eight years, like I did on 'Full House,' and people think that's who you are," said Saget, who will be roasted on Comedy Central...

  • I’ve never had real heroes

    By Gina Nahai

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If you grew up as I did, on more than one continent and surrounded by people of different faiths, you know what I mean when I say I've never had real heroes: For every truth in one place, I've encountered doubt in another; for every icon in one culture, I've met iconoclasts in...
  • Books: Nusseibeh ‘Once Upon a Country’ memoir ends in disillusionment

    By Howard Kaplan

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life" by Sari Nusseibeh with Anthony David (Farrar Straus and Giroux, $27.50).

    Sari Nusseibeh's political memoir is a monumental achievement both in breadth and boldness. There is little like it on the Palestinian side, certainly nothing from...

  • Books: Too fond of Jews

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I cannot conceive why this martyred race, scattered about the world, and suffering as no other race has done at this juncture, should be denied the satisfaction of having a flag."
    -- Winston Churchill, July 26, 1944

    By the age of 26, Winston Churchill had fought in several wars,...
  • Leonard Cohen Film Toasts Songwriter

    By Steven Rosen

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "He's the man who comes down from the mountaintop with tablets of stone," says U2's guitarist, The Edge, in "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary on Cohen, one of the greatest living songwriters, that is screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

    Comments on Cohen's many...

  • A Hard Rain

    By Frances Dinkelspiel

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the winter of 1861-1862, the skies in California let loose, unleashing torrents of water around the state. In Los Angeles, rain fell for 28 straight days, pushing the Los Angeles River higher and higher until a waist-high wall of water jumped its banks, ripping away everything...

  • Finding a Kindred Spirit in a Patriarch

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Discovery of God: Abraham and The Birth of Monotheism" by David Klinghoffer (Doubleday, $26).

    David Klinghoffer's biography of the patriarch Abraham rides on a new wave of interest in the Bible, and a growing sense of the Abrahamic heritage that Christians, Jews and Muslims...

  • Silence Speaks Volumes

    By Tom Tugend

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the Web page of Marcel Marceau, whose appellation as "the world's greatest mime" is so universal that it seems part of his name, his biography begins in 1946, when he enrolled in a theater arts school in Paris.

    Marceau was then 23, and what happened during those past formative...

  • Preaching Tolerance

    By Ronald J. Nessim

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Can religious leaders be devout but not fanatic? Can fervent belief and tolerance coexist? Such questions are hardly academic these days: the results of religious fanaticism now consume headlines, and lives. One set of reassuring answers can be found in the life of Rabbi Benzion...

  • The Pope and the Jews

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    According to Rabbi Harold Schulweis, the present pope, John Paul II, has reached out to the Jews of the world in ways that far exceed any acts of his predecessors. He has begun a re-examination of the church's treatment of Jews, long overdue, but hitherto unacknowledged. Moreover, he...
  • Beyond ‘Schindler’sList’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "He was a satyr, a black marketeer, a drunk and a savior."

    The pithy description by author Thomas Keneallyrefers, of course, to Oskar Schindler, the flawed but ultimatelyheroic German businessman who saved his 1,200 Jewish employees duringthe Holocaust.

    The man and the myth will be...

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