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  • Rice dissects American policies

    By Tom Tugend

    March 6, 2013 | 5:29 am

    For people with a palate for intellectual, social and physical nourishment, the annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA is a not-to-be-missed event.

    The lecture is one of the global events sponsored by the Daniel Pearl Foundation, established by Judea and Ruth Pearl after...

  • New planets, a God for the cosmos and exotheology

    By Roger Price

    February 19, 2013 | 3:21 pm

       We are blessed to live in an age of great discoveries. Prior to 1992, astronomers had not been able to identify with certainty any planet in orbit around a star outside of our solar system. But these planets, known as extra solar planets or exoplanets, have now been found. In...

  • Madeleine Albright reveals secret past in ‘Prague Winter’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 1, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Madeleine Albright and Christopher Hitchens are two famous figures who discovered their Jewish ancestry only in adulthood. The discovery did nothing to temper Hitchens’ harsh view of religion in general or the State of Israel in particular. For Albright, by contrast, the belated...

  • Letters to the Editor: GOP candidates, Christopher Hitchens, religion

    January 4, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    Israel Needs Evangelical Support

    Bill Boyarsky engages in character assassination when he implies that the real reason so many Evangelical Christians support Israel is out of a sick desire to see the Jews killed or converted at the end-of-times (“Taking the Pro-Israel Pulse of GOP...

  • Opinion: Hitchens, Havel and Chomsky

    December 26, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    Christopher Hitchens, the acerbic critic, and Vaclav Havel, the Czech leader, had one odd thing in common—besides passing away in the same week.

    They both ran afoul of Noam Chomsky. Contrary to some murmurs in the blogosphere, Hitchens and Havel didn’t meet in 1988 when Hitchens...

  • Christopher Hitchens: A rabbi remembers a friend and fellow debater

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 16, 2011 | 11:02 am

    In his brilliant history of early modern England, “The Ends of Life,” historian Keith Thomas quotes a translator named George Petrie who wrote in 1581, “The only way to win immortality is either to do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading.”  Christopher...

  • Christopher Hitchens, the man who was interested in everything

    By Ryan Torok

    December 16, 2011 | 10:54 am

    I woke up this morning to a text message from my father: “Christopher Hitchens died.”

    The writer and public intellectual died on Dec. 15 at the age of 62 from esophageal cancer. Hitchens was 38-years-old when he found out that he was Jewish. 

    “He had an output to equal what...

  • Christopher Hitchens and the fall of a worthy adversary

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 16, 2011 | 10:28 am

    A journalist friend of mine emailed me at 1am Friday morning to tell me that Christopher Hitchens had died. The news brought with it a deep sadness and I instantly recited the Jewish prayer upon hearing of the passing of a friend, “Blessed is the true Judge.” That instinctive...

  • Christopher Hitchens, contrarian who embraced and battled Judaism, dead at 62

    December 16, 2011 | 7:44 am

    Christopher Hitchens, the atheist and iconoclast who discovered in adulthood that he was of Jewish descent, has died.

    Vanity Fair, where much of Hitchens’ work appeared, announced his passing late Thursday night on Twitter. He was 62 and suffering from esophageal cancer.


  • June 26–July 2, 2010

    By Ryan Torok

    June 22, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    THU | JUNE 24

    “Power, Perception and Prejudice: A Conversation With Jane Elliot” features a lecture by the teacher, activist and creator of the “blue eyes-brown eyes” training exercise, which promoted ideals of tolerance and social equality during the civil rights...

  • Satire, Hitchens, Rotbart and fear

    November 26, 2008 | 5:38 pm

    Moderate Proposal

    I am disgusted at Rob Eshman's opinion piece exposing author Christopher Hitchen's drinking to the public ("A Moderate Proposal" Nov. 21). It's not only disrespectful but irrelevant to the story and serves only to show Eshman's lack of decency and tact -- an...
  • A Moderate Proposal

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2008 | 2:13 am

    On Wednesday evening, Nov. 12, I was the moderator of a debate between author Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi David Wolpe at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. As some 1,500 people filed into the grand space, the rabbi, Hitchens and I sat in a small, plain green room backstage,...
  • Answering Hitchens on moral superiority

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 10, 2008 | 2:41 pm

    By now, everyone knows the name Christopher Hitchens. That’s an impressive feat for a print journalist not named Woodward or Bernstein or at least Hersh. But Hitchens notoriety—and to the God-fearing it is notoriety—stems from his membership in the corps of New Atheists. One of...

  • Roman Holiday

    By Rob Eshman

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On vacation in Rome, we lucked into an apartment with a terrace overlooking Campo de'Fiori. During the morning hours, the square is a bustling open-air market, and we would walk down and lose ourselves among the piles of cherries, white peaches and arugula.

    By midday the vendors...