I was in New York for most of last week with my family. We had a great time visiting friends, catching up on the art scene, sampling new restaurants and celebrating Pesach at Sammy’s on the lower east side, to which all I can say is one of the Real Housewives of New York sat at...
Climate change will be the number one issue in the 2034 midterm elections
My 1930s education at the movies
David Brooks’ Son Is In the Israeli Army: Does It Matter?
Noteworthy books for the new year
An eye for synagogue photography: Louis Davidson
Climate change is a Jewish issue
Hollywood Costumes from the Golden Age to the present
Jews and the birth of Film Noir
April 12, 2012 | 7:00 pm
February 19, 2012 | 7:48 am
This occasional feature is just a way for me to respond to what other people write about my work.
1. Sara Wildman interviewed me in an article about the leftie webzine +972. My quote is accurate, the article is predictably sympathetic to the webzine (The Nation and +972 are both to...
December 5, 2011 | 12:14 pm
July 5, 2011 | 10:30 am
Many reviews already have appeared of “The Undefeated,” the soon-to-be-released documentary about Sarah Palin’s tenure in Alaska.Yet none of them—even in The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post or The Washington Post—mentions that nearly all of the film’s many pro-Palin media...
June 3, 2011 | 10:29 am
Conservative pro-Israel groups launched TV ads and robo-calls attacking President Obama’s call for negotiations based on 1967 lines.
The Emergency Committee for Israel on Wednesday posted on its website a TV ad that reportedly will appear on cable news networks in the Washington and...
July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm
The fast-emerging religious left contrasts sharply on many issues -- from homosexual marriage to socialized medicine -- with its longer-established competitor, the religious right. Yet these two Bible-citing political movements equally have woken up to the realization that there is...
December 3, 2004 | 7:00 pm
As the furor over the election dies down, with unseemly whining from sore losers and unseemly gloating from sore winners, certain stereotypes of Bush voters continue to command currency among disgruntled liberals. One of them is that Bush supporters, and conservatives in general,...
November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm
The intersection of religion and politics became a talk show hit after Nov. 2, when the religious right played a huge, and perhaps pivotal, role in the re-election of President Bush.
Jews are not of one mind about the new focus on faith in politics, but many in the large...
January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Jewish leaders are talking -- but also wary of talking too much -- about filmmaker Mel Gibson's controversial religious film, "The Passion of the Christ," opening Feb. 25.
"My fear would be an overreaction on the part of the Jewish community. It raises, to high prominence, Gibson and...
April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm
When Sandra Caplan, a Jew-by-choice, was dying, her husband promised her that he would work toward a unified conversion process for the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements.
George Caplan, a veteran community leader, kept his word and the Sandra Caplan Community Bet...
March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Students of political irony are having a banner year. A Republican president who campaigned against "nation building" is on the brink of a war intended to rebuild not just a nation -- Iraq -- but an entire region. And conservatives, long the archenemies of deficit spending, are...
October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Dennis Prager uses half of what I said to the L.A. Times and gives the impression that I am one of those awful leftists who are "either morally confused, immoral or lack courage." Here is the complete quote, which shows that I was describing a dilemma, not my political position:...