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  • “The Golem of Hollywood”: A grisly L.A. mystery

    October 1, 2014 | 11:02 am

    They have a way of scaring you, of chasing sleep away, these psychological thrillers that send your heart thumping. Imagine, then, what you are in for when two masters of the genre decide to collaborate. The result is “The Golem of Hollywood,” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) by bestselling...

  • Einstein, Kaplan and Heschel walk into a bar

    By Roger Price

    November 1, 2012 | 9:01 am

    It was in 1953, or so. The exact date is lost to memory.  The pub was somewhere just north of Columbia University. Albert Einstein, perhaps the greatest physicist of the century, picked the place in part because he was visiting an old friend at Columbia, as he was traveling from...

  • ‘Columbo’ creator solves his own family mystery

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 22, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    “Now, Tom, do I look Jewish?”

    William Link, 77, was asking the question. Link is one of, if not the most successful producer and writer in television history, having put, with his late partner Richard Levinson, 16 series on the air, including creating “Columbo,” “Murder, She...

  • Chabon novel spins dizzying tale of alternative history, and Alaska

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In 1913, Dr. Emanuel Lasker wrote a 500-page book advancing his idea of a macheide. A macheide, meaning "son of battle," is a being whose senses are so sharpened by evolution, by struggle, that he always chooses the best and most efficient method of perpetuating himself.

    On the...
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  • Billboard mystery ends with interfaith twist

    By Adam Wills

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The mysterious billboards went up across the Los Angeles area just after the High Holidays. Each used a variation on the same theme, juxtaposing illustrations: Latkes or fries? Bagels and lox or sushi? Yarmulke or cap?

    They carried no other information, and from the beginning it had...

  • Chabon Crusades for Fun Literature

    By Josh Lambert

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Final Solution: A Story of Detection" by Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins, $16.95).

    Depending on their authors' predilections, so-called "literary" novels are often unsettling, disturbing, enlightening or tragicomic. They are not, in the main, much fun. Fun is left...

  • Local Team Solves Ancient Mystery

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1979 two tiny pieces of cracked and deteriorated silver found in a tomb outside of the Old City of Jerusalem proved to be one of the most important archeological discoveries of the century.

    The silver strips had Hebrew writing on them -- albeit a very different-looking Hebrew to...

  • Yeshiva Spy Kid Videos Find a Niche

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Eight-year-old Sruli Slodowitz from Pico-Robertson likes dressing up as his favorite hero; no, it is not Batman, Superman or even Harry Potter -- but Agent Emes, "an ordinary kid with an extraordinary mission" who is the 11-year-old protagonist in a new mystery adventure video...

  • Miriam Mystery

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Like all women, Miriam is a complex human being, whom I cannot fully understand. In this week's portion she dies suddenly, leaving me as puzzled as I have always been with her role as a leader.

    I am left with many unanswered questions. Why is she the only woman in the Torah called a...

  • The Diminished Assault on Truth and Memory

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In the wake of the Littleton shooting tragedy, a nation of finger-pointers has rounded up the usual suspects: media violence, guns, video games, the Internet. But for Jonathan Kellerman, this laundry list -- inevitably brought out in the wake of such violence -- omits one major...
  • Unsolved Mysteries

    By Burt Prelutsky

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Although I am occasionally called a know-it-all, it's not modesty alone that prevents my ever making the claim on my own behalf. The truth is that there are any number of things about which I know absolutely nothing. Right off the bat, I can think of several, ranging from soccer to...
  • Mysteries of the Jews

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The big surprise of the holiday season, if you caught it, was Jerry Seinfeld's wedding.

    It turns out the man whose television persona perfectly embodied men's fear of commitment was, in real life, simply waiting for the right Jewish woman. Once he found her, baddaboom, baddabing,...

  • Art Imitating Life for Mystery Writer

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The idea for Rochelle Majer Krich's new mystery, "Blood Money," goes back to the day she discovered some startling photographs in her parents' china closet.

    Krich, then 13, saw her father with an elegantly dressed woman beside a baby carriage holding a baby girl. "'That's Gusta,...

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