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From the January 2012 issue

In a bizarre reversal of the Biblical tale of Balaam—the Gentile prophet who found himself singing the praises of the Hebrews rather than cursing them...

The Obama administration began the month of December with two startling statements in relation to Israel. First, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta claimed the increasing...

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World By Daniel YerginPenguin Press,816 pages Imagine, for a moment, you were reading the most brilliant...

We live in a Roman world. The Western Roman Empire disappeared 1,500 years ago, and the last remnant of the Eastern Empire winked out 40...

Now that most American Jews have settled comfortably into a secular way of life without much fear of religious intolerance (except from other Jews), it’s...

Ezra Klein, an online columnist for the Washington Post, has been a sympathetic chronicler of President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat the Great Recession and...

Movies are built on the suspension of disbelief, and you’ll need it to buy the argument Steven Ross is selling in Hollywood Left and Right:...

Eisenhower in War and PeaceBy Jean Edward SmithRandom House,976 pages After Dwight David Eisenhower’s death on March 28, 1969, his grandson David asked his widow, Mamie,...

Margaret Sanger:A Life of Passion By Jean H. Baker Hill & Wang, 368 pages Recently, Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer asked Republican presidential candidate Herman...

On the eve of Yom Kippur, Jews across New York City hurriedly finished their pre-fast meals before dashing to synagogue for Kol Nidre services. But...

Our Readers Weigh In: Are You Optimistic or Pessimistic About America’s Future To the Editor: I read with great interest the range of learning, citations, and polished...

After several decades as an incurable listener to NPR, overcome with admiration and self-loathing by turns, I’ve developed some pretty strong opinions about its on-air...

The Palestinian Authority’s drive for full United Nations membership that Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned would be a diplomatic “tsunami” turned out to be...

More than 16 million people tuned in to the Country Music Association’s 2011 awards show on ABC in November—the fourth most watched program of the...

By his younger son Lenny’s rough count, Samuel Greenspan’s funeral service, at Piser Funeral Home off Skokie Boulevard, is attended by no fewer than 400...

The U.S. armed forces have spent the past decade fighting two of the largest counterinsurgency campaigns in their history. In Iraq, they have dramatically reduced...

The event that took place in Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978, is a nightmare blot on the fading annals of the 1970s. The largest...

At the base of Mt. Everest, Sherpas are struck to see a small, elderly woman emerge from the snows. “Hello, I’m Mrs. Goldbaum,” she says....

Revolutionaries are unreliable recorders of their own legacies. Hindsight usually renders them excessively bitter or boastful, or both. The children whom the revolution hasn’t already...
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January 2012