At least 10 Chinese universities offer Jewish Studies Programs. “The Secret of Talmud” is a bestseller. James Ross, author of “The Image of Jews in Contemporary China,” explains the phenomenon.
Irving Gottesman, a modern pioneer in the study of the genetics of schizophrenia exemplified the saying attributed to Albert Einstein: “Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not.”
Renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76. His films were rarely shown in Iran but had a devoted Israeli following. Benjamin Ivry explains the universal appeal of his cinematic art.
Hungarian Jews assimilated so completely that most overt Jewish qualities vanished. Mary Gluck author of “The Invisible Jewish Budapest” explains how Jews still managed to profoundly impact Hungarian culture.
His role as explainer of the Holocaust to non-Jews can be explained by his historical context.
American physicist, engineer, musical prodigy, entrepreneur, and father of the ICBM missile, Simon Ramo has died at the age of 103. Benjamin Ivry recalls Ramo’s century of remarkable accomplishments.
Michael Herr, author of “Dispatches” and screenwriter of “Full Metal Jacket,” has died at 76. Benjamin Ivry explains how this “middle class Jewish boy” became perhaps the greatest chronicler of the American experience in Vietnam
Viktor Korchnoi, the Jewish grandmaster who faced off against champion Anatoly Karpov, a hypnotist and other Soviet intimidation tactics has died at 85. Benjamin Ivry recounts his intriguing and somewhat bizarre story.
Legions of Barbra Streisand fans have welcomed the news that she plans to star in a film version of the musical ‘Gypsy.’ But Benjamin Ivry thinks it’s the wrong role for her — and maybe she should bow out.
Boxer and civil rights icon Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74. Benjamin Ivry chronicles Ali’s complex and evolving relationship with Judaism, up to and including his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah.