Peter Hellman

From Gaza Battles to the New York Marathon

Aharon Karov barely survived being wounded in Gaza. This weekend, the inspirational Israeli soldier finished the New York Marathon.

Renewed Life: After a near fatal injury during Operation Cast Lead, Aharon Karov was encouraged to take up running. This weekend, he will run the New York City Marathon.

Inspirational Israeli Soldier Aharon Karov Runs in New York City Marathon

After Aharon Karov was severely wounded in Gaza, no one thought he would make it. Now, the inspirational Israeli soldier is running the New York City Marathon.

Secrets of the Cellar

The French winemaking region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in Provence has a hidden history of anti-Semitism, as we learn in a new history of the Vichy regime.

Niche Product: Philip Jones isn?t Jewish but found his niche in kosher wines.

Finding A Kosher Wine Niche

Philip Jones had an idea to make his Washington state vineyard stand out from the pack. He’d make kosher wines, even though he is not Jewish.

Thesis to Conclusion in 23 Years

A densely written 600-page doctoral dissertation became the unlikely germ for David Cronenberg’s $20 million blockbuster ‘A Dangerous Method.’

How Much Is a Bottle of Kosher Wine Worth? For One Collector, $3,883

For the past three years, auction prices for mainstream wines, especially those from famed Bordeaux chateaus, have been on a roll. Energized by deep-pocketed Asian collectors, the prices of top wines, led by Chateau Lafite Rothschild, have well outpaced the U.S. stock market. One evening in late September, it was the turn of kosher wines, still very much a niche category, to try to get in on the action.

The Name of Pétain, Hero and Villain, Is Cleansed From the Streets of France

Renaming a street in a tiny French village should have been of no consequence to anyone other than its inhabitants. But when the municipal council of Tremblois-lès-Carignan (population 115) in the Ardennes region voted to change the name of Rue Pétain to Rue de Belle-Croix, it marked the end of an era. Theirs was the last street in France named for the white-mustachioed Marshal Philippe Pétain, hero of Verdun in the Great War.

Hang Six (Points): David Levy smoothes a surfboard that he custom-makes in his shop in Narragansett, R.I. He inscribes a Star of David on the underside of the board.

Surfing With the Star — Levy Puts His Mark on His Custom Boards

To the joy of East Coast surfers, the swell was up in September from Bill, the first hurricane of the season. As the big waves rolled in at rock-bound Point Judith, R.I., dozens of the faithful bobbed among them, vying for the thrill of the ride. Their surfboards were decorated with a wide range of motifs: flowers, lightning bolts, Goth skeletons, butterflies, palm trees, stylized waves and pure abstractions worthy of Ellsworth Kelly. You might have even spotted a “born again” surfer riding a surfboard emblazoned with Christian imagery.

The Borrowers Aloft: The Strange Case of Rembrandt, Picasso, Schama, and Cohen

In Paris, art gazers have been lining up in droves for “Picasso and the Masters,” this season’s blockbuster show at the Grand Palais. There’s also “Picasso and Manet” at the Orsay and “Picasso and Delacroix” at the Louvre. Never before has the mighty Spaniard’s communing with — and cribbing from — great artists of the past been so massively documented.