Alex Suskind


30 Years Later, Jews Celebrate John Lennon on Hanukkah

By Alex Suskind

30 Years Later, Jews Celebrate John Lennon on Hanukkah
“You came to me one summer night and from your beam you made my dream,” sang the Beatles on their 1964 cover of “Mr. Moonlight.” Yes, the entire song was penned as a love letter. But that doesn’t mean those particular words can’t be applied during Hanukkah, when we celebrate and remember the miracle that occurred at the Holy Temple thousands of years ago.Read More


The Hebrew Runner

By Alex Suskind

The Hebrew Runner
Saturday, June 14, 1924: Abel Kiviat twists his ankle on a barrier during the Olympic trials in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Harvard Stadium, falling flat on his face. Then and there, the future International Jewish Sports and National Track & Field Hall of Famer decides to quit, even before the meet ends.Read More


Israeli Film Wins Top Prize in Venice

By Alex Suskind

Israeli Film Wins Top Prize in Venice
In the 60 years since the Venice Film Festival first bestowed its Golden Lion award, no Israeli film has ever won — until now. On Sept. 12, filmmaker Samuel Maoz received the top prize for his film, “Lebanon,” which focuses on the 1982 Lebanon war.Read More


For the Benefit of Mr. Epstein

By Alex Suskind

For the Benefit of Mr. Epstein
No disrespect to Beatles’ producer George Martin, but Paul McCartney made one thing clear in a 1997 BBC interview. “If anyone was the fifth Beatle,” McCartney said, “it was Brian [Epstein].”Read More


I Vant To Pump You Up

By Alex Suskind

I Vant To Pump You Up
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former weightlifter, once said this about body fat and exercise: “It’s simple. If it jiggles, it’s fat.”Read More






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