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A classical music event in Israel is expected to break the country's taboo on performing the music of Richard Wagner, the 19th century German composer and a well-known anti-Semite. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week that the event,...
A planned performance of the music of Richard Wagner in Israel has been abruptly canceled following an apparent disagreement between the presenter and Tel Aviv University, which was supposed to host the event. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports the...
Special to Tribune NewspapersSimon Sebag Montefiore's epic survey of Jerusalem's sanguinary history does not inspire confidence in the civilizing qualities of religion. The pile of corpses accumulated over millenniums from the persecutions both perpetrated and endured by all three of...
World NowIn Austria last week, protesters condemned a fancy ball that has been linked to extremists and neo-Nazis. The ball happens annually, but it caused extra uproar last week because it dovetailed with worldwide commemorations of the Holocaust....
In November 1947, shortly after the United Nations voted for partition of the Holy Land into separate Arab and Jewish states, Chaim Weizmann was cited by the New York Times as saying that "the most important work now was to build Palestine." What? To...
Book review: 'Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World,' by James CarrollSpecial to the Los Angeles TimesJerusalem, Jerusalem How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World James Carroll Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 418 pp., $28 James Carroll's latest book is very ambitious. Invoking history, anthropology, social psychology, geography and theology, the...
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Among the copious anecdotes that Leon Botstein likes to relate about Richard Wagner and his ugly anti-Jewish views is an ironic one involving Zionist Movement founder Theodor Herzl. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Wagner and the Ring Festival: An...
L.A. NOWBeverly Hills on Sunday will formally rename a street in honor of Theodor Herzl, considered a founder of Zionism. The 300 block of North Clark Drive, in front of the Temple Emanuel, will now be known as Herzl Way. The......
By now you've probably gathered that Richard Wagner was opera's great maker of epics, with the singular ability to rouse emotions, amass followers and incite enmity. He was mythmaker, and he was mythologized. His operas are massive pageants of humanity,...
Amos Elon, whose critical explorations of Jewish history and the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict made him one of the most distinguished and provocative Israeli authors of his time, died Monday in Italy, his home for the last five years. He was...
Culture MonsterWhat could Richard Wagner, Karl Marx and British novelist George Eliot possibly have had in common relating to issues of what Marx referred to as "the Jewish question"? An attentive reader asked for some elaboration on that point after reading......
I expected to be transformed by my first visit to Israel, and especially Jerusalem, the cradle of three faiths, a traveler's Holy Grail. But when I returned to Rome for Christmas, I was surprised to realize that what I remember most is not ancient,...
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