Early Zionists had an arch distrust of traditions and hierarchy. Their emphasis on self-reliance shaped an ethos that remains alive and well. Neil Rogachevsky reviews “Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn” by Daniel Gordis.
From the looks of things, Carole Bayer Sager has led a charmed existence. The veteran songwriter known for pop hits like Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For” and the Oscar-winning “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” lives on a sprawling, lushly landscaped estate high in the hills