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  • The Axelrods' Battle With Epilepsy

    Epilepsy entered our lives more than 25 years ago, and unless things change, I fear that outcomes for families in the future won't be any better than they were for us.
  • "Spinal Tap" and Its Influence

    'Spinal Tap' made mockumentaries the art form of our time. It also made life hell for every struggling hair-metal band—just ask Anvil.
  • Epilepsy in America: What Must Be Done

    It was supposed to be an ordinary Saturday. on Feb. 16, 2008—a cool but not cold late winter's day—my wife and I had plans for a late breakfast with a colleague of mine in New York when the call came. The bright, beautiful 4-year-old son of our closest friends had died in his sleep, the victim of an epileptic seizure. Henry Foster Lapham—he is the wonderful child pictured here—had been diagnosed with epilepsy shortly before the attack that killed him; in the vernacular of the world of epilepsy, Henry suffered what is called Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy.There are no words to capture the horror of what happened to Henry. At a service in his memory in the Little Chapel on the grounds of St. Albans School in the shadow of Washington National Cathedral—the pain in the small sanctuary was palpable; I can feel it even now, more than a year later—his parents, Gardiner and Nicholas Lapham, somehow mustered the courage to speak. Here is part of what Nicholas said: "Gardiner and I are...
  • Unturnings: Friday, April 10

    Our favorites this morning from around the web:Why not go to three?Lost footing on social issues She didn't win, but you could 44's real historical parallel Hitting the bottom Bobbing in a new kind of battle
  • America's 25 Most Vibrant Congregations

    A list by Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, News Corp. executive vice president Gary Ginsberg and JTN Productions CEO Jay Sanderson of the country's most vibrant Jewish congregations.
  • Meacham: A Post-Christian America

    Reports of the death of the religious right or about the high hopes of the religious left are familiar, but something deeper and more fundamental (so to speak) than a tactical repositioning is going on at the moment. Christianity is not depleted or dying; it remains a vibrant force in the lives of billions. Only a fool or an ideologue would say otherwise. There is, however, a sense among believers and nonbelievers that America is less Christian than it has been, and may even be moving into a post-Christian phase.This argument, which I explore in our cover this week, would not have been as compelling five years ago as it is today. In 2004 came the release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," which religious conservatives helped turn into a box-office success (unlikely for a movie whose dialogue was in Aramaic); this was also the era of Terri Schiavo.What has happened in the intervening years? John McCain, for one. Though he tried to get right with Jerry Falwell and others ...
  • Meacham: The End of Christian America

    The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now—and what, as a nation, we are about to become.
  • The Third Annual Hottest Rabbis in America List

    Once is lucky. Twice is nice. Three times—well, anyone can tell you that's a tradition. It is a great pleasure, then, to unveil the third annual installment of what we at NEWSWEEK fondly call the "hot rabbis list." Created, maintained and revised by three Jewish media tycoons—Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Michael Lynton, News Corp. executive vice president Gary Ginsberg and Jewish Television Network CEO Jay Sanderson—the list ranks the 50 most influential rabbis in America based on an unscientific algorithm. Proximity to powerful people and opinion leaders, visibility in national media, size of congregation and good works all count.Last year the tycoons tapped Marvin Hier, the founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, as No. 1. This year the list is reshuffled to reflect the new president's priorities and the economic crisis. The top spot goes to David Saperstein, the social-justice advocate who sits on President Obama's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The...