Jewish Journal

  • Gun Control or Antidepressant Control? | Are We Prescribing Too Much?

    By Nicole Behnam

    January 15, 2013 | 1:18 am

    Are antidepressants being prescribed too often and too much? Has the definition of clinical depression become too broad? And why are mass shootings now being linked to antidepressant use? The risk that antidepressants will ignite violent or self-destructive behavior has been the... read on

  • Preventing Massacres: Is Gun Control the Answer?

    by Josephine Eshagian, contributing writer

    December 15, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    The morning of December 14, 2012, a senseless massacre took the lives of 26 innocent victims: 20 children, ages 5 to 10 years old, and 6 adults. Police rushed to the crime scene of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There they discovered the nightmare. The... read on

  • For the Rubin Family, who lost Leah Rubin

    By Nicole Behnam

    December 2, 2012 | 11:23 pm

    “Whenever someone who knows you disappears, you lose one version of yourself. Yourself as you were seen, as you were judged to be. Lover or enemy, mother or friend, those who know us construct us, and their several knowings slant the different facets of our characters like... read on

  • ‘Argo,’ Hollywood, & Why I’m Proud to be an Iranian

    By Nicole Behnam

    October 12, 2012 | 2:11 am

    “You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe. You think you belong to this world of dust and matter. Out of this dust you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin” ― Rumi.

    ‘Argo’ is a true story based on the efforts of a man... read on


    By Ilan LaKritz, contributing writer

    October 10, 2012 | 12:43 am

    If New York is the city that never sleeps, Los Angeles is the city happily dreaming. Dreaming like we cheer for our sports, eager for more and more.  ‘Cause when it comes to sports in Los Angeles, fans only get more and more.  Just look around!  The Lakers, Clippers, Angels,... read on

  • We’re the same, but different? | Ways to Understand this Prevalent Dichotomy

    By Nicole Behnam

    September 25, 2012 | 12:26 am

    From birth, philosopher John Locke contends, human beings are born on a blank slate: tabula rasa. So from day one, we are being influenced by the society around us, our environment, and what we are learning, yet we are still different from one another. We are still individuals, and... read on

  • Shabbat Dinners | Keep it Light, Keep it Brief

    Arta Wildeboer, JD, Contributing Author

    August 20, 2012 | 10:07 pm

    Because I’ve never made a bad decision or mistake in my life, I have decided to pen an advice column. 

    Dear Arta,

    I’m anxious regarding what to talk about when I attend Persian family parties.  What is acceptable conversation fodder to avoid social awkwardness?

    Keep it light... read on

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