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Rob Eshman

  • Why is this Gaza conflict different? Dead children.

    2 days ago

    I was a guest on Warren Olney’s “Which Way, L.A.?” on KCRW-FM this past Monday afternoon when the host stumped me. He was speaking with me about the response of the Los Angeles Jewish community to the Gaza war. 

    “Is the reaction any different than in the last two Gaza...

  • Remembering Casey Kasem

    June 15, 2014 | 11:14 am

  • Why we write

    March 5, 2014 | 10:45 am

    On Monday, I gave a talk to visiting young Israelis on a subject near and dear to my heart: Just what is the Jewish Journal?

    These Israelis were next-generation leaders, here in Los Angeles as part of the KOLOT program, which exposes secular Israelis to Jewish tradition,...

  • Mayim Bialik on Howard Stern

    February 27, 2014 | 4:47 pm

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  • The Story Behind Artie Lange’s Breakdown

    February 27, 2014 | 4:27 pm

  • Looking on the bright side of the Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations

    February 26, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    If you think of Israel as a football team and American Jews as its fans, the time has come to buy seats on the 50-yard line, paint your bare chest blue and white, and start screaming for the team.

    Why now?  Because Israel is weeks  away from facing a historic opportunity, and it...

  • Ambassador Samantha Power condemns BDS

    February 25, 2014 | 9:47 am

    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel hurts the chances of a just and lasting peace in the region, Ambassador Samantha Power, the permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, declared Sunday evening, Feb. 23, at UCLA.

    Delivering the 12th annual...

  • Ari Shavit: The promised man

    February 20, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    If you want to see what prophecy looks like among Jews in the early part of the 21st century, follow Ari Shavit around Los Angeles.

    In Jerusalem, the prophets roam the streets in sack cloths and shaggy hair, screaming passages of Ezekiel at passersby. In L.A., we call those...

  • Jews without Harvard

    February 12, 2014 | 11:39 am

    This is the time of year when the Golden Children of our tribe are being anointed by the nation’s finest colleges and universities. These kids have traveled a long road to glory — GPA, SAT, AP, interviews, essays, common apps.

    For a full year, the only question they’ve heard from...

  • The Dichter Scale

    February 5, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    One way to determine whether Israeli politicians are serious about wanting to become prime minister is to check how many times they’ve visited Los Angeles.

    By that measure, Avi Dichter is very serious.

    For Israelis running for office, Los Angeles is an ATM. You come, you speak,...

  • A Howard Stern Birthday Bash Blog

    January 30, 2014 | 11:15 am

  • Howard Stern’s secret, and ours

    January 28, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    On my way to work every morning I listen to Howard Stern. I’ve been listening for 20 years.

    In the beginning, I didn’t tell anyone. Polite society dismissed Stern as a crude, sexist, racist “shock jock.” Putting “shock jock” before someone’s name is an instant denigration, like...

  • The Kosher Bacon Donut

    January 23, 2014 | 3:16 pm

  • Auschwitz in North Korea

    January 23, 2014 | 10:43 am

    This week’s cover story by Jared Sichel is one of the most important pieces the Jewish Journal has published in our 28-year history.

    It is not about the Holocaust, or Israel, or modern Jewish life. It’s about the unrelenting evil of North Korean concentration camps. And it’s...

  • 북한의 아우슈비츠 Auschwitz in North Korea (translation)

    January 22, 2014 | 10:55 am

    왼쪽부터: 제2차 세계대전 당시 아우슈비츠 강제 수용소의 아이들과 북한 내1997년 기근 당시 고아원에서 사진 찍힌 아이들  

    제라드 시첼의 이번 표지기사는 우리의 28년 역사에서 유대인 저널이 발행한 가장 중요한 편중 하나입니다.  

    이것은 대학살, 이스라엘, 또는 현대 유대인의 삶에 관한 것이 아닙니다. 이것은 끊임없는 북한의 사악한 강제수용소에 관한 것입니다. 그리고 이것은 세계가 계속해서 그들을 무시하는 이유에 관한 것입니다. 

    왜 이것이 유대인 신문의 표지에 나와야 할까요?

    ...
  • Eat more cholent

    January 15, 2014 | 10:50 am

  • Tu b’Shevat: Pom Wonderful

    January 10, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    We moved into our house in Venice almost 18 years ago this week. We’d been house hunting for months and had despaired of finding anything on the Westside for less than a bazillion dollars. When we drove up to our future home, my wife, who was pregnant at the time, was too tired to...

  • ‘The Wolf’ and the Jewish problem

    December 31, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    “The Wolf of Wall Street” is nauseating, pornographic and soul-crushing — and you have to see it.

    You have to see it, because you — meaning society, Jews, all of us as individuals — have to face the questions it raises about money, wealth and morality. 

    Director Martin Scorsese...

  • The mysteries of Azerbaijan: A Shiite nation embraces its Jews

    December 18, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    Red Village rises up along the Qudiyal River like a Jewish Brigadoon.

    To get there, you fly 13 hours from Los Angeles to Istanbul, then catch a three-hour flight to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan — a former Soviet country of some 9 million people on the Caspian Sea. From Baku,...

  • Chanukah at the White House

    December 6, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama.

    The White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.  It was my first time attending the annual event, which President George W. Bush began in 2001.  I don’t expect it’s one of those...

  • What's next for Iran?

    November 25, 2013 | 10:11 am

    By Monday morning, the Israeli reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran had changed from “What happened?” to “Now what?”

    And that reaction makes a lot more sense.

    The interim agreement signed by Iran and the group of negotiating nations known as P5+1 on Saturday night, Nov. 23, ...

  • Stuffed: Thanksgiving on Hope Street

    November 20, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    Last Sunday, my job was to make stuffing for 400 people. I said I’d do it because there’s a part of me that prefers to forget that it’s been 25 years since I was a caterer, and I assumed it would be as easy now as it was then.

    Every year for the past nine years, Nashuva, the...

  • Why Bush shouldn’t talk to the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute

    November 12, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    A media firestorm kicked up last week after Mother Jones broke the story that President George W. Bush was to be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraiser of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute on Nov. 14. 

    I blogged about the news as soon as I heard about it, and I’ve now...

  • The Food of Azerbaijan

    November 7, 2013 | 1:34 pm

  • The Torah of drones: Examining the complex morality of drone warfare

    November 6, 2013 | 11:33 am

    In 2009, an Israeli drone flying over the Gaza Strip transmitted back to its command station an image of a telltale rocket trail streaking toward Israeli territory. Many kilometers away, a young Israeli operator, Capt. Y, quickly maneuvered the unmanned aircraft to get a look at...

  • My lunch with a Los Angeles Tea Partier

    October 23, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Of the 3,977 angry e-mails I received last week, one stood out.

    “I am a Jew, a member of Temple Emanuel in Los Angeles, and the founder of the largest local, grass-roots Tea Party group in Los Angeles called the Hancock Park Patriots,” Mark Sonnenklar wrote.

    “I, and many of my...

  • Admony, Feniger, Wexler, Oh My

    October 22, 2013 | 3:37 pm

  • Judaism in Poland: It’s Warsaw, Jake

    October 16, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    You would think that when the Polish edition of Forbes, the internationally respected financial magazine, publishes a front-page exposé on the disappearance of tens of millions of dollars of Holocaust restitution funds, Jews everywhere would be outraged and demand an immediate,...

  • ‘Gravity’ and the Pew study

    October 9, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    I have one big answer to the depressing findings of the Pew poll, but you’re not going to like it.

    The Pew Research Center’s landmark new survey of American Jews came out last week, and the American Jewish community reacted about the way Sandra Bullock does when her tether snaps...

  • The Shutdown

    October 1, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    What the $%#@ is happening?

    I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years.  I remember clearly the last time this happened.  It was stupid and superfluous and self-destructive then.  It’s stupid, superfluous and...

  • Anthony Bourdain (Finally) Goes to Israel

    September 24, 2013 | 11:43 am

  • Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Israel: Parts unknown

    September 24, 2013 | 10:46 am

    If you like food and you like Israel, this past week’s episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” was a win-win.

    And I say that despite the criticism Bourdain has received from the people who profess to love Israel. To them, he presented a biased, pro-Palestinian screed...

  • Israeli Breakfast Buffet Parfait

    September 24, 2013 | 8:19 am

  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

  • Pro-Chicken Kapparot

    September 13, 2013 | 12:56 pm

  • ‘Cloth Peddler’ comes to U.S.

    September 12, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    On Sept. 7, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown, the curtain went up on the Muslim world’s first operetta, “The Cloth Peddler” (“Arshin Mal Alan”) a comic work by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov.

    The event actually marked at least two firsts. It was the first full...

  • Syria lost

    September 10, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    You know you live in a whacked world when you wake up one morning and read Nicholas Kristof wants war, AIPAC is throwing its full weight behind President Barack Obama, a man many of its delegates reviled a few years back, and that in a desperate search for answers, the media...

  • Syria in 5774: The unfolding of miscalculations

    August 30, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    War is the unfolding of miscalculations, historian Barbara Tuchman wrote — and she didn’t even know Bashar al-Assad.

    If the Butcher of Damascus thought there was no difference between killing women and children with artillery and killing them with gas, he miscalculated. Even in a...

  • Joan Nathan Makes Her Own Couscous

    August 29, 2013 | 6:58 pm

  • Daniel Pearl Fellows: Reshaping hate

    August 28, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    On the evening of Aug. 22, I had a public conversation with three Muslim journalists, two from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh, at the Los Angeles Press Club. All three were in the United States as Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows, a program to introduce Muslim journalists to...

  • Jews and wine: A timeline

    August 28, 2013 | 12:36 pm

  • The crusader of Israel-Palestinian peace

    August 21, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Last Monday night after dinner, after the dishes were cleared, I sat in my dining room with Mark Rosenblum and asked him the question I’d long been meaning to ask: Why don’t you just give up?

    In 1978, a group of former Israeli army officers and activists formed Shalom Achshav —...

  • Well-Behaved Jews at the Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2013 | 1:31 am

  • Michael Israel Goes on the Chopped Block

    August 16, 2013 | 2:30 pm