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Rob Eshman

  • Why I hope the Shangri-La Hotel discrimination verdict is overturned

    1 week ago

    The Shangri-La charade has to stop.

    Two years ago, a jury found Tehmina Adaya, the owner of the chic Santa Monica Shangri-La hotel to have discriminated against a group of Jews by shutting down a party at the hotel organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and...

  • Young Americans and Israel

    2 weeks ago

    The new concern in the American-Jewish community is the number 25. According to a Gallup poll conducted in the midst of the Gaza war, 42 percent of all Americans supported Israel’s action. Among people aged 18 to 29, that number was 25 percent.

    This set off all the usual alarm...

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  • 5 Questions for Rabbi Block on the New York Times

    3 weeks ago

    Dear Rabbi Block:

    Today you announced you were cancelling your subscription to the New York Times because of what you call its biased and unfair coverage of Israel during the Gaza War.

    In an op-ed in Tablet, you wrote: “I am a lifelong Democrat, a political liberal, a Reform...

  • What Ramy knew about the fall of Assad and the rise of the Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    After a few years of the cold shoulder, I finally heard from my Syrian friend, Ramy Mansour, and his message couldn’t have been more clear: “I told you so.”

    Ramy didn’t use exactly those words. But his Facebook message to me, after years of silence, essentially summarized what...

  • What would Leonard Fein say?

    3 weeks ago

    I was hunting around for a writer who could dive into the chaos that is Ferguson, Mo., and emerge with a thoughtful column.

    That’s when I realized how much I miss Leonard Fein.

    I have no doubt that had Fein not died on Aug. 14 at the age of 80, I would have had an email in my...

  • Howard Stern’s Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 20, 2014 | 2:02 pm

  • Why doesn’t the world seem to care when Christians die?

    August 14, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?

    We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds...

  • Koreatown Lunch

    August 9, 2014 | 9:38 am

  • Supporting Palestinians should not mean supporting Hamas

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Last Saturday, our reporter Ryan Torok covered a massive anti-Israel rally in front of the Federal Building in Westwood. The crowd swelled to an estimated 1,500 to 3,000 people, outgrew the plaza, then spontaneously spilled onto the street, shutting down Wilshire Boulevard as it...

  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Howard Stern on Israel and Gaza

    July 28, 2014 | 4:38 pm

  • Why is this Gaza conflict different? Dead children.

    July 23, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    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

  • 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

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