Critics say Los Angeles is all image. The city, they claim, presents an illusion to the world much like the movies Hollywood projects on its big screens. The myth goes that it's a city of facades, with the favored tools are the editor's airbrush or the plastic surgeon's scalpel. There are no friendships here, only contacts and connections, they say.
There are many ways to reflect on the year past and the year to come.
Yuval Rotem, Israeli consul general for the Western United States, delivered these remarks at a Feb. 1 dinner for Pressman Academy,
honoring him and his wife, Miri, at the Airport Westin Hotel.
Throughout last month, the Israeli people commemorated the 25th anniversary of the historic visit to Israel by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and the resulting peace accord between Israel and Egypt.
On behalf of the State of Israel, it is my honor to commend this community for all the magnificent work you have done with and on behalf of the Israeli people during this most painful year.
This is an indiscriminate cult of death, a type of fanaticism that preaches that those of a different religion or different ethnicity are less than human.
This past Sunday thousands of individuals, representing the full spectrum of the Jewish community's diversity of thought and opinion, gathered on Wilshire Boulevard to express solidarity with the people of Israel.
The people of Israel have once again affirmed their democratic birthright by voting for their preferred political leadership in open and competitive elections.
Yom Kippur - a time of personal introspection - now a time of national reflection. How far have we really come in all these years?
During May, both the United States and Israel will mark their respective Memorial Days. While the American version will have many remembrance events, most people will spend the day at barbecues, picnics or at the beach. This is not the case in Israel.