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Jewish Journal

David N. Myers

  • R. B. Kitaj, 1932-2007—An Appreciation

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The world of art, of ideas and of Jewish culture lost a towering figure this past week. R. B. Kitaj died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 74. Heralded as one of the great figurative painters of his generation, he was also one of the most erudite and provocative Jewish...
  • ADL’s decision doesn’t go far enough

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's news that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) had reversed course and decided to recognize the Turkish massacres of Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as a genocide is a necessary step forward for that organization.

    Unfortunately, it does not go far enough in rectifying the...
  • Illuminating the Jewish chapters of the Los Angeles story

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles, to the first-time visitor, can seem something of an enigma. Its vast physical spread often spawns negative stereotypes of a city beset by traffic, smog and the absence of a core. And yet, set against this rather dark image, is Los Angeles' status as a city of global...
  • Satmar Fight Underlines Its Assimilation

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The death of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, spiritual leader of the Satmar Chasidic sect, marks more than the passing of a revered Torah sage. It also signals the conclusive passage of his community from Europe to America, a process that first began nearly 60 years ago.

    The movement's...

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  • L.A. Jewry Needs More Exploring

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like any self-respecting East Coast native, I arrived in Los Angeles more than a decade and a half ago armed with the usual stereotypes of this city -- namely, it lacked intellectual and cultural "gravitas," was distinguished by its traffic and smog and defied all known logic of...

  • Show Gaza Sympathies to the Other

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement from Gaza has exposed raw emotions and wrenching scenes of families being uprooted from their homes of decades.

    Many in the Jewish community, while believing that the disengagement was necessary and even overdue, have felt the pain of the settlers. Some have even...

  • One Historian’s Look at How Jews Shaped the Modern Age

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "The Jewish Century," by Yuri Slezkine. (Princeton University Press, $29.95).

    Yuri Slezkine opens this major new book by declaring: "The modern age is the Jewish age, and the 20th century, in particular, is the Jewish century." This assertion may ring bells.

    Anti-Semites have...

  • Apparent Allies Might Not Be Our Friends

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Israel Christian Nexus gathering at Stephen S. Wise Temple was intended to rally support for Israel. Its advertised list of speakers included John Fishel, president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and a fair number of prominent local rabbis.

    While we...

  • Open Debate Preferable to Blind Support

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A recent report in The New York Times captured almost perfectly the thorny questions that stand at the center of relations between the American Jewish community and Israel. Should one be permitted to criticize the government of a foreign country with which one feels a deep affinity,...

  • The Return of Big Brother?

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Like America at large, the American university is a teeming marketplace of ideas.

    Its greatness lies in its unrestrained commitment to open debate. Conversely, its darkest moments have come when the gateways of debate were closed.

    We should know this as Jews and as Americans. In...

  • A Code of Civility in Jewish Public Discourse

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One of the most distressing aspects of the recent Middle East conflagration has been the retreat of both sides -- Israelis and Palestinians, as well as their supporters -- behind towering rhetorical walls.

    This retreat evokes the verbal wars of the 1970s, when Israel meant racist...

  • A Marshall Plan for Palestine

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The rapid downward spiral of events in Israel and the Occupied Territories produces yet more death, destruction and despair. Both sides seethe with rage at the other, oblivious to the parallel courses that their respective national movements have taken -- and hence incapable of the...

  • Rally Later

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the midst of the speeches at Sunday's solidarity rally for Israel, I felt a growing swell of ambivalence and even discomfort over the event. It wasn't just the "Kahane Was Right" signs or the booing of Shimon Peres. It was a broader feeling of malaise. For many, this will seem...

  • Can We Find the Golden Mean?

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the opening book of his monumental code of Jewish law, Maimonides declared, "We are bidden to walk in the middle paths which are the right and proper ways...." The great medieval sage was articulating the golden mean, the principle that we should avoid extreme behavior, ethical or...

  • On Jewish Liberalism—and Power

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Several weeks ago, the eminent Harvard sociologist Nathan Glazer, one of the renowned New York intellectuals chronicled in the film "Arguing the World," came to town for a lecture and seminar at UCLA. The question that Glazer raised in his appearance in Los Angeles reflected the...

  • Ceding Control

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As time runs out on both Bill Clinton and Ehud Barak, it appears highly unlikely that an enduring and comprehensive agreement in the Middle East will be achieved. The prospects for peace that seemed so bright just months ago now seem tragically dim. Indeed, they have gone up in...

  • Facing Truths

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Having just learned that a cousin serving in the Israel Defense Forces was wounded in action, I find it painful, but necessary to speak out. The latest convulsions of violence have pushed Israelis and Palestinians closer to the brink of mutual destruction. Meanwhile, in the United...

  • My German Question

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Until last year, I held firm to that tribalist impulse familiar to many American Jews and refused to visit Germany (or fly Lufthansa or buy German products, etc.). Although no members of my immediate family had fallen victim to the Nazi terror, the resistance to things German was...

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