Jewish Journal

Rabbi David Eliezrie

  • The menorah wars

    December 4, 2015 | 10:09 am

    “Shah! Don’t be too Jewish” is how Charles Silberman described the dominant attitude of American Jews in his 1985 classic, “A Certain People.” As part of the march to success during the second half of the 20th-century, Jews subdued the public expression of their Jewish identity,...

  • A Library for All Needs a Location for All

    February 25, 2009 | 3:05 pm

    Tucked away on the third floor of The Jewish Federation Building is a community treasure, unknown to many but without question a great asset. Getting there is difficult. You must go through security at The Federation Building and then have an escort up to the library. Visiting the...

  • Trial of King David Sabotages Lessons

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I chose not to attend Tarbut's trial of King David. Billed as "the people against King David," it promised to be a trial that was "3,000 years in the making."

    I considered going when I read of the legal minds involved in the trial. Justice Sheila Sonenshine is an outstanding jurist;...

  • We Make Our Own Community

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    He came into my office clutching an old picture of a rabbi with a long, flowing beard. He was in his late 60s and clearly in a hurry.

    "Could you use the picture? We are moving and I am getting rid of some old stuff" he said.

    Sensing he had little contact with the Jewish community,...

  • Prevent Your Children From Intermarrying

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The calls increase in frequency as Rosh Hashana gets closer. "Rabbi, I'm thinking of putting my kids in Hebrew school. Could you tell me a bit about it?" So I give the usual descriptions. We meet twice a week. Your child will learn Hebrew reading, history, holidays and traditions. On...

  • A Letter to Tom Friedman

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Tom,

    I heard you had a great trip to Saudi Arabia. In the privacy of their homes people removed their veils and expressed their true feelings. Even the crown prince, the guy who really runs Saudi Arabia, spent some time with you.

    Apparently he has a great new idea. Israel...

  • Tehillim in the Board Room

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    We sat around the room in shock.

    It was Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. The images of the planes flying into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were still fresh in our minds. Leaders of the Orange County Jewish community had gathered in a crisis meeting at the boardroom of the...

  • Is There Truth in Archaeology?

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Pack up your Passover dishes for good. The Exodus, according to some modern university scholars and liberal rabbis, never really happened. That's what the Los Angeles Times told us in great detail last week in a long article published at the end of the holiday. But the piece, while...

  • Together to Israel

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I had been living vicariously for three months. First there were the attacks on the High Holy Days, the desecration of Joseph's Tomb. A few days later, Israeli hikers were stranded under fire for hours near Schem-Nablus. The Internet had brought the daily conflict straight to my...

  • “Public Schools Are Today’s Door to Assimilation”

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish community, along with the rest of the citizens of California, have a chance to change the educational destiny of the their children in the upcoming election. Appearing on the ballot is a voucher initiative that will enable parents to choose the school that best fits the...

  • It’s Time to Talk

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It's High Holiday speech season. Rabbis prep, call each other withideas, exchange jokes, insights, and witty stories. They ponder thegreat issues of the day and get ready for prime-time talking in therabbinical world. Synagogues may not be full throughout the year, butcome Rosh...