Jewish Journal

David Margolis

  • How Can Right, Left Each Be So Sure?

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ed. Note: Former Jewish Journal Senior Writer David Margolis died July 17 at the age of 62 in Israel, where he had lived for the past 11 years. Most recently, Margolis wrote for The Jerusalem Report, where this column, one of his last, originally appeared.

    Some months ago, at a kind...

  • A Settler in Favor of Disengagement

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This is a soul-wrenching time for all of us who love the Land of Israel. Jewish homes and villages, farms and factories -- the settlement work of three decades -- are soon to be uprooted in Gaza. We know that more demolitions may be coming.

    Politically -- for the first time in the...

  • A Settler in Favor of Disengagement

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This is a soul-wrenching time for all of us who love the Land of Israel. Jewish homes and villages, farms and factories -- the settlement work of three decades -- are soon to be uprooted in Gaza. We know that more demolitions may be coming.

    Politically -- for the first time in the...

  • Educators ForgeTel Aviv-L.A. Link

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    How do you incorporate Jewish identity and Israeli life issues into the curriculum of Israeli and Los Angeles day schools?

    Some two-dozen teachers from Los Angeles schools joined 40 from Tel Aviv schools in Israel recently to provide practical solutions to these issues at the second...

  • From L.A. to Tel Aviv—

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli girl and a Los Angeles girl celebrate their bat mitzvahs together in Tel Aviv. Two Holocaust survivors from the same European town rediscover each other during an intercontinental videoconference call. Financial experts from Los Angeles assist their Tel Aviv counterparts...

  • Eulogies: Dr. Robert W. Brooks

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Robert W. Brooks, an interna-tionally renowned mathematician who made aliyah with his family from Los Angeles in 1995, died of a heart attack on Sept. 5, at the age of 49.

    A native of Washington, D.C., he earned his doctorate degree from Harvard in differential geometry in 1977,...

  • The Shared Initiative

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Since I live beyond the Green Line and am therefore a war criminal in the view of much of the left, I was surprised to be invited to an all-day meeting at the Tantur Ecumenical Center in Jerusalem that brought together about 50 Jewish and Palestinian peace activists -- organizational...

  • Singles Fall in Love With Israel

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Luckily, the lure was Israel, not pairing up. With a group consisting of 24 men and only seven women, singles action on the July Birthright trip to Israel sponsored by JDate, the Jewish singles online network, was minimal.

    But the 10-day tour did have lots of Los Angeles action,...

  • Place of Balance

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana ("Head of the Year" in Hebrew), is an occasion for celebration and feasting but also for introspection and reflection. Marking the "birthday of the world" -- the creation of the universe some six millennia ago, according to the traditional reckoning...

  • Married to Israel

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call it a shopping trip. Lou and Trudy Kestenbaum came to Israel last month on a Jewish National Fund (JNF) mission to spend money, as well as to follow up on how the money they've already spent in the Jewish state is doing.

    Lou Kestenbaum made his fortune in construction and then...

  • Students Prepare for War of Words organizations.

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The long-term forecast predicts a very hot autumn on American college campuses, as Israel advocates challenge a well-organized, well-financed anti-Israel campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

    Not needing a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing, the national Hillel...

  • Rabbis With a Mission

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As if they were recapitulating the last half-century of Jewish history, a group of 13 Southern California rabbis undertook a nine-day mission that began in Germany with Holocaust remembrances and ended in Israel with Israeli Memorial and Independence Day commemorations.

    The trip's...

  • From Their Lips to Our Ears

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Writing about the breakdown of the Oslo process in the October issue of Commentary, Norman Podhoretz was able to quote liberally from Egyptian and Palestinian newspapers. Not being an Arabic speaker, Podhoretz's access to this material came by way of translations made by the Middle...

  • Sticks, Stones and Incendiary Words

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Hanan Ashrawi, the Palestinian legislator and spokeswoman, a few weeks ago publicized an open letter from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon informing all Palestinians, "You are my target; you will be made to suffer, and you shall pay for the original crime of being a Palestinian."


  • Preparing for War

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A time for peace and a time for war. Most talk, for years, has been about peace, but there's war talk in Israel now. At least one independent intelligence agency is predicting a regional war this spring, and nobody is offering credible deniability. The Palestinians have been...

  • Letter from Israel:On the Road

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As you might imagine, living in Israel right now feels schizophrenic. We continue with our regular lives -- going to work, eating dinner, shopping, praying, catching a movie -- and meanwhile, not far away, our soldiers are at war. The newspapers appear, the soccer games go on, people...

  • The Muslim Zionist

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Does Islam deserve its title as "one of the world's great religions"? There are reasons these days to view it, especially here in Israel, as a source of terrorist bombings, murderous incitement against Jews, denials of Jewish connection to Jerusalem, and repression -- especially of...

  • Am I Really Going to Vote for Ariel Sharon?

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Not happily, not comfortably, but in a word, yes, I am going to vote for Sharon. I know about Sabra and Shatila, but Ehud Barak has so completely betrayed the hopeful vote I cast for him in 1999 that by now even most of my ambivalence is gone, replaced by an urgency to oust Barak...

  • teaching_pluralism_jerusalems_reut_school_aims_to_expose_students_to_cultural_diversity

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In Israel, Re'ut School is unique: a religious school that's part of the nonreligious school system, and committed to halachic practice and a completely pluralistic curriculum at the same time. Its activities include not only traditional prayer morning and afternoon, but also...

  • A Strong Bridge

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Beverly Hills Welcomes Jordanian Royalty
    Visiting California for the first time since he took over following his father's 47-year reign last year, King Abdullah II of Jordan attended a Beverly Hilton Hotel luncheon Monday and told his audience that prospects of Middle East peace in...

  • Remembering Terrorism’s Victims

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On this bright September afternoon, Zion Square, at the bottom of Jerusalem's downtown Ben Yehuda outdoor mall, is the usual confusion of pedestrian traffic -- shoppers, students, soldiers, tourists, all hurrying about their business in every direction. A few minutes after 1 p.m., a...
  • The Master Class

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Not all of them were Jewish, but they were definitely the chosen people -- five Los Angeles and 33 Israeli film students brought together for a two-week "master class" in screenwriting at Tel Aviv University. Held under the auspices of the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles partnership, the class...
  • Israel On Broadway

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Here are a few choice opinions about Reform Judaism in America:

    Generally speaking, American Reform Jews are lazy about religion and unwilling to disrupt their comfortable lives for the sake of keeping Judaism alive. Their rabbis, who learned from their teachers to legitimize...

  • Focus on Forensics

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Barry Fisher, director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department crime laboratory, showed up in Jerusalem this week, invited by the Israeli Police Department to give a couple of lectures and the benefit of his 30 years' experience to the forensics people of the Jewish state. In...
  • On Guard in the West Bank

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Is this me? Eight o'clock on a Tuesday evening, I'm strolling down the ordinary street of my town, carrying an M-16 rifle. Tonight, it's my turn again to do shmirah, guard duty, a chore required about once a month of every male resident here at Beit Yattir, the West Bank village...
  • The Young Leaders

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is on its way to becoming a back-burner issue in much of the American Jewish community. Studies show that the younger the Jew, the less connection he or she feels to what is, let's try to remember, the Jewish homeland. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which used...
  • Making the Miracle

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I heard the following anecdote from Menachem Perlmutter, who was there when it happened. David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding father and first prime minister, was visiting a settlement in the Negev. As he was being shown around, he pointed in one direction and said, "I would like to...
  • Mideast

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    David Margolis writes from Israel.

    Facts on the Ground

    By David Margolis

    A couple of months ago, Dov Dribben, age 28, was clubbed and shot to death by Palestinian Arabs on a tract...

  • Getting Stoned

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I got stoned onmy way to Jerusalem yesterday. I am neither reporting use of acontrolled substance while driving nor quoting a T-shirt maxim butrather identifying a minor episode in the Jews' Hundred Years Warwith the Arabs of Palestine.

    There were three of us in the car at 8...

  • Missing America

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Here in Israel,immigrants from the States love to reminisce about the Old Country,where, for example, workmen care about doing a good job and clerksare helpful. From here, even the DMV looks good, compared to Israel'sbaroque bureaucracy: To learn to drive in Israel, you are required...