Jewish Journal

It is No Dream

By Bob Goldfarb

September 15, 2010 | 10:50 am

Imagine a country that bans automobiles from the road for an entire day every year.  Think of the environmental impact—not only the effect on the country’s carbon footprint, but also... read on

  • Turkey, Then and Now

    By Bob Goldfarb

    August 12, 2010 | 8:40 am

    The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Turkey is ignoring U.S. sanctions against Iran, allowing Turkish companies to sell fuel to Tehran.  Their immediate motive is economic.  The Turkish oil refining company Tupras explained, “We get crude oil from them. We don’t get anything... read on

  • Haredi Stereotypes, Jewish Stereotypes

    By Bob Goldfarb

    August 9, 2010 | 1:09 pm

    Today’s Independent newspaper in London reports that a group called “the Guardians of Sanctity and Education feared that some temptations would simply prove too much, and deployed an army of snoopers to photograph members of the ultra-orthodox community, also known as Haredi, at... read on

  • Author Evgenia Citkowitz and Her Roots

    By Bob Goldfarb

    August 6, 2010 | 10:32 am

    This week New Yorker critic Hilton Als hailed Evgenia Citkowitz, author of a book of seven stories and a novella, as “a master of both forms.”  That book, Ether—her first—was published this spring.  The New York Times declared “her voice, particularly her rhythm — half... read on

  • Another Demographic Time-Bomb

    By Bob Goldfarb

    August 5, 2010 | 10:48 am

    Yesterday’s Financial Times painted a dark picture of Israel’s future based on current demographic trends, and not just the ones involving Arabs.  Their article quotes Professor Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University as saying that “the average ultra-Orthodox woman has no... read on

  • Jewish Burkas and Muslim Underwear

    By Bob Goldfarb

    August 1, 2010 | 11:44 am

    One of the less predictable fashion trends in Israel is the adoption of the burka by some haredi women.  This is not new: it was first reported in Haaretz in 2007, in an article headlined “This Isn’t Kabul: It’s Beit Shemesh.”  From Beit Shemesh it has spread to several other... read on

  • Facts on the Ground

    By Bob Goldfarb

    July 30, 2010 | 1:19 pm

    Symbols are not as important as the things they represent, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that.  Take the current disagreement over the proposal to construct a mosque at the World Trade Center site.  The Anti-Defamation League says it opposes the plan; JStreet favors it.  Of... read on

  • A New Roadmap for the Middle East?

    By Bob Goldfarb

    July 29, 2010 | 8:58 am

    The idea of a “two-state solution” for Israel and Palestine has become almost sacrosanct, so much so that it is invoked with the regularity and solemnity of a ritual.  That makes it all the more surprising that a few Israeli politicians have come forward in support of the... read on

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Bob Goldfarb has been president of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, based in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, since 2007.  Before getting involved with the Jewish...

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