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Why Israel must kvetch

By David Suissa

March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

If there's one question I've heard a thousand times from Jews all over, it is this: Why is Israel so bad at PR? I know that when Jews ask me that question, they're also saying, "Suissa,... read full article
  • Food fight

    By David Suissa

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    A mysterious resignation. Legal papers served during evening prayers. Police called after a mid-day altercation. A missing contract. Accusations of betrayal.

    Many heated conversations.

    What is this, a new episode of "Law and Order"? A rerun of "Columbo"?

    Actually, it's another day at...

  • At peace with conflict

    By David Suissa

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    One of the bonuses of living in exile is that you can see Israeli society more clearly, one lunch, party, speech or cappuccino at a time. When I'm in the Holy Land, I lose myself in a noisy, beautiful, hectic, joyful and soulful blur.

    It's as if I'm inside a boat in a stormy sea....

  • Did we need blood?

    By David Suissa

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    A fascinating debate has broken out among certain members of the community regarding the appropriateness of publicizing people's personal e-mails. A week ago, this paper went public with some incendiary e-mails from a rabbi who was trying to discourage women -- who were considered...
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  • Who is Roger Diamond?

    By David Suissa

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Put yourself in the shoes of this Jewish man. You're a lawyer representing the interests of a strip club called Skins, which has been in a long, drawn-out battle with the city and neighborhood groups to operate their club at the southern tip of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood,...
  • Detail of the week

    By David Suissa

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In one of the oldest synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation Mogen David, located on the western edge of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, the rabbis have created their own version of "Saturday Night Live."

    During the winter months, from 7-8 p.m. every Saturday night, children and...

  • Rebbe Road

    By David Suissa

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    If the great Maimonides ever came back to life and found himself in Los Angeles, chances are he'd look for a house on a small street called Detroit, between Oakwood Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, one block west of La Brea Avenue. There are no holier streets in Los Angeles.

    This little...

  • L.A. woman

    By David Suissa

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Ruthie Rotenberg couldn't make up her mind. She had to choose between two amazing jobs. One was connected to the future of Jewish education in America; the other could potentially re-energize the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    In the past, Ruthie would always seek the advice of her...

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