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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... read full article
  • 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...

  • Street fight

    By David Suissa

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The Brooklyn-born activist rose from his seat, walked slowly to the microphone, cleared his throat, and in front of a couple of hundred fellow activists assembled in an auditorium on a chilly Wednesday night, expressed his righteous indignation.

    "We are tired of being used as...

  • Rabbi Meir Abehsera: Remembering the possible Jew

    By David Suissa

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Meir Abehsera passed away in Jerusalem on June 6, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Claude, and seven children. This is a column that David Suissa wrote in 2008 about his relationship with Abehsera.


    You might call it the slap that launched a very interesting life.

    Meir...

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  • Law and disorder

    By David Suissa

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Only in Los Angeles can you have a convention of Orthodox Jews where the keynote address is given by a woman named Bacon, the special guest speaker is a famous

    Hollywood film critic and the executive director begins his Shabbat sermon by talking about Christmas.

    I'm referring to the...

  • Charedi yuppies

    By David Suissa

    December 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Moshe Shapoff was blown away by the look of the building. He was seeing it on a computer screen in three dimensions, and he couldn't believe the level of detail. It was a redesign of a residential building in Jerusalem, which the architect had made bigger, more modern and certainly...
  • Torah that moves

    By David Suissa

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jews debate everything. This is especially true for Jews who study biblical texts. Over the millennia, Jews have never stopped dissecting and debating the multiple layers of meanings of the written and oral Torah to arrive at deeper truths. The vision of a chevruta -- two Jews,...
  • J’accuse

    By David Suissa

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Philippe Karsenty is not sure exactly when he snapped. He does recall a certain morning in Paris when one of the employees in his software firm walked into his office, and, instead of talking business, brought up something rather unexpected: "What did you do yesterday in Gaza? When...

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