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  • Live in the ‘hood: Davening at Aishhhhhh

    By David Suissa

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You walk into an elegant, minimalist little building on the corner of Pico and Doheny in the heart of the hood. It's Shabbat, and you've come to pray.

    You go through a narrow hallway, where you pass a few small conference rooms filled with books. Some congregants are milling about...

  • Life in the ‘hood: Gino Tortorella, hairdresser to the Jews

    By David Suissa

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After 30 days of spiritual feasting, repenting, praying and partying, I think this is a good time to head into the hood and meet my buddy Gino Tortorella.

    I love Gino because he's entertaining in a Martin Scorsese sort of way -- he looks like a cross between Joe Pesci and Danny...

  • Live from the ‘hood: we’re gonna party like it’s 5667

    By David Suissa

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I love Judaism. It's got answers for everything. If something bothers me, I just ask a million questions; I dig a little and, voila, I'm enlightened.
     
    One thing that bothers me is how so many Jews go bonkers on Simchat Torah. If you're not sure what I mean, come visit my...
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  • Letters to the Editor

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Chamberlain Ad

    I do not know if I can communicate how deeply offended I was by the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) Neville Chamberlain ad on page 6 of the Sept. 8 Jewish Journal. Besides the complete lack of intellectual honesty, the appalling lack of logical reasoning fails...
  • Live in the hood: ‘last time the shoulder no good’

    By David Suissa

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to get the full flavor of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, there's no better season than this time of year. When mainstream Judaism talks about the High Holidays, they usually mean one or two days of Rosh Hashanah, and then the Big Day a week later. In the Hood, they...
  • Welcome to the Hood—My Pico-Robertson

    By David Suissa

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this year, publisher and activist David Suissa moved from his old neighborhood near the Beverly Center to a home in the Pico-Robertson area. His new column will explore the nooks and crannies of his new neighborhood.

    I've been living in the Pico-Robertson area for a month...

  • Fight the Enemy by Being More Jewish

    By David Suissa

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was at a big, beautiful Jewish wedding two weeks ago when something unusual interrupted the traditional chuppah ceremony: someone came up and read a poignant prayer in English in support of our suffering Jewish brethren in Israel.

    Initially, there was no doubt in my mind that...

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