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  • Be Vewy Vewy Quiet

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    We are wild, we are violent, we devour, defile, despise and destroy: that is man, unplugged.

    There’s a theory that religion developed to tame the beast.  By channelling mans natural impulses into positive forces that build and sustain society, religion keeps every human group from... read on

  • Guest Blogger: A Sustainable Deli?

    By Rob Eshman

    February 10, 2010 | 6:58 pm

    In 1984 I moved to Israel and lived there for two years.  One of the first people I met was an aspiring journalist named Ilana DeBare.  We worked on stories, met some of the same mildly shady Old City characters, hung out, and then eventually Ilana went back to the States for J... read on

  • A Spiritual Pitstop at Pitfire Culver City

    By Rob Eshman

    February 7, 2010 | 2:22 pm

    You’re having a long contentious day.  At the end of it, you need to relax, regroup, grab some perspective, get in touch with your other Inner Self, the one that’s not angsty, nerve-wracked and short-fused.  Do you:

    a)  go to church/shul/mosque/Wiccan altar to pray
    b) ... read on

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  • The in-Authentic Cafe

    By Rob Eshman

    February 4, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    There are two types of restaurants in the world: authentic and inauthentic.  Right now I’m sitting at one that’s right on the fence, and can go either way.

    I’ve been going to Surfas for 20 years.  I liked it better when it was a jumble of kitchen supplies and eclectic gourmet... read on

  • The Tabouli Lesson [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    January 29, 2010 | 7:18 pm

    They say we are all children of the same God, but it’s clear we don’t act like it.  For centuries we’ve slaughtered one another in the name of God.  We’ve enslaved, oppressed, reviled and ridiculed our fellow men and women because their god just looked at us funny. I belong... read on

  • What Am I?

    By Rob Eshman

    January 28, 2010 | 7:53 pm

    What am I?

    Isn’t that the question any religion worth its holy water forces its believers to confront. 

    Food begs the question too.  As Michael Pollan pointed out, we can eat anything, so we must decide what to eat.  In that decision we are deciding not just what our... read on

  • Redefining Deli at Saul’s

    By Rob Eshman

    January 27, 2010 | 8:32 pm

    Here’s an event worth attending—hopefully we’ll be able to get a reporter to cover it.

    On Feb. 9, a group of leading food writers and activists will convene at Saul’s Deli in Berkeley, CA to discuss the future of the Jewish deli in light of growing consciousness about the sources of... read on

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