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  • Pico Kosher deli

    By Rob Eshman

    October 27, 2009 | 7:03 pm

    Last week The Jewish Journal featured an excerpt from David Sax’s new book, “Save the Deli.”  Sax did a worldwide tour of delis, at great expense to his love life and his waistline, and at the end of it named L.A. “The Best Deli City in America.”  For a Jewish paper in LA, that’s a... read on

  • Man-o-Man-o-Sephardic

    By Rob Eshman

    October 22, 2009 | 7:56 pm

    Food crosses boundaries.  We all have appetites, we all have a genetic compulsion to look at what’s on someone else’s plate, and most of us are willing to try anything once.  One taste leads to another, and before you know it there is Peruvian sushi and lattes in Koreatown and boba... read on

  • Meditations on a Goat

    By Rob Eshman

    October 20, 2009 | 6:45 pm

    I’ve never been a sit-still meditator.  I tried it once when I was 23 and living in San Francisco and trying things.  One week I read Ram Dass and that weekend I decided, as generations of my ancestors did before me, to try Buddhism.  I signed up for a meditation weekend at Tassajara... read on

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  • The Crush [SLIDESHOW + RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    October 19, 2009 | 4:42 pm


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    Last weekend I noticed that the pomegranates that I had been waiting all year to ripen were now overripe. Many had burst open, and birds and bugs were having their way with the bright red seeds.  Two months ago I looked at the then-green... read on

  • What Happens in the Sukkah….

    By Rob Eshman

    October 5, 2009 | 12:18 pm

    In her sermon on Friday night, Naomi talked about Sukkot. She said the rabbis called the holiday, “The time of our happiness,” and command us to be “only happy” during the seven days of the Festival.

    “What does it mean to be ‘only happy’?” she asked. “How can one... read on

  • Sukkot for All

    By Rob Eshman

    October 2, 2009 | 9:25 pm

    Last year at this time we were sitting in our Sukkah with a few friends when one of them said, “Why isn’t Sukkot everyone’s holiday?”

    I remember what we were eating (with commentary):

    Venison Lasagne with Wild Mushrooms 

    (No cheese. Just layers of braised shredded venison... read on

  • New Years Resolution: Ethical Kapparot

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 2009 | 6:32 pm

    Now that it’s almost Yom Kippur, the kapparot stands along Pico Robertson are in full bloom. Here’s a sign I saw for one of them, set up in the parking lot of a building at Pico and Shenandoah.

    Kapparot is a ceremony that takes place in the days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur... read on

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