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My interview with Leonard Nimoy

By Susan Freudenheim

2 days ago

Leonard Nimoy in Hollywood on May 14, 2013. Photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters

Some 10 or 12 years ago, I got an unusual request from my rabbi, John Rosove at Temple Israel of Hollywood. One of my fellow congregants was, along with his wife, sponsoring a major... read full article

  • How not to bomb Iran

    By Rob Eshman

    3 days ago

    Oh, to be in Geneva right now, facing the Iranians across a long polished table in a quiet hotel room--  because everywhere else the debates over their nuclear ambitions are raging, and the anxiety, accusations and intrigue are exasperating. Never have so many weighed in on so much...

  • Why Jews must stay in Europe

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    If, God forbid, some crazy Muslim were to shoot and kill a security guard outside a synagogue in Sherman Oaks, would you pack up and move to Israel?

    No, of course not. One crazed gunman does not a pogrom make.

    Unless you’re Benjamin Netanyahu.

    That seemed to be the logic...

  • Chaos is my Heaven: Q-and-A with Itai Anghel

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Rob Eshman: What year did you first meet Commander Media, the leader of the female militia you film in your documentary.

    Itai Anglel: 2010.  She was already a commander. So when I saw her now, it was very good, you know. It meant for her, you know, that, “Okay, it’s fine. He can...

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  • Itai Anghel: The brave Israeli interviewing ISIS, Kurdish fighters in Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Courage is a quality we value so highly we’re willing to pretend we have it.

    I don’t know whether Brian Williams fits that description, but I do know the unfortunate side effect of Coptergate is that it has cast suspicion on all TV journalists in the infotainment age. Are they...

  • Bibi: Call off the play

    By Rob Eshman

    February 4, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    Liberal Democrats are the soft underbelly of American support for Israel, and John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu just gave them a swift kick.

    When the Republican speaker of the house went around President Barack Obama to issue an invitation to the prime minister of Israel to...

  • Drones, Jews and morality

    By Rob Eshman

    January 28, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    My address to the first interreligious conference on the morality of drone warfare didn’t go over particularly well.

    This happened last Saturday afternoon at Princeton Theological Seminary, where I was among 150 clergy, theologians, academics and peace activists gathered to...

  • Alberto Nisman: The 86th victim of the Buenos Aires bombing

    By Rob Eshman

    January 21, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    UPDATED: The murder this week of Alberto Nisman — and now even the Argentine president has acknowledged his death was no suicide — was every bit as shocking and anti-Semitic a crime as the attacks two weeks ago in Paris.

    Nisman was the federal prosecutor appointed by former...

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