Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Pouvoir Juif and French concerns over the nuclear deal
Why did the French stand firm against the initial, pre-Geneva nuclear deal with Iran? The answer, it turns out, has to do, at least in part, with. . .
Monday, November 25, 2013
What's next for Iran?
By Monday morning, the Israeli reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran had changed from “What happened?” to “Now what?” And that reaction. . .
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Stuffed: Thanksgiving on Hope Street
Last Sunday, my job was to make stuffing for 400 people. I said I’d do it because there’s a part of me that prefers to forget that it’s been 25. . .
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Why Bush shouldn’t talk to the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute
A media firestorm kicked up last week after Mother Jones broke the story that President George W. Bush was to be the keynote speaker at the annual. . .
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
My lunch with a Los Angeles Tea Partier
Of the 3,977 angry e-mails I received last week, one stood out. “I am a Jew, a member of Temple Emanuel in Los Angeles, and the founder of the. . .
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Judaism in Poland: It’s Warsaw, Jake
You would think that when the Polish edition of Forbes, the internationally respected financial magazine, publishes a front-page exposé on the. . .
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
‘Gravity’ and the Pew study
I have one big answer to the depressing findings of the Pew poll, but you’re not going to like it. The Pew Research Center’s landmark new survey. . .
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
What the $%#@ is happening? I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years. I remember. . .
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Israel: Parts unknown
If you like food and you like Israel, this past week’s episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” was a win-win.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs
On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied. . .
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
You know you live in a whacked world when you wake up one morning and read Nicholas Kristof wants war, AIPAC is throwing its full weight behind. . .
Friday, August 30, 2013
Syria in 5774: The unfolding of miscalculations
War is the unfolding of miscalculations, historian Barbara Tuchman wrote — and she didn’t even know Bashar al-Assad.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Daniel Pearl Fellows: Reshaping hate
On the evening of Aug. 22, I had a public conversation with three Muslim journalists, two from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh, at the Los Angeles. . .
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The crusader of Israel-Palestinian peace
Last Monday night after dinner, after the dishes were cleared, I sat in my dining room with Mark Rosenblum and asked him the question I’d long been. . .
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I am buying homeless signs for Sukkot this year
I started building my sukkah in December. To those of you who are sukkah DIYers, you know how ridiculous this sounds.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
We are Carlos Danger
By last Wednesday, thanks to the magic of the Internet, I had seen as much of Anthony Weiner’s private parts as if I had spent the afternoon with. . .
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
To live and pray on Wilshire Boulevard
My old office, on the 15th floor at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Kingsley Drive, looked directly at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. It would have. . .
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Stand our ground
I’m outraged at the Trayvon Martin case, but not because a jury found George Zimmerman, the man who killed Martin, not guilty.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
WWFD: What Would Figueres Do?
I spent Egypt’s second revolution in Costa Rica, in the jungle. It’s amazing what the past of one country can teach you about the present of. . .
Monday, July 1, 2013
Eric Garcetti: L.A.‘s first (elected) Jewish mayor
On May 22, 2013, the day after Los Angeles voters elected him mayor of Los Angeles, something astonishing happened to Eric Garcetti: He became. . .
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The one fact that continues to astonish me about Nelson Mandela is this: He studied Afrikaans in prison.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
NSA and JEW
If you ever needed a sign that Jews feel fully integrated and accepted by society, consider this: Not one major Jewish group made a peep over the. . .
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The Monty Hall solution
I’ve spent many hours with Monty Hall over the past two months. It’s work related, so I’ve gotten to know him in a way I never did when I was a. . .
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Six-Day War, still
The Six-Day War began at 7:10 a.m. on June 5, 1967. By 10 a.m., it was clear Israel had already won.