Jewish Journal

The Chabad secret

By David Suissa

November 26, 2014 | 10:13 am

Chabad convention in Brooklyn, New York

When people try to figure out the secret to Chabad’s phenomenal success, they usually mention the movement’s unconditional love toward their fellow Jews. I can see why. Go to any of the... read on

  • Should rabbis talk about Israel during the High Holy Days?

    By David Suissa

    September 23, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    On the eve of the biggest sermon days of the year, a brouhaha has erupted in the Jewish world over whether rabbis should weigh in about Israel.

    “Don’t talk about Israel,” my friend Peter Beinart wrote this week in Haaretz, addressing rabbis across America. Why? Because American... read on

  • There’s no nuance in hatred

    By David Suissa

    August 1, 2014 | 7:34 am

    One of the cherished notions of the intellectual set is the notion of nuance-- the idea that nothing is ever truly black and white. There’s always a complicating factor or two that justifies a more nuanced view of any given situation.

    More often than not, that makes sense. But to... read on

  • How did I end up in Uganda?

    By David Suissa

    July 2, 2014 | 6:03 pm

    The last thing I wanted to do was spend my July 4th weekend in Uganda.

    I was having a nice, harmless breakfast at Gregg’s café just south of Tel Aviv on the beach in Herzliya, catching up with my friend Sivan Yaari, the founder of the Israeli non-profit Innovation Africa. I was... read on

  • My Conversation with Donald Sterling: ‘I am not a racist’

    By David Suissa

    May 2, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    After three days of reaching out to friends to get an introduction to Donald Sterling as well as his contact information, I finally was able to talk to the most talked-about man in America.

    On Friday afternoon around 1PM Los Angeles time, I called.

    “Hello,” a deep voice... read on

  • How Donald Sterling poisoned my sanctuary

    By David Suissa

    April 29, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Now that Donald Sterling has been banished from basketball for life, I can share my anxieties about the past week.

    I’m a basketball nut. I moved to Los Angeles from Montreal in the early 1980s, and I’ve been a passionate follower of the Lakers and NBA basketball ever since. For... read on

  • My Jewish-African Seder

    By David Suissa

    April 14, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    I never thought I’d be hosting a Passover Seder for one of the survivors of the Rwanda genocide, a tragedy in which almost a million people perished in 1994.

    The survivor, a sweet-looking woman named Edith Umugiraneza, quietly recounted the story of how she survived while her... read on

  • Bibi Forgot the Most Important Word

    By David Suissa

    March 4, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Many commentators are giving kudos to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his sparkling speech at AIPAC, where he sounded like an American version of Shimon Peres waxing eloquent on the virtues of peace.

    The problem is, when you don’t risk anything, people are less likely to... read on

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