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  • What to Ask a Jew

    By Rob Eshman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If you're Jewish, this is not for you to read. Please clip this editorial and hand it off to a close non-Jewish friend. I'm certain some of your best friends aren't Jews. And thanks for sharing.

    Dear Non-Jewish Friend:

    Every year around this time your friend disappears from work or...

  • Jordan King Courts U.S. Jews on Future

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jordan's king believes Jews can play a key role in his campaign to win back the Muslim street.

    "The Amman message," initiated by Abdullah II, brought together scholars from the eight main streams of Islam in July to issue edicts that marginalize terrorists who purport to act in the...

  • Pickles Mark Peaceful Restraint in Gaza

    By David Suissa

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When they write the story of the Jewish people at the turn of the millennium, I hope they won't forget the pickles.

    Much has been written about the Gaza disengagement. Whether you were left, right or center -- blue or orange -- this was a defining moment. Imagine this: A Jewish army...

  • Evacuees Face Life of Uncertainties

    By Gil Sedan

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Shlomi Tabach was trying to pry the bronze mezuzah off his front doorpost with pliers, but it wouldn't budge.

    "Look at that. The mezuzah doesn't want to leave. It wants to stay in Gush Katif," said Tabach's mother-in-law, Yaffa Michaeli, referring to the main Jewish settlement bloc...

  • Two Families’ Dreams Were Not Demolished

    By Howard Blume

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It'll be a heart-wrenching summer in the Gaza Strip, when Israeli forces order Jewish settlers to leave as part of the government's historic disengagement plan. Even the promise of new houses and stipends as high as $400,000 won't erase the indelible sadness of leaving behind a...

  • Hezbollah Faces Identity Crisis

    By Gil Sedan

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hezbollah's most valuable asset in Lebanon's election campaign is none other than its historic foe, Israel.

    On the eve of elections, scheduled to begin May 29, Hezbollah is trying to retain its pose as the ultimate guardian of Lebanese interests vis-á-vis Israel, stoking a flare-up...

  • People of the Blog

    By Rob Eshman

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Here's a theory of social change I'd like to float: Initial attempts by the established order to respond to sweeping changes are either murderous or ridiculous.

    The first part is obvious: the French Revolution, Kent State, Arab dictatorships.

    As for the second, Exhibit No. 1...

  • So Uncool, It’s Cool

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    I favor the type of acrylic French tip nails that are considered fashionable only by midlevel porn stars. I still wear Uggs. Pink is my favorite color. I've seen the movie "G.I Jane" twice, and not for camp value. I thought it was good.

    Today, I embrace my uncool preferences.


  • Schoolyard Brawl

    By Howard Blume

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

  • Advice From a Jew to Pope Benedict XVI

    By Rabbi John L. Rosove

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    We Jews number about 13 million souls worldwide, as opposed to the Roman Catholic Church's claim of 1.2 billion. One might argue that it is un-mitigated chutzpah for a rabbi to offer advice to the new pope as he begins his papacy. After all, what the church does is its own...

  • New Study Breaks Down 2004 Election

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Newly compiled information suggests that a few more Jews voted for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry last November than originally reported, and highlights several areas where Republicans are gaining momentum within the Jewish community.

    The analysis by the Solomon...

  • High Court Hears Prison Religion Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to side with American Jewish organizations advocating for religious minorities' rights in prison.

    While it's impossible to determine how the high court justices will rule later this year, Jewish organizational officials who listened to oral...

  • Brand Israel

    By Amy Klein

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    What do you think about when you hear the word Israel?

    Chances are if you're like most Americans, when you hear Israel, you think war. Ask most Americans to free-word associate with the word "Israel" and they'd probably say: terrorists, Palestinians, danger and conflict.

    At best....

  • Iraq Election May Mark Start of Change

    By Robert Kagan

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The day after the elections in Iraq, the London Independent commented that "in the long term, it is possible that yesterday's elections in Iraq may be seen as marking the start of a great change across the whole region."

    The editors hastened to add that it would be "utterly wrong...

  • The Optimist

    By Rob Eshman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    I needed two forms of picture ID to enter the Pentagon, but I only brought one. The journalism students I accompanied last week -- participants in Hillel's Spitzer Conference J-Track program -- all had driver's licenses and university identification. I faced multiple security...

  • Peace Possibility

    By Leslie Susser

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    After Mahmoud Abbas' convincing victory this week in the election for Palestinian Authority president and the establishment of a new, moderate government in Israel, both Israel and the Palestinians now seem to have pragmatic leaders capable of making peace.

    There is quiet optimism...

  • A fashion ‘do’

    By Idan Ivri

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Somehow within the creaking behemoth of the California garment industry, facing fierce competition from across the Pacific Rim, a Montreal-born, Jewish businessman with a handlebar mustache is expecting $150 million in 2004 sales.

    Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel,...

  • Making 2005 a Year of Peace in Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon predicts 2005 will be the year of peace -- and Israelis, Palestinians and key members of the international community are taking steps to make it happen.

    In a keynote speech last week at the Herzliya Conference on Israel's National Security, Sharon...

  • The Kindest Cut

    By Rob Eshman

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Last week for Chanukah I wrote about latkes, this week, the brisket.

    Butchered cows have provoked quite a controversy over the past two weeks. That's because the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), released an undercover video taken at the...

  • Here’s a Great Idea for a Change

    By Gary Wexler

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Jews know well how to create an idea and implement it. In the world at large, we do it all the time in the arts, business, government or academia.

    Yet, inside our community, in those numerous meetings of Jewish organizations, more often than not, rather than creating ideas, we...

  • Sharon Spurns Syria Peace Talks Push

    By Leslie Susser

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Syria's President Bashar Assad is proving to be as stubborn a character as his father.

    But where Assad senior showed his obduracy by refusing to make concessions for peace, the younger Assad shows his by continually pushing for peace talks -- or at least saying he wants them.

  • It’s All About the Olive Oil

    By Linda Morel

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    "I like to have fun in the kitchen," said Susie Fishbein, a stay-at-home mother of four -- three girls and a boy -- who became an overnight success with the publication of her cookbook, "Kosher by Design: Picture-perfect food for the holidays & every day" (Mesorah, 2003).


  • Jerusalem Gets Business Jump-Start

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jerusalem might be a spiritually moving "holy city," but many Israelis see it as an economic backwater from which young people are fleeing. Roughly 7,000 highly educated young people leave the city each year, and 40 percent of the city's residents live below the poverty line.


  • Will Bush Change Course on Israel?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Israeli establishment is delighted by the re-election of President Bush.

    His Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, may have been seen as a good friend of Israel, but Israeli officials speak of an ideological meeting of minds between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud-led...

  • Progress or Pressure If Arafat Goes?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli officials are quietly confident that if Yasser Arafat's health forces him to leave office, new chances for Israeli-Palestinian accommodation will open up.

    But they are aware of a number of pitfalls. The most serious danger is that any successor to Arafat might not have the...

  • trde

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Tuesday after Labor Day found many kids returning to school from summer vacation. While those at Beverly High showed up in summer tan-revealing tanks and short shorts, at Milken Community High School, neither tank top, nor short shorts, nor T-shirt could be seen.

    Milken has...

  • Make Resolutions That Will Stick

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We have spoken slander; we have acted presumptuously; we have practiced deceit."

    Each year we beat our chest and resolve to change. And each year, we make promises to ourselves: I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to stop gossiping. I'm going to learn to play the piano.

    Yet long...

  • Masters Of Return

    By Julie G Fax

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Not knowing the words to Friday night Kiddush -- in fact, not knowing that there was such a thing as Kiddush -- bothered Sharon Brous, but she got over it. She had always strongly identified as a cultural Jew, and there was no need to change that now that she was in college.

    But one...

  • Love-Bombing of Jews Hitting Mark

    By Rachel Donadio

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania could hardly contain his delight as he addressed a packed ballroom at the Plaza Hotel while he was in New York for the Republican National Convention.

    "Just know I love you!" the GOP senator, a Catholic, shouted to the largely Jewish crowd...

  • Federation to End Donor Subscriptions

    By Marc Ballon

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Starting next year, Jewish Journal readers who received their weekly newspaper by donating to The Jewish Federation will still be able to get it, but not as part of their Federation donation.

    Readers will be able to subscribe directly to The Journal for home delivery, or pick it up...

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