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  • Letters to the editor: Open Orthodoxy, SSFL and Brandeis-Bardin, Jews in the Poultry business

    1 week ago

    Orthodoxy for All?

    David Suissa wrote an interesting cover story called “Can Open Orthodoxy Help Revive Judaism?” (Nov. 13). Open Orthodoxy can be beneficial because Judaism can modernize with the changing world around it.  Some laws in religious Judaism are dated and do not make...

  • Letters to the editor: Lucy Aharish, Bill Clinton and peace talks, the Temple Mount and more

    3 weeks ago

    Lucy Aharish: Progressive and Practical

    I agree with David Suissa’s column “Why I Love Lucy” (Oct. 30). In order for there to be true peace in the State of Israel, the Palestinian Authority must have a progressive attitude. Instead of wallowing in the past with hatred and...

  • Letters to the editor: UC Irvine Hillel; Prager, Carson and guns; Solar power

    October 28, 2015 | 10:28 am

    Even Exchanges vs. Excuses

    David Suissa mischaracterized the work UC Irvine Hillel is doing on campus (“The Knife War Is Not Evenhanded,” Oct. 23). UCI Hillel students are proud Jews who’ve had diverse Jewish and Israel experiences, represent the breadth of the religious and...

  • Response to David Suissa’s claim about terror

    October 26, 2015 | 10:03 am

    I wish David Suissa had reached out to me before he tried guessing at the motives behind the statement UC Irvine Hillel students released on the violence in Israel.  Though he says the statement put him to sleep, it was but one small, non-contextualized piece of a larger success...

  • Letters to the editor: Time to die; Gun control; Anti-Zionism

    October 14, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Determining Time

    Dr. Neil Wenger’s intriguing opinion piece about the need for some patients to accept that it is “time to die” overstates the comparison between Moses’ death and what happens in contemporary ICUs (“When it’s Time to Die,” Oct. 9). 

    Moses was the greatest...

  • Letters to the editor: The Pope; Water crisis; The Laugh Factory and more

    October 8, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Not a One-Man Show

    I think David Suissa perfectly summarizes some unique Jewish principles (“Why Jews Don’t Have a Pope,” Oct. 2). For us, mutuality, collective decision making, mutually complementing cooperation above and despite our inherent differences, arguments and diversity...

  • The value of touch

    By David Suissa

    September 24, 2015 | 11:25 am

    One of the most overlooked aspects of Judaism is its obsession with material things. Yes, it’s true that our tradition is full of powerful stories, ideas and values. But those are cerebral. For me, the hidden beauty of Judaism is in the concrete — the things we can touch.

    We can...

  • Letters to the editor: Eshman and Suissa work together; Breech babies; Moishe House and more

    September 24, 2015 | 9:43 am

    Divine Unity

    A hearty yasher koach to Rob Eshman and David Suissa (“Forward … Together,” Sept. 18). Together is where we must be, left wing and right wing. After all, with one wing, no bird can fly. Here’s to more unity in 5776.

    Rabbi Baruch Cohon, Los Angeles

    Thanks to Rob...

  • In the new year, moving forward ... together

    September 16, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    A reporter called us one day last month. He had been reading our columns and saw that we were on opposite sides of the Iran deal debate, yet we were working together running the Jewish Journal. How could that be?

    Our first reaction was a kind of bemused sadness: When two Jews who...

  • Letters to the editor: Peoplehood, kapparot, Joseph L. Young and more

    September 16, 2015 | 9:14 am

    Dealing with the Deal, Together

    I am writing to say that I agree with what David Suissa said in his editorial (“Bubblehood vs. Peoplehood,” Sept. 11). But he forgot to mention something important. 

    It was because we could not come together that we lost Jerusalem and the Temple...

  • Bubblehood vs. Peoplehood

    By David Suissa

    September 10, 2015 | 11:18 am

    The most overused and abused word in the Jewish world must surely be “community.” Here in Los Angeles, we’re often told that we’re all part of some grand “Jewish community,” but deep down, we know better. If by community we mean a group of like-minded people whose company we enjoy,...

  • At L.A. Jewish Journal, president and publisher face off on Iran deal — and stay friendly

    August 17, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Open up the pages of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal these days, and you’re likely to find vigorous debate about the Iran deal.

    And that’s just between the newspaper’s president, David Suissa, and its publisher and editor-in-chief, Rob Eshman.

    The two have been going...

  • Iran: What Now? A Panel Discussion on the Nuclear Deal

    August 5, 2015 | 11:39 am


    The Jewish Journal held a debate on the Iran nuclear deal on Aug. 2, 2015.


    Mel Levine / Former U.S. Representative
    Dalia Dassa Kaye / Iran Expert, RAND
    Omri Ceren / The Israel Project


    David Suissa / TRIBE Media Corp. & Jewish Journal President

    Sponsored by The Jewish Federation, Beth Jacob and the Jewish Journal

  • Letters to the editor: Iran Deal, David Azouly, swastikas in D.C. and more

    July 27, 2015 | 8:55 am

    Not a Gamblin’ Man

    I disagree with Rob Eshman’s opening paragraph, wherein he states that “nobody knows” what the end result will be with the Iranian deal (“The Iran Deal Gamble,” July 17). Anyone who considers the current atmosphere with Iran, and the basic points of the...

  • Panel: In Israel, will the future be hope or fear?

    July 9, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    A post-Israeli election panel on the future of Israel. Featuring Rob Eshman, David Suissa and Shmuel Rosner. Moderated by Susan Freudenheim.

  • Moving and shaking: Michael Oren, Tony Blair, synagogue softball and more

    By Ryan Torok

    July 9, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren’s dual loyalties — and his frustration with the growing separation between Israel and the U.S. — were evident in his remarks July 1 when he appeared at the Museum of Tolerance to discuss his recently released,...

  • Michael Oren responds to ‘Ally’ backlash at local event

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren’s dual loyalties — and his frustration with the growing separation between Israel and America — were evident in his remarks July 1 when he appeared at the Museum of Tolerance to discuss his recently released, controversial...

  • Letters to the editor: Sanders, Soros and more

    June 10, 2015 | 9:11 am

    Soros as a Source?

    Kudos to the Journal for the cover story “The World’s ‘Least Wanted’ People” (June 5). We, as Jews, to use the oft-stated cliché, have “been there and done that,” so it is fitting to read of the plight of Myanmar’s Muslims in the pages of the Jewish Journal....

  • Why give Muslims a Pass?

    By David Suissa

    May 5, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    If a Christian fundamentalist holds a provocative conference attacking abortion and two violent liberal protesters show up and start shooting, do we accuse the preacher of being too provocative and igniting the violence?

    If a Muslim preacher gives a nasty public sermon calling...

  • Letters to the editor: Lamb stew, Passover, Jon Stewart and more

    April 23, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    Lamb Stew Not Kosher

    The Jewish Journal recipe for lamb stew (“Our Dad’s Lamb Stew,” March 27) clearly mixed milk and meat. Not only was this a poor selection for a Passover recipe, it is just flat-out not kosher. The garbanzo beans would also only be for the Sephardic. Hopefully...

  • Letters to the editor: The UCLA controversy and more

    March 18, 2015 | 11:19 am

    How to Train Your Bruin

    I must respectfully disagree with the approach proposed by my good friend David Suissa in his column on UCLA: “Stop Fighting and Start Winning” (March 11, jewishjournal.com). 

    Actually his column is all about “fighting to win.” This form of fighting is...

  • Letters to the editor: All about Bibi

    March 11, 2015 | 9:43 am

    So, About That Speech …

    Rob Eshman is a writer without any credibility (“Bibi, You’re No Moses,” March 6). It’s Jews like him who make our enemies stronger. He should be fired and banished.

    Barry Schreiber, Los Angeles  

    Eshman provided nothing to suggest that: (a) Iran is...

  • Letters to the editor: Jewish Hebdo, Dr. Maher Hathout and more

    January 21, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Je Suis Jewish Hebdo

    As a longtime reader and subscriber, on occasion my East Coast, slightly politically involved family background will cause me to take a position regarding any number of articles (“Solidarity,” Jan 16). After all, that is one of our jobs as Jews — question...

  • Letters to the editor: Obama’s Jewish soul, hacking the hackers and more

    December 29, 2014 | 9:05 pm

    Chanukah With President Obama
    David Suissa owes my grandson an apology. 
    In his Dec. 18 story titled “Obama: I’m Jewish ‘In My Soul,’ ” Suissa recounted his experience attending the White House Chanukah party the night before. I am that “imposing and tall white-haired...
  • Letters to the editor: Israel on campus, violence in Israel, Zev Yaroslavsky and more

    December 3, 2014 | 10:02 am

    When Neighbors Are Attacked

    How tragically sad and foolish it is to see the Jewish Journal’s cover proclaim “When Neighbors Attack:” Can Israelis protect themselves …” (Nov. 28) and not realize that the two civilian Palestinian women pictured are more obviously needing protection...

  • Why Judaism needs journalism

    By David Suissa

    November 20, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    There’s a tendency in the Jewish world to look for big solutions to big problems. One of those problems is the disheartening fact that most Jews today are simply not that interested in Judaism.

    This problem isn’t made up — it’s real. We live in a world where the options are so...

  • Letters to the editor: The Berlin Wall, Maher/Affleck/Harris II, voting and more

    November 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Chipping Away Another Brick in the Wall

    Thank you so very much for the excellent description of the celebration (“Lessons From a Wall,” Nov. 14). I lived in Germany almost continuously from 1971, when I went as a U.S. soldier, until I returned to California in 2004. Nov. 9, 1989,...

  • Letters to the editor: Self-criticism, Cannon films and the mikvah scandal

    November 5, 2014 | 11:16 am

    You’re Your Worst Critic

    I found David Suissa’s article “Exporting Self-Criticism” (Oct. 31) really powerful. Instead of thinking that Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s words were troubling, I was shown the opposite. Instead of being bothered by Israel being a sick society, it...

  • Letters to the editor: Young Americans in Israel, embracing our elders and shmita

    October 1, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Young Yisra’el?

    I recently read Rob Eshman’s article about the younger generation and their views of Israel in light of the summer’s violent events (“Young Americans and Israel,” Sept. 5). I applaud the Journal’s courage in presenting the fact that there is a range of views...

  • Letters to the editor: Leonard Fein, Dr. Jose Nessim and ISIS

    August 27, 2014 | 9:48 am

    ISIS Atrocities 

    Rob Eshman is to be commended for discussing one of the most disturbing and savage events currently on the planet — the barbaric slaughter of Christians Kurds and Yazidis in Iraq by Islamic Nazis: ISIS (“When Christians Die,” Aug. 15). Several points, though,...

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