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  • Letters to the editor: Tikkun olam in North Africa, violence against women and global warming

    9 hours ago

    Supply and Demand

    David Suissa indicates that tikkun olam didn’t exist in places like North Africa (“Jews Helping Non-Jews,” March 28). But he fails to mention that its absence was due to lack of necessity, not a tribal instinct to “put one’s own first.” He bemoans the supposed...

  • Why Shavit struck a nerve

    By David Suissa

    March 19, 2014 | 11:08 am

    It's rare to see a passionate critic of Israel resonate with so many passionate defenders of Israel. And yet, Ari Shavit seems to have pulled that off with his new book, “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.”

    In my right-wing circles, many people are talking about...

  • Women and Torah: Masking words

    By David Suissa

    March 12, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Especially during this time of year, when many of us disguise ourselves for the holiday of Purim, the idea of masks is usually associated with people. Even in politics and everyday life, we talk of people masking their real intentions or hiding behind a façade.

    But in Judaism,...

  • Community response to David Suissa on Charedi draft

    March 12, 2014 | 9:42 am

    [The Charedi draft debate: David Suissa /
    Dr. Irving Lebovics responds / Knesset passes Charedi draft law]

    David Suissa said that the Charedim are portraying a Chilul Hashem and should serve in the army. I disagree with his opinion. The Charedim are not targeting to hurt anyone,...

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  • The Charedi protests: A response to David Suissa

    March 12, 2014 | 9:39 am

    [David Suissa: Charedim should start with ‘thank you’  /
    Knesset passes Charedi draft law / Community response]

    I consider myself a friend of David Suissa. I like what he is about, trying to bring disparate segments of our Jewish community together. That is precisely why I feel...

  • Charedim should start with ‘thank you’

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Put yourself in the shoes of an Israeli mother whose son was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). On television, you watch close to half a million Ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate last Sunday against a bill that would force some of them to serve in the IDF, which...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel, Palestine, peace, John Kerry and global warming

    March 5, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Dark Before the Dawn

    Rob Eshman’s piece in this week’s Journal brought to mind a couple of analogies (“The Bright Side,” Feb. 28). The first that occurred to me is all the things I could accomplish if only I had the winning ticket in one of those humongous lotteries. The...

  • Letters to the editor: Holocaust comparisons, Mr. Mom, BDS and laughter for all

    February 26, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Mixed Feelings on Holocaust Comparison  

    Danielle Berrin’s piece (“Will America Re-Examine Its Shame?” Feb. 21) certainly has its virtues about what needs to be recognized as America’s sin, shame or national disgrace of 350 years as a house of bondage for black people — a story...

  • Expose the enemy: Say yes

    By David Suissa

    January 15, 2014 | 11:04 am

    I’m worried about Israel. I’m always worried about the terror forces in the region that want to destroy the Jewish state, but these days, I’m even more worried about the evil forces around the world that want to annihilate Israel through other means.

    These forces are out to...

  • A Jewish wish list for 2014

    By David Suissa

    December 31, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    In no special order, here are 10 wishes for our community for the coming year:

    1. A sukkah for every Jew. Seriously, is there any Jewish holiday cooler than Sukkot? And yet, most non-Orthodox Jews don’t build a sukkah to commemorate the desert journey of our ancestors. In recent...

  • The debate of the year: David Suissa vs. Peter Beinart

    December 30, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Jewish Journal President David Suissa debates political author Peter Beinart spar about Israel in the debate of the year.

    Moderated by Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe.

  • Beinart, Suissa face off on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    December 6, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Peter Beinart is no stranger to the accusation that for a self-proclaimed passionate supporter of Israel, he treats the Jewish state too harshly.

    Since the release of his book “The Crisis of Zionism” in 2012, he has traveled the country debating ardent Zionists such as Daniel...

  • What Obama Missed in his Trayvon Martin Speech

    By David Suissa

    July 19, 2013 | 9:30 pm

    In his personal and heartfelt speech yesterday on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, President Obama did a great job explaining why “the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

    Had he stuck to that theme, it...

  • Off to the Holy Land: “People of the Loose Strap”

    By David Suissa

    July 18, 2013 | 12:47 pm

    I don’t have to tell you what it’s like to be on a packed, nonstop, 14-hour El Al flight to Tel Aviv, but I will anyway.

    You know, the usual: Crying babies; a Zionist youth group with plenty of testosterone (all wearing red T-shirts); an Israeli dude who looks like a former...

  • There’s a Lot Less Racial Violence Than You Think

    By David Suissa

    July 16, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    To hear the national outcry over the George Zimmerman verdict and the countless cries of “racism in this country,” you’d think that black people are killing white people and that white people are killing black people at an extraordinary rate.

    It is true that in America, where in...

  • A real gay marriage debate

    By David Suissa

    July 5, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    If you look at the brouhaha ignited at Sinai Temple in the wake of Rabbi David Wolpe’s announcement that he would officiate at same-sex marriages, you won’t get a good idea of what this “debate” is really about.

    That’s because incendiary language has clouded the picture.

    In an...

  • The Monty Hall solution

    By Rob Eshman

    June 12, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    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 kid. Back then, I’d come home from school and watch him on “Let’s Make a Deal.” 

    Monty created the popular game show with Stefan Hatos...

  • Some Information for David Suissa

    By Aryeh Cohen

    April 23, 2013 | 5:22 pm

    David Suissa bemoans the "fact" that Muslims are not self-critical, nor do they condemn terror attacks loudly enough. 

    So for general edification I spent 5 minutes on Google and came up with this list. 

    9/11http://kurzman.unc.edu/islamic-statements-against-terrorism/

    ...

  • Suckers at the Casbah

    By David Suissa

    April 8, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Apparently, there are smart people out there who still believe it’s up to Israel to revive the dead Middle East peace process.

    Just last week, over 100 prominent American Jews released a letter, sponsored by the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Comedy is good for the Jews

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    Are you one of those Jews who got offended by Seth MacFarlane's "Jews control Hollywood" shtick at the Academy Awards last Sunday night? And do you agree with Anti-Defamation League (ADL) leader Abe Foxman's statement that MacFarlane's attempt at humor was "sad and disheartening"...

  • Gatekeepers or Gate Crashers?

    By David Suissa

    January 30, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    How can a dubious and unoriginal Israeli movie become the darling of the film world and even get nominated for an Academy Award?

    That is the real story behind “The Gatekeepers,” a documentary that, as Jodi Rudoren of The New York Times writes, “has already captured the attention...

  • Birthright Shabbat, Part 2

    By David Suissa

    January 16, 2013 | 11:40 am

    I don’t often write about the same subject in consecutive weeks, but because my “Birthright Shabbat” column last week elicited an unusual amount of feedback, I thought I’d share some of it with you, as well as build on the idea.

    Last week, I wrote about the special magic of the...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gaza war, “Lincoln” and Special Needs

    November 28, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Hope for Peace With Hamas
     
    When David Suissa wonders “If Hamas had the ability to murder thousands of Jews, wouldn’t they?” he is letting stereotypes get in the way of helpful analysis (“Pogroms Interrupted,” Nov. 23). He is also, in effect, arguing that Hamas is not an...
  • War and bickering

    By David Suissa

    November 28, 2012 | 10:31 am

    As the missiles were flying last week between Israel and Gaza, verbal missiles were flying between two prominent Jews: Rabbi Sharon Brous in Los Angeles and Rabbi Daniel Gordis in Jerusalem. 

    The crux of their dispute: What is the appropriate Jewish response when the Jewish state...

  • Pogroms interrupted: The era of Jews fighting back

    By David Suissa

    November 16, 2012 | 10:10 am

    As I’ve been watching images of Hamas rockets falling on Israel, I’ve asked myself: If Hamas had the ability to murder thousands of Jews, wouldn’t they? And if Israel didn’t have a strong army, wouldn’t we surely witness another pogrom? 

    Since the destruction of the Second Temple...

  • Sticking to our labels

    By David Suissa

    October 3, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Is it possible to be religiously not religious? That question came to me the other day when I asked a friend what his synagogue plans were for the coming Holy Days.

    “Neilah,” he answered, referring to the last prayer of Yom Kippur.

    “That’s it?” I asked. “Anything else? What...

  • The curse of being right

    By David Suissa

    September 19, 2012 | 11:24 am

    How many of us have been going around during these Days of Repentance apologizing to those we have wronged during the past year? Be honest. Have you made your list of the people you have hurt and the offenses that have hurt them? When you have apologized, have you settled for the...

  • The Newish Journal

    By David Suissa

    September 12, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    Is it possible to take a holiday like Rosh Hashanah, which focuses so strongly on human affairs, and apply it to a nonhuman thing, like, say, a community paper? On the surface, this doesn’t make sense: Everything about Rosh Hashanah is about what we do as humans — taking stock of...

  • Shabbat without religion

    By David Suissa

    September 5, 2012 | 11:55 am

    How do you talk about Judaism in a way that's not too "Jewish"? How do you convey Jewish ideas to Jews who might get turned off by religious ideas? Is it possible, in other words, to talk about the Jewish religion in a nonreligious way?

    Those questions were on my mind last Friday...

  • Beyond silence

    By David Suissa

    August 29, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    One of the most moving letters you’ll read this year was written by Irwin Cotler, a Canadian member of parliament, to the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, imploring him to hold a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by...

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