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  • Politicians will never make us happy

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    According to a 2015 Pew report, just 19 percent of Americans say they can trust their government “always or most of the time,” while only 20 percent would describe government programs as “being well run.”

    This is not a shocking statistic — we’ve been hearing about the declining...

  • Letters to the editor: Marty Kaplan, race relations in America and more

    1 week ago

    We Are All in This Together

    Dear Marty Kaplan, I am a 90-year-old African-American with a 100-year-old Jewish friend. You said all that can and should be said on this tragic state of affairs in our country (“Are We Better Than This?” July 15). May you continue to write such...

  • Breaking Bodies

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    Leave my body alone.

    This is my thought when I see terror.

    I don’t care if it’s a truck, a gun, a knife, a bomb.

    Just leave my body alone.

    Do not slice my flesh.

    Do not splinter my bones or explode my arteries.

    Do not rape my muscles and ligaments.


  • Moving and shaking: Aish L.A., L.A. Press Club Awards, Technion and more

    By Ryan Torok

    June 30, 2016 | 9:39 am

    Los Angeles residents Rita Emerson and Robert Hanisee received honorary fellowships from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on June 5 in a ceremony that was held at the university’s campus in Haifa during the Technion board of governors June 4-8 meeting.

    The Technion...

  • Letters to the editor: Political balance, anti-Semitism, Harris Newmark and more

    June 29, 2016 | 9:20 am

    Orthodox Survey Needs Context

    Shmuel Rosner’s column this past week is very troubling (“The Formerly Orthodox American Jews,” June 24). Rather than coming off as a news story, it comes off as very negative toward observant Jews. For example, there are statistics on relationships...

  • Letters to the editor: Baca, BDS, Women in the Torah and more

    June 15, 2016 | 8:37 am

    Gratitude for Baca 

    I want to respond to Michael Rubinstein’s letter regarding political cronyism (June 10). I suppose Mr. Rubinstein did not learn the Jewish concept of hakaras hatov. The Jewish community will eternally be grateful to former Sheriff Lee Baca for all that he has...

  • LL Cool J discusses his Jewish friends, Israel and more

    By Ryan Torok

    May 19, 2016 | 6:36 pm

    Rapper and actor LL Cool J joined Jewish community leaders Dr. Eyal Fruchter, former head of the mental health department of the Israeli Defense Forces Medical Corps, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel, Young Israel of Century City Rabbi Elazar Muskin, Jewish...

  • Bring a story to your seder

    By David Suissa

    April 19, 2016 | 9:32 am

    Passover seders can be noisy affairs. Gather families and friends together for a festive meal and, invariably, people will gravitate toward the lively art of random schmoozing.

    They’ll schmooze about Trump, Clinton, Kobe, AIPAC, J Street, Bibi, Iran, family gossip, community...

  • How to criticize Israel

    By David Suissa

    April 13, 2016 | 9:24 am

    If you love Israel, how do you criticize the country in a way that’s fair and loving?

    All too often, liberal critics of Israel will choose the “Yes, but” approach: “Yes, Israel has the right to defend itself, but what it is doing to the Palestinians is horrible” or “Yes, Israel...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel’s video, the U.N., an affordable Jewish education and more

    April 13, 2016 | 8:57 am

    Predator or Protector?

    Regarding Rob Eshman’s column about the shooting in Hebron: He is certainly entitled to his opinion, but this soldier is also entitled to his day in court and Eshman’s inflammatory comments before the court hearing endanger this soldier’s rights (“Israel’s...

  • Letters to the editor: CA’s water crisis, goodbye to Garry Shandling and more

    April 6, 2016 | 9:50 am

    A Serious Water Solution

    California’s water crisis is written in its history of laissez-faire and monopoly (think “Chinatown”). California still has no unified water policy and can never successfully legislate one unless the state unceremoniously seizes control of the state’s...

  • Jewish Insider hosts wine-tasting event in D.C.

    March 29, 2016 | 10:30 am

    SCENE LAST WEEK: On Monday March 21st, Jewish Insider hosted a late night wine tasting with Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-California) at Rep. Turner’s condo building in downtown D.C. The 150 attendees, many of whom were in town for AIPAC's...

  • Letters to the editor: Donald Trump, Women of the Wall and more

    March 16, 2016 | 9:02 am

    Israel Has Always Bled Red

    Shmuel Rosner, who I greatly admire, apparently tried to excuse Israeli support for Donald Trump by writing that “Israel tilts rightward when it considers American politics” (“Like It or Not, Israelis Think Trump is Better for Them Than Clinton,” March...

  • Letters to the editor: Donald Trump, disability inclusion and more

    March 4, 2016 | 9:39 am

    More Inclusion Programs

    I am the mother of a 10-year-old boy who at 15 months was diagnosed with epilepsy (“Why Give a Damn About JDAIM?” Feb. 12). As he got older, his ability to read, communicate and socialize did not develop at a typical pace. I wondered if it would be...

  • Moving and shaking: Jeopardy winner, AIPAC gala, YU and more

    By Ryan Torok

    February 25, 2016 | 12:20 pm

    This local college student is $100,000 richer. The question, “Jeopardy!”-style, would be: “Who is USC student Sam Deutsch?”

    The junior political economy major won the game show’s recent college tournament, which culminated on Feb. 12. 

    “It definitely has not sunk in yet. I...

  • Letters to the editor: JDAIM, Marty Baron and more

    February 24, 2016 | 10:19 am

    A Perfect Fit

    I read “Why Give a Damn about JDAIM” (Feb. 12) by Michelle Wolf and I wanted to share my experience with inclusion. Our son Alex was born with a developmental disability and, from a young age of 2, has always loved Jewish prayers and Jewish culture. Now 13, he is...

  • Fighting Nice: Rob Eshman and David Suissa

    February 11, 2016 | 2:33 pm

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  • A conversation on how to fix Israel’s PR

    By Ryan Torok

    January 28, 2016 | 10:35 am

    Two national pro-Israel leaders had no problem agreeing during a recent community conversation at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills that the Jewish state has an image problem. The real difference of opinion they had was what to do about it.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder of The...

  • Letters to the editor: Being wrong, understanding Islamophobia and more

    January 13, 2016 | 9:31 am

    Benefit of the Doubt?

    David Suissa has written a very interesting column on how we know what we claim to know (“What if I’m Wrong?” Jan. 8). He lists three reasons why Journal columnist Dennis Prager does not seem to express any outward doubt about his views, but I think he...

  • The longest war

    By David Suissa

    December 9, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    No matter how many wars we fight and how many precautions we take, as long as enough people believe they are killing in the name of God, the war against Islamic terror will continue. The killers of San Bernardino were motivated not by grievance but by religious fervor. California’s...

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

    November 18, 2015 | 9:20 am

    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

    November 4, 2015 | 9:35 am

    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...

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