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  • In defense of Jewish circumcision

    By Dennis Prager

    5 hours ago

    This past week, I was in Miami for the bris (or brit), the Jewish ritual circumcision, of my grandson. It’s a good time to offer a defense of the Jews’ most ancient ritual.

    According to various reports, there are Jews — and not only Jews who have forsaken their Jewish identity —...

  • Ann Coulter is not an anti-Semite

    1 week ago

    During the course of the second Republican presidential debate, Ann Coulter, the well-known commentator, writer, speaker and provocateur, tweeted:

    “How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?”

    Her explanation was that she had grown frustrated with...

  • Should Europe take in a million Muslim refugees?

    By Dennis Prager

    2 weeks ago

    Should Europe take in about a million Syrian and other Muslim refugees? Should America take in tens of thousands? 

    In a recent column in the British newspaper The Guardian, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the distinguished former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, argued passionately in...

  • Moving and shaking: Chabad telethon and Rabbi Jason Weiner

    By Ryan Torok

    September 9, 2015 | 11:55 am

    Minutes before joining Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, director of Chabad West Coast, and fellow Hollywood star Jon Voight in front of TV cameras to make a pitch on behalf of the international Chasidic movement, Elliott Gould enjoyed a moment of calm.

    “It’s a privilege, and it’s also...

  • Letters to the editor: Prager v. progressives; Kishkas vs. Sechel; Bernie and Noam

    September 2, 2015 | 9:59 am

    In Conversation: Prager and a Progressive

    I have to start by saying I am a secular, progressive, left-wing Jew and, for the most part, disagree with the views expressed in Dennis Prager’s column (“Why Many American Jews Support the Iran Deal,” Aug. 28). 

    I also support the Iran...

  • Why many American Jews support the Iran deal

    By Dennis Prager

    August 26, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    The more one knows about the Iran nuclear deal, the more obvious it becomes that it is a deception that portrays itself as a deal. Virtually every claim made for it is either not true or is insignificant. The deal vastly strengthens Iran and its regime’s grip on power.

    • There...

  • One question for rabbis who perform same-sex weddings

    By Dennis Prager

    July 15, 2015 | 11:10 am

    For most supporters of same-sex marriage, the most persuasive, and certainly the most frequently offered, argument on behalf of same-sex marriage has been that homosexuals have no choice, that they could no more choose to be heterosexual than a heterosexual can choose to be a...

  • Letters to the editor: The death penalty, marriage equality, Downtown J and more

    July 8, 2015 | 9:57 am

    Convict Convictions

    I must agree with Dennis Prager regarding the death penalty (“Opponents of the Death Penalty and the Escaped Murderers,” June 19).  

    When the discussion of the death penalty first began in New York, where I lived at the time, a poll was taken of the attitude...

  • Male-female marriage remains the ideal

    By Dennis Prager

    July 1, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    Shortly before she was elected attorney general of California, Kamala Harris and I debated same-sex marriage on CNN. At one point, she asked me if I would prefer a child be raised by same-sex parents who have their act together (a paraphrase, but that was the gist) to being raised...

  • Letters to the editor: Berlin spas and Tikkun Olam

    June 24, 2015 | 9:48 am

    Bare Necessities?

    Sitting in shul on Shabbos at Chabad of Westlake, do we really need to read about Rob Eshman’s naked exploits (still not sure what the point of that undignified article was) and a glorified Pride parade in Tel Aviv (a half-page article, no less)? 

    There’s the...

  • Letters to the Editor: Dennis Prager, UCLA and Shavuot

    June 3, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    Prager vs. Presner

    We read with concern Dennis Prager’s attack on the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and its director, professor Todd Presner (“The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies,” May 22). As members of the center’s faculty advisory committee, we would like to offer...

  • Dennis Prager’s 14 Questions

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 3, 2015 | 8:50 am

    This post is in response to the article by Dennis Prager, which you can read here. He claims he is asking these questions “in a spirit of honest inquiry and intellectual challenge.” In my observation, he more commonly asks these kinds of things as a method of trolling, and I...

  • Fifteen answers for Dennis Prager

    May 18, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    All right, I’ll admit it. I believe I’m a progressive, and I’m proud of it. I define “progressive” as “advocating inclusivity and being ready to adapt to changing world conditions.” If that is different from the idea Dennis Prager had in mind, stop reading right now. From my point...

  • If God took the Jews out of Egypt…

    By Dennis Prager

    April 8, 2015 | 11:52 am

    If God took the Jews out of Egypt, why didn’t he take the Jews out of Europe during the Holocaust? Or out of Ukraine during the Khmelnitsky pogroms? Or out of Germany when Crusaders annihilated entire Jewish communities there?

    What Jew hasn’t asked such questions?

    There may be...

  • From Ferguson to Netanyahu

    By Dennis Prager

    March 25, 2015 | 10:57 am

    We live in a world of lies.

    On major issue after major issue, both domestic and foreign, we are saturated with lies.

    Remember the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that dominated American media and all of the protests against a white officer’s shooting of Michael Brown, a Black...

  • Still keen on President Obama?

    By Dennis Prager

    February 25, 2015 | 10:24 am

    On Feb. 23, in a dialogue/debate in Miami Beach with Alan Dershowitz, I asked the liberal Harvard Law School professor if he still thinks it was a good thing that Barack Obama was re-elected president in 2012.

    Before revealing his answer, I would like to ask readers who voted for...

  • Leaving Israel with little hope for peace

    By Dennis Prager

    February 11, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    I left Israel this week with little hope for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

    What led me to this view were conversations with three Palestinians who, given their circumstances, would be likely to say things that would give one optimism. They were successful...

  • Iran is mankind’s enemy

    By Dennis Prager

    January 28, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Iran today is America’s greatest enemy, Israel’s greatest enemy, the Jewish people’s greatest enemy and the greatest enemy of moral civilization.

    There is, apparently, no evil that the Iranian Islamic regime will not engage in to further its ends. 

    It is one of the only...

  • What Chabad needs to do now

    By Dennis Prager

    December 30, 2014 | 9:53 am

    It is evident to most Jews who care about the Jewish future that, individual exceptions in every movement notwithstanding, the one successful movement in contemporary Jewish life is Chabad.
    So, then, what is Chabad to do now?
    I ask this question because Chabad is...
  • Jews devoted to hurting Jews

    By Dennis Prager

    December 10, 2014 | 2:43 pm

    We Jews produce many wonderful people. We also produce a uniquely large number of people who devote their lives to hurting their own people. 

    The Jewish communists in the Soviet Union who helped the state oppress Jews and suppress Judaism are a well-known example. But in our...

  • Poverty causes crime?

    By Dennis Prager

    November 12, 2014 | 9:43 am

    One of the first clues that this Columbia-educated, liberal, Democrat, New York Jew had that there was something wrong at the heart of progressive/left-wing thought was when I read and was taught over and over that “poverty causes crime.”

    I knew from the first that this was...

  • Why is criticism of Islam forbidden?

    By Dennis Prager

    October 29, 2014 | 10:21 am

    There is apparently no amount of mass murder, no number of innocents tortured or women raped, no amount of female degradation, no number of people enslaved, no number of Christians expelled from or murdered in the Middle East, no amount of Nazi-like Jew-hatred in its societies, no...

  • Letters to the editor: Yom Kippur, Eid, Peace Now and Jews against evil

    October 22, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Putting ‘Exist’ in ‘Coexistence’ 
    I found Simone Wilson’s article about the overlapping of Yom Kippur and the Muslim feast of Eid ul-Adha heart-warming and hopeful (“A Rare and Peaceful ‘Eid Kippur’ in Israel,” Oct. 10). It is remarkable that leaders from both sides met...
  • Why do Jews oppose wars against evil?

    By Dennis Prager

    October 14, 2014 | 10:31 am

    One of the deepest disappointments in my life has been Jews’ opposition to wars against evil. I had always assumed that, as the victims of so much evil throughout history, and as heirs to the great moral teachings of the Bible and Judaism, Jews, of all people, would support...

  • When Jews are bigoted against Conservative Christians

    By Dennis Prager

    October 1, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Over the last 20 years, I have probably spent as much time with Evangelical Christians as with fellow Jews — in private settings, speaking at churches, on listener cruises, in my home and in their homes.

    I have come to admire and in many cases love these people. 


  • Letters to the editor: Young Americans and Israel, Steven Sotloff and Dennis Prager

    September 10, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Divided by a Common Goal

    In Rob Eshman’s interesting editorial piece “Young Americans and Israel” (Sept. 5), he writes, “The people in charge of Gaza aren’t exactly Quakers.” This is true, but readers may be surprised to learn that many Palestinian leaders have been trained in a...

  • West Coast Chabad celebrates 50 years with annual telethon

    By Tess Cutler

    September 9, 2014 | 5:22 pm

    It’s become Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin’s token slogan: “Call the music! Call the tote!” 

    He belted it out after a live segment with actor Jon Voight during Chabad’s 34th annual “To Life” telethon on Sept. 7. Music blasted, the tote board displaying the amount of money raised so...

  • On the death of my father

    By Dennis Prager

    September 3, 2014 | 10:47 am

    My father, Max Prager, died two weeks ago. 

    Here, then, are some thoughts on the death of a parent.

    1. Longevity

    Parents who live long are very lucky. They are lucky not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not...

  • Interview with Pastor John Hagee, founder of ‘Christians United for Israel’

    August 18, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    Last month Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – the largest pro-Israel organization in America with nearly 1.8 million members (and 1.2 million Facebook followers – 15 times as many as AIPAC) – held its ninth annual Washington Summit, with 4,800 delegates from all 50 states....

  • Why do people hate Israel?

    By Dennis Prager

    July 23, 2014 | 11:14 am

    We live in a bad world.

    There is nothing new about that. The world has been pretty bad since its inception. That’s why God destroyed it and started all over again (with little to show for the new experiment, one might add).

    From a moral perspective, look at the world since...

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