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  • Letters to the editor: Mensches, Prager, optimism and Islamaphobia

    January 8, 2016 | 9:01 am

    Out with Outrage 

    Just wanted to say thanks for the “defense” and boost of optimism in Rob Eshman’s recent column (“In Defense of Optimism,” Jan. 1), and for all the work he does through the Jewish Journal — for readers, for the Jewish community, and this year, for my family, by...

  • What if I’m wrong?

    By David Suissa

    January 6, 2016 | 4:00 pm

    It’s so comfortable to be right that we rarely ask ourselves whether we’re wrong. This is human nature — uncertainty is not pleasant. It’s much more enjoyable to be sure of oneself.

    In my experience, this phenomenon is true across the ideological spectrum — my friends on the left...

  • Our history of projection: Parashat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

    January 6, 2016 | 3:55 pm

    Reading Torah at face value is fraught with danger and difficulty. Recently, readers of this publication have jumped into the fray around Torah and transgender. When columnist Dennis Prager cast his opinion on that most contemporary of social phenomena in the light of our most...

  • Moving and shaking: Jewish Educator Awards, StandWithUs Festival of Lights and more

    By Ryan Torok

    December 30, 2015 | 12:18 pm

    The 26th Jewish Educator Awards luncheon Dec. 15 singled out the four winners of the annual initiative of the Milken Family Foundation, which gives $15,000 to outstanding educators from day schools affiliated with Builders of Jewish Education (BJE).

    Honored at the event, which...

  • The Intolerance Wars

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 28, 2015 | 12:30 am

    Regular readers of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal are aware, I am sure, of the recent brouhaha between columnist Dennis Prager and supporters of the transgender community over his column about his views regarding Judaism and gender. I’m not linking to it here; you can easily find...

  • I do not need compassion like that

    December 17, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    In Dennis Prager's response to the letters to the editor, he welcomed dialogue, and described the letters as "hateful." The letters simply name the harm caused to transgender people. If defense of a right to dignity is hateful, then I'm not really sure what kind of dialogue he is...

  • Why transgender inclusion is a Jewish imperative

    December 16, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Just when the LGBT community thinks it has taken another step toward full equality and inclusion, along come the Dennis Pragers of the world to remind us how far we still have to go.

    In his most recent opinion pieces in the Journal (“The Torah and the Transgendered,” Dec. 4, and...

  • Letters to the editor: Transforming traditional translation, continued

    December 16, 2015 | 9:27 am

    Transforming Traditional Translation, Continued

    We rarely agree with Dennis Prager and certainly found his column unnecessary and hurtful (“The Torah and the Transgendered,” Dec. 2). That said, we also disagree with those who feel that the Jewish Journal should not have printed...

  • Deluge of letters to Prager shows inability to discuss serious issues

    December 15, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    The deluge of letters vilifying Dennis Prager for his Jewish Journal column, “The Torah and the Transgendered,” is yet another manifestation of too many Jews’ inability to amicably, or merely intellectually discuss important, serious issues without dismissiveness and ridicule.


  • Dennis Prager has a point

    By David Seidenberg

    December 10, 2015 | 11:59 am

    What Dennis Prager says in his most recent column (“The hate is all in one direction”) is right – liberal Jews, rabbis and laypeople, responded in these pages to his piece “Torah and the transgendered” with a lot of passion and rhetoric, even beauty, without addressing his central...

  • The hate is all in one direction

    By Dennis Prager

    December 9, 2015 | 2:31 pm

    In response to my latest column, “The Torah and the Transgendered,” the Jewish Journal was deluged with emails to the editor and comments on the Journal’s website. Virtually every one of them is shameful. If you care about the moral nature and intellectual viability of American...

  • Letters to the Editor: Responses to Dennis Prager’s column on ‘the Torah and the transgendered’

    December 8, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    The following letters are reponses to Dennis Prager's Dec. 4 column, "The Torah and the transgendered."

    Read Dennis Prager's Response

    We are 235 members of the synagogue that Dennis Prager referred to but did not identify: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC).

    When PJTC...

  • Response to Dennis Prager

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    December 8, 2015 | 9:06 am

    When earlier last month Mr. Prager assailed against non-orthodox Judaism as not going deep enough with Torah, I championed his cause. 

    However, it seems that this month, it is Mr. Prager who has lost his way

    Torah has always been a dynamic; indeed, the rabbis prompt us to...

  • The Torah and the transgendered

    By Dennis Prager

    December 2, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Is the Torah really the best guide?

    Most Jews do not believe the Torah is a divine document, but rather that it is entirely man-made. For that reason, among others, most Jews do not think that the Torah is an appropriate guide to life. How many non-Orthodox Jews, when deciding...

  • A Lesson in Israelophobia

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 2, 2015 | 7:38 am

    As our global online village continues to grow, the bias against Israel become harder to miss. Stories about UN resolutions reprimanding Israel while ignoring countries that actually violate human rights; Protesters attempting to criticize Israel while slurring clear anti-Semite...

  • Is the Jewish future bright?

    By Dennis Prager

    November 4, 2015 | 9:42 am

    As reported by Danielle Berrin in the Jewish Journal, the latest issue of Commentary Magazine is devoted to a symposium of responses by 69 “Jewish leaders, theologians, and thinkers” to the question: “What do you think will be the condition of the Jewish community 50 years from...

  • 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...

  • Jews’ anger at Ben Carson’s comments needs explaining

    By Dennis Prager

    October 21, 2015 | 11:38 am

    Why all the Jewish anger over Dr. Ben Carson’s comments on guns, Jews and the Holocaust?

    Apparently, some, perhaps many, American Jews believe it would have been worthless, or, as Tom Tugend argued in the Jewish Journal, would have made things worse, for European Jews to have...

  • In defense of Jewish circumcision

    By Dennis Prager

    October 8, 2015 | 11:11 am

    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

    September 28, 2015 | 9:36 am

    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

    September 24, 2015 | 10:29 am

    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...

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