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  • Letters to the Editor: NSA, Western Wall, Millepied and super grads

    June 21, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    If You Have Nothing to Hide …

    Whilst [Marty Kaplan] may be right vis a vis freedom versus security, my main concern is who is minding the minders; absolute power corrupts absolutely (“Dear NSA [NSFW],” June 14). The president may have lofty ideals and good intentions, he is a...

  • Letters to the Editor: Survivors. Garcetti cartoon, 99 Cents Only store

    June 7, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    Survivor Stories Have Merit

    I was not raised Jewish, but I like to read the Journal and discuss articles in it with acquaintances and friends. I learn so much from the Survivor stories.

    I have just read the story of Charlotte Seeman (May 31). I read it twice! I couldn’t believe...

  • Letters to the Editor: Women of the Wall, Gun Violence, Angelina Jolie

    May 31, 2013 | 10:53 am

    Words at the Wall

    If praying with tallis and tefillin was all that Women of the Wall (WOW) wanted, they would be satisfied with the Sharnsky compromise of a third section for all other forms of Jewish worship (“Stone-Walling,” May 24). If they accepted that, they would also be...

  • Letters to the Editor: Cleveland Kidnappings, Hawking, Mount Zion Cemetery

    May 22, 2013 | 3:38 pm

    How Much Involvement?

    This is a thought-provoking article about our own responsibility as neighbors (“We Must Be Our Brother’s Keeper,” May 17). How do we strike the balance between being intrusive and being helpful?

    Haya Leah Molnar
    via jewishjournal.com

    Brotherhood

    In...

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  • Letters to the Editor: Prager on Newsweek’s Top Rabbi list, Slavin Library closure, AEPi

    April 4, 2013 | 4:55 am

    Rabbinic Recognition

    I have an answer to Dennis Prager’s column criticizing the annual list of 50 top rabbis published by Newsweek/Daily Beast (“Time to End the ‘Top Rabbis’ List,” March 29). Prager complains that the Newsweek ranking brings the cult of celebrity to the fragile...

  • Letters to the Editor: Bill Maher, Witold Pilecki, ‘Lincoln’

    December 12, 2012 | 10:18 am

    A Word to the Unwise

    I didn’t get around to reading the Dec. 7 issue of the Jewish Journal until late last night, and when I saw the Danielle Berrin column, “Q&A With Bill Maher,” the words of Joseph Welch came to mind when he said to despicable Sen. Joe McCarthy, “Have you no...

  • Letters to the Editor: Ayn Rand, Romney, Obama, Rachel Corrie

    September 5, 2012 | 10:55 am

    Dissecting Ayn Rand 

    In “Rand … Rosenbaum?” (Aug. 17), Rob Eshman tries to convince us (or himself) that Ayn Rand’s support of Israel confirms her Jewishness and contradicts her philosophy. Neither is true. 

    Eshman seems to think that her Jewishness is proved by her ignoring...

  • How much is Jewish innovation worth?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 14, 2012 | 11:55 am

    On May 8, in a very cool space in Culver City, I listened to a hundred very cool people talk about their very cool vision for the Jewish future.

    The occasion was something called — OK, bear with me — “ALCHEMY: The Science & Art of Jewish Innovation: an evening of...

  • Letters to the Editor: Peter Beinart, Dennis Prager and ADL

    April 11, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    The Argument for Two States

    In reviewing Peter Beinart’s new book, Rabbi David Wolpe states that “Israel’s settlements” are an “impediment” to peace (“Inconvenient Truths,” March 30).

    Is Wolpe arguing a Palestinian state must be Jew-free? Why can’t 300,000 Jews...

  • From the Editor: Getting that giving is getting

    By Dikla Kadosh

    October 21, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    When Eli Tene, co-chair of the Israeli Leadership Council (ILC), first called to tell me about a new initiative they had cooked up, I knew it was something big. I could hear it in his voice.

    And as I sat down with Donna Kreisler, whom the ILC had plucked from a successful career in...

  • New York Times’ new editor: Jill Abramson, world’s most powerful Jewish woman?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 2, 2011 | 11:40 am

    This morning the New York Times announced that Jill Abramson will take over as the newspaper’s new editor from Bill Keller, who will become a writer for the paper. This makes Abramson the first woman to lead the paper in its history. We have it from reliable sources that Jill...

  • We are family

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 16, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    How do you define family?

    A father, a mother and two children? A single mom raising two girls? A divorced mom and a stepfather, two stepkids and a half-sister? Two sisters, one half-sister from the same mother, and a half-brother and half-sister from the same father?

    These...

  • Morally Kosher; Defending the Dennis; <BR>Teddy the Great; Jane Ulman means ‘brilliant writing

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Morally Kosher

    Perhaps you wonder whether your column has an impact ("Moral Diet," Jan. 5). Upon reading it last week, my wife and I -- longtime vegetarians and supporters of organic farming -- were struck by the justice and power of [Rob Eshman's] words. I immediately spoke with...

  • Israeli-Palestinian Confederation; CAIR; Borat; Elections; More JewQ questions

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Confederation

    Josef Avesar says of the Israelis and Palestinian Arabs that "each side demands that the other relinquish crucial aspects of its identity," and that therefore, some form of confederation would be a "pragmatic" solution to their problems ("Mideast Solution: A...

  • Cluster bombs; again with the ‘Dumb Jews;’  Democrats vs Republicans one more time; Jews in Space!

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Cluster Bombs

    Calling for condemnation of the IDF's use of cluster bombs against Hezbollah would degrade Israel's ability to defend herself, thus encouraging Hezbollah to again employ their vast rocket and missile inventory to terrorize and murder Israeli civilians and to damage...

  • Letters to the Editor

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Chamberlain Ad

    I do not know if I can communicate how deeply offended I was by the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) Neville Chamberlain ad on page 6 of the Sept. 8 Jewish Journal. Besides the complete lack of intellectual honesty, the appalling lack of logical reasoning fails...
  • Letters to the Editor

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Left

    Gary Wexler ("Left-Leaning Jewish Groups Out-of-Touch Now," Aug. 4) ought not to be surprised by the wrath of his former compatriots in last week's Letters to the Editor. It is the standard fury against an apostate.

    Instead, he is to be commended for doing what too few of...

  • Risks, Rewards of the Jewish Angle

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish journalism has its risks, as veteran newsman Daniel Schorr has pointed out.

    Addressing a Jewish audience in Los Angeles some years ago, Schorr recounted that his first professional job, in the mid-1930s, was as a correspondent with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in his native...

  • The Lichtenstein Formula for a Jewish Paper

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The role of a Jewish newspaper is to connect the Jewish community, not to unify it," said Gene Lichtenstein, founding editor of The Journal.

    During his nearly 15-year tenure, which ended in 2000, Lichtenstein's formula was to hire good, independent writers and columnists who could...

  • Letters

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Very Funny

    The funniest part of your recent Purim issue was the article on Rabbi Aron Tendler's departure from Shaarey Zedek Congregation ("Tendler Resigns Under Cloud," March 10). In lieu of any substance, it was filled with rumors and speculation -- a hilarious send-up of real...

  • This Week - Not Our Movie

    By Rob Eshman

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    By launching a public, pre-Oscar campaign against the movie "Paradise Now," Jewish activists all but guaranteed that people who might not otherwise see the movie would now be curious to give it a chance.

    I was among the curious.

    "Paradise Now," written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad,...

  • Letters

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ugly Neighborhood

    Without reading a word of the inside article, I write because I am distressed about the depiction on the front page ("An Ugly Day in the Neighborhood," March 3).

    I am all too familiar with many issues that cause divisiveness among Jews, secular, religious, somewhat...

  • Letters

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Muslim Majority

    Salam Al-Marayati's apologetics miss the mark entirely ("Don't Ignore the Quiet Majority of Muslims," Feb. 17). In the wake of the mass violence throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia, it is impossible to argue that a small, extremist element, "a handful of...

  • Letters

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Midnight Clear

    Kudos to Darcy Vebber for her evocative account of childhood Christmases in the Arizona desert and her spiritual journey to Judaism as an adult ("A Midnight Clear," Dec. 23), particularly fitting this year, when Christmas Day and the first night of Chanukah happen to...

  • Letters

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Singles Solutions

    Your article on "A Single Problem" described my sitation as an intellgient single woman very accurately (Dec. 9). However, you only begin to touch upon the problem with Jewish men. In my experience, men say they would like a smart woman, but, in reality, do not. I...

  • Letters

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith Dialogue

    As Rabbi Harold Schulweis wrote ("Interfaith Dialogue Can Bring Change," Nov. 25), interfaith dialogue is indispensable for countering mainline Christian divest-from-Israel campaigns. But dialogue alone simply has not and cannot turn the tide, much as we wish it...

  • Letters

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Volunteers

    It is not only American Jewry but younger Israelis, particularly, who are not aware of the sacrifice many North Americans made for Israel ("The Americans Who Fought for Israel," Nov. 18). Sabras take the state for granted; it was in existence when they were born.

    It was,...

  • Letters

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tookie: Live or Die?

    I was really quite shocked at the noose on the cover to illustrate the articles on the [scheduled] execution of Stanley Tookie Williams ("Should Tookie Die," Nov. 11). Pairing lynching imagery with a discussion about the controversial impending death of a black...

  • Letters

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tookie Williams

    Larry Greenfield's article pointing out the reasons why Tookie Williams should die defeats itself by way of his last paragraph ("Should Tookie Die?" Nov. 11). In it, he writes that if Williams is allowed to live, the tears of his victims' loved ones will not dry,...

  • The Conversation

    By Rob Eshman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Things started to go bad quickly.

    The United Airlines agent informed us our flight from Denver to Aspen was over sold -- not everyone with a valid ticket was going to get on board.

    Dozens of passengers were trying to be the ones past the gate.

    Among them, lots of Jews.

    We were...

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