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  • Letters to the Editor: Egypt, women’s rights, Palestine

    February 16, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Eshman’s Siren Song

    The Egyptian people clamoring for a voice in “one brief shining moment” historically and presently, by all accounts, share one thing in common — their hatred for Israel and for Jews (“Siren Song,” Feb. 11). Yet Eshman and his political mentor, Tom...

  • Israel, Egypt and the ‘F’ Word

    By Rob Eshman

    January 30, 2011 | 11:09 pm

    Israelis and their supporters are wondering whether the uprising in Egypt is good for Israel.  They want to know: Will it bring a radical Muslim government to power?  Will outgoing strongman Hosni Mubarak’s replacement stick by the country’s treaties with Israel? Will a new Egypt...

  • Free Egypt, Eat Ful

    By Rob Eshman

    January 28, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    Here’s one little clue I had that the uprising in Egypt had legs. What started as a street protest now looks like it may become a revolution.  Back on Tuesday morning, when the first Tweets started coming out of Cairo, one in particular caught my eye:

    Fast food shops around Tahir...

  • French Jewish Cooking With Joan Nathan [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    January 7, 2011 | 9:53 am

    The first time I ever spoke to Joan Nathan, it was by telephone, and I wrote out for myself what I wanted to say to her: “Hello, Ms. Nathan, this is Rob Eshman with The Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, and I want to speak with you about your new cookbook. I think you should know that...

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  • 10 Ways Howard Stern’s Retirement Will Hurt the World

    By Rob Eshman

    August 26, 2010 | 5:04 pm

    This blog is devoted to examining the effects of Howard Stern on the culture at large.  These days a lot of his on air discussion revolves around whether or not he’ll renew his contract with Sirius and stay on the radio as a morning broadcaster. 

    I can’t imagine what it’s like...

  • Six Steps to Better Israel PR

    By Rob Eshman

    June 15, 2010 | 5:30 pm

    In 1943, Ben Hecht, the greatest screenwriter who ever lived, grew frustrated with what he accurately predicted would be the unstopped slaughter of his fellow Jews in Europe. Drawing on his two most powerful weapons — words and Hollywood friends — he wrote a theatrical spectacle...

  • The Sacrament

    By Rob Eshman

    May 25, 2010 | 4:26 pm

    Before he came to Los Angeles to die, my cousin Lloyd lived in a courtyard apartment in Oakland. He was 34. That year, the doctors diagnosed his twitchy arm and
    trippy legs as Lou Gehrig’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He saw a specialist at UC San Francisco who...

  • How to Make Blintzes—The Movie

    By Rob Eshman

    May 14, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    Here’s the video Jay made of me making blintzes.  It has the recipes and shows the steps.  We try to keep these video short and fun.  I guarantee that if you watch to the end, you’ll enjoy Jay’s visual joke based on a movie that has nothing to do with Shavuout, except that once upon...

  • Passover Recipes

    By Rob Eshman

    March 17, 2010 | 10:08 pm

    In my cover story this week, I write about infusing Passover with the flavors of spring.  Here are those flavors:


    Gefilte Lettuce (Ceviche-Stuffed Butter Lettuce)

    Let’s fac e it.  If you grow up with jarred gefilte fish, you may eventually develop a taste for it.  After all,...

  • Happy Passover, Danny DeVito

    By Rob Eshman

    March 15, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    In Barry Levinson’s 1987 movie Tin Men there’s two scenes that always struck me as getting to the emotional core of Passover. The first takes place at a bar.  Danny DeVito plays Tilley, a guy whose wife just left him for a man he loathes, and whose house and car have just been...

  • Saving LA, or The Front Yard Artichoke [RECIPE}

    By Rob Eshman

    March 7, 2010 | 9:07 am

    Over the weekend, I was mulling my second list—Nine Ways To Make LA an Ultimate Food City—as well as the comments it provoked, and it occurred to me that by making LA a better food city, we will make it a better city in general.  Cleaner, more prosperous, more just, more...

  • The Tabouli Lesson [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    January 29, 2010 | 7:18 pm

    They say we are all children of the same God, but it’s clear we don’t act like it.  For centuries we’ve slaughtered one another in the name of God.  We’ve enslaved, oppressed, reviled and ridiculed our fellow men and women because their god just looked at us funny. I belong...

  • Kingsolver v. Safran Foer [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    January 26, 2010 | 6:14 pm

    Barbara Kingsolver thinks Jonathan Safan Foer is an idiot.

    She doesn’t say it, at least not directly, but that’s the inevitable takeaway from first reading her bestseller, “Animal Vegetable Miracle,” then reading his, “Eating Animals.”

    Read them back to back and...

  • Harman v. Winograd

    By Rob Eshman

    January 12, 2010 | 8:01 pm

    One Shabbat morning several years ago, Dan Shevitz, one of my two favorite Venice rabbis, was walking down Abbot Kinney Boulevard toward his synagogue, Mishkon Tephilo. He came to a narrow stretch of sidewalk in front of Abbot’s Habit, and stopped, not wanting to walk over a large...

  • What’s Happening

    By Rob Eshman

    December 16, 2009 | 6:34 am

    Last week, I met a guy named John who moved out to Los Angeles many years ago, dreaming of Hollywood.

    He found an apartment around Argyle Street, then one day he wandered into the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He didn’t have any money, so John offered to clean toilets in exchange...

  • Rob Eshman a Hit on TV: His Views on the Anti-Semitic Cartoon

    By Jay Firestone

    March 27, 2009 | 1:46 pm

    NBC 4 had a shining moment last night.

    During the 6 o’clock evening news, The Jewish Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Rob Eshman discussed his feelings towards the recent controversial cartoon by Pat Oliphant. 

    It must have been NBC’s highest rated segment since Seinfeld.

    For more of Rob’s comments on the cartoon controversy, click here.



  • Butt flag fever, Orthodox crawl, what to expect, propaganda

    July 31, 2008 | 1:00 am

    Flag Skirts

    I was very interested in the subject matter of the young people of the United States going to Israel on the Birthright program (Cover, July 18).

    However, am I the only paranoid Jew who found it offensive? Since when is it appropriate to drape a flag (from any country)...
  • Back to the future -- my trip to the Lower East Side

    By Rob Eshman

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Click on the photo name or PHOTO LINK for a description
    Photo slideshow by Rob Eshman



    "Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in."

    I'm standing on the balcony of a boutique hotel in New York's Lower East Side, looking down on Orchard Street, having a "Godfather"...

  • My Work Is Not to Blame for Jew-Haters

    By Bernard Goldberg

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Usually I only respond to fair and thoughtful criticism, but I'll make an exception in this case, because people I respect tell me that Rob Eshman, the editor-in-chief of this publication, is both a smart and decent guy.

    Recently, he wrote a column on July 29 about my new book --...

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