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  • Diary of an IDF Father

    By tessc

    August 5, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    These are the e-mails of Marvin Hankin, father of two IDF soldiers, Aviel and Gilad, currently stationed in Gaza. Aviel, age 27, is a medical officer for his unit; in August, he will finish the first year of his five-year commitment. Gilad, 22, was drafted into the tank corps at...

  • Poem: Alphabets

    October 16, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    I have always believed in the alchemy of letters 
                                      but never in their permanence.
           
    Just look how the aleph was stripped of its
    rightly earned place to begin the Torah
                                      how the bet is sheltered —
    but only...

  • Letters to the Editor: Mark Rosenblum, Homeless Sukkah, Vista Del Mar

    August 28, 2013 | 11:13 am

    More on the Crusader

    Rob Eshman’s praise of Mark Rosenblum’s decades-long battle for a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian struggle is well deserved (“The Crusader,” Aug. 23). I’ve worked with Mark for years, share his passion, if not his energy in working for the two-state...

  • 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...

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  • Letters to the Editor: Prager on murder, Spiritual care, Christmas Mitzvah, Seeking former students

    January 2, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Prager on Murder

    It is quite something to read Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion dean Joshua Holo’s caricature Dennis Prager as reckless, heedless, gratuitously hostile and a provocateur “painting in broad strokes of facile caricature” (Letters, Dec. 21), when...

  • Letters to the Editor: Berman will be missed, Fight for life, Seeking survivors

    November 16, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Howard Berman Will Be Missed

    Last week’s election was incredibly emotional for me. With the support of my community, a kid from Pacoima won a seat in the United States House of Representatives. But I, like many others, was also very saddened to see Congress lose one of its...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager’s Politics, Bassoonist Has Storied Career

    November 8, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    Prager’s Politics

    Dennis Prager has again conveniently and simplistically divided his world into good and bad, conservative Republicans being good, liberal Democrats being bad (“A Jew Tours for Romney,” Nov. 2). He then uses this formulation to claim that the conservative...

  • Letters to the Editor: Cantor’s Kavanah, Homeland, Kol Nidre LIVE

    October 10, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Cantor’s Kavanah Remains Cool

    We are grateful for the lovely profile on our immensely talented chazzan, Hillel Tigay (“The Rock Cantor,” Sept. 21). But we want to set the record straight on one matter. Here’s what went down mere moments before Kol Nidre at IKAR four years ago:...

  • Letters to the Editor: Kol Nidre Live, Obama, Mitt

    October 3, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Kol Nidre Online Nourishes Spirit of Those Far Away

    I’m originally from Los Angeles but have been living in Tel Aviv for the past three years.


    My mom is an avid reader of the Jewish Journal and sent me the link to your online Kol Nidre service. Since I got back home really...

  • Father and son

    September 5, 2012 | 11:37 am

    On these High Holy Days, there will be empty seats in our synagogues. This is a letter found on one of those seats …

    Dear Dad,

    This year, I’m not coming to shul for the holidays. I know this will hurt you, and you’ll be angry, but perhaps you’ll hear me out.

    I have always...

  • Letters to the Editor: Milk, languages, kindergarten, breakfast, philanthropy

    June 27, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    More on Milk

    Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is restirring a tempest in a glass of milk (“How Kosher Is Your Milk,” June 22). This issue was addressed in great detail in the fall 2007 issue of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society in the article “The Kashrut of Commercially...

  • Letters to the Editor: Voter initiatives, immigration and Israel, outreach, teen philanthropy

    June 20, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    Looking for a Real Cure

    Does Raphael Sonenshein really think that one of the top three cures for what ails us is to correct voter initiatives, or that what we really need is longer careered politicians (“California: Can This Patient Be Saved?” June 15)?

    Instead of looking to...

  • 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...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gilad Shalit, United Nations, Gelson’s Ad

    October 26, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    Gilad Shalit

    Steven M. Goldberg’s article “The Shame in Surrendering to Evil” (Oct. 21) exhibits the consummate hypocrisy of the World Zionist Organization. I believe that their credo has always been to give 100 percent support for the actions of any Israeli government. They...

  • 10 things I love and understand

    By Julia Bendis

    February 25, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    1. Don’t you love those people that use ALL CAPS when typing?  What is the thought there?  That unless you use all capital letters nobody will read your email, or that its a lot more important that other people’s emails?  And furthermore the same people that use all caps, don’t know...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager, Settlements, Chevy Volt

    December 15, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    Yeshivas vs. Universities: Another View

    As a liberal professor who studies the yeshiva world, I agree with Dennis Prager that there are interesting parallels (“Ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas and Secular Universities,” Dec. 3). But how can he say that social science professors study...

  • LETTERS: Torah Battle, Mormon Official, Ethics

    March 18, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    Ethics Certificate

    I heartily agree with David Suissa and his reservations about the new certificate indicating that Jewish businesses uphold labor laws (“Laboring for Ethics,” March 6). If the Rubashkin scandal [Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse] is what prompted the...

  • Purim Spoof, Jacob and Esau, Chasidic Movements, Wagner Cover, Origins of Alphabet

    March 11, 2009 | 9:29 pm

    Itzhak Perlman Concert

    The concert was held in a social hall with 1,000 people crammed in, and Perlman refused to use a microphone when he spoke (“Perlman Plays Sinai Temple,” Feb. 27). Thirteen members of my family were in that social hall seated all over, starting from the...

  • Small Mac attack, Wright flap, too much tolerance

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Professor Anti-Semites Love

    I was shocked to learn that an article I had published in 1972 is being cited by anti-Semites to support their twisted ideas ("The Professor Anti-Semites Love," May 9).

    I wonder how many people have actually read my article. Essentially, I analyzed...
  • Shoah, McCain, Ziman vs. Lee, Obama, Pope

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Tinseltown and Shoah

    I was disappointed to see in the review of "Imaginary Witness" the old stereotype of Jewish moguls as cackling Shylocks counting their money from the German market, while their co-religionists were being murdered by Hitler ("How Tinseltown Shaped the Worldview...
  • CAMERA, Sabeel and The Jewish Journal

    By Andrea Levin

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rob Eshman's peculiar attack on CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America ("Butt Out," Jan. 25, 2008), for alerting some of its Los Angeles area members and friends to the pernicious activity of an anti-Israel group called the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation...
  • Should Israel care what we think? Should we care what Israel thinks? If not now, when?

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Should Israel Care?

    The four pieces addressing the cover story have missed one aspect of the debate ("Why Should Israel Care What We Think About Jerusalem?" Jan. 25). The government of Israel, in making decisions on the fate of Jerusalem, is not operating in a vacuum. It is subject...
  • Rabbi Cooper; Enough with the Spinka; Tuskeegee Airmen

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Bloods, Crips and Rabbis
    In profiling Rabbi Abe Cooper, I'm glad you mentioned his work in combating hate in cyberspace ("The Bloods, The Crips and The Rabbi," Jan. 18). What is particularly noteworthy is how he has resisted the temptation to push for government censorship and...
  • Not so awful being green, honorable menschen

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Greening Hypocrisy

    Just read your article in the green edition of The Jewish Journal and bravo ("End Hypocrisy Now," Jan. 4). Thank goodness someone finally said something. I am a filmmaker and environmental educator living in the Fairfax district, and I can't tell you how shocking...
  • The Tribe, eating meat, mah-jongg, MPAC

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Tribal Writes

    You are to be commended for initiating the Tribe section ("A Moral Dilemma: 'No Country for Old Men,'" "A Rational Jerusalem"). The two articles printed in the Dec. 7 issue were equal to anything published in The Journal. Both the articles were well reasoned and had...
  • Annapolis, Chanukah, Jerusalem, Not So Weird

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Annapolis and Jerusalem

    Last month, Rob Eshman wrote, "Many of us are willing to let half of Jerusalem go so that the idea of Jerusalem can be saved" ("Annapolis and Chanukah," Nov. 30). I'd like to respond with two points:

    First, if, God forbid, East Jerusalem were handed over to...
  • OneVoice, one heart, one mind

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    OneVoice

    Arthur Cohn's recent guest opinion on OneVoice and Mideast peace is hopelessly rooted in the thinking of past generations ("OneVoice Speaks Mistakenly on Achieving Peace," Nov. 16).

    The idea that Palestinians intentionally kill innocent Israelis, but Israelis only...
  • Cake is taken; happiness is not a warm gun; go veg, young man!

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Teaching About Israel

    Frankly, I've read other articles in The Journal that I haven't agreed with before, but this one, written by Daniel Sokatch, takes the cake ("We Must Teach About Israel -- Warts and All," Sept. 14). It's nothing but a pure leftist propaganda piece disguised...

  • Jefferson was Jewish?

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Jefferson

    I'm a fan of Lloyd Garver's always humorous and insightful column on cbsnews.com and was pleased to see his opinion piece in The Jewish Journal ("Oy! Jefferson, Jewish? Who Knew?" March 16).

    I, too, was raised in a family where we kept a mental roster of...

  • Shutting Jewish mouths; A civil tone of voice

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A Civil Tone

    Last week's Letters section offered a fascinating window on the views and feelings of our community (Letters, Feb. 23). Most of the letters were thoughtful, informative and passionate. Two stepped over the line.

    One nasty note was directed at Rob Eshman personally,...

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