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 —
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October 16, 2013 | 1:33 pm
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...
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...
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...
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...
November 8, 2012 | 1:52 pm
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...
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:...
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...
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 …
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...
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...
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...
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...
October 26, 2011 | 6:34 pm
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...
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...
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...
March 18, 2009 | 6:28 pm
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...
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...
May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pmThe 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...
April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pmTinseltown 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...
January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm
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January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pmBloods, 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...
January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pmGreening 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...
January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pmTribal 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...
December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pmAnnapolis 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...
December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pmOneVoice
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...
September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pmTeaching 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...
March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm
March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pmA 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,...
January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pmMorally 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...
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