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  • Letters to the Editor: Garcetti’s f-bomb, JCC and L.A. Metro

    2 weeks ago

    Expletive Explanations

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in an ill-advised attempt to polish his “common man” persona, dropped the F-bomb. Dennis Prager, leaping from his springboard of indignation, makes an equally ill-advised attempt to connect a rise in the public use of...

  • Letters to the editor: Father’s Day, Theodore Bikel, the ethics of keeping kosher and more

    June 18, 2014 | 9:01 am

    You Can’t Spell ‘Father’ Without ‘Her’

    This is one of the most thoughtful and touching columns to appear in recent memory (“From Dad’s Art Studio to the Rabbi’s Bimah,” June 13). How lucky for Rabbi Zoe Klein to be his daughter, and how lucky for him to be her father. And thank...

  • Letters to the editor: BDS, UCLA and the VA

    June 4, 2014 | 9:58 am

    The Why, Not the What

    Jared Sichel’s article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at UCLA is a thoughtful exposure of the current tactics used by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) groups to push their agenda on that and other campuses (“Battleground...

  • Letters to the editor: J Street and Tel Aviv

    May 21, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Left, Right and U-Turns on J Street

    David Suissa’s article “J Street’s Real Failure” (May 16) was full of factual errors and falsehoods, and he was also wrong in his overall argument. 

    As Suissa should know, because he spoke at the J Street National Conference, J Street opposes...

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  • Letters to the editor: Exodus, spirituality and anti-Semitism

    April 23, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Barking Up the Wrong ‘Free’

    I must admit that each time I read a good argument supporting each position (1) the Bible is to be taken literally and (2) the Bible is not to be taken literally, I find I am moved by both positions (“Did the Exodus Happen?” April 18). They are both...

  • Letters to the editor: Bill Maher and Dennis Prager on global warming

    April 9, 2014 | 9:49 am

    Bill Maher: It’s Complicated

    Bill Maher infuriates me, but I want to have a beer with him. I don’t even want to change his mind. We all have people in our lives who we love that make us crazy. There is even a name for them: Family. 

    OK Bill, what will you have? I’m buying. 

    ...

  • Letters to the editor: Rob’s goodbye and connecting to Judaism

    March 12, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Not ‘Goodbye,’ Just ‘See You Later’

    I was disappointed to read Rob Eshman’s last column (“Why We Write,” March 7). I will so miss it during the time you are away. It’s the first thing I read in the Journal. I am a home delivery subscriber and have been ever since I had back...

  • Community response to David Suissa on Charedi draft

    March 12, 2014 | 9:42 am

    [The Charedi draft debate: David Suissa /
    Dr. Irving Lebovics responds / Knesset passes Charedi draft law]

    David Suissa said that the Charedim are portraying a Chilul Hashem and should serve in the army. I disagree with his opinion. The Charedim are not targeting to hurt anyone,...

  • Letters to the editor: Disabilities in the Jewish community, rain and saving Judaism

    February 19, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    One Man’s Disability, A Community’s Responsibility

    Thanks, Rob Eshman, for making this issue more salient (“Jews Without Harvard,” Feb. 14). My three children tested as “gifted” or “highly-gifted” and I’m glad I pulled them out of the specialized highly-gifted schools, and out of...

  • Letters to the editor: North Korea, AIPAC, BDS and more

    February 12, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    The Holocaust Abroad

    Thank you for your excellent cover and feature story on North Korea (Holocaust in the Hermit Kingdom,” Jan. 24.)  The following week was our annual student-led retreat at AJRCA.  We were so moved by the story that, in memory of International Holocaust...

  • Letters to the editor: North Korea, Howard Stern, nachas and more

    February 5, 2014 | 10:26 am

    North Korea’s Familiar Struggle

    I am writing to give you a heartfelt thanks for the cover story on the human rights situation in North Korea (“Holocaust in the Hermit Kingdom,” Jan. 24). I was born in the United States, my parents are South Korean immigrants, and in my family...

  • Letters to the editor: North Korea, Chris Christie, Pollard and more

    January 29, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    Just Say ‘No’ to China

    Three years ago, in a letter to the Los Angeles Times, I called for a boycott of China based on its own abuses: from the selling of women by psychiatric hospitals as sexual partners, to forced labor, torture and murder, denial of human rights and the theft...

  • Letters to the editor: UCLA’s agenda, Eshman’s pomegranate tree and the wealthy Americans

    January 22, 2014 | 10:24 am

    The Liberal Agenda 

    Dennis Prager contends that American university curricula promote a liberal agenda (“UCLA’s Further Deterioration,” Jan. 10). In fact, the opposite is true. The traditional university education subtly taught generations of students that the only subjects...

  • Letters to the editor: Pomegranate trees, money in the Jewish community and UCLA

    January 15, 2014 | 9:59 am

    A Love That’s Deeply Rooted

    This article brought tears to my eyes as I, too, have a tendency to fall in love with my trees (“Pom Wonderful,” Jan. 10). So I would urge you, if you have not already done so, to consult with a certified and licensed arborist before heeding the advice...

  • Letters to the editor: Jordan Belfort, Azerbaijan and defending Israel

    January 8, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Treating the Moral, Ethical Sickness Spread by MoneyÏ

    As a state and federal criminal prosecutor, I can tell you that for every Bernard Madoff or Jordan Belfort, there are dozens of Jewish white-collar criminals you will never read about (“ ‘The Wolf’ and the Jewish Problem,”...

  • Letters to the editor: Freedom of speech, Bedouins and women with education

    December 19, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Freedom of Speech Demonstrated Here

    Every few weeks there is a letter urging the Jewish Journal to discontinue Dennis Prager. I have never seen a letter asking that Marty Kaplan be discontinued. Either a) everyone likes and agrees with Marty Kaplan or b) the readers who want...

  • Letters to the editor: Missionaries, Kindertransport and more

    November 26, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Addressing the Bigger Wrong

    Rob Eshman is right to question George W. Bush’s decision to address the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (“Why Bush Was Wrong,” Nov. 15), but I feel there is another issue that he should have addressed in this context: the Jewish position toward...

  • Letters to the editor: George W. Bush, the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute and Jewish pluralism

    November 20, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    This Argument Will Not End Until the Messiah Comes 

    Rob Eshman’s criticism of former President George W. Bush’s public support for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) is well put (“Why Bush Was Wrong,” Nov. 15). However, the participation of a former president in MJBI’s...

  • Letters to the editor: Drones, Tea Party lunches and the right to bear arms

    November 13, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    Drone Issue Complicated Yet Simple: It’s About Ethics and Morality

    Thank you for the great article “The Torah of Drones” (Nov. 8). It’s extremely important and well written.

    My only concern is that the question regarding the morality of deciding who shall live and who shall die...

  • Letters to the editor: Women of the Wall, Jewish divorces and religion in universities

    November 6, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    Western Wall Negotiation

    Women of the Wall did not decide to pray on [Religious Affairs Minister Naftali] Bennett’s sun deck (“A Kotel Platform for No One?” Oct. 25). We decided to negotiate with the government on the creation of a third section at the Kotel. This section will...

  • Letters to the Editor: Hillel serves up diverse buffet and Orthodoxy dividing the community

    October 30, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    Hillel Buffet Serves Up a Diverse Menu

    Hillel at UCLA enjoys a good relationship with the local Chabad (“Sharing the Next Gen — Hillel and Chabad on Campus,” Oct. 25). The unconditional love they exhibit is indeed laudable, and it is true that Chabad’s free Friday night dinners...

  • Letters to the Editor: Judaism in Poland, Jewish values and cleaning up Mount Zion

    October 23, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Judaism in Poland

    I want to thank and congratulate you for again getting it right (“It’s Warsaw, Jake,” Oct. 18). It’s amazing what happens when power and authority are motivators. Since the Twarda has dealt with only the Orthodox community under Rabbi Michael Schudrich for...

  • Letters to the Editor: Greenberg cartoons, two-state solutions and changing demographics

    October 16, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

    As an avid reader of the Journal for the last 15 years, I found the “Tea-hadist” cartoon to be completely in bad taste and shameful for a Jewish publication to print on many levels (Greenberg’s View, Oct. 11). I urge the Journal to issue a sincere...

  • Letter to the Editor: Marijuana, Persians and the Oslo Accord

    October 9, 2013 | 4:04 pm

    More on Marijuana

    It can be seen by the article “Light-Up Nation” (Oct. 4) that medical marijuana is truly a science and has medical and emotional benefits. My hope is that funds will be allocated in the near future so that more research and clinical trials can be done. Why is it...

  • Letters to the Editor: Bet Tzedek, hunger and ‘Parts Unknown’

    October 4, 2013 | 11:01 am

    More Info Needed for Full Bet Tzedek Picture

    I find multiple problems with the article “A Union’s Jewish Connection” (Sept. 27). These problems bias the article dramatically against the Bet Tzedek employees and give Jewish Journal readers far less than full information. They...

  • Letters to the Editor: Ian Lustick, Kaparot, Sukkot and Anne Frank

    September 24, 2013 | 11:56 am

    Many Opinions on One-State Article

    Only in an echo chamber of anti-Zionists do Ian Lustick’s arguments sound anything but absurd (“One-State Delusion,” Sept. 20).

    Ethan Felson, Vice President, Jewish Council for Public Affairs of Columbus, Ohio


    Excellent, thoughtful analysis...

  • Letters to the Editor: Kaparot, Jewish by choice

    September 18, 2013 | 2:44 pm

    Kaparot Ritual Is Met With Outrage

    “Where is Hamas when you need them?” and “Go back home to Germany” were the catcalls we heard at the demonstration on the Sunday before Yom Kippur (“Kaparot Concession Sought,” Sept. 13). Demonstrators led by radical vegan Rabbi Jonathan...

  • Letters to the Editor: Daniel Pearl Fellows, wine and chickens

    September 11, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    U.S.-Pakistan Relations

    Rob Eshman brings us the chilling fact that most Pakistanis believe Israel and the United States are behind the 9/11 attacks and the cause for the chaos in Egypt (“Reshaping Hate,” Aug. 30). Once again, this raises the question: “Why do they hate us?” The...

  • Letters to the Editor: Cardboard Sukkah, Child Abuse, Gender Terminology

    August 22, 2013 | 3:52 pm

    Cardboard Sukkah Idea Has a Few Holes In It

    It’s a brilliant idea, though the street folks will now be cardless as well as homeless until they can invest donations in new, and, perhaps better, art supplies (“HomelessSukkah.com,” Aug. 16). Here’s hoping your metaphor will be...

  • Letters to the Editor: Wilshire Boulevard Temple, peace talks, Women of the Wall

    August 14, 2013 | 3:48 pm

    Celebrating L.A.’s ‘Grand Dame’ Synagogue

    Thank you so very much for your column about the rescue and restoration of Wilshire Boulevard Temple — the “grand dame” of synagogues in Los Angeles (“Wilshire Boulevard,” Aug. 2). 

    I am one of the fortunate who attended religious...

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