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Israeli military networks breached by hackers
Torah Portion: Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)
Rabbi Sarah Bassin on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)
Rabbi Jonathan Hanish on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)
Rabbi Chaim Mentz on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)
Rabbi Edward Feinstein on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)
Survivors speak out on the anniversaries of the Armenian Genocide and the liberation of Auschwitz
Tag: Letters To The Editor
March 12, 2014 | 9:42 am
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,”...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
September 11, 2013 | 4:25 pm
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...
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...
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...
August 1, 2013 | 10:30 am
I received such a delightful surprise. I received a copy of your thoughtful article “Figueres” (July 12). I am grateful for your visit to Costa Rica. It is a lesson in itself. I am grateful that, at a special time of need, you remind us of the truths of the dreams...
July 17, 2013 | 11:51 am
Decision to Perform Gay Marriages Sparks Much Conversation
Susan Freudenheim’s coverage of Rabbi David Wolpe’s decision to marry gay couples described a fascinating evolution in the Sinai Temple community (“The Gay Marriage Debate,” July 5). I want to clarify that my office at...
July 10, 2013 | 12:50 pm
Rabbi Wolpe’s Stand on Gay Marriage
I write to express appreciation to my colleague Rabbi David Wolpe on his public stand to officiate at gay marriages (“The Gay Marriage Debate,” July 5).
For those of us serving liberal synagogue communities, our challenges are different from...
July 2, 2013 | 2:44 pm
Mandela Just a Man, Not Another Moses
I realize that Americans love heroes, and journalists love to serve them up, but Nelson Mandela as another Moses (“Mandela/Moses,” June 28)?
Unlike Moses, Mandela could go to Israel any time he wanted, although Jews may not enter Muslim...
June 13, 2013 | 11:24 am
In a bizarre attack on diversity under the guise of defending “historical truth,” Dennis Prager denounced a music critic who once made the “mistake” of writing that Debussy, Bartok and Stravinsky were more important composers than Prager’s beloved Haydn...
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...
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...