"Impossible!" That's what Itamar Azulay, a 32-year-old Israeli general contractor, had to say about "PeaceMaker," a computer game for both Mac and PC that challenges players to do what many have tried and failed to do: bring peace to the Middle East. "There's no way to do it," he said, visibly frustrated with the game. Azulay has been living in the San Fernando Valley since he was 14, but hasn't lost his Israeli edge. He's also an avid gamer and a fan of Xbox's "Gears of War."
As Antonio Villaraigosa campaigns for mayor in the Jewish community, he will face the same big question asked by all non-Latino voters: Are you too Mexican?
The question is especially important to Jews, because our community's long-time relationship with Latino and African American Los Angeles has been a powerful force in the city's history.
The groundswell of emotion in response to Ilan Ramon's death has not only been a great inspiration for American Jews, it also has helped strengthen the bond Americans feel for Israel.
"It's a state of mourning for the whole nation. Our school is no different," said Joseph "J.P." Schwarcz, 18, a Yeshiva University freshmanin New York.
At the same time, Schwarcz was quick to note the distinct status of Israel's representative on board, Ramon, as a role model for Jews.
"Throughout the whole week, our deans have come into our class and discussed with us how we should be just like Ilan Ramon," he said.
In mourning the tragic flight of the whole Columbia crew, Jews across America are especially touched by the loss of Ramon. Whether Jews saw him as pioneer or peacemaker, most saw him as the best of the Jewish people.
Korach decides to pick a fight with Moses. He says: Hey! I'm a Levite, too! Don't I deserve to be given as much honor as you Moses?