Are Israelis constitutionally incapable of agreeing on a constitution to govern their country?
When the Righteous Persons Foundation, created and financed by Steven Spielberg, announced earlier this month that it was giving $1 million for relief efforts in Israel, including $250,000 to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles crisis fund, the impact went beyond the donation itself.
Does Stanley Mosk's California Supreme Court seat naturally go to a Jew? In the political jockeying left by the death at 88 of California's longest-serving justice, the debate begins again: Is there a special "Jewish seat" that deserves to be enshrined on the high court?
In filling the seat Mosk occupied for 37 years, here are some names being mentioned: former L.A. City Attorney Burt Pines and former Rep. Lynn Schenk, both close aides to Gov. Gray Davis; Arthur Gilbert, presiding justice of the Court of Appeal in Ventura (and a jazz pianist); Appellate Justice Norman Epstein and U.S. District Judge Nora Manella. Personally I'm for Pines (though I hear he eschews it). The Manella name has a certain poetic impact; her father's firm, Irell & Manella, was among the early "Jewish firms" in Los Angeles, responding to discrimination against Jews among old-line law offices.