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  • Torah and The LGBT Community: Why Prager is Wrong!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 10, 2015 | 10:33 am

    Dennis Prager’s column “The Torah and the transgendered” is flawed from the start.  Most Jews DO believe that the Torah is a Divine document- but not one written entirely by God.  Most Jews believe that the Torah is a holy guide, one that was written by some inspired interaction...

  • 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: 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: Judaism in Germany, cultural synergy, women in universities and puzzles

    December 11, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Judaism in Germany

    I am a committed supporter of Conservative Judaism and have been a member of Conservative Temple Beth Am for more than 20 years (“Conservative Judaism Reborn — In Germany,” Nov. 29). I agree with Rabbi Brad Artson that the movement is not dying. Unfortunately,...

  • Letters to the editor: ACA, mitzvot, fair trade chocolate and Noble Prizes

    December 5, 2013 | 9:56 am

    First, Practice Mitzvot

    In “No Faith, No Jewish Future” (Nov. 6), Dennis Prager has it backward. The assiduous practice of mitzvot results in recognition of their foundation, not visa versa. Halachic adherence remains the key to growth in Orthodox Judaism. A 3-year-old child...

  • Letters to the Editor: NewGround, Liberal colleges and Prager

    August 7, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Breaking New Ground in Interfaith Dialogue
    The NewGround project is as controversial as it is ambitious (“It’s Not Just Talk,” Aug. 2). Although I am skeptical as to its potential success, I believe the focus of the Jewish-Muslim dialogue is myopic. Since 9/11, it has become...
  • Letters to the Editor: Figueres, Cuba, Charedim

    August 1, 2013 | 10:30 am

    With Gratitude

    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...

  • Letters to the Editor: Hagel, Prager, Woody Allen

    May 1, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    The Good, the Bad, the Confusing

    Oh, yes, Hagel was bad for Israel — now he’s OK (“Hagel, Obama, Bibi and Red Lines,” April 26). Kerry was good for Israel — now he’s bad. And of course “good for Israel” means not pushing Bibi to actually stop eight years of talking about a...

  • Lessons of the Holocaust

    By Dennis Prager

    April 10, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    This week, Jews around the world observed Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day ought to be universally observed, because the lessons of the Holocaust are universal. Here are some of them:

    1. The Jews are the world’s canary in the mine.

    When Jews are murdered, it is a warning to...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager on Newsweek’s Top Rabbi list, Slavin Library closure, AEPi

    April 4, 2013 | 4:55 am

    Rabbinic Recognition

    I have an answer to Dennis Prager’s column criticizing the annual list of 50 top rabbis published by Newsweek/Daily Beast (“Time to End the ‘Top Rabbis’ List,” March 29). Prager complains that the Newsweek ranking brings the cult of celebrity to the fragile...

  • Letters to the Editor: Settlements, Rice, Jewlicious, Secularism

    March 28, 2013 | 8:26 am

    The Two-State Solution

    David Suissa has been writing a brilliant monologue, telling Los Angeles Jews that Israel’s settlements are legal and Israel’s enemies are so very afraid. The problem with his monologue is that it will convince no one who is not already convinced.
  • Letters to the Editor: Settlements, Response Policy, Secularism

    March 21, 2013 | 9:05 am

    Will PR Help Israel?

    David Suissa’s suggestion that Israel shift its PR efforts toward legal definitions sounds reasonable but is in reality quite futile (“Israel Needs a Lawyer,” March 15). The so-called 1967 boundaries were actually the cease-fire lines of 1949, in effect...

  • Letters to the Editor: Oscars, LimmudLA, Prager

    March 7, 2013 | 3:46 am

    Where Were the Female Comedians?

    As a working lawyer and a practicing comic, I have to remark at the irony that on the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking “The Feminine Mystique” (“‘All That I Am I will Not Deny,’” March 1), David Suissa (“Jews Can’t Take Love,”...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager, vocational skills, BDS movement, SpaceIL

    February 27, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    Prager and Self-Esteem

    In a recent article, Dennis Prager wrote an oversimplified and sweeping criticism of self-esteem (“Behavior Matters Most,” Feb. 15). He claims that self-esteem promotes the idea that feelings are more important than actions.

    True self-esteem comes from a...

  • The curious consensus of Jews on abortion

    By Roger Price

    February 1, 2013 | 11:09 am

    That different Jews have disparate views is not news. What is news is when most Jews agree on a particular idea or approach. And so it is with the curious consensus of Jews on abortion.

    In mid-2012, the Public Religion Research Institute (“PRRI”) published its findings from a...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager on murder, Spiritual care, Christmas Mitzvah, Seeking former students

    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...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager’s Politics, Bassoonist Has Storied Career

    November 8, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    Prager’s Politics

    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...

  • Letters to the Editor: Entitlements, Women of the Wall, Mormons, Christians, Prager

    November 1, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    Eshman on Entitlements

    Rob Eshman correctly notes that tzedakah is not merely charity but is also a religious and community response about social justice (“Entitled,” Oct. 19). Nowadays, “entitlements” are frequently used as a synonym for charity. However, Eshman inadvertently...

  • Everything is easier than doing good

    By Dennis Prager

    September 5, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Some thoughts for Rosh Hashanah:

    If we took a vote on what trait we human beings most value, goodness would undoubtedly win. Certainly goodness is the trait that we most want everyone else to possess.

    But if we say we value goodness above everything else — and surely Judaism...

  • Letters to the Editor: Young Jewish hipsters, struggling with God

    June 6, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Keeping the Community Young and Vibrant

    We applaud The Jewish Journal and Julie Gruenbaum Fax for the wonderful cover story “Fueling the jFed Generation” (June 1). We commend The Jewish Federation and its leadership for their tireless efforts to engage young adults in Jewish...

  • Is arguing with God a virtue? Dennis Prager vs Mormon thought

    By Mark Paredes

    June 3, 2012 | 12:27 am

    Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. – Jacob 4:10 (Book of Mormon)

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your...

  • Happiness is a moral obligation

    By Dennis Prager

    May 15, 2012 | 9:48 pm

    Readers who think I am preoccupied with political issues may find it interesting to learn that I lecture on the subject of happiness more than any other single topic. And, every Friday for the past 12 years, I have devoted an hour of my radio show to this subject.

    I do so because I...

  • Dennis Prager: Adults who do not speak to a parent

    By Dennis Prager

    July 19, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    For two decades I have been on a crusade: to convince adults who have cut off all communication with a parent to re-establish contact.

    Through my radio show, which deals as much with personal issues as with politics, I became aware of something that, as a parent, I view as a...

  • Dancing with the Rabbis?

    By Dennis Prager

    April 12, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    On April 3, under the auspices of the American Jewish University, in its Gindi Auditorium, five Los Angeles rabbis competed with one another in an evening titled “Dancing With the Rabbis.” As reported in this newspaper, the sellout crowd loved the evening.

    May I respectfully...

  • Letters to the Editor: Fogel photos, Prager, Valley Torah

    March 22, 2011 | 6:41 pm

    Look Again

    Rob Eshman is right (“Look,” March 18). We should mourn any child killed during war, either intentionally or unintentionally. But the real question is, who started the violence? The Nazis remained the aggressors even though many German children were killed by the...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager, Settlements, Chevy Volt

    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...

  • Ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas and secular universities

    By Dennis Prager

    December 1, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    The Wall Street Journal recently published a column about ultra-Orthodox (Charedi) Jews in Israel who do not work for a living. Sixty-five percent of ultra-Orthodox men ages 35-54 do not go to work. Instead, they study Torah while demanding increasing amounts of money from the taxes...

  • Settlements are the issue

    November 23, 2010 | 4:09 pm

    While clearing away the rubble from Dennis Prager’s latest attack on “liberals,” which he likes to think is not ad hominem (unless, of course, one understands the term literally), we have to acknowledge that he may have a point.  One can debate whether Israeli settlements in...

  • Letters to the Editor: Flotilla, Young Jews, and Prager

    June 8, 2010 | 10:00 pm

    More Insight, Less Confusion

    Can you please replace the mindless Rob Eshman (“Haiti Versus the Flotilla,” June 4) with reprints of Charles Krauthammer? Instead of aggravating the intelligent, confusing the equally naïve from his position of authority and supporting all those...

  • A Jewish Value That Has Influenced My Radio Show

    By Dennis Prager

    April 20, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    In 28 years as a radio talk-show host, I have not consciously humiliated a single person — whether a caller to my show or a public figure.

    And I give the credit to Judaism.

    One of the best things that 14 years in yeshiva gave me was a keen appreciation of the sin of humiliating...