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...
Baking with olive oil: Rich brownies and almond and cranberry cookies
Jewish day schools in two US cities receive threatening phone calls
Presidents Conference meets with Erdogan amid Turkey-Israel reconciliation efforts
Nevada’s Democratic caucus conflicts with Shabbat
UNESCO recognizes Israel’s Aleppo Codex in registry of world treasures
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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...
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...
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,...
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...
August 7, 2013 | 1:49 pmBreaking New Ground in Interfaith DialogueThe 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...
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...
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...
April 10, 2013 | 3:07 pm
April 4, 2013 | 4:55 am
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...
March 28, 2013 | 8:26 am
The Two-State SolutionDavid 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.
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...
March 7, 2013 | 3:46 am
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...
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...
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...
November 8, 2012 | 1:52 pm
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...
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...
September 5, 2012 | 12:05 pm
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...
June 3, 2012 | 12:27 am
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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...
March 22, 2011 | 6:41 pm
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...