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  • Jewish community responds to death of kidnapped Israeli teens

    2 weeks ago

    New Community Jewish High School

    Dear Friends,

    The Board of Trustees, Faculty, and entire NCJHS Community join with the Jewish people around the world in profound sorrow as we mourn the loss of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach.

    As a Jewish High School, the...

  • Unnecessary Gunn violence: A take on Skyler White

    By Melissa Weller

    August 28, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Yesterday I asked a coworker, with whom I’ve participated in many a yay Skyler/nay Skyler conversation, to forget details for a minute and sum up in one general statement the first time he remembered filing Skyler White under the bitch column, and why. Coworker settled on Skyler’s...

  • A response to a stiff-necked playwright

    November 5, 2012 | 11:43 am

    This piece is a response to "A note to stiff-necked people" by David Mamet which first appeared on JewishJournal.com on Nov. 1.

    David Mamet recently asked the following questions of “Jews planning to vote for Obama.”  Herewith, my responses.

    Are you prepared to explain to your...

  • Palestinians insulted by Mitt Romney’s comments

    September 19, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    Just eight weeks before the American presidential elections, Palestinians are furious over comments by Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The private remarks were made in May to wealthy donors but released only now.

    Palestinians are “committed to the destruction and elimination of...

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  • David Suissa’s settlements crisis

    May 31, 2012 | 11:04 am

    This op-ed is a response to a column by David Suissa. To read his piece, click here or see his response below.

    David Suissa wants us to believe that settlements aren’t an obstacle to peace because their physical “footprint,” their built-up area, represents “only” around 1%...

  • Responses to readers on the left

    March 21, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    I am devoting this column to responding to letters published in response to my last column, “Our Golden Calf” (March 9), because the topic is so important. If American Jewry’s embrace of leftism has not been a blessing for the Jews, then Jewish life is in trouble. On the other...

  • Climate change: A reasoned skeptic’s response

    By Dennis Prager

    December 7, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    Read Joey Green’s article: Is Dennis the Menace?

    In my two columns (part 1 / part 2) on why thoughtful people might be skeptical about the apocalyptic global warming/climate change scenario, I addressed the issue with a seriousness and respect that Joey Green does not exhibit in his...

  • The Osama postmortem

    May 5, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    Evaluating the responses to the US action against Osama bin Laden is an important element in understanding who the West’s true enemies really are.

    There have been four significant voices speaking out against the killing of bin Laden.

    The most obvious voice is that of the Taliban....

  • McCain, Obama, cancer and cows

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    20 Questions With McCain

    It's too bad Rob Eshman didn't ask the "man with the plan" for Iraq the most important question: What his definition of "victory" in Iraq is, and how he plans to achieve it ("20 Questions With John McCain," April 4).

    Lawrence Weinman
    Los Angeles



    Letter to...
  • Not so awful being green, honorable menschen

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Greening Hypocrisy

    Just read your article in the green edition of The Jewish Journal and bravo ("End Hypocrisy Now," Jan. 4). Thank goodness someone finally said something. I am a filmmaker and environmental educator living in the Fairfax district, and I can't tell you how shocking...
  • Annapolis, Chanukah, Jerusalem, Not So Weird

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Annapolis and Jerusalem

    Last month, Rob Eshman wrote, "Many of us are willing to let half of Jerusalem go so that the idea of Jerusalem can be saved" ("Annapolis and Chanukah," Nov. 30). I'd like to respond with two points:

    First, if, God forbid, East Jerusalem were handed over to...
  • Needed: Rational Discussion

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When David Lauter, the deputy foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times, began speaking to a crowd of about 400 at a Women's Alliance for Israel program last week, it was clear that most of the audience was out for his scalp, and not even the yarmulke he was wearing could save him....
  • Pink Floyd’s Waters Caught Red-Handed

    By Ali Austerlitz

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "No thought control."

    The famed lyrics from rock band Pink Floyd's much beloved "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" make for a powerful statement regardless of context. Scrawled last week in red paint on a concrete segment of Israel's security fence in the Palestinian town of...

  • Life More Ordinary

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I recently visited a congregant in the hospital and was surprised to find a doctor crying in the hallway. I told her I was a rabbi and asked if I could help. The doctor immediately apologized for her tears.

    "It's been a hard week," she said, "I'll be OK."

    She told me she had just...

  • Cartoon Riots Spark Sweet Backlash

    By David Finnigan

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of a Danish newspaper's decision to publish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, Danish flags and embassies are beset by violent protesters in heavily Muslim countries. But a chocolate store in the windmill-filled, Danish American tourist village of Solvang has...

  • A Big Impression

    By Wildman Weiner

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm too old to have heroes. But for those who live their lives with courage, I can make an exception. Like the Impressionists, for instance, whose lives of self-sacrifice I was trying to share with my class of older adults.

    "OK, everyone," I say, "whoever's not here, raise your...

  • ADLs Foxman responds to Klinghoffer

    By Abraham H. Foxman

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It's unfortunate that David Klinghoffer sets up a number of straw men in his condemnation of my speech warning about certain efforts to Christianize America.

    By pointing out the various Muslim anti-Jewish activities during the week I made my remarks, Klinghoffer suggests I'm...

  • Tribe

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Back when I was working at a newspaper in New York, my editors and I tried to come up with a teen-sounding headline for a story on voting for our new teen section.

    "How about 'Gettin' Out the Vote'?" my editor offered.

    As if dropping a "g" off the end of the word is all one needs to...

  • Response a Disgrace—Not a Tragedy

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    We will be admonished not to make politics out of tragedy, but we have a responsibility to figure out what went wrong with the response to Hurricane Katrina.

    Today, far too often, tragedy is employed as an incantation to ward off responsibility. (Try Googling the phrase, "The events...

  • Why Scapegoat?

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    On March 31, The New York Times ran an astonishing page: a photo showing Christian, Jewish and Muslim clerics gathered in what the newspaper called "a rare show of unity." What brought these sometime enemies together? The headline told the story: "Religious Chiefs Decry Gay Pride...

  • ‘Never Again’—An Odd Thing to Say

    By Y.M. Hausman

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    How odd it was to hear Kofi Annan mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in an address before the United Nations.

    "The United Nations must never forget that it was created as a response to the evil of Nazism, or that the horror of the Holocaust helped to shape...

  • Stay Tuned

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Last October, a man called with a complaint. Before I could ask what was the matter, he launched into a tirade about a biased and

    inaccurate article. He said he couldn't believe a serious newspaper would print such lies. He was so angry, he was this close to canceling his...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    At the Jewish Children's Bookfest at Mount Sinai on Nov. 14, children were given a journal and asked the following question:

    "What does being Jewish in America mean to me?"

    Here is our first response, by Caleigh Gumbiner, a fourth-grader at Balboa Magnet in Northridge: "To me,...

  • Ethnic Cleansing in Sudan Is Still Genocide

    By Ruth W. Messinger

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As early as March of this year, humanitarian organizations were issuing warnings of ethnic cleansing in Darfur, Sudan. For a long time these warnings continued to be ignored by most of the mainstream and Jewish media, and Americans remain virtually unaware of the atrocities occurring...

  • A Concert of Conscience

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In choreographer Roni Kosmal-Wernik's piece about the aftermath of a suicide bombing, a dancer prowls the stage as if searching for a lost loved one. Her movements become heavy, brooding, as if she is burdened by an invisible weight.

    Inspired by a family friend's death in a 2001...

  • Do Party Invites Right

    By J. G. Friedman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Invitations? Eliminate the possible problems way ahead of time. Have you asked your parents and your in-laws to give you a list? When you do, give them a number. When you ask for a list of 30 from each side, it is so much better than receiving 50 from one set of parents and 100 from...

  • Conservative Death Prophecy Draws Fire

    By Joe Berkofsky

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A top Reform rabbi is predicting the death of Conservative Judaism, drawing protests from the Conservative movement's leadership.

    The objections surfaced this week in response to an essay by Rabbi Paul Menitoff, executive vice president of the Reform movement's Central Conference of...

  • Learning Reshaped at Europe’s Limmud

    By Andrew Morris

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Two Jews, three opinions. That old adage may explain a lot about communal strife, but for a precious few days in the English Midlands, a multitude of Jewish opinions were welcomed at an educational conference that is a paragon of communal harmony.

    Now in its 23rd year, the Limmud...

  • Reckless

    By Rob Eshman

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This week, while fires raged, strikes festered and three or four wars smoldered, most of the urgent phone calls I received were about Chaim Seidler-Feller. There were calls from his friends, calls from his enemies and calls -- of course -- from lawyers.

    Seidler-Feller is the Hillel...

  • Hitler’s Conductor: Man or Monster?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On opening night of Ronald Harwood's "Taking Sides," revolving around Hitler's favorite conductor, viewers accosted the playwright. A woman said, 'How could you do this to such a great artist?'" Harwood recalled. "Then a man grabbed me and said, 'Wilhelm Furtwängler was an absolute...

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