Michael Berenbaum’s July 22, 2015 “Geneva is Not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain,” is written with characteristic knowledge and insight. His concerns about polarization in the Jewish community are worth heeding, as is his reminder that we have to work...
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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...
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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%...
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April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm20 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).
January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pmGreening 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...
December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pmAnnapolis 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...
August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pmWhen 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....
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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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm