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  • The backyard pilgrim

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    Just after I built our sukkah this year, my wife and I sat on the swing bench that faces it and admired my handiwork.

    As far as I know, there is no blessing to say when a husband who isn’t especially handy builds a sukkah, but there ought to be. The one I always recite in my head...

  • Letters to the editor: Kol Nidre, Israel gap year, The Bikels’ love and more

    4 days ago

    Kol Nidre on the Net

    Thanks to the Jewish Journal for co-sponsoring the live-streaming on the Internet of Kol Nidre services Sept. 22 from the Church of Religious Science in Koreatown.

    I found it fascinating to experience Judaism online for the first time. It was a...

  • The Republican debate’s $10 question

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    The easiest question of the second Republican presidential debate turned out to be the hardest: “Which woman would you put on the $10 bill?”

    All of the candidates immediately got that deer-in-the-headlights look, except that a deer would have probably come up with better answer...

  • Letters to the editor: Eshman and Suissa work together; Breech babies; Moishe House and more

    1 week ago

    Divine Unity

    A hearty yasher koach to Rob Eshman and David Suissa (“Forward … Together,” Sept. 18). Together is where we must be, left wing and right wing. After all, with one wing, no bird can fly. Here’s to more unity in 5776.

    Rabbi Baruch Cohon, Los Angeles

    Thanks to Rob...

  • In the new year, moving forward ... together

    3 weeks ago

    A reporter called us one day last month. He had been reading our columns and saw that we were on opposite sides of the Iran deal debate, yet we were working together running the Jewish Journal. How could that be?

    Our first reaction was a kind of bemused sadness: When two Jews who...

  • Letters to the editor: No Iran Deal; NIF and Torossian battle; David Stern

    September 8, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    What About Considering Both Sides?

    First, let me commend Rob Eshman for his courageous stand (“What If There’s No Deal?” Aug. 7) and for being willing to open himself to all kinds of vicious attacks. 

    I wish I were as optimistic about the future. After reading “How Would You...

  • In a pickle: Meditation on Yonah Schimmel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 3, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    I can’t help but think that the fact that I am mired squarely in middle age has a lot to do with my return to pickles. In college, I started making sourdough bread, which, like pickles, is a product of natural fermentation. By junior year, my hobby became a job — I turned out 20...

  • Letter to the editor: Dueling lawsuits

    September 1, 2015 | 9:07 am

    Dear Rob,

    I have just sent the following email to your reporter, and am now sending it to you.

    Regarding your story, “Will dueling op-eds turn into dueling lawsuits?” I find it highly objectionable that you used quotes made by me in confidential emails with the parties.  


  • At L.A. Jewish Journal, president and publisher face off on Iran deal — and stay friendly

    August 17, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Open up the pages of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal these days, and you’re likely to find vigorous debate about the Iran deal.

    And that’s just between the newspaper’s president, David Suissa, and its publisher and editor-in-chief, Rob Eshman.

    The two have been going...

  • Answering Rob Eshman’s questions on the Iran Deal

    August 17, 2015 | 10:03 am

    I am flattered that Rob Eshman would devote an entire column to my analysis on the Iran nuclear agreement.  Given all the wise men and women who opine on this topic, to attract such attention is quite a compliment. 

    I say this even if Rob’s praise is half-hearted. For example, a...

  • Letters to the editor: The evil you know, racial disparities and more

    August 12, 2015 | 10:56 am

    The Evil You Know …

    I support the views of Rep. Adam Schiff and Rob Eshman that the present deal may be better than no deal (“What If There’s No Deal?” Aug. 7). America, in 1945, taught the world a bitter lesson in atomic warfare, explained in two words: Hiroshima and Nagasaki....

  • Letters to the editor: The Federation takes on Iran, Running Springs returns and more

    August 5, 2015 | 11:49 am

    Did Federation Toe the Line or Overstep?

    Thank you for Rob Eshman’s thoughtful, reasoned piece regarding Federation’s position on the Iran deal (“Federation: Take It Back,” July 31). Regardless of one’s personal view on the issue, I was stunned that Federation took a position,...

  • Letters to the editor: Iran Deal, David Azouly, swastikas in D.C. and more

    July 27, 2015 | 8:55 am

    Not a Gamblin’ Man

    I disagree with Rob Eshman’s opening paragraph, wherein he states that “nobody knows” what the end result will be with the Iranian deal (“The Iran Deal Gamble,” July 17). Anyone who considers the current atmosphere with Iran, and the basic points of the...

  • Panel: In Israel, will the future be hope or fear?

    July 9, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    A post-Israeli election panel on the future of Israel. Featuring Rob Eshman, David Suissa and Shmuel Rosner. Moderated by Susan Freudenheim.

  • Letters to the editor: Questions for Michael Oren, redefining anti-Semitism and more

    July 1, 2015 | 11:11 am

    Three Answers for Rob Eshman

    Rob Eshman notices the absence of Benjamin Netanyahu in Michael Oren’s book (“One Question for Michael Oren,” June 26). He is guilty of perhaps a greater omission, leaving out the abject failures connected to the “leading the way” of both Yitzhak...

  • Letters to the editor: Berlin spas and Tikkun Olam

    June 24, 2015 | 9:48 am

    Bare Necessities?

    Sitting in shul on Shabbos at Chabad of Westlake, do we really need to read about Rob Eshman’s naked exploits (still not sure what the point of that undignified article was) and a glorified Pride parade in Tel Aviv (a half-page article, no less)? 

    There’s the...

  • Me, naked at a Berlin spa

    By Rob Eshman

    June 19, 2015 | 8:11 am

    When I was in Berlin last year, I decided to go to a spa.

    My entire life, I’d read how famous Europeans “took the waters” to restore their health and psyches. Kafka recuperated at Marienbad, Goethe at Franzensbad, Dickens at Harrogate. Herzl summered at Altaussee, as did many...

  • Letters to the editor: Yeshiva grad apologizes, Rohingya Muslims, BDS and more

    June 17, 2015 | 11:30 am

    Drop the Equivocation

    Rob Eshman (“Sheldon: Improve Israel’s Odds,” June 12), Obama, J Street, New Israel Fund, Peace Now and other Israel critics who pretend to support Israel, would be listened to, and possibly believed more, if they would only at least once support Israel...

  • Letters to the editor: Sanders, Soros and more

    June 10, 2015 | 9:11 am

    Soros as a Source?

    Kudos to the Journal for the cover story “The World’s ‘Least Wanted’ People” (June 5). We, as Jews, to use the oft-stated cliché, have “been there and done that,” so it is fitting to read of the plight of Myanmar’s Muslims in the pages of the Jewish Journal....

  • Thanks for what?

    June 3, 2015 | 11:43 am

    Rob Eshman, the Jewish Journal’s Editor-in-chief, would like to thank President Obama on behalf of the Jewish people. I do not want to be ingrate but an examination of the historical record leads me to a completely opposite conclusion. Starting at the beginning of the Obama...

  • Letters to the editor: Jews in Turkey and Zionophobia on campus

    March 25, 2015 | 10:39 am

    Playing Telephone in Turkey Misses the Point

    Sorting out the entire history of Turkish-Jewish relations spanning more than five centuries via editorials and interviews is ineffective, unrealistic and unfair (“At a Breaking Point in Turkey,” March 20).  Lost in such...

  • Letters to the editor: All about Bibi

    March 11, 2015 | 9:43 am

    So, About That Speech …

    Rob Eshman is a writer without any credibility (“Bibi, You’re No Moses,” March 6). It’s Jews like him who make our enemies stronger. He should be fired and banished.

    Barry Schreiber, Los Angeles  

    Eshman provided nothing to suggest that: (a) Iran is...

  • Prophets and mensches; Remembering Rabbi Schulweis and Rabbi Beerman

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2014 | 10:25 am

    I’ve only fallen in love with two rabbis in my life. One I married. The other was Harold Schulweis. 
    He had been ailing for months, so his death Dec. 18 at the age of 89 was not unexpected.
    So, too, the passing of Rabbi Leonard Beerman, who died Dec. 24 at 93.  
  • Letters to the editor: Obama’s Jewish soul, hacking the hackers and more

    December 29, 2014 | 9:05 pm

    Chanukah With President Obama
    David Suissa owes my grandson an apology. 
    In his Dec. 18 story titled “Obama: I’m Jewish ‘In My Soul,’ ” Suissa recounted his experience attending the White House Chanukah party the night before. I am that “imposing and tall white-haired...
  • Letters to the editor: The Berlin Wall, Maher/Affleck/Harris II, voting and more

    November 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Chipping Away Another Brick in the Wall

    Thank you so very much for the excellent description of the celebration (“Lessons From a Wall,” Nov. 14). I lived in Germany almost continuously from 1971, when I went as a U.S. soldier, until I returned to California in 2004. Nov. 9, 1989,...

  • Lessons from the Berlin Wall

    By Rob Eshman

    November 12, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    Last Saturday night in the posh section of Berlin, I took a hammer and chisel and pounded away at the Berlin Wall.

    I was staying at the Westin Grand Hotel for the festivities marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. The hotel offers guests the chance to make their...

  • Foxman one on one: anti-Semitism, BDS and Mel Gibson

    By Rob Eshman

    October 29, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Over the past 20 years, I’ve accused Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief Abraham H. Foxman of being an alarmist, an opportunist, even a hypocrite. 

    I mocked his outspoken campaign against Mel Gibson’s “The Passion,” saying it just helped boost the snuff film’s box office. I...

  • Letters to the editor: Molly Forrest, economics in Palestine and good-looking Jews

    October 29, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Golden Years Shine at the Home

    My mother was one of the fortunate people who became a resident at the Joyce Eisenberg facility (“Molly Forrest Plans the Future,” Oct. 24). They provided her with outstanding care and attention, for which I will be forever grateful.


  • Building a stable sukkah, building a stable L.A.

    By Rob Eshman

    October 8, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Many years ago, my wife and I lived in a ground-floor apartment in the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, on a hill with a view of the bay.

    When Sukkot came around, my wife naturally expected me to build the hut — the sukkah — in which Jews are commanded to eat, and even...

  • Letters to the editor: Young Americans in Israel, embracing our elders and shmita

    October 1, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Young Yisra’el?

    I recently read Rob Eshman’s article about the younger generation and their views of Israel in light of the summer’s violent events (“Young Americans and Israel,” Sept. 5). I applaud the Journal’s courage in presenting the fact that there is a range of views...

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