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  • Letters to the editor: Rob’s goodbye and connecting to Judaism

    March 12, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Not ‘Goodbye,’ Just ‘See You Later’

    I was disappointed to read Rob Eshman’s last column (“Why We Write,” March 7). I will so miss it during the time you are away. It’s the first thing I read in the Journal. I am a home delivery subscriber and have been ever since I had back...

  • Why we write

    By Rob Eshman

    March 5, 2014 | 10:45 am

    On Monday, I gave a talk to visiting young Israelis on a subject near and dear to my heart: Just what is the Jewish Journal?

    These Israelis were next-generation leaders, here in Los Angeles as part of the KOLOT program, which exposes secular Israelis to Jewish tradition,...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel, Palestine, peace, John Kerry and global warming

    March 5, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Dark Before the Dawn

    Rob Eshman’s piece in this week’s Journal brought to mind a couple of analogies (“The Bright Side,” Feb. 28). The first that occurred to me is all the things I could accomplish if only I had the winning ticket in one of those humongous lotteries. The...

  • Letters to the editor: UCLA’s agenda, Eshman’s pomegranate tree and the wealthy Americans

    January 22, 2014 | 10:24 am

    The Liberal Agenda 

    Dennis Prager contends that American university curricula promote a liberal agenda (“UCLA’s Further Deterioration,” Jan. 10). In fact, the opposite is true. The traditional university education subtly taught generations of students that the only subjects...

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  • Greuel, Garcetti spar in L.A. mayoral debate at AJU

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 11, 2013 | 9:26 pm

    In the first debate between the two remaining candidates running to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti attempted to convince voters that there were significant differences between them even as the two veteran politicians...

  • Letter to the Editor: Town hall on religious pluralism

    December 5, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Dear Editor,

    I want to thank Rob Eshman for his review of the important Town Hall on Religious Pluralism that took place at Temple Emanuel last week and for his moderating a community conversation in which people have such passionate and diverse opinions.  What he didn’t mention...

  • A call from Tel Aviv: Freaked, at first

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2012 | 11:21 am

    Is this a war?

    It’s so hard to know these days. Wars used to happen on things called battlefields, where armies met, fought and met again.

    What’s going on in Gaza and Israel is far murkier than that. In Israel, the rockets rain down on apartment buildings, fields, schools. The...

  • The Carmen Warschaw way

    By Rob Eshman

    November 14, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    My most telling Carmen Warschaw memory is this: I greeted her at a fancy, crowded event at The Beverly Hills Hotel celebrating Israel’s 60th birthday. Soon, a group of her VIPs gathered around Carmen, talking politics and pleasantries. An elegantly dressed man approached. “Well,...

  • Letters to the Editor: Entitlements, Food Labeling, Aging

    October 24, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Eshman on Entitlements

    I was surprised and disappointed with what I had just read, Rob Eshman (“Entitled,” Oct. 19). You had written a beautiful article on the virtues of entitlements when suddenly you chose to take a gratuitous swipe at Bernie Sanders. You implied that he was...

  • Entitled

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    I like entitlements.

    I know that’s somehow a terrible thing to say. “Entitlement” has become a dirty four-syllable word in our deranged political culture. On Fox News, they spit the word out like a rotted pistachio nut. The very obvious and universally accepted truth that our...

  • Letters to the Editor: Iranian Jews, Netanyahu, New Print Design

    October 17, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Valuable Lesson From Jews
     
    Your cover stories about the history of Iranian Jews were eye-opening and inspiring (“A History of Iranian Jews,” Oct. 12). Although I am not Jewish, I have had many Jewish friends over the years tell me stories of great religious traditions and...
  • Sam I am ... not

    By Rob Eshman

    September 19, 2012 | 11:12 am

    We now know that “Sam Bacile” is not a Jewish filmmaker.

    The name, according to the most recent media reports, is a pseudonym for a Coptic Christian man who lives in Cerritos, and he is definitely no filmmaker.

    But when “Bacile’s” short film, “The Innocence of Muslims,” spurred...

  • 5773

    By Rob Eshman

    September 12, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    What a year, right? 

    The Jewish year 5772 started with a sense that a military confrontation with Iran is avoidable. Now it seems — all merits aside — imminent. 

    The fragile economy, meanwhile, is barely able to handle the turmoil in Greece — imagine how it will react to...

  • Why Wolpe spoke at the DNC

    By Rob Eshman

    September 5, 2012 | 10:06 am

    This week David Wolpe, senior rabbi of Sinai Temple, delivered one of the invocations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Even for someone used to and deserving of such honors, this is a big deal.

    Indeed, the majority of the rabbi’s congregants were thrilled...

  • Ben-Aharon

    By Rob Eshman

    August 8, 2012 | 8:24 am

    My childhood best friend was Billy Thein. We met at Encino Elementary School in Mrs. Bernstein’s third-grade class, and were pretty much inseparable after that. Billy was funny and smart and cool — and in a public school packed with the striving, anxious, gawkward spawn of...

  • Who will protect us from the NRA?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 25, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) claims it exists to protect our rights. My question is this: Who will protect us from the NRA?

    The gun lobby is not responsible for the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., last week that has so far claimed 12 victims. 

    But its consistent and...

  • Socialists, fascists and our future

    By Rob Eshman

    June 20, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    Professor Amir Hussain teaches comparative religion at Loyola Marymount University. Sometimes, as you can imagine, his students get into heated discussions. Not long ago, one of them called another one a “fascist.” Hussain stopped the class and asked the name-caller if he knew...

  • How much is Jewish innovation worth?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 14, 2012 | 11:55 am

    On May 8, in a very cool space in Culver City, I listened to a hundred very cool people talk about their very cool vision for the Jewish future.

    The occasion was something called — OK, bear with me — “ALCHEMY: The Science & Art of Jewish Innovation: an evening of...

  • Heart of Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    June 6, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    In the constant argument that is Middle East politics it is very rare to achieve anything like universal agreement, but no one can begrudge what Hazem Chehabi did.

    He quit. 

    Since Chehabi resigned last week as honorary consul general of Syria in Southern California, he has...

  • Birthright Berlin

    By Rob Eshman

    May 30, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    I’m a normal Jew. When I dream, I dream of Israel. When I have nightmares, I have nightmares of Germany.

    No other countries, not even my own, occupy so much of my psyche as those two. 

    Israel is not a fantasy to me. Long ago, I went there, lived there, learned its language,...

  • The philanthropist

    By Rob Eshman

    May 23, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    Eli Broad’s new book is called “The Art of Being Unreasonable.”

    When I met the billionaire philanthropist and civic leader at his office recently, I mentioned to him

    that in 2007 The Jewish Journal published a story on him with the headline “An ‘Unreasonable’ Man on an...

  • The pragmatists

    By Rob Eshman

    April 25, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Yehuda Avner arrived in Israel in 1947 from his native Manchester, England, as an idealistic religious Zionist. His keen intellect landed him a post in the foreign service, and his English proficiency almost guaranteed that he would be the designated note taker as he traveled with...

  • Riot/Ride

    By Rob Eshman

    April 18, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    Last Sunday, my wife, our daughter and I hitched our bikes to our car, drove toward downtown and parked just across from MacArthur Park, otherwise known as Langer’s Deli adjacent.

    There, we hopped on our bikes and joined more than 100,000 other bicyclists, walkers,...

  • My war on drugs

    By Rob Eshman

    April 11, 2012 | 11:31 am

    When medical marijuana became legal in the state of California, I went out and got some. I say this not because I am cool, or like to get stoned — I’m not, and I don’t.

    My hard drugs of choice are yerba mate, Famous Grouse and red wine. But within me there lives an inner Ron...

  • All in

    By Rob Eshman

    April 4, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Two years ago, before our very eyes, a liberation movement of great courage and hope began to unfold halfway around the world. Blood ran like water in the streets of distant capitals, and still people fought, flesh against tanks, citizens against infantry, poets against police.

    How...

  • Again

    By Rob Eshman

    March 28, 2012 | 6:02 pm

    Many, many years ago I sat down at my computer and decided to write a fictional story about what would happen if “Never Again!” became “Again.”

    My story took place in a Los Angeles of the not-too-distant-future, sometime between now and “Blade Runner.” As I imagined it,...

  • Syrians need us

    By Rob Eshman

    March 21, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    It’s time for us to act for Syria.

    It’s been one year since the start of the Syrian revolution, and the organized Jewish community is still sitting on its collective thumbs, acting as if the turmoil is not its issue, and in any case, we can do nothing.

    It is, and we can.

    The...

  • Bad religion

    By Rob Eshman

    March 7, 2012 | 5:54 pm

    Religion should take election years off.

    As soon as the presidential campaigns get under way, religion should just go to Cancun and wait them out.

    Otherwise, inevitably, it gets used.

    These past few weeks have provided textbook examples of how faith can be manipulated to score...

  • President Jacobs

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    For many years now, a central narrative of American Jewish life has been the resurgence of Orthodoxy. Surveys show booming populations. Orthodox adults are nudging Jewish voting patterns to the right. In Israel, black-hat baby-making is as productive as a Chinese iPad factory. As...

  • Dream big, y’all

    By Rob Eshman

    February 15, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    In synagogue last Friday night, just after her sermon, the rabbi announced she had invited a special guest in honor of Jewish Disabilities Month.

    The woman next to me leaned over and whispered. “What’s Jewish Disabilities Month?”

    “That’s for Jews who get B’s in...

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