This is a tough time for people who believe in Middle East peace. You might as well believe in the Tooth Fairy, or a flat earth. From L.A. to Tel Aviv, the mood among moderates has become grim. When a Woodland Hills rabbi asked congregants during his Yom Kippur sermon to say a...
Westwood stores promote Iran; activists call foul
The deep wellspring of the Shofar
Erin Williams Hyman; 1972-2014
New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter
Cellist Steven Isserlis celebrates simplicity, honesty and humor
Musician Hershey Felder plays Irving Berlin
The Israel Film Festival gives locals a glimpse of Israel’s soul
Le Salon de Musiques: Chamber music at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Tag: Rob Eshman
October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm
October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pmThere are two ways of looking at the violence that wracks Israel and the Palestinian autonomous zones. One is that it proves the peace process must stop. The other is that it proves the process must continue.Which conclusion people reach no doubt depends on conclusions they reached...
September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Every newspaper editor knows that one day he will have to step down. He may put the idea out of mind or revel in denial. But the thought is always there, loitering out of sight. Departure may come suddenly by way of death, illness or age. Or it may spring up with the changes that...
September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Recently, a Chinese-American doctor was monitoring my heart as the speed and incline were increased on the treadmill during a stress test. Perhaps he wanted me to relax; perhaps he was bored and was trying to make conversation. Apropos of nothing but my presence...
August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Who are your readers, a friend asked me recently. He is not Jewish, which perhaps explains the question.I gave a pat answer: Young and old; men and women; observant and secular; liberal and conservative; survivors and their offspring; families that often trace their history through...
August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm
From a Jewish perspective, this past week in Los Angeles was a tremendous success. Among other things, it tended to confirm the influential role of the Jewish community in L.A. From the parties that President Clinton attended to the panelists at the Shadow Convention who derided and...
August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm
November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm
November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmI am watching my wife with Matt Lauer. She is on "The Today Show," sitting across from the handsome host, both of them locked on each other's eyes the way beautiful people lock eyes on, well, television.
It's a strange thing, sitting on our couch alone watching Matt Lauer with my...
June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pmFor years, I stayed away from the Renaissance Pleasure Faire as if it were the Black Plague itself. First, there was the name: As Andy Rooney would be the first to grouch, things with the words "Fun" or "Pleasure" in their title rarely offer anything of the sort. Then there were the...
May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pmWhen the editors of Gourmet named Jonathan Gold the magazine's restaurant critic, an obvious question came to mind: Why don't they just stick a fork in our hearts? To his fans in Los Angeles, losing Jonathan Gold cannot hurt much less.
Gold has been writing restaurant reviews in Los...
April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pmJewish-themed cookbooks appear in a frenzy about a month before Passover, then die off by May. Mainstream cookbooks also try to cash in on the warming weather's ability to make us imagine nectarine tarts and heirloom tomato salads, long before winter comes to the Chilean tomato...
April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pmIt was 1984. A tough, tight-lipped Israeli army colonel was leading a small group of journalists on a tour of southern Lebanon, where Israel was in the midst of a war. The journalists wore army-issue flak jackets. They listened and took notes, as if taking dictation. One...
March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pmDuring World War II, the Japanese army forced as many as 200,000 women and girls from mostly Asian countries to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers and officers. About 80 percent of these "comfort women," as the Japanese euphemism of the time termed them, were the daughters of...
May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pmAs Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.
Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.
To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...
May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Arik Sharon,the last of the great Israeli war heroes/politicians.
Photo by Peter Halmagyi
Last Saturday morning, as the Middle East peaceprocess careened toward yet another crisis point, Ariel Sharon washolding court at a back table in the Peninsula Hotel in BeverlyHills.
October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Photo illustration by Carvin Knowles
The Sukkah Patch?
The annual fall festival and pumpkin patch is along tradition at the Farmer's Market at Third and Fairfax. Thisyear, it will host an even longer tradition: the building of asukkah.
In conjunction with the Skirball Cultural...
August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Chabad's Big Bash
The annual telethon offers a mix of celebrities,entertainment and appeals for necessary funds
By Rob Eshman, Associate Editor
Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin will once again be joined by JonVoight (left) and Jan Murray (right), at Chabad's annualtelethon. As sure as the...
August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pmThis thick, compact tome is designed for people like me. We wantto be able to access the names, ideas, dates and import of nearly6,000 years of Jewish learning and history, but we simply don't haveenough room in our heads to store it all. A near-complete revision ofa similar book...
May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pmRob Eshman caught the mood of frustration and concern that was evident at Jerry Bubis' home at a recent meeting of our local Peace Now leadership. This concern is born of the destructive strategies and tactics of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. With the change in election laws it...