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  • Plant a Tree, Save a Car

    By Rob Eshman

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When I was a kid in Hebrew school, all we did to celebrate Tu B'Shevat was send some money to Israel to plant a tree.

    Not unimportant, but hardly a High Holiday.

    These days, Tu B'Shevat, which begins on sundown Friday, is a much, much bigger deal. Jewish environmentalists have...

  • One American Muslim

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed told me he has cried three times in his adult life: once when his father died, once when his mother died and once when he had to sell his house.

    Sayyed was born in India in 1941 into a Shiite Muslim family. After the 1948 partition, his family, feeling persecuted by...

  • 2040 Vision

    By Rob Eshman

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This, too, shall pass.

    And when the current government crisis in Israel, the showdown with Iraq and the conflict with the Palestinians are history, professor Avishay Braverman wonders, whither Israel?

    His answer: the Negev.

    "All our focus is on what I call the theater of the...

  • Making Show Business Our Business

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It has almost risen to the level of obsession, this concern about Hollywood Jews and Israel. Why aren't they speaking out on Israel's behalf? Why aren't they flying to Israel to show their support? Why aren't they sending gobs of money to help out?

    In Los Angeles, the questions...

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  • Safety in Numbers

    By Rob Eshman

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The immediate effect of a new, painstaking, multiyear, $6 million population survey of American Jewry has been to convince Jewish professionals that whatever they've been doing is the best thing for American Jewry.

    The National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 (NJPS), just...

  • A World Destroyed, to Be Displayed

    By Rob Eshman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Not long ago, a group of distinguished academics and government officials from Poland filed into the Santa Monica offices of world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. They came to talk about a Jewish museum.

    Gehry is their dream pick to design the Museum of the History of the Polish...

  • 9/11/02

    By Rob Eshman

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Now a year has passed. We have bombed. We have infiltrated. We have analyzed and rallied and written.

    And through it all we have avoided one sad truth: the terrorists have already won.

    They haven't won the war, but they have won a crucial battle.

    My first memory of terror goes back...

  • Campus Envy

    By Rob Eshman

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I am not a big fan of Jewish unity when it's ideological. A room full of informed

    and opinionated Jews, arguing their ideas back and forth, is a sign of a healthy people.

    But I do support Jewish physical unity. Life is with people, and Jewish life flourishes when we learn, play, pray...

  • 15 and Counting

    By Rob Eshman

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Washington's official response to the killings of five Americans at Hebrew University can be summed up largely in a word: words.

    True, the attacks came as Congress is in recess and President George W. Bush is between vacations. After a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, a day...

  • Checks and Balances

    By Rob Eshman

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'm feeling a little used this week. Not have-to-take-a-shower used, but more like three-card-monte used.

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Los Angeles two weeks ago and, in the name of Jewish unity, urged and inspired L.A. Jews to support Israel in this time...

  • David and Goliath and David

    By Rob Eshman

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    You want media bias? I'll give you media bias. Here's one big city newspaper's account of the Israeli incursion into the Jenin refugee camp: "Jenin camp looks like the scene of a crime. Its concrete rubble and tortured metal evokes another horror half a world away in New York,...

  • Honoring Marlene

    By Rob Eshman

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks' first column for this paper appeared in March 1987. It was titled "The Unwanted Visitor." It was about a rabbi who showed up to comfort Marlene as she waited in the hospital for her husband, Burton, to come out of surgery. "It hadn't been comforting to me,"...

  • The Good Fence

    By Rob Eshman

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Secretary of State Colin Powell spent a week in the Middle East and managed to extract from Israeli and Arab leaders concessions that were promising and far-reaching -- for 1991.

    That was when another Republican secretary of state, James Baker, flexed the muscle that another...

  • A Hero

    By Rob Eshman

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Hero

    As The Journal went to press last week, word came that terrorist kidnappers in Pakistan had brutally murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

    The news broke upon us with a special sting. Even as I write this, almost a week later, the sadness is acute,...

  • Guns and Butterfat

    By Rob Eshman

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Here's an idea for a potentially disastrous event: invite young Industry hotshots to your home on one of the coldest nights of the year to discuss the federal budget.

    But Dan and Jenna Adler did exactly that last week. And partly because the Adlers are well-connected and...

  • Alarmists and Alarms

    By Rob Eshman

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The crowd that turned out in a driving rain last Sunday evening to hear experts discuss the terrorist threat was testament to at least one ongoing fact of life since Sept. 11: we're still scared.

    The question is, are we scared enough to do something besides act scared? We know...

  • A Beautiful Mind

    By Rob Eshman

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Acuity, passion, the ability to hold several conflicting ideas at the same time, a wide-ranging and detailed understanding of the world we live in, and an ability to articulate a broad intellectual and moral vision -- watching Bill Clinton last Monday night at the Universal...

  • Resolutions

    By Rob Eshman

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fittingly, the ailing Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) ended 2001 by adopting a set of resolutions that its leaders hope will brighten prospects for 2002.

    That was Step One toward resolving a crisis that could have spelled disaster for this community. Now,...

  • Real Leaders

    By Rob Eshman

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I sure hope Abe Foxman knows what he's doing, because no one else can seem to figure it out.

    By summarily dismissing David Lehrer from his position as regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) here, Foxman has managed to unite a good portion of this often divided...

  • Year in Review

    By Rob Eshman

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Remember the fear and trepidation that accompanied the coming of the year 2000? Millennialists ran around like Chicken Little, selling us on bottled water and canned tuna, promising disaster.

    It turns out they were off by a year.

    As it happened, 2001 was Hell Week. Leading up to...

  • Follies

    By Rob Eshman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the solar system of Jewish life, Irv Rubin is Pluto.

    The man accused of conspiring to plant a pipe bomb at a mosque and at the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-48) has long operated at the distant edges of greater Los Angeles' Jewish population that numbers some 600,000.

    If you...

  • Flourish, Not Fail

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The financial crisis facing Jewish Community Center (JCC) programs and locations this week will come as an awful shock to tens of thousands of area Jews, and it should (see story, page 14).

    JCC officials and Federation lay leaders and staff stress there is no cause for panic. They...

  • Your Letters

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian Statehood

    It is hard to believe that thoughtful people in the Jewish community can still oppose a Palestinian state and think that moral, political and economic catastrophe can be avoided while Israel continues to occupy 1.5 million people ("The Dangers of a Palestinian...

  • Do-it-Yourselfers

    By Rob Eshman

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At my college newspaper, new writers all received the same encouraging spiel. "We want you to start writing for us immediately," the editor would say. "We're not like the Harvard Crimson, where you have to scrub floors all semester before anyone even talks to you."

    I doubt the...

  • The Global Minute

    By Rob Eshman

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Suddenly, we find that an alternate universe shadows our world. Its inhabitants see our culture as their poison, our politics as their oppression, our freedom as their threat -- The question is how we could have been so blind. Only now is most of America learning about...

  • Armageddon

    By Rob Eshman

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Early Tuesday morning, my wife and I stared dumbly at the television, mumbling words like hijacked, explosion, collapse. My daughter, 5, looked up from her cereal, confused and frustrated. What language are you speaking? she asked. They were words almost unspoken in American living...

  • War or Pieces

    By Rob Eshman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis voted Ehud Barak into office as prime minister because he promised to bring them peace. He failed, in large part because his negotiating partner Yasser Arafat was unwilling to make the difficult choices peace demands. Israelis then voted Ariel Sharon into the prime...

  • Deaths in the Family

    By Rob Eshman

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever one of our writers or contributors -- or I myself -- use the term "Jewish community," I think of Lew Wasserman. An interviewer once asked the former MCA chairman and power broker about the Jewish community here. Wasserman shot back: "I don't know of a Jewish community. It is...

  • Slippery Slope

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The all-new, completely updated "Joys of Yiddish" (Crown, 2001) by Leo Rosten will be released soon, and thumbing through an advance copy yesterday I couldn't stop smiling at the language's ability to capture an action, an emotion and a worldview -- all in one word.

    Glitch, Rosten...

  • Together

    By Rob Eshman

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Let us now praise Jewish disunity.

    The com-munity-wide rally in solidarity with the people of Israel, this Sunday, is proof that there is power in what many people consider our communal weakness.

    The 40-odd groups that have come together to support the July 22 rally have very...

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