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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • The embrace

    By Rob Eshman

    February 8, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    At the end of Shabbat services last Saturday, I watched a 7-year-old boy recite the blessing over the wine, the Kiddush. His voice was pure, the Hebrew, a learned language for him, flowed fast and flawlessly from his mouth. His face shone.

    I couldn’t take my eyes off the boy,...

  • Opinion: Save Los Encinos

    By Rob Eshman

    February 1, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Things change; I get it.

    My favorite diner — Benice, in Venice — closed this week after 24 years in business. Life goes on. They pave paradise. Joni Mitchell is 67, for Pete’s sake.

    So why does the impending closure of Los Encinos State Historic Park rankle so many people, me...

  • Bridge to empathy

    By Rob Eshman

    January 25, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    If you like your satire dark, I mean jet black, you probably love the scene from episode four, season four of “Weeds,” in which Len Botwin, played by Albert Brooks, gives a history lesson to his young nephew Shane.

    “Listen, genocide can happen again if we’re not vigilant,”...

  • Opinion: History lessons

    By Rob Eshman

    January 18, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Imagine you are a developing country in the heart of the Middle East. The entire world suspects you are starting to build nuclear weapons, but you deny it. The one country in the world that has the diplomatic, economic and military might to stop you — the United States of America...

  • Opinion: Stop the Stalinists

    By Rob Eshman

    January 11, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    First, can we all just acknowledge the obvious hypocrisy? 

    Imagine that over the past year Israel had slaughtered 5,000 Palestinians. The Arab reaction would be massive street protests, suspension of all diplomatic ties, demands for expulsion from the United Nations, calls for...

  • Opinion: Lord Shmuley?

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    The first time I met Shmuley Boteach, it was 2 p.m. on a Thursday; he was sitting in the lobby of the Luxe Beverly Hills, and he asked me if I wanted to go outside for a beer and a cigar.

    My kind of rabbi, I thought.

    This was four years ago. Until then, I’d kept my distance. The...

  • The Shtarker

    By Rob Eshman

    December 21, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Of all the eulogies and essays about Christopher Hitchens that have appeared following his death Dec. 15 at age 62, one is particularly pernicious.

    “The Trouble With Hitchens,” by Benjamin Kerstein, surfaced on a Web site called JewishIdeasDaily.com.  In it, he accuses Hitchens...

  • Opinion: Guilt trips

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2011 | 11:59 am

    I wish I had gone out with Sofa Landver last Thursday night.

    Not for a hot date, but for a cold reality check.

    Landver is Israel’s minister of Immigrant Absorption. She’s a member of Knesset from the Yisrael Beiteinu Party who green-lit the now infamous series of billboards and...

  • Opinion: A Jewish vote?

    By Rob Eshman

    December 7, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    The election to replace the termed-out Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa isn’t until March 2013, but already candidates are out raising cash, taking meetings, locking up supporters. I’ve run into City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel at so many pro-Israel...

  • Rob Eshman: On Iran, one voice

    By Rob Eshman

    November 30, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    I don’t know who will win the presidential election in 2012, but I know whom I don’t want to win it: Iran.

    Yet I have a sickening sense that come next November, after two years of a nasty, slimy mud-wrestling match, the Democratic and Republican candidates will be left bruised...

  • Opinion: Proud bastards

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    A few weeks ago we sent out one of our regular e-blasts with the following headline:

    “Poll: One in five Americans believes Jews have too much control of Wall Street.”

    The linked story details the results of an annual Anti-Defamation League (ADL) survey of anti-Semitic attitudes...

  • Opinion: Like crazy

    By Rob Eshman

    November 15, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    Events over the past week provide a case study in extremism.

    In three off-year elections around the country, voters rejected candidates and initiatives that had staked out the most radical positions. In a recall election, Arizona voters tossed out the state’s Senate President...

  • Opinion: Poor sports

    By Rob Eshman

    November 9, 2011 | 5:18 pm

    Eventually, there is one thing every aspiring American political writer must do: write a long feature story about how Jews are turning Republican.

    Scroll back a decade or two through various election cycles, and there it always is, the portrait of a Jewish Republican moment,...

  • Opinion: My lunch with Lefsetz

    By Rob Eshman

    November 4, 2011 | 9:55 am

    Do you know about Bob Lefsetz? 

    He is a middle-age guru living in Santa Monica.  For 25 years, he’s been commenting on our culture in an idiosyncratic independent newsletter — first in hard copy, then in an e-mail newsletter and now in an online blog. 

    I first heard of him...

  • Letters to the Editor: Nissan Leaf, Israel’s economy, UN Bid

    November 2, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    Other Views on the Greening of America

    Rob Eshman’s open admission about a failed venture in green investment was a welcome change of pace from an editor who has generated some heated controversy among readers (“My 2011 Nissan Solyndra,” Oct. 28).

    “A fool and his ideology...

  • Opinion: Shalit.com

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    What makes this prisoner swap different from all other prisoner swaps?

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to exchange Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Gilad Shalit for more than 1,000 Arab prisoners instantly became the biggest story of the year out of Israel. It has...

  • Opinion: You and the UN

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    If you care about Israel, you have one very clear assignment over the next two months.

    In about eight weeks, the U.N. Security Council could vote on whether to recognize Palestinian statehood.

    What’s your assignment? Let me give you a hint: It is not to oppose the resolution.

    ...
  • A Very Korean Sukkot [VIDEO + RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    Last year, just before the High Holidays, a producer from TVK24,  Korean Broadcasting emailed me asking if I knew someone whom they could interview for a series about food and tradition in Jewish culture.

    Yes, I said, me.

    Jisung Bahng asked if she could film me in my kitchen.  I...

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