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  • Kasich on faith

    By Rob Eshman

    March 9, 2016 | 11:55 am

    Two years ago, at a Palm Springs conference sponsored by the Koch brothers, a wealthy Republican donor challenged Ohio Gov. John Kasich on his decision to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

    Kasich’s temper flared.

    “I don’t know about you, Lady,” he said,...

  • Letters to the editor: Donald Trump, disability inclusion and more

    March 4, 2016 | 9:39 am

    More Inclusion Programs

    I am the mother of a 10-year-old boy who at 15 months was diagnosed with epilepsy (“Why Give a Damn About JDAIM?” Feb. 12). As he got older, his ability to read, communicate and socialize did not develop at a typical pace. I wondered if it would be...

  • Moving and shaking: Jeopardy winner, AIPAC gala, YU and more

    By Ryan Torok

    February 25, 2016 | 12:20 pm

    This local college student is $100,000 richer. The question, “Jeopardy!”-style, would be: “Who is USC student Sam Deutsch?”

    The junior political economy major won the game show’s recent college tournament, which culminated on Feb. 12. 

    “It definitely has not sunk in yet. I...

  • Donald Trump has a white supremacist problem

    By Rob Eshman

    February 24, 2016 | 2:30 pm

    Donald Trump has a white supremacist problem. The only question is whether he will ignore it, deny it or do something about it.

    Trump has changed a lot of the rules in the campaign game, but one law he hasn’t broken is this: When you say divisive, nasty things, you empower...

  • Letters to the editor: JDAIM, Marty Baron and more

    February 24, 2016 | 10:19 am

    A Perfect Fit

    I read “Why Give a Damn about JDAIM” (Feb. 12) by Michelle Wolf and I wanted to share my experience with inclusion. Our son Alex was born with a developmental disability and, from a young age of 2, has always loved Jewish prayers and Jewish culture. Now 13, he is...

  • ‘Spotlight’ on Marty Baron’s crusade

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2016 | 9:24 am

    The Academy Award-nominated drama “Spotlight” tells how a team of Boston Globe journalists uncovered rampant child sexual abuse by priests and the cover-up by the Catholic Church. The clash of institutions is high drama, but the movie’s most powerful human moments come from the...

  • Fighting Nice: Rob Eshman and David Suissa

    February 11, 2016 | 2:33 pm

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  • Letters to the editor: Women in the bible, Cruz control and more

    February 3, 2016 | 9:25 am

    Donors and Pinatas

    Rob Eshman’s column (“Cruz Control,” Jan. 22) was brilliant! More Jews should read about Ted Cruz and others like him who share an erstwhile “love” for Israel ... Donors and pinatas ... excellent description ... Thank you. Your columns (mostly) never fail to...

  • Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy wonk

    By Rob Eshman

    January 27, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    Earlier this month, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote an op-ed for the Jewish Journal.

    That led me to wonder: Did Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton really  write an op-ed for the Jewish Journal?

    Sure, the Journal, with millions of monthly...

  • Cruz control

    By Rob Eshman

    January 20, 2016 | 12:04 pm

    We know Ted Cruz is a hypocrite. The urgent question before us is whether he is an anti-Semitic hypocrite.

    By now, everyone has heard and regurgitated the Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate’s assertion that Donald Trump “comes from New York and he embodies New...

  • Letters to the editor: America’s coolest Jewish city, ‘Unhappy Feet’ and more

    January 20, 2016 | 9:15 am

    Top-50 Honors, Honorable Mentions

    As one who still considers himself a relative newcomer to L.A., I was eager to read your description of the top 50 reasons “Why L.A. Is America’s Coolest Jewish City” (Jan. 15). It was, on the one hand, good to know that I was already familiar...

  • Channeling the spirit of Heschel to combat homelessness

    By Rob Eshman

    January 13, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    If you go to synagogue around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you will hear about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

    It was Heschel who walked with King across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to demonstrate his solidarity with the civil rights movement. It was Heschel who said,...

  • Letters to the editor: Being wrong, understanding Islamophobia and more

    January 13, 2016 | 9:31 am

    Benefit of the Doubt?

    David Suissa has written a very interesting column on how we know what we claim to know (“What if I’m Wrong?” Jan. 8). He lists three reasons why Journal columnist Dennis Prager does not seem to express any outward doubt about his views, but I think he...

  • Letters to the editor: Mensches, Prager, optimism and Islamaphobia

    January 8, 2016 | 9:01 am

    Out with Outrage 

    Just wanted to say thanks for the “defense” and boost of optimism in Rob Eshman’s recent column (“In Defense of Optimism,” Jan. 1), and for all the work he does through the Jewish Journal — for readers, for the Jewish community, and this year, for my family, by...

  • In defense of optimism

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2015 | 10:46 am

    When I was learning Hebrew, I asked an Israeli friend the word for “optimistic.”

    Optimi,” he said.

    “There’s no native word?” I asked.

    “Well,” he asked back, “why would we need one?”

    It doesn’t come easy to us Jews, this thing called optimism. And this year we seem to be in...

  • Letters to the editor: Wage gaps, weight loss and Trump

    December 30, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Playing the Trump Card

    Thank you for the balanced reporting on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to Donald Trump (Dec. 18). I was at a Chanukah party recently and two guests baited me into a political discussion about Trump. After trying to end the conversation, the...

  • The Catholic Method

    By Rob Eshman

    December 2, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Just before the latest wave of religious fanaticism crashed against civilization, I was in Mexico City, talking about the last wave.

    Not so long ago — in the long span of human history — the Catholic Church terrorized the Jews, Muslims, Protestants, Hindus and many other...

  • Letters to the editor: Syrian refugees, Beverly Hills Metro, L.A. Times and more

    December 2, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Syrian Refugees: Compassion or Common Sense?

    With regard to Rob Eshman’s column “#WeAreNext” (Nov. 27), there have been very strong views expressed in the Jewish Journal that for the U.S. to reject Syrian refugees because of their Islamic faith would be both un-Jewish and...

  • Israel vs. ISIS

    By Rob Eshman

    November 18, 2015 | 1:17 pm

    The tragic attacks, first in Sinai, then in Beirut, and now in Paris, should remind us that the fight against ISIS — the fight against Islamic terror — belongs to no one country and no one religion. We are all threatened, we must all fight, and with every means possible.

    Then why...

  • Letters to the editor: UC’s dilemma, The Shabbos Project traffic jam, RCA and more

    November 11, 2015 | 9:53 am

    First Step: Naming the Problem

    Thank you for running the excellent column by professor Judea Pearl (“The UC’s New Dilemma: To Name or Not to Name,” Nov. 6). His comments are perfectly succinct. As a parent of four UC students, current and alumni, we have personally felt the ugly...

  • Letters to the editor: BDS and David Myers, Israel’s future, Ben Carson and guns

    October 21, 2015 | 10:51 am

    BDS: Anti-Semitic or Strategic?

    David Myers’ article acknowledges a number of important points about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, but misses the big picture (“Another Way to Think about BDS,” Oct. 16).

    Myers correctly states that while some BDS activists are...

  • Letters to the editor: Time to die; Gun control; Anti-Zionism

    October 14, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Determining Time

    Dr. Neil Wenger’s intriguing opinion piece about the need for some patients to accept that it is “time to die” overstates the comparison between Moses’ death and what happens in contemporary ICUs (“When it’s Time to Die,” Oct. 9). 

    Moses was the greatest...

  • Make it happen: Stop the gun violence

    By Rob Eshman

    October 8, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    Jeb Bush, meet Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

    In the immediate aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting that left 10 people dead, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said something pretty dumb.

    “We’re in a difficult time in our country, and I don’t think more government...

  • The backyard pilgrim

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2015 | 12:14 pm

    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

    September 30, 2015 | 8:57 am

    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

    September 24, 2015 | 11:46 am

    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

    September 24, 2015 | 9:43 am

    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

    September 16, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    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...

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