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  • Opinion: Goodbye, California

    By Rob Eshman

    July 5, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    The scariest conversation I’ve had recently was with a college counselor at a local high school.

    She said she has to tell parents and students that acceptance to the California State University (Cal State) system is no longer a sure thing. What’s more, the once near-certain...

  • The Face of Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    June 29, 2011 | 11:51 am

    When the thousands of delegates, journalists and observers drive to the United Nations this September for the General Assembly, I’d like to suggest that on their way they swing by the intersection of 10th Avenue and 35th Street.

    I know it’s not exactly on the way. In fact,...

  • A new leaf

    By Rob Eshman

    June 21, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    It was Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal who finally convinced me to buy the Nissan Leaf.

    Almost a year ago, I heard about the car — an all-electric production vehicle that would deliver 100 miles per charge, had all the room of a Prius and cost, after $16,000 in government rebates...

  • Letters to the Editor: Domestic workers, extremism, the pro-Israel divide

    June 21, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    We Can’t Afford the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

    The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, AB 889, is a good idea; unfortunately there is no money to fund it. The state [of California] is broke, and asking private citizens to fund this while exempting government programs is not...

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  • The pro-Israel divide

    By Rob Eshman

    June 15, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    Every week, an e-mail circulates among hundreds of Jews in Los Angeles calling for my immediate firing. The subject line of a recent one was, “The L.A. Jewish paper needs a new Editor-in-Chief.”

    I know when this happens, because the author is always kind enough to copy me on the...

  • I’m a believer

    By Rob Eshman

    June 8, 2011 | 10:58 am

    I was a Jewish school skeptic.

    When it was time to send our first child, our son, to school, my wife, a rabbi, insisted it be a Jewish school. I wondered, like a lot of parents, whether the quality of the education would be so superior to the local public school, or a similarly...

  • June 5, 1967

    By Rob Eshman

    June 1, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Levi Eshkol was one of the greatest Israeli heroes you never heard of. Eshkol was Israel’s prime minister during the Six Day War, which began 44 years ago this week, on June 5, 1967.

    In six days — 132 hours — Israel defeated three major Arab armies. It turned imminent...

  • Street smarts

    By Rob Eshman

    May 17, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    An organization of which I think very highly e-mailed a poorly worded headline this week.

    “Arab Mobs Attack Israel on All Fronts,” screamed the subject line of a May 15 e-mail alert from The Israel Project.

    The attached story reported how “tens of thousands of Arab protesters...

  • SinoSoul’s Tony Chen Names Foodaism a Favorite Blog

    By Rob Eshman

    May 11, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Thanks to Tony Chen, the hard-hitting maven at SinoSoul, for shouting out to Foodaism at CitysBest.com.  Here’s what Tony answered when asked what blogs he likes:

    What food blogs do you read and why?

    I’ve stopped reading “amateur food blogs.” I read, like, the Vanity Fair or the...

  • I Miss Us

    By Rob Eshman

    May 10, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    Here are my complaints about the annual Israel Independence Day Festival:

    The falafel makers use too much breadcrumb filler. There’s never enough shade near the main stage, where the music is always too loud, anyway. The audience never pays attention to the honored speakers, who...

  • An Israeli named Juliano Mer-Khamis

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2011 | 7:14 pm

    Two competing narratives define the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Juliano Mer-Khamis represented the troublesome third.

    That’s why I so admired him.

    Mer-Khamis, 53, was an actor, filmmaker, theater director and playwright. He starred in some major Israeli movies, and with his...

  • An open letter to my son

    By Rob Eshman

    April 26, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    Dear Adi:

    This column will appear online just about when you arrive in Poland.

    As a participant in the March of the Living, you’ll visit the Jewish

    Quarter of Krakow, the Lodz Ghetto, Schindler’s factory, the site of the forced labor camp at Plaszow, the original homes of two...

  • Civility 101

    By Rob Eshman

    April 20, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    When you get a moment, go online and read the account by our reporter Jonah Lowenfeld of the April 11 J Street debate at Temple Israel of Hollywood. 

    Jewish Journal columnist David Suissa squared off against Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of the self-annointed “pro-Israel,...

  • The Arab Seder

    By Rob Eshman

    April 12, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    This has been a good year for freedom.

    The Arab spring that began in Tunisia spread through Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain. The pharoahs who haven’t fallen are plenty nervous.

    For decades they enjoyed a stable social contract with their people: You put up...

  • Michal Ansky celebrates spring’s bounty on Passover

    By Rob Eshman

    April 5, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    Here’s the first thing you notice about Michal Ansky: She’s beautiful. Tall, with long black hair and a strong, lean Israeli build. In the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, where we meet, people do double takes. She’s not quite famous here yet, though Fox TV selected...

  • Just awards

    By Rob Eshman

    March 30, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    I would like to be able to tell you that the most inspiring words spoken at the 2011 Bet Tzedek annual Dinner Gala, held on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, were mine.

    But they weren’t.

    I had three minutes to accept the Rose L. Schiff Commitment to Justice Award on behalf of...

  • When Syria falls

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    The writer Leon Wieseltier opened his keynote address at the Daniel Pearl Memorial lecture at UCLA last month with a telling joke.

    “For 50 years, nothing ever changed in the Middle East,” he said, “until the minute I sat down to write this speech.”

    How true. Monarchs and...

  • B’tayavon, Tony

    By Rob Eshman

    March 15, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Television is littered with lousy food shows. I know I risk sounding like some grumpy old coot wondering whatever happened to Jack Paar, but I do wonder what the spirit of the great Julia Child would make of the utter mediocrity, the sheer lack of aspiration, the game show approach...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gibson Scale, Glenn Beck, Aaron Liberman and Latino-Jewish Coalition

    March 15, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    Great Americans vs.‘Slimebags’

    The best reasons that I read The Jewish Journal are because of great Americans like Dennis Prager and David Suissa. It is nauseating to see columns by leftist slimebags like Marty Kaplan and Rachel Roberts (the doctoral student — OMG) (“Muslim...

  • The Gibson Scale

    By Rob Eshman

    March 9, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    The sheer volume of anti-Semitic spoutings and sputters in the past couple of months poses a serious question for Jews: When should we laugh? When should we worry?

    When should we fight back?

    The problem is one of priorities. It is so tedious to drop everything we’re doing and...

  • Zenga Zenga

    By Rob Eshman

    March 1, 2011 | 6:37 pm

    On Sunday, I posted a blog about a video on YouTube that had captured the attention of the Libyan resistance movement and become the unofficial anthem of its youth.

    “Zenga Zenga” takes Libyan crackpot Muammar el-Qaddafi’s bizarre Green Square speech of Feb. 26, puts it...

  • Hitchens, Wolpe, Harris, Artson and the Afterlife [EXCERPTS & VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    February 23, 2011 | 12:17 pm

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  • Just say yes

    By Rob Eshman

    February 16, 2011 | 1:03 pm

    Should Jewish communal funds find their way into the hands of groups that condone or actively engage in the boycott of Israel?

    No, you say, of course not. Why should Jews finance people or groups who want to punish Israel?

    But it’s not so simple. 

    As mainstream organizations...

  • Siren Song

    By Rob Eshman

    February 8, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    The last two weeks have been a shining moment for the Egyptian people. For us Jews, not so much.

    In the fight for freedom they have been bold; we have been cautious.

    They have acted without fear; we have withheld our applause. They have sacrificed; we have remained suspicious....

  • Opportunity knocks

    By Rob Eshman

    January 19, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    Is it possible that when you clink glasses and say, “Happy New Year,” someone is actually listening?

    That’s what it felt like this week, with two enormous pieces of good news to start the year off.

    First there was outgoing Mossad director Meir Dagan’s assessment that...

  • The Precious Center

    By Rob Eshman

    January 11, 2011 | 7:05 pm

    Jared Lee Loughner is crazy. That, more than any other single fact, is to blame for why he walked up to a gathering outside a Tucson Safeway last Saturday and tried to kill Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, murdering six other people in the rampage.

    Maybe the toxic political environment...

  • Solvable problems

    By Rob Eshman

    January 5, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    I spent some time over winter break rebuilding flood-ravaged homes in New Orleans. When I say some time, I mean four hours. The rest of our five days in the city, we toured around, ate tremendous food, made sure the Sazerac cocktails were as good as I remembered, and generally...

  • Dis-assimilated

    By Rob Eshman

    December 15, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    It was a very Jewish week, even more than usual.

    On Tuesday, I had a conversation on stage with Rabbi Uri Herscher at an annual Chanukah brunch at the

    Skirball Cultural Center, which he founded and runs. 

    At one point, Herscher asked me to name the five issues I find myself...

  • What Happens in the Sukkah….

    By Rob Eshman

    October 5, 2009 | 12:18 pm

    In her sermon on Friday night, Naomi talked about Sukkot. She said the rabbis called the holiday, “The time of our happiness,” and command us to be “only happy” during the seven days of the Festival.

    “What does it mean to be ‘only happy’?” she asked. “How can one...

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