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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Opinion: Who’s sorry now?

    By Rob Eshman

    October 5, 2011 | 7:05 pm

    Some big Jewish ideas really get around.

    Over the past year, New York Times columnist David Brooks devoted one column to the value of Torah study, another to the big idea behind the word haimish. His colleague Roger Cohen weighed in on Aug. 11 with a column on Jewish identity, which...

  • Opinion: The big picture

    By Rob Eshman

    September 21, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    Patrick Goldstein writes “The Big Picture,” a column for the Los Angeles Times.

    A few years ago, after a mutual friend introduced us, Goldstein proceeded to tell me that he reads The Jewish Journal every week. He discovered it at Fromin’s Delicatessen in Santa Monica, one of...

  • Good year, good food

    By Rob Eshman

    September 21, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    Theodor Herzl understood the truth about food. When the founder of Zionism imagined the Jewish People reborn in a land of their own, he wrote of Jews tending their own orange orchards, vineyards and olive groves. In his novel “Altneuland” (“The Old New Land”), the fantasy...

  • Opinion: UN-vote

    By Rob Eshman

    September 14, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    The threatened U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood has pundits and politicians apoplectic.

    Me, not so much.

    The Palestinian Authority plans to bring its bid for statehood and membership in the United Nations to the 15-member Security Council when the U.N. opens its new session on...

  • Opinion: 9/11, 10 years later

    By Rob Eshman

    September 7, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    When I was in New York last week, I prowled Ground Zero. I couldn’t actually touch it — the entire site is now a massive construction zone, a concatenation of Shanghais, encircled in chain link, surrounded by uniformed officers of the New York City Police Department.

    I crossed...

  • Opinion: Face to face

    By Rob Eshman

    August 31, 2011 | 11:03 am

    I asked Aatekah Ahhmad Mir, a journalist from Lahore, Pakistan, and Emal Naweed Haidary, a journalist from Kabul, Afghanistan, what sights they wanted to see while in Los Angeles.

    I fully expected them to ask to go to Disneyland, Universal Studios … Venice Beach.

    “We want to...

  • Opinion: Count-less

    By Rob Eshman

    August 17, 2011 | 1:03 pm

    Here’s the dirty little secret about organized Jewish life in Los Angeles: We literally don’t know who we are.

    All the organizations and decision makers act as if they know, but, I am telling you — whether you are a major philanthropist, a volunteer or just Jew-curious —...

  • Rob Eshman: The seer

    By Rob Eshman

    August 10, 2011 | 11:04 am

    One evening last February, long before 300,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to march for economic justice, I joined a handful of well-heeled Israelis and Americans for a private dinner. We ate in the upstairs dining room at Michael’s Santa Monica, just 10 of us around a...

  • Norway tragedy: A new twist on hate

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    In 1980, for the umpteenth time, someone asked the Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal whether “it could happen again” — “it” being the Holocaust.

    “You take hatred and technology and you add in a crisis, and anything can happen,” Wiesenthal replied.

    Last week, something...

  • The Rough Guide

    By Rob Eshman

    July 19, 2011 | 5:48 pm

    In Barcelona’s Old City, there’s a narrow street off the well-trod tourist path that leads to what was once the Jewish quarter. In 1391, 100 years before the official start of the Inquisition, Barcelona massacred many and expelled the rest of its Jews, who historians say made up...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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