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  • At the center, battling left and right extremism

    By Rob Eshman

    6 days ago

    It’s not going to end. 

    I’m talking about the increasing demonization of Israel by progressive organizations and individuals. This month it was Black Lives Matter’s platform, and the vulgar cold shoulder given the Israeli Olympic athletes by some Lebanese and Egyptian athletes. 

    ...
  • Letters to the editor: Immigrants, Trump, kosher rules and more

    1 week ago

    Immigrants and America

    Rob Eshman’s analysis of the world situation that Stephen Miller’s great-grandfather faced as an immigrant versus that presently addressed by Donald Trump regarding immigrants from Muslim countries is fatally flawed in at least three ways (“Stephen Miller,...

  • Caroline Glick and me

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    You know you’ve made it in the Jewish world when you get to speak to 1,000 Hadassah women at their national convention. 

    For its annual convention in Atlanta last week, Hadassah asked me to converse onstage with columnist and author Caroline Glick, a discussion moderated by...

  • Why Jews don’t want Trump

    By Rob Eshman

    July 27, 2016 | 10:45 am

    Donald Trump must be very powerful because he’s done something no one has managed to do since Moses: He’s united the Jews.

    The problem for him: He’s united them against Donald Trump.

    Just before Trump decided to run for president, the American Jewish world was clawing at itself...

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  • Jerusalem Syndrome

    By Rob Eshman

    July 20, 2016 | 10:50 am

    If you’ve spent any time at all in Jerusalem, chances are you’ve seen the messiah. Chances are you’ve seen many of them.

    The streets of the city host an array of men — they’re mostly men — who wave their arms at passersby and scream about sin and redemption and, basically, just...

  • Letters to the editor: Marty Kaplan, race relations in America and more

    July 20, 2016 | 9:28 am

    We Are All in This Together

    Dear Marty Kaplan, I am a 90-year-old African-American with a 100-year-old Jewish friend. You said all that can and should be said on this tragic state of affairs in our country (“Are We Better Than This?” July 15). May you continue to write such...

  • Changing Three Cultures: A Q&A with Joe Domanick

    By Rob Eshman

    July 13, 2016 | 1:07 pm

    We all feel awful about last week’s violence; we all wonder what can be done. Well, author and investigative journalist Joe Domanick has been feeling awful about police conduct and urban violence for decades. 

    When I called Domanick to ask him to write about the tragedies that...

  • Letters to the editor: Cost of medication, Elie Wiesel, restroom laws and more

    July 13, 2016 | 10:14 am

    Medications’ High Cost to Society

    A point that stands out in the story of Laurie Ritz is the high cost of the medications needed to treat his mental illness (“The Failure of L.A.’s Mental Health System,” July 8). The high prices of meds that can treat mental illness and...

  • Moving and shaking: Aish L.A., L.A. Press Club Awards, Technion and more

    By Ryan Torok

    June 30, 2016 | 9:39 am

    Los Angeles residents Rita Emerson and Robert Hanisee received honorary fellowships from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on June 5 in a ceremony that was held at the university’s campus in Haifa during the Technion board of governors June 4-8 meeting.

    The Technion...

  • Brexit in Bali

    By Rob Eshman

    June 29, 2016 | 2:55 pm

    It’s not the JFK assassination or 9/11, but even so, I’ll never forget where I was when I first read about Brexit.

    I was on a beach on Lembongan Island, just off the coast of Bali.

    Look it up on Google Maps: It’s a dot in the Indian Ocean. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more...

  • Letters to the editor: Orlando, Dennis Prager and atheism, Muhammad Ali and more

    June 22, 2016 | 10:06 am

    An Astute Reaction to Orlando

    I’d like to thank Rob Eshman for his insightful response to the Orlando tragedy (“Pulse and Pride,” June 17). It had the merit of being the smartest and most comprehensive reaction I read this week, while remaining succinct and...

  • Trump and Weiner

    By Rob Eshman

    June 9, 2016 | 9:19 am

    This week, as the firestorm was building over Donald Trump’s racist comments about the “Mexican” judge presiding over lawsuits against Trump University  — you know, the judge who was born and raised just outside that great Mexican city of South Bend, Ind. — I went to see the new...

  • Letters to the editor: Lee Baca, Memorial Day, Trump and more

    June 8, 2016 | 10:10 am

    Political Cronyism

    The issue is not why Congregation Bais Naftoli, an Orthodox synagogue, chose to honor ex-Sheriff Lee Baca at its annual event (“Ex-Sheriff Awaiting Sentencing Honored by Orthodox Congregation,” June 3). The real issue is political cronyism and why our elected...

  • Last night with Bernie

    By Rob Eshman

    June 8, 2016 | 9:59 am

    Last night at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Bernie Sanders waited a long, long time to say the “C” word.

    He took the stage late.  At about 11 pm—an hour after Sanders was expected to speak--  the crowd of at least a thousand people started screaming and chanting.  For...

  • Political lessons for June

    By Rob Eshman

    June 1, 2016 | 4:12 pm

    Two big things are happening in the coming week: the California primary and the 49th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Absolutely no relation? Think again. There are lessons in what happened on June 5, 1967, that can help guide the decisions we make on June 7, 2016, and in November.

    ...
  • Letters to the editor: Tom Tugend, Hillary Clinton, Wexler’s Deli and more

    June 1, 2016 | 9:30 am

    Truth From Tom Tugend

    In these times of unfettered narcissism, especially among current political candidates, it is inspiring to read Tom Tugend’s thoughtful essay exploring his war history and the question of heroism (“Looking Back at War on Memorial Day,” May 27). His point...

  • Politics and pastrami

    By Rob Eshman

    May 25, 2016 | 11:28 am

    This week two topics are dominating the conversation of Westside Jews: the election and Wexler’s Deli. And they are not as unrelated as you think.

    The California primary is less than two weeks away, on June 7, a Tuesday. And Wexler’s Deli opens at 6th Street and Santa Monica Blvd...

  • Adelson and Trump

    By Rob Eshman

    May 18, 2016 | 10:59 am

    A couple of months ago, I was sitting in a booth at Langer’s Delicatessen, studying the menu and munching on half-sours when an elderly man caught my eye.

    He was hobbling toward a table, part of a large family entourage, accompanied by a tall, grim-faced bodyguard. Wow, I...

  • Letters to the editor: E-bikes, Al Gore and minimum wage

    May 11, 2016 | 10:31 am

    Cycling the City

    I really enjoyed Rob Eshman’s column (“L.A., Meet My E-Bike,” May 6). I’ve ridden that route as well and am also concerned that there isn’t a big effort to allow bicycle riders a path to cross Los Angeles safely. I live on the Westside and would love to ride to...

  • Letters to the editor: Nancy Kricorian, Hannah Arendt, minimum wage and more

    May 4, 2016 | 9:12 am

    School Chums Discuss Middle East Problems

    Rob Eshman and his old school friend who is working with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement tried to find common ground on Israel-Palestine and raised the question: Do you have a better idea or a better strategy to get...

  • L.A., meet the e-bike

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2016 | 9:44 am

    In February, the public radio station KPCC staged a race to determine the fastest way to get across Los Angeles at rush hour.

    [RELATED: Los Angeles electric bike resources]

    Three people simultaneously left downtown’s Union Station on a Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., headed for...

  • Julia Ioffe, meet the real Donald Trump

    By Rob Eshman

    April 29, 2016 | 10:49 am

    Back in February as the winds began to shift toward Donald Trump, they picked up  a distinct anti-Semitic odor.  It was more subtle then, like rotting jasmine in the night air, but if you inhaled deep enough, it really stank.

    I wrote a column, “Donald Trump Has a White...

  • Letters to the editor: Passover edition, Simone Zimmerman and more

    April 27, 2016 | 10:20 am

    Passover Deluxe

    Your Passover edition: What a great seder feast for the mind, representing a rainbow of opinions, right, left and center, beginning with “Seder at Bernie’s” and ending with “The Malicious Anti-Israel Lie Told by Jews” (April 22). But the most inspiring and uniting...

  • Letters to the editor: Cigars, Simone Zimmerman and more

    April 20, 2016 | 9:21 am

    No Safe Stogie

    Dennis Prager is still in denial about the risks of tobacco use (“Cigars and the Little Joys of Life,” April 15). His righteous position on the safety of cigars and pipes is consistent with the denial of an addict. 

    Yes, secondhand smoke exposure is still...

  • Seder at Bernie’s

    By Rob Eshman

    April 20, 2016 | 8:25 am

    “I want to welcome you all to the first Sanders White House Seder.

    “I love Passover. People say I’m not religious — but all year long I argue over Israel, then once a year, I make a seder. So, aren’t I exactly like every other American Jew?

    “Now, I want to say a few words about...

  • Haters, meet Najia

    By Rob Eshman

    April 13, 2016 | 11:27 am

    “I wanted to become someone,” the young Afghani woman told me, matter-of-factly. “I wanted to grow.”

    Najia Sarwari — intense dark eyes, flawless olive skin, long black hair — was standing in the lobby of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Five years earlier, she couldn’t...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel’s video, the U.N., an affordable Jewish education and more

    April 13, 2016 | 8:57 am

    Predator or Protector?

    Regarding Rob Eshman’s column about the shooting in Hebron: He is certainly entitled to his opinion, but this soldier is also entitled to his day in court and Eshman’s inflammatory comments before the court hearing endanger this soldier’s rights (“Israel’s...

  • Israel’s vicious video

    By Rob Eshman

    April 6, 2016 | 10:15 am

    BDS is the Next Big Fear gripping the Jewish world.

    But I want to devote this column to something terrible happening to Israel that has nothing to do with the international movement to Boycott, Sanction and Divest. What I’m worried about is just as terrible, if not more so —...

  • Letters to the editor: CA’s water crisis, goodbye to Garry Shandling and more

    April 6, 2016 | 9:50 am

    A Serious Water Solution

    California’s water crisis is written in its history of laissez-faire and monopoly (think “Chinatown”). California still has no unified water policy and can never successfully legislate one unless the state unceremoniously seizes control of the state’s...

  • Letters to the editor: Trump at AIPAC and the Purim cover

    March 30, 2016 | 9:30 am

    Trump at AIPAC

    Very lofty, Rob Eshman, but it does seem the times, they are a-changin’, thank God (“Trump at AIPAC,” March 25). AIPAC members understand very well that Barack Obama and his minions have damaged Israel, intentionally and/or indifferently. And it also seems that...

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