Jewish Journal

  • Allegations That Don’t Stick

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 3, 2010 | 5:26 pm

    The Wall Street Journal just ran a column by one of its weekend regulars, Joe Queenan, entitled, “I Hear America Whining? Zip It, Pal.” The timing couldn’t have been more fortuitous. I have been in a quandary over writing this blog and couldn’t quite figure out how to tie in two... read on

  • Juan Williams’ Honesty

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 25, 2010 | 12:44 pm

    Last week’s brouhaha over the firing of National Public Radio and Fox commentator Juan Williams has been a long-time coming. The reluctance of too many to accept honest talk about race relations and its complexity has often led to pious pronouncements that miss the mark—-how we act... read on

  • Tom Friedman and Calling It Like It Is

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 20, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    Pulitzer Prizes

    are hard to earn. Anyone who receives one is forever described as “Pulitzer Prize winner….” It’s a distinct and, almost always, well-deserved honor.  It’s special to receive one, rare to receive two, and almost unheard of to receive three. Tom Friedman of... read on

  • The Supreme Court is Supreme

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 7, 2010 | 4:38 pm

    The news over the past few days offered distressing images of the harassment that the family of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder was subjected to when they buried the young soldier in 2006. As most Americans know by now, the Phelps family of Topeka, Kansas and members of their... read on

  • The Mainstream Gets Used

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 5, 2010 | 3:31 pm

    Tens of thousands of people gathered this past weekend in Washington, D.C. under the banner of One Nation Working Together

    with the avowed aim of “building a more united America—-with jobs, justice and education for all.”  A benign goal with which very few could disagree.

    The... read on

  • Funding the Wrong Programs

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 17, 2010 | 3:49 pm

    Los Angeles is a wonderful city. As a native I have a love for the climate, the landscape, the diversity of peoples—-all of which make for a unique and dynamic and interesting place to live and raise a family.

    What doesn’t seem so dynamic is the profound dysfunction that has... read on

  • Religious Zealots and Democracy

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 1, 2010 | 4:13 pm

    In writing yesterday’s blog about Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and his inflammatory comments urging a plague on Palestinians and their leaders, I recalled an op/ed in the Wall St. Journal by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. that I return to from time to time (“The Worst Corruption”). It dates... read on

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