Jewish Journal

  • Insight and Wisdom

    By  David A. Lehrer

    3 weeks ago

    This past weekend the Wall Street Journal prominently featured an article by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth---that is, the Chief Rabbi of the UK.

    His resume is as impressive as his intellect. His piece,... read on

  • Oxford Here We Come

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 22, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    Community Advocates’ vice president, Joe Hicks, is in the United Kingdom today for a very special event. No, he’s not meeting the Queen.

    Tomorrow night Joe will be one of the debaters at the Oxford Union, often described as “the world’s most prestigious debating society.” He will... read on

  • Confronting the reality of radical Islam

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 21, 2015 | 3:12 pm

    Today’s New York Times has an excellent op/ed by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Friedman. In a piece entitled Say It Like It Is, he rails against the failure of many folks to recognize radical Islam and its link to terror incidents around the world – a misguided and dangerous... read on

  • Lessons to be Learned

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 8, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    In 1942, the apocryphal story goes, King Christian of Denmark wore a Yellow Star to demonstrate solidarity with Danish Jews after the occupying Nazis gave orders that all Jews wear the stars--- as in other Nazi occupied and controlled lands. In fact, King Christian never wore the... read on

  • Maher Hathout: ‘What we say and don’t say’

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 5, 2015 | 9:15 pm

    Over the weekend, Maher Hathout, one of the leaders of inter-faith dialogue in Los Angeles and the titular head of the Muslim community died. He succumbed to cancer at the City of Hope.

    Last fall, this blog praised Hathout for the brave op/ed he co-authored with Salam al Marayati... read on

  • In Search of Backbone

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 17, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    The headlines this afternoon are chilling in their nonchalance, “Largest Theater Chains Won’t Show Sony Film,” followed within hours by “Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release of The Interview”.

    The theater chains that control over 18,000 of North America’s 40,000 movie screens,... read on

  • UCLA Environmentalists Apologize

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 17, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Further to Friday’s blog about the bizarre statements that appeared in the Los Angeles Times from environmentalists at UCLA.

    Recall that the leaders of the UCLA Institute on the Environment dismissed John Muir as one whose “vision of wilderness is rooted in economic privilege and... read on

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