Jewish Journal

  • Short on Money and Common Sense

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 8, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    Friday’s Los Angeles Times had three articles, the interconnections of which weren’t clear, but ought to have been.

    One reported on the state-wide “Day of Action” by students, faculty and parents protesting cuts in education funding in California. The second article detailed... read on

  • Passe Protest Politics

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    March 5, 2010 | 4:51 pm

    Yesterday, in what’s been called a “Day of Action,” groups of students, teachers, and their allies staged walk-outs, sit-ins and demonstrations across California.  In Oakland, protesters marched onto and shut down an Interstate freeway.  Activists at UCLA occupied... read on

  • Demeaning History

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 4, 2010 | 4:56 pm

    Exploiting the Holocaust and what led to it is reprehensible. It cheapens the tragedy and demeans its meaning and import.

    Recently, there was a troubling example of that particularly egregious misuse of history in a local issue that has been fought in the courts for over a decade,... read on

  • Farrakhan’s True Colors

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 2, 2010 | 4:31 pm

    Sunday’s Los Angeles Times reported on a speech given by Nation of Islam (“NOI”) leader, Louis Farrakhan in honor of the NOI’s annual Saviors’ Day. Some 20,000 Chicagoans attended his nearly four hour oration.

    Though he is reportedly ill, his virulence, if anything, has... read on

  • Henry Louis Gates—-Time for Another Beer

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    February 25, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    Remember Henry Louis Gates?  He’s the Harvard professor who went ballistic when a white Cambridge police officer hand-cuffed him and hauled him off to jail for disorderly conduct.  He had refused to cooperate with officers who thought he might have been involved in home break-in... read on

  • Team Sports and Success

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 18, 2010 | 2:47 pm

    Occasionally, research is reported on that confirms beliefs you hold but haven’t been certain of. You think that your observations and conclusions are correct but you lack the empirical data to assert the beliefs with any kind of assuredness.

    That reality made The New York Times... read on

  • A First Amendment Lesson

    By David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    February 16, 2010 | 4:39 pm

    As long-time civil rights veterans, we have been around the block a few times with colleagues who appeared committed to the work of bettering civil dialogue in our country. The platitudes about getting along and tolerating opinions one doesn’t like are easy to mouth and come... read on

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