Jewish Journal

  • What Divides America? A Surprising Finding

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 2, 2009 | 6:09 pm

    The Pew Center publishes fascinating polls every week, some get enormous media attention, others go virtually ignored. Last week, Pew published an under-the-radar study that deserves some attention and evaluation.

    In a report entitled, “Who Divides America?” the Center... read on

  • Another Racial Wacko in the Obama Administration

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    October 1, 2009 | 4:56 pm

    Is Mark Lloyd the new Van Jones?  Jones was Barack Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” who was forced out after, among other things, it was revealed that he was a “truther.”  Turns out, he’d signed a petition which alleged that the Bush administration had prior knowledge of the... read on

  • Islamic Fundamentalism and the Struggle Against It

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 1, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    This blog has taken a brief High Holidays break; we are now back in business.

    The New York Times website has an interesting innovation, a dialogue called The Conversation which involves their regular columnists discussing a current issue. Yesterday’s Conversation involves David... read on

  • What’s Race Got To Do With It?

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    September 21, 2009 | 3:59 pm

    Collectively, all Americans – despite ideological stances of various kinds – inherently know that the perceived stigma of skin color is not what it used to be. Yet, we now find ourselves immersed in claims that resurgent racism lies behind opposition to the Obama presidency. 

    ... read on
  • The Illogic of Being TOO Understanding

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 17, 2009 | 4:39 pm

    There is “political correctness” and then there is “political correctness.” Sometimes it’s hard to imagine the extent to which the effort to be understanding and compassionate can stand in the way of logic, evidence and doing what’s right.

    A local organization called the... read on

  • Honest Analysis of a Troubling Subject

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 16, 2009 | 1:18 pm

    I have an op ed in today’s Los Angeles Times on the subject of hyperbole in the civil rights arena. It focuses on the “sky is falling” rhetoric that accompanied the shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington last June.  It is a subject that I am all too familiar with,... read on

  • Our City At A Crossroads

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 15, 2009 | 6:26 pm

    It’s worth reading the Los Angeles Times very carefully today—-it has some serious journalism that offers insights into the future of our city.

    The first is a piece about today’s vote in the LA City Council deciding whether to adopt an early retirement plan that Mayor... read on

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