September 24, 2018

Opinion

I remember the look on Rabbi Elazar Muskin’s face when I asked him if he could transform his very Ashkenazi synagogue, Young Israel of...
There’s a new mode of transportation in Venice, Calif. It’s called a Bird Scooter. For anyone who has a 3-year-old, these are...
I’ve never fancied myself a balabusta. For the past eight years, I’ve assumed this role, however, in my relationship with my husband...
Dating is hard. In my case, it is usually funny, sometimes painful and often pathetic. I’m Jewish and like being with a member of the tribe.
Amid the soul-searching that has followed the Florida shooting, there has been an implicit acknowledgement that there are in fact...
When push comes to shove, we often pick loyalty to a political party over loyalty to an idea or a truth. This is true whether we are...
Purim. It’s a story of good guys and bad guys, with a cast of characters that includes an inebriated king; a disobedient queen...
In the days following the Florida school shooting, all of the usual “guns are as American as apple pie” defenses came out as though...
“I get through every day by focusing totally on my work, to the point of distraction. And especially when milestones come up...
It was a typical evening. The kids were settled and I finally sat down to relax. Then the phone rang. It was a familiar number from...
How do I love Vashti? Let me count the ways. In case you aren’t familiar with this woman of the Bible, Vashti makes only a brief...
I was on the phone discussing a provocative story about the Jewish holiday of Purim when news of the Parkland, Fla., school...
In the aftermath of another horrible and heartbreaking mass shooting at an American school, the same political game took place that...
The wild fluctuations in the stock market last week, and Americans’ fear response, has me thinking about our spiritual relationship...
ran broke the seal on its conflict with Israel last week. Instead of using one of its many terror proxies to attack Israel, it went solo...
This coming Tuesday, the Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee — a parliamentary committee usually charged with guaranteeing...
In a magnificent, glassed corner office I visited on my trip to L.A. last week, I watched the setting sun create layers of golden...
The big news last week was the Iranian drone that entered Israeli air space and triggered a potential war between Iran and Israel...
Every day since Donald Trump rescinded the Dream Act, one hundred twenty dreamers have lost their DACA protections.
Flashlight — check. Map — check. Safety rules — check. Police phone numbers — check. Our four-person team jumped into the SUV and took off.
At a recent Shabbat dinner, my host launched into a diatribe over a “two-page story” in The New York Times which allegedly argues that...
Two weeks ago, I received a crazy call. “We’re putting together a Super Bowl Party for the Homeless. Last year’s video went viral, so...
This week, The Guardian, one of the most left-wing newspapers in Great Britain, published a 2,300-word piece describing the problem...
This address was delivered by Karen Lehrman Bloch at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Symposium 2018: “21st Century Woman.”
This is my 18th issue of the Jewish Journal as editor-in-chief, and, I have to say, these past few months have been exhilarating.
In American pop culture, the words “bar mitzvah” don’t exactly prompt religious awe. Instead, a cocktail of humor, pathos, anxiety and...
The doors to modern left-wing anti-Semitism in Europe were opened long ago by the secular hero of the French Enlightenment, Voltaire...
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