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Saturday, January 23, 2021

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Why Is There a Record 6.7 Million Open Jobs?

A notable thing happened in the U.S. workforce in April. For the first time since the Labor Department started to keep track in 2000,...

Gary Wexler: Are Jewish non-profits wasting their marketing dollars?

Marketing and advertising maven Gary Wexler shares his candid, and sometimes funny, thoughts on what's missing today in the Jewish world. Check...

How Trump Haters End Up Helping Trump

“Trump is a Nazi.” “Trump is ruining America.” “Trump supporters are Nazis who are ruining America.” It’s difficult to live in Los Angeles without hearing at least...

Rebels of Reason

When I tell college students today that I don’t remember ever knowing the political leanings of any of my professors, they look at me as...

Charles Krauthammer and July 4th

Here in America, we have a habit of turning national holidays into barbecues. Whether it’s Memorial Day or Labor Day or July Fourth, a...

Salvador Litvak: Can Talmud change your life?

Hollywood filmmaker and Accidental Talmudist Salvador Litvak recounts his journey of how one moment of learning Talmud led to a million followers on Facebook. "What...

In Israel, Hard Cases Make Bad Laws

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation on June 17 approved a bill proposed by Knesset member Robert Ilatov, chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu party,...

From My Female Gaze 

Lately, reviewing life through the prism of the #MeToo movement, I’ve grown sensitized to the uneasy alliance young women make with the male gaze. Ordering a hamburger...

The Gaslighting of Jews

Women are being told to show rapists “some empathy”; to have “compassion” for abusers; to “humanize” harassers. Oh, wait. That’s not what we’re being told...

Struggling With Our Demons

Our memory plays tricks on us. We remember what we want to remember. We remember what makes us feel good. It makes me feel...

The Cries of a Child

In 2015, the picture of a 3-year-old, Aylan Kurdi, wearing a bright red shirt, blue pants and sneakers, lying face down in the surf near...

When it Comes to Justice for Israel, I Cry for You Argentina

This past week, anti-Israel bias prevailed again on the global stage. As Argentina cancelled a sold-out game in Jerusalem due to Palestinian protests, the...

Blessing of the Brit

When our oldest daughter was pregnant and learned she was having a boy, there was never any doubt that we would all be celebrating...

On the Same Team in the Game of Life

Last Shabbat, I went for a walk with my wife and son in the area around La Cienega Park. As we were strolling, I spotted...

North Koreans Also Have Human Rights

For almost three decades, U.S. administrations have tiptoed around the egregious human rights violations perpetrated by the Kim regimes in North Korea. But U.S....

Three Lessons From My Father

I learned three important lessons from my father, Roger Selya.  He is a geographer who retired after 37 years of teaching at the University of Cincinnati....

My Rock and Redeemer

“Tabby, being here with you reminds me of how your mom and I used to take you and your sister to Farah Park ...

An Ode to Masculinity

Like many women who grew up with ’50s-era fathers, I had a complicated relationship with mine.  On the one hand: complete adoration. I was most...

I crashed a bat mitzvah party four years ago. I still haven’t mailed the gift

On my nightstand is a modest pile of books that I have not read and — if everything goes according to plan —I will...

Frozen blintzes are for cowards, so here’s how to make them from scratch

Don't get me wrong. I have at least four boxes of (Streit's?) cheese blintzes gathering a third layer of permafrost in my freezer right now. I bought them before...

Meant2Be: From war to wedding day

In late 1987, I sat on the cold steps outside of our home in Tehran and held a transistor radio tightly in my small, 5-year-old hands.

At Maccabi, forging Jewish identity between the baselines

When I was 10, my family got frum, and I started playing baseball. Oddly, the overlap wasn’t a coincidence: Our new rabbi added me to his Little League team and taught me how to throw; I broke in my first mitt — and a new peer group — playing catch with his son.

Coping with Loss in the Age of the Internet

When my mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, died in May 2011, the in-person Jewish community provided all the basics — post-shivah meals, abundant hugs and...

Purim’s other woman: Vashti, the queen who kept her clothes on

When it comes to the story of Purim, Queen Esther has received lots of attention. All the little girls want to play her in...

Finally, Mexikosher Meat

A place where a man may inhale a carne asada taco (or three) without having to repent come October. Mexikosher 8832 West Pico Boulevard  ...

We Grew Up With Bibi’s, and Bibi’s Grew Up With Us

Something about being a claustrophobic high school upperclassman lent itself to my spending Saturday nights at Bibi’s Warmstone Bakery and Cafe back in my...

The Look: Shanghai Diamond Garden

I hadn’t been to Shanghai Diamond Garden in years. That’s because I’ve never been a fan of Chinese food, but their orange chicken always...

Presented Without Comment: Meshuga 4 Sushi Spider Roll

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Food For Thought About The Nine Days

It happened recently that I was treated to quite poor service at a kosher restaurant on Pico Boulevard. I suppose a statement like that...

Got Kosher? Yes…obviously…

The truth is, I knew that Got Kosher?, a wildly popular Shabbos takeout venture operating basically out of B’nai David Judea’s garage, had made...

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