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Antisemitism ebbs and flows, but it never goes away. When it rises, as is happening now, Jews tend to react with alarm, ...
07/12/2021
There’s No Cure for Antisemitism, But There is a Vaccine

Antisemitism ebbs and flows, but it never goes away. When it rises, as is happening now, Jews tend to react with alarm, condemnations and even rallies. We mobilize the troops, we call out, we speak out, we often freak out.

Instead of agonizing over a cure for antisemitism, we might want to look for a vaccine.

As Eric Garcetti prepares to head off to India as the U.S. Ambassador to that country, Los Angeles is still almost a yea...
07/12/2021
Who Will Replace Garcetti Until the Next Election?

As Eric Garcetti prepares to head off to India as the U.S. Ambassador to that country, Los Angeles is still almost a year and a half away from its next scheduled election. While several potential candidates are lining up for that race, the city’s economic, housing, public safety and transportation crises are not going to fix themselves over the next eighteen months. The temptation among many local political leaders will be to defer significant action on these policy fronts and simply maintain the status quo until LA voters select our next chief executive, but this path of least political resistance ignores the urgency that these challenges require.

As Eric Garcetti prepares to head off to India as the U.S. Ambassador to that country, Los Angeles is still almost a year and a half away from its next scheduled election.

We are in a new era of antisemitism. Multiple expressions of hate have converged to create a different and more dangerou...
07/12/2021
Redefining Contemporary Hate

We are in a new era of antisemitism. Multiple expressions of hate have converged to create a different and more dangerous scenario. Whereas antisemitic attacks in our era have typically been more indiscriminate, they have recently become more blatant and violent.

We are in a new era of antisemitism.

And so, Netanyahu is out. Finally out. He was ousted as Prime Minister a few weeks ago, but on Saturday night the act of...
07/12/2021
Netanyahu Evacuated “Balfour,” But is Still in Our Heads

And so, Netanyahu is out. Finally out. He was ousted as Prime Minister a few weeks ago, but on Saturday night the act of vacating the PM’s House was completed. The residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street is waiting for its new occupant (one that has no intention to live there— Bennett keeps his home in Raanana, not wishing to uproot his family from where they reside). For some Israelis, this symbolic act was akin to a king vacating his palace following a dethrone. For others, it merited barely a shrug. Netanyahu lost, Netanyahu must leave, Netanyahu leaves—what’s the big deal?

And so, Netanyahu is out. Finally out.

More than 3,000 people from across the country gathered near the U.S. Capitol on Sunday to stand in solidarity against t...
07/12/2021
Rally Against Anti-Semitism Draws 3,000 in Show of Unity at US Capitol in Washington

More than 3,000 people from across the country gathered near the U.S. Capitol on Sunday to stand in solidarity against the rising tide of anti-Semitism across the United States.

More than 3,000 people from across the country gathered near the U.S. Capitol on Sunday to stand in solidarity against the rising tide of anti-Semitism across the United States.

Twitter has de-platformed Nick Fuentes, who has been designated as a white nationalist by the Department of Justice.
07/10/2021
Twitter Deplatforms White Nationalist Nick Fuentes

Twitter has de-platformed Nick Fuentes, who has been designated as a white nationalist by the Department of Justice.

Twitter has de-platformed Nick Fuentes, who has been designated as a white nationalist by the Department of Justice. Forbes reported that Fuentes posted

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt declared in a July 9 Newsweek op-ed that there’s an “antisemitism p...
07/10/2021
ADL CEO Says There’s an “Antisemitism Problem” on the Left

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt declared in a July 9 Newsweek op-ed that there’s an “antisemitism problem” on the left.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt declared in a July 9 Newsweek op-ed that there’s an “antisemitism problem” on the left.

“Why do we hurt the people we love?”It’s an age-old question one might ask of today’s progressive movement. Progressives...
07/10/2021
The Progressive Quandary

“Why do we hurt the people we love?”

It’s an age-old question one might ask of today’s progressive movement. Progressives are committed to helping women and children, racial minorities, the poor and the endangered. Yet in many instances the policies for which many progressives fight are fundamentally inconsistent with the goals of the movement.

“Why do we hurt the people we love?” It’s an age-old question one might ask of today’s progressive movement.

I’ve never understood the appeal of a matzo ball. No great beauty, the spongy dough ball just sits there, taking up spac...
07/09/2021
Ode to a Matzo Ball

I’ve never understood the appeal of a matzo ball. No great beauty, the spongy dough ball just sits there, taking up space in an otherwise nice bowl of chicken soup. As a kid I dreaded encountering it at holiday tables. No matter how hard I tried, I could never bring myself to finish, or even start, the scary soup.

I’ve never understood the appeal of a matzo ball.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been officially nominated by President Joe Biden to be the next Ambassador to India.
07/09/2021
Mayor Garcetti Officially Nominated As Ambassador to India

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been officially nominated by President Joe Biden to be the next Ambassador to India.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been officially nominated by President Joe Biden to be the next Ambassador to India.

The Biden administration is criticizing Israel for its recent demolition of a suspected Palestinian terrorist’s home and...
07/09/2021
Biden Admin Criticizes Israel for Demolishing Alleged Palestinian Terrorist’s Home

The Biden administration is criticizing Israel for its recent demolition of a suspected Palestinian terrorist’s home and is pushing for Israel to end the practice.

The Biden administration is criticizing Israel for its recent demolition of a suspected Palestinian terrorist’s home and is pushing for Israel to end the practice.

The operation to search for survivors and bodies in the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condominium build...
07/09/2021
Israeli Expertise Brings Closure to Surfside Disaster in Matter of Days

The operation to search for survivors and bodies in the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside, Florida, a suburb of Miami, has been ongoing for two weeks. Sixty-four people have so far been confirmed dead and 76 are officially still missing. (Additional bodies have been recovered but authorities have yet to add them until their families are notified.)

Innovative technologies, methodologies speed up recovery efforts while staving off psychological damage to victims’ families, search teams.

“Love is the Strongest Medicine” offers a revealing and intimate view of Dr. Steven Eisenberg’s two decades in oncology ...
07/09/2021
Book Review: “Love is the Strongest Medicine” by Dr. Steven Eisenberg

“Love is the Strongest Medicine” offers a revealing and intimate view of Dr. Steven Eisenberg’s two decades in oncology practice and traces the emergence of his unique persona: “the singing doctor.” A vivid storyteller, Eisenberg introduces us to a world of personal and medical challenges through his own story, interspersing it with the emotionally moving stories of numerous patients suffering from an eye-opening array of malignancies and attendant personal conflicts.

“Love is the Strongest Medicine” offers a revealing and intimate view of Dr. Steven Eisenberg’s two decades in oncology practice and traces the emergence of his unique persona: “the singing doctor.”

It was a painful cri de coeur. A 22-year-old nurse wrote a letter to Rabbi Asher Weiss, asking how she could repent for ...
07/09/2021
Death, Guilt and Innocence: An Ancient Lesson for Contemporary Times

It was a painful cri de coeur. A 22-year-old nurse wrote a letter to Rabbi Asher Weiss, asking how she could repent for a fatal mistake that she had made. She had been working in a coronavirus unit in a New York hospital at the height of the pandemic, and her supervisor asked her to add an additional overnight shift. A patient came in at 3:00 a.m. and was having great difficulty breathing. The hospital was short on ventilators, and the staff scavenged for whatever units they could find. This nurse was given an old, donated, home-use ventilator. Exhausted, she grappled with the unfamiliar machine, mistakenly putting the breathing tube into the wrong slot. She discovered her mistake only after the patient’s condition grew much worse. Sadly, he died soon after.

This week's Torah reading includes an important lesson about the gray area between absolute guilt and true innocence.

In Parashat Matot, the first of the two portions read this week, God speaks to Moses, saying, “Avenge the Israelite peop...
07/09/2021
Unscrolled: Matot-Masei: A Book of Goings

In Parashat Matot, the first of the two portions read this week, God speaks to Moses, saying, “Avenge the Israelite people on the Midianites; then you shall be gathered to your kin” (Numbers 31:1-2).

Violence, the text seems to be saying, is a part of life—something to be managed rather than extinguished.

“No Fear: A Rally in Solidarity With the Jewish People” will take place this Sunday, July 11, in front of the Capitol Bu...
07/09/2021
Elisha Wiesel and Others to Lead Rally Against Antisemitism in D.C.

“No Fear: A Rally in Solidarity With the Jewish People” will take place this Sunday, July 11, in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Meant to bring awareness to the rise in antisemitism across the country, the event hopes to unite Jews and allies from across the political spectrum. Speakers will include Elisha Wiesel (the son of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel), Noa Tishby, Meghan McCain, elected officials, faith leaders, grassroots activists and victims of recent antisemitic attacks.

“No Fear: A Rally in Solidarity With the Jewish People” will take place this Sunday, July 11, in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

One of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) governors has barred businesses from displaying signs in Hebrew in his West Bank...
07/09/2021
PA Gov Bans Hebrew Signs

One of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) governors has barred businesses from displaying signs in Hebrew in his West Bank district.

One of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) governors has barred businesses from displaying signs in Hebrew in his West Bank district.

For 17 years, the Knesset repeatedly voted to extend a temporary amendment to The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law ...
07/08/2021
Government’s Failure to Renew ‘Family Unification Law’ Divides Israelis

For 17 years, the Knesset repeatedly voted to extend a temporary amendment to The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law that excludes Palestinians who marry Israelis from obtaining fast-tracked Israeli citizenship or permanent residency. However, that streak ended on Tuesday, when Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s new government coalition failed to secure enough votes in the legislature.

The general Entry into Israel Law, which treats all foreign spouses equally, now applies to Palestinians.

The International Legal Forum, a human rights legal group based in Israel, sent a letter to the United Nations Children’...
07/08/2021
Human Rights Legal Group Calls on UN to Take Action Against Hamas Use of Child Soldiers

The International Legal Forum, a human rights legal group based in Israel, sent a letter to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on July 1 calling on the international body to take action against Hamas’ use of child soldiers.

The International Legal Forum, a human rights legal group based in Israel, sent a letter to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on July

Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av), which we commemorate this year beginning on the evening of July 17, remin...
07/08/2021
A Tisha B’Av Message: Will We Again Fail To Heed the Warnings?

Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av), which we commemorate this year beginning on the evening of July 17, reminds us that over 2,600 years ago Jews failed to heed the warnings of the prophet Jeremiah about the importance of changing their ways. That failure resulted in the destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem, one of the many tragedies experienced by Jews on that day, including the later destruction of the second Temple.

Tisha B'Av (the ninth day of the month of Av), which we commemorate this year beginning on the evening of July 17, reminds us that over 2,600 years ago

A London Jewish man was subjected to antisemitic slurs twice in the span of an hour while riding public transportation o...
07/07/2021
London Jewish Man Subjected to Antisemitic Slurs Twice in One Hour

A London Jewish man was subjected to antisemitic slurs twice in the span of an hour while riding public transportation on July 3.

A London Jewish man was subjected to antisemitic slurs twice in the span of an hour while riding public transportation on July 3. According to video and

Former Women’s March, Inc. leader Linda Sarsour announced that she’s taking a hiatus from Twitter after coming under fir...
07/07/2021
Sarsour Announces Twitter Hiatus After Endorsing Tweet Mocking IDF Involvement in Surfside Rescue

Former Women’s March, Inc. leader Linda Sarsour announced that she’s taking a hiatus from Twitter after coming under fire over endorsing a tweet mocking the Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) efforts in helping rescue the victims of the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Former Women’s March, Inc. leader Linda Sarsour announced that she’s taking a hiatus from Twitter after coming under fire over endorsing a tweet mocking

Glaser Weil LLP and Sitrick AnGlaser Weil LLP and Sitrick And Company–two of the nation’s top law and public relations f...
07/07/2021
Top Law Firm, PR Firm Join Legal Team of L.A. Man Attacked by Antisemitic Mob

Glaser Weil LLP and Sitrick AnGlaser Weil LLP and Sitrick And Company–two of the nation’s top law and public relations firms, respectively–have joined Arash and Benny Khorsandi of The Law Office of Arash Khorsandi and Michael Yadegaran of Avenue Law APC in representing a victim of the May 18 antisemitic attack in front of a Los Angeles restaurant pro bono.

Glaser Weil LLP and Sitrick And Company–two of the nation’s top law and public relations firms, respectively–have joined Arash and Benny Khorsandi of The

As Chair of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s board, I have witnessed first-hand the ups and downs of the COVID-19 roller...
07/07/2021
Preserving Camp and Community

As Chair of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s board, I have witnessed first-hand the ups and downs of the COVID-19 roller coaster and its impact on our field. We have all felt the emotional combination of uncertainty, anxiety, resilience, and exhaustion as we have navigated through the pandemic together.

The reopening of camps represents the beginning of the return to normalcy and creation of the sacred camp community.

The National Education Association (NEA) voted down a measure calling for the United States to cease support for Israel ...
07/07/2021
NEA Votes Down Anti-Israel Measure

The National Education Association (NEA) voted down a measure calling for the United States to cease support for Israel during their July 3 virtual assembly.

The National Education Association (NEA) voted down a measure calling for the United States to cease support for Israel during their July 3 virtual assembly.

When Michael Beller set out three years ago to get a law passed in Arizona requiring Holocaust education in public schoo...
07/07/2021
Arizona Passes Long-Delayed Holocaust Education Bill

When Michael Beller set out three years ago to get a law passed in Arizona requiring Holocaust education in public schools, the response he got was clear.

After a rollercoaster ride in the State Legislature — including a debate over a controversial definition of antisemitism — the bill is now headed to Gov. Doug Ducey’s office.

Palestine is a q***r issue.Palestine is a disability issue.Palestine is a climate justice issue.From Standing Rock to Pa...
07/07/2021
The Academy, Palestine, and the Quest for a Utopia Without Jewish Peoplehood

Palestine is a q***r issue.
Palestine is a disability issue.
Palestine is a climate justice issue.
From Standing Rock to Palestine our lands are not for sale.

These are just some of the slogans popular among activists for Palestine. Each one links people, territories, and phenomena that have nothing to do with each other. For this reason, they should be rejected entirely. Yet they are not.

Antisemitic tropes are often anchored in scholarship that claims to reveal how “Zionism” afflicts the world and is even connected to inequity and suffering in America.

It seems you can’t condemn antisemitism anymore.On May 26, the Chancellor and the Provost of Rutgers University New Brun...
07/06/2021
Condemning Antisemitism No Longer Allowed

It seems you can’t condemn antisemitism anymore.

On May 26, the Chancellor and the Provost of Rutgers University New Brunswick, issued a statement condemning the precipitous rise in antisemitic incidents in the U.S.: “We are saddened by and greatly concerned about the sharp rise in hostile sentiments and anti-Semitic violence in the United States. Recent incidents of hate directed toward Jewish members of our community again remind us of what history has to teach us.”

It seems you can’t condemn antisemitism anymore.

In our family, we say “I love you” a lot. And I’m not referring to those perfunctory, knee-jerk, fist-bump kinds of “Luv...
07/06/2021
In Our Family, We Say “I Love You”

In our family, we say “I love you” a lot. And I’m not referring to those perfunctory, knee-jerk, fist-bump kinds of “Luvyah bruhs” we’ve become so accustomed to sharing in our Hollywood culture. I’m talking about the full-contact, no-holds-barred, hugging-a-little-too-tight “I love you” that most people reserve for when a family member is being deployed to active duty, leaving the country indefinitely, or heading into serious surgery—except our family engages in it daily, without reservation, even when someone is just headed out to work for the day.

I invite you to join our family in our somewhat unusual, endearing or even humorous ritual.

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