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May 26, 2024

“Ocean’s Eleven” May Yet Become “From the River to the Sea”

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Middle East heat indices aside, the truest hot spot on the planet is, always, wherever the Israeli Defense Forces happens to be killing Muslims, no matter the reason.

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May 20, 2024

An American Tragedy: Porn Star, Cat Fights and Fredo Returns

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

What imaginative mind could have dreamed up a criminal trial involving an ex-American president, a porn star, a tawdry tabloid, a topless centerfold, and a “fixer,” now felon, with an ax too sharp to grind, serving as the prosecution’s star witness?

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May 12, 2024

So Long, Democratic Party

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Not that my political affiliation is any of your business, but I thought I might share with you that after 46 years as a die-hard Democrat, I have alerted the New York State Board of Elections that I am now, officially, an Independent.

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May 6, 2024

Gaza Masquerade Parties Can’t Hide Ugliness

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The nationwide masquerade party known as the Gaza Solidarity Encampments, which embroiled colleges in chaos and served as reminders of the Jew-hating violence of 1930s Germany, may have also previewed what protesting Islamists and Marxists (two otherwise irreconcilable groups) have in mind as a next act.

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April 28, 2024

Where Sesame and Arab Streets Meet

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

As college students settle into this semester’s final exams, and seniors contemplate graduation, far too many have squandered their studies for death dirges like this:

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April 22, 2024

The Jewish James Bond Already Knows His Villian

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

No sooner had the name of the actor who will inherit the iconic role as the next James Bond been announced, Bond’s obligatory evil nemesis was simultaneously revealed—but in a most unexpected way.

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April 14, 2024

End the Iranian Regime, Now

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The good news: Israel’s air defense systems—Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow, and its vaunted fighter pilots—assisted by the United States, Jordan, England, France and Saudi Arabia, performed brilliantly in intercepting the 300 projectiles (100 of which were ballistic missiles) that Iran launched against Israel on Saturday. Except for an Israeli-Arab child seriously wounded by shrapnel, the nation didn’t suffer a scratch.

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April 8, 2024

The Ghost of the Goldstone Report

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

A United Nations fact-finding mission, charged with investigating Israel’s war against Hamas, concluded in a widely disseminated and exploited report that the Israeli Defense Forces deliberately target Palestinian civilians.Jewish

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April 1, 2024

Cult Conformity is Un-American

White Rose Magazine

THROUGHOUT the 20th century, the America depicted in Hollywood Westerns and projected onto screens around the world was one of self-reliance and independent thought. A cowboy saddled up alone and ventured off with beans and a blanket. The solitary life of riding a horse for days on end left a lot of time for contemplation—keeping an open mind on the open range.

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April 1, 2024

Beware the Ides of March–Redux

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Beware the Ides of March. Not that Ides! This past Ides of March—give or take a few days. The infamy of that earlier Ides lives on, 2,068 years later, with a similar drama of betrayal, and one not without biblical significance. Today, however, it’s not Julius Caesar asking, “Et tu, Brute?” but the nation-state of Israel, a large knife lodged in its back, wondering, “Et tu, Bide?”

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March 25, 2024

The Black, the Blue and the Jews

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The tale I am about to tell started out as a feel-good movie of the week and ended up as a two-hanky tearjerker of bitterness and betrayal. From solidarity to the nearly unsalvageable, within a matter of decades.

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March 19, 2024

Time to Do or Die

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Five months ago, Hamas deliberately broke a ceasefire with Israel, resuming a war that began nearly the moment Israel abandoned the enclave back in 2005. A familiar reprise took shape over five wars: Hamas instigated hostilities; Israel retaliated, resulting in many Palestinian casualties of war; Hamas claimed victory in the battle for public opinion.

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March 13, 2024

Simply Friendless

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

“The Ally,” a new play by Itmar Moses, is running Off-Broadway at The Public Theater through March 24. It is an excellent piece of dramatic storytelling that commands one’s full attention.

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March 4, 2024

Nothing Super About Tuesday

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

With the NFL football season over and the Kansas City Chiefs crowned champions (and Taylor Swift anointed the People’s Princess), March Madness not yet begun, and the Oscars still a week away, Americans can be forgiven binge-watching the sideshow that is the country’s evolving presidential race.

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February 28, 2024

The Ticking Time Clock on Vanquishing Hamas

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

It was just a matter of time. Once Israel’s War Cabinet said “go” on Oct. 8, the day after the bloodiest and most grotesque attack on the Jewish homeland in its history, the timer on this latest war with Hamas started.

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February 21, 2024

Still Waiting for an Arab Apology

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Here’s my recommendation to actress and disability activist Selma Blair: Fire your agent and publicist, immediately. You have received awful, but predictable, advice from your handlers. Straight out of the woke playbook of a spineless, soulless entertainment industry. 

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February 11, 2024

Welcome to Gotham

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Welcome to Gotham. If you look up into the gloomy sky, you will notice the Bat Signal. Yes, it’s meant for the Caped Crusader, and not the Wuhan Lab. 

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January 31, 2024

The Agony of IDF-Envy

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

On Jan. 22, twenty-four soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces were killed in a single day — 21 in a detonated building in northern Gaza, and three more in combat in the south. That’s the largest death toll of military personnel since the ground invasion into Gaza began, bringing the total loss of Israeli warriors to 220.

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January 22, 2024

Israel and its Multifront Mayhem

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

In its short history as a modern state, Israel has been a Cinderella story where the glass slipper doesn’t quite fit without arch supports.

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January 15, 2024

Catch the Holocaust Before It Disappears

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

If you’re a Jew looking for sympathy in these sucker-punch days of hyper-antisemitism, find a way to transport yourself back to the early 1990s, a time when Holocaust memory—“Schindler’s List”; the opening of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.; and observances of Yom HaShoah across America—was afforded largely universal respect.

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