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November 29, 2022

Dear Santa

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Dear Santa:

Let me begin by acknowledging that I am a fully grown man and a Jew, so you are under no obligation to take my Christmas wish list seriously. After all, I am not your regular clientele.

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November 9, 2022

Et Tu, Brooklyn? Why This Should Be the Last Place for Jew Hatred

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Of all the wasted breaths these past few weeks devoted to Kyrie Irving’s tirade against the Jewish people—”Did he take responsibility?”; “Why is he acting like the victim?”; “Was the released statement actually written by him?”; “Should the NBA have acted more quickly and decisively?”—the one item that has not been mentioned, but that may be the most important indictment against this morally obtuse and ignorant point guard, is that such vile Jew-hatred cannot, must not, be allowed in Brooklyn.

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October 30, 2022

Tom Stoppard Reveals His Jewish Self in “Leopoldstadt”

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

There is no small amount of irony in Tom Stoppard’s latest play, “Leopoldstadt,” dazzling audiences on Broadway at the same time when America’s streets are convulsing in antisemitic mayhem.

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October 26, 2022

Wasted Ballots and Towering Baseballs

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

It’s a good thing we have the mainstream press to thank whenever antisemitism pervades our politics and culture. When Jews are in trouble, rest assured that the media will shine a light and blare those sirens.J

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October 11, 2022

The Kind of Atonement That Can’t Be Fasted Away

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

With rising antisemitism now a worldwide phenomenon—manifested in appalling acts of violence and a casual acceptance of defaming Jews in impolite company—and with the gates already closed on Yom Kippur, now might be a good time to suggest making next year’s Day of Atonement a global holiday.

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September 21, 2022

Back to School With AntiSemites

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Jewish students have returned to campus for a new year of acquiescent antisemitism—the sinister, sneaky kind that masquerades as human rights, restricts free speech, denies freedom of association, and banishes those who deviate from pre-approved, intersectional viewpoints.

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September 12, 2022

9/11 And the Politics of Insult

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Yet another anniversary of 9/11 has just passed, and it’s time to call 9-1-1.

That tragic day of American carnage and Islamist atrocity over 20 years ago is one of the few red-letter dates where we reflect on what was lost rather than scoop-up bargains on mattresses and LED TVs.

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September 9, 2022

Phantom Fantasia in the Middle East

White Rose Magazine

SOMETIMES brainwashing can become so uncontested and thoroughly convincing, what’s left after the spin cycle is nothing but falsehood.

Take the case of the “nation-laundering “of the Palestinian people. Here’s what decades of impeccable PR, global gullibility, and re-imagined anti-Semitism has enabled many to bizarrely believe:

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August 30, 2022

Is Trump the Rosenbergs?

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Many Americans would just love to throw the book at Donald Trump, perhaps the most polarizing person in American history. Any book would do. Preferably, a heavy one — but what most have in mind is a law book that comes with prison time and a lifetime ban from public life.

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August 14, 2022

Rushdie and the Satanic Clerics of Iran

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

In May 2015, the PEN Literary Gala presented its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to the slain cartoonists of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Earlier that year, two Islamists gunned down a dozen cartoonists who had the audacity to satirize the Prophet Muhammad.

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August 1, 2022

Border Crisis Beyond Belief

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Let’s get something straight at the outset: I am a child of immigrants and a first-generation American. I need no convincing that America was built by people from other lands. The Pilgrims, Puritans, Calvinists and Quakers did a nice job during those early American Thanksgivings, but without the industry, initiative and intelligence of immigrants who started arriving in ever increasing numbers from the 1880s until after World War II, the United States would simply be another Canada—with far fewer decorous people.

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July 18, 2022

Will Biden Wind Up on the Right Side of the Abraham Accords?

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

“Today,” says Joe Biden, “I am a fountain pen.”

Yes, that proverbial bar mitzvah gift that Jews once gave male children upon their reaching manhood in America. A curious present for a rite of passage. All those pens should have resulted in more stationary stores than Jewish doctors.

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July 4, 2022

The Rotting Big Apple

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

Welcome to New York, the “City That Never Sleeps.” Of course, it’s not for the reasons that phrase once held so much cultural currency. Nowadays sleeplessness is caused by a dramatic increase in crime and deadly violence. When people find themselves surrounded by urban menace, it’s a good idea to keep one’s eyes open at all times. A lot can happen in a wink.

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June 20, 2022

“The Deplorables”: The Movie

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

It’s officially summertime, and with COVID-19 waning across the country, the annual ritual of the summer blockbuster movie is upon us. Remember “Jaws,” “Ghost Busters,” and “Batman”? Can such summer fun be revived?

America, after all, has become an increasingly divided nation. Consensus is no longer our strong suit—if it ever was. And all those differing opinions suggests that we have fewer things in common. Red and Blue states, those with coastal views and urban streets, are cut-off, emotionally, from the rural heartland. The politics of identity segregates by color, gender and sex, leaving Caucasian whiteness with a permanent stain.

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June 6, 2022

Guns, Violence and The American Way

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

America is once more in moral panic over mass shootings—especially in schools, where masks are no longer required for COVID-19, but flak vests for 5-year-olds aren’t such a bad idea. With the Supreme Court on the verge of deciding whether the Second Amendment allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons, and with some states tightening gun laws—with special emphasis on military assault-rifles—the violence of firearms is on everyone’s mind.

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May 23, 2022

The Terrorism Of Untruths

B'nai B'rith International Report On The Apartheid Slander Against Israel

Imagine a large, boisterous high-rise condominium, occupied by colorful people of different races, ethnicities and nationalities. Each floor is divided according to owners who share similar identities and characteristics. And each housing unit varies widely in size and overall dimension.

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May 23, 2022

Distortions And Israel’s Dilemma

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

Tragically, a female reporter for Al Jazeera was killed in a crossfire skirmish between Israeli troops and Palestinian terrorists in one of the most dangerous regions of the West Bank. Almost instantly, Israel was blamed for the continuing spread of COVID-19 and gasoline price-gouging.

Responsibility for the dead broadcast journalist was a given.

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May 9, 2022

Bedlam And More Blood Libels

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

It has been nothing but nonstop bedlam in America. Look around. Chaos is everywhere, along with declining public confidence in just about everything.

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April 25, 2022

The Duplicity And Violence Of Al-quds Day

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

What will you all be wearing this Friday for Al-Quds Day? If you’re Jewish, you should really be giving it some serious thought. I wouldn’t take the day too lightly.

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April 11, 2022

Corporate America’s Mary Poppins Problem

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

Corporate America is having a serious Mary Poppins problem. I am quite serious. Employees are having the run of the house. Meanwhile, the chieftains who are actually in charge, cower from their corner offices, tolerating insolence everywhere, mismanaging a payroll filled with latchkey laborers.

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