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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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March 29, 2022

In Defense Of Straight Talk

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

America’s institutions are failing abysmally, and our ideals are starting to lose all meaning. Most of the trouble has to do with a ferocious aversion to truth.

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March 14, 2022

Oligarchs And Bedfellows

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

Ukraine, obviously, is on everyone’s brain. The unfolding humanitarian crisis is ghastly. The breadbasket of Europe is a mere crumb on its way to being reduced, once more, to one of Russia’s satellites. A similar fate has already befallen Crimea, Chechnya and Georgia.

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February 28, 2022

Ukraine’s Jewish Problem

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

This past week Iran, and most assuredly, Ukraine, dominated the headlines and the Situation Room inside the White House. And, as it happens, both have a sordid history when it comes to Jews.

Iran’s ayatollahs continue to threaten Israel with erasure from world maps. The Biden foreign policy team—smug bottom feeders from Foggy Bottom—continue to return to Vienna in hopes of reviving the 2015 Iran Deal. Iran is always thrilled to see Americans returning to the suk where they pay retail and negotiate with as much discipline as a Kardashian.

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February 22, 2022

Feminism + Justice

White Rose Magazine

BEFORE Alice Sebold became a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist (the film The Lovely Bones was an adaptation from her first novel of the same name), she signaled her arrival as a writer with an important voice and compelling tale, as evidenced by her memoir entitled, Lucky.

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February 14, 2022

Jewish Westerns And Peddler Power

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

America has never quite known how to differentiate Jews from the other “huddled masses” who found refuge in the United States. And there has been so much mixed-messaging.

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January 30, 2022

Ho-hum Holocaust Day

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

The Holocaust, by definition, as the topic of any conversation, never brings with it good news. The systematic murder of European Jewry was unspeakable while it was happening, and the passing decades have brought with it little comprehension or insight. It has never progressed beyond the unfathomable.

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January 21, 2022

Woke Terrorism

White Rose Magazine

JEWS around the world can all count their Hebrew blessings that an attack on a Texas synagogue on Shabbat, in an 11-hour standoff with a maniacal Muslim gunman on January 15, did not result in the kind of gruesome catastrophe Jewish people have grown accustomed to for well 2,000 years. Maybe the Lone Star State is lucky for those who wear the Star of David.

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January 17, 2022

Crime And Its Non-punishments

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

There’s a film playing in movie houses in major cities across America, and let me tell you—It’s a scary one. The setting itself is ominous: a haunted courthouse, possessed not by zombies or dead people, but by no-shows and noncompliance, indifference and contempt for the law.

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January 3, 2022

Coughing And Limping Into 2022

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

Just when we thought, foolishly, that it was safe to go outside—our lives slowly restored to normal, masks discarded, arms boosted, Broadway lights ablaze, children back in classrooms, nursing home patients breathing, and anti-vaxxers livid from all those mandates and restrictions—corona humbled us once again.

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December 20, 2021

Is It Time To Cancel Trump?

Jewish Journal Of Los Angeles

With the world all but coming to an end—COVID more disruptive than the usual natural disaster—does it matter what Donald Trump has to say, especially about Jews?

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