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Moroccan Orange and Cured Olive Salad

Recently, I was sitting in my office and my phone rings and I see that the call is from David Suissa, editor of the Jewish Journal. I get a little nervous because I’m wondering “What did we do wrong?” (You know that feeling when you’re called to the principal’s office and you’re not sure if…

Remembering Alison Hendeles, OBM

Nine months ago, I heard the news that my niece, Alison Hendeles was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer.  Our family was distraught but we had held onto hopes for a recovery through treatment. Family, friends and acquaintances prayed for her cure. Aliza Talia Sara bat Dena Rachel fought her illness valiantly with her…

Was There Anything Redeemable About Jewish Gangsters?

Samuel Levine always wore a kippah beneath his fedora. Born in Ohio in 1903, his bright red hair earned him the nickname “Red.” Levine was an Orthodox Jew. He ate only kosher food. And he also happened to be the preferred hitman of Lucky Luciano, the Italian-born gangster and architect of what became the American…

Dr. Sheila Nazarian Won’t Be Silenced

When Dr. Sheila Nazarian started standing up for her values online in 2021, she didn’t do it for the attention, praise or followers. After all, she already had a successful plastic surgery office in Beverly Hills, a hit show on Netflix and hundreds of thousands of fans. She didn’t have to say anything. But she…

Beware the Woke Straws

I step up to the cash register to order my morning drug: my cup of coffee. Ahh, I think. I can’t wait to smell and taste that delightful beverage that has gotten me through daily life ever since I started drinking it when I was 14 years old. The barista calls my name and order:…

It’s a Jewish Value to Study Both Sides

I received a note recently that the Book Club at East Side Jews was beginning a study of “The Hundred Years War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917—2017,” by Rashid Khalidi. I wondered: Why would a Jewish group study a book written by a Palestinian who clearly takes the Palestinian side?…

Bennett Put Country Before Ideology and Made History

Politics is not policy. Politics is about the fight for power; policy is about the fight to make things better. For the past 12 months, under a highly improbable “unity” coalition, the news in Israel was very much about policy—about the fight to make things better. This followed two years of virtual paralysis as politics…