• July 25, 2021

    In Memory of Jackie Mason, Fearless Borscht Belt Comedian

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    Long before “political correctness” had any meaning, legendary comedian Jackie Mason turned ethnic and racial humor into art—without the culture threatening him with cancellation.

    Today, he is dead at 93.

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  • July 19, 2021

    49 Years After Munich Massacre, Israeli Athletes will March Proudly at Tokyo Olympics

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    The bookends to my bar mitzvah were the murder of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes in the 1972 summer games in Munich, and the Yom Kippur War in October 1973.

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  • July 6, 2021

    Rising Crime Also Needs a Reckoning

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    The other day, on a street in Brooklyn, in the middle of the night, a thief crawled under my Toyota Prius and sawed off the catalytic converter.

    Before this, I’m quite sure I had never heard “catalytic converter” uttered in my presence. The AAA roadside mechanic roared amusingly, “They cut your cat!”

    “I don’t own a cat,” I replied.

    Then the car roared.

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