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Posted: Thu, 08/22/2013 - 14:56 | Posted by: Gary Rosenblatt | The RosenBlog

Several years ago, as I made my way over to the Barnes and Noble store on the upper West Side, I wondered if anyone else would show up to see the guest author, Elmore Leonard, appearing on such a chilly winter midweek evening.

Maybe I’ll have him all to myself, I thought, anticipating meeting one of my writing heroes, the author of dozens of crime and Western novels – yet someone I thought wasn’t well known enough to the masses to draw a crowd.

Posted: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 18:19 | Posted by: Gary Rosenblatt | The RosenBlog

There was a time when Yehuda Lev, an outspoken Jewish journalist who died this past weekend at the age of 86, was the talk of the Los Angeles Jewish community. His weekly column, “A Majority Of One,” published in the local Jewish Journal was widely read and hotly debated each week in the 1980s. He often delighted in skewering local machers and people he considered to be religious and political extremists on the right.

Posted: Thu, 07/25/2013 - 13:58 | Posted by: Gary Rosenblatt | The RosenBlog

Ironically, the victory by the haredi candidates in this week’s election of the two chief rabbis in Israel may, in the long run, lead to a more liberal and open approach to religious life in the Jewish State.

Posted: Tue, 07/09/2013 - 16:02 | Posted by: Gary Rosenblatt | The RosenBlog

With the choice of Ron Dermer as Israel’s next Ambassador to the U.S., Prime Minister Netanyahu finally will have his man in Washington, one he trusts completely and who shares his worldview.

Dermer’s name first came to the public attention as a possible candidate about six months ago.

Posted: Sun, 05/05/2013 - 22:19 | Posted by: Gary Rosenblatt | The RosenBlog

Support faltered, then rebounded, this week for Natan Sharansky’s bold plan to transform the Western Wall into a site for both traditional and alternative prayer, as the Jewish Agency chair held intense discussions with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s office, seeking to establish a timeline for the project and move it forward.