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Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

09/07/2016 - 08:55 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Stung by the Black Lives Matter platform that condemns Israel in unfair and malevolent terms, calling it “genocidal” and an “apartheid state,” many in our community have noted with lingering pride that Jews were at the forefront of the civil rights movement, most notably during the 1960s. The most tangible example of that alliance may well be an iconic photograph of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading theologian and philosopher of his time, marching along with Rev. Martin Luther King in Selma, Ala., at a voting rights demonstration in 1965, symbolizing their close bond and the strong ties between Jews and blacks at the time.

08/30/2016 - 23:49 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

This is a cautionary tale of what can happen when the impulse among some supporters of Israel to lash out — in a fierce and often personally damaging way — with whom they disagree plays out. It’s about the harmful ripple effect, fueled by the Internet, of a facts-and-intention-be-damned approach: Ready. Fire. Aim. All in the name of protecting Zion.

08/23/2016 - 23:38 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

My first meeting with Israel’s new consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, didn’t get off to a great start.

08/16/2016 - 22:02 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Rabbi Laura Geller, who recently retired at 66 after more than two decades as spiritual leader of an 800-family Reform temple in Beverly Hills, Calif., is deeply involved in her next career. She and her husband, Richard Siegel, 69, former director of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, are founders of the first faith-based village in the country. It’s called
ChaiVillageLA, a creative effort to allow people to remain in their homes and communities as they get older, helping one another in a variety of ways based on Jewish values.

08/03/2016 - 08:40 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

The Orthodox Union, the influential national body that serves hundreds of synagogues around the country, finds itself in a bind on an extremely delicate issue that touches on Jewish law and tradition, as well as societal norms in America — the role of women in synagogue life.

07/27/2016 - 09:11 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Like many Orthodox Jews here, David Friedman, a successful attorney who lives in the Five Towns, is an outspoken supporter of Israel who feels the Obama administration has been a disaster in terms of the U.S.-Israel relationship.