Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

11/26/2014 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

I had dinner Sunday evening with a group of Chabad rabbis in Brooklyn.

Several thousand of them, actually. Wearing their traditional black suits, black hats and long beards they filled the cavernous Brooklyn Marine Terminal with their ebullient enthusiasm. It was said to be the largest dinner of the year in New York, and I don’t doubt it.

11/19/2014 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Elie Wiesel, the Nobel peace laureate and perhaps the most respected figure in Jewish life, is being honored this week by the 92nd Street Y on the occasion of his 180th appearance there, a run that has spanned almost five decades.

11/05/2014 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

A young woman seeking to marry in Israel is told by the Chief Rabbinate that in order to prove that she is Jewish, and thus qualified to wed in the state, she must bring proof, via a photograph, of her grandmother’s grave in London.

10/29/2014 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

For many American Jews the well-documented reports of increased anti-Semitism this summer in such countries as England, France, Hungary, Germany and Sweden, sparked by the Gaza war, only confirmed a perception that there is no future for Jewish life in Europe.

10/22/2014 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Do Orthodox rabbis abuse the power they have over women?

The case of Barry Freundel, the influential rabbi of Congregation Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., who was arrested last week on charges of videotaping women undressing to use the synagogue’s mikvah, has catapulted the issue of rabbinic abuse of power into the headlines. It has generated widespread emotions of anger, distrust and disgust, and raised questions about men’s influence on female use of the mikvah for family purity and in the conversion process. It has also prompted calls for new communal policies to give women a greater voice in Orthodox life.

10/15/2014 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

One of my most prized possessions is a small black clock that hasn’t been used in decades and no doubt is commercially worthless.