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Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

07/04/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

‘Even if there is peace between Israel and the Arabs, it will not solve our problems,” Nazia Masrawa, the mayor of an Arab Israeli town in the north called Kfar Qara (population 17,000), told me in a soft, matter-of-fact voice during a recent interview here.

He cited the lack of interaction between Arabs and Jews living in close proximity, based on fear and distrust, and the economic gap between the societies that has widened since the first intifada almost 24 years ago.

06/27/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

‘Facts on the ground.”

It’s a phrase we’ve come to associate over the years with Israel’s West Bank settlements, seen by supporters as a tangible Jewish presence to serve as a bulwark against Arab incursions, a vanguard to protect larger Jewish population centers.

06/20/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

What keeps thoughtful Jews up at night worrying?

That wasn’t the title of a conference I participated in last week, but it could have been.

Many in the mix of 45 New Yorkers — Jewishly active in one way or another — who engaged in 48 hours of almost nonstop conversation challenged the very pillars of Jewish communal life and how we think about them. Whether that’s a good or bad sign depends on your own point of view and vision for the future.

06/13/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Write On For Israel, an intensive two-year program that trains a select group of high school students to be advocates for Israel through journalism, was launched by The Jewish Week in 2002, at the height of the second intifada. At the time, I never imagined it would be around, or needed, nine years later.

06/06/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

You remember the “Jewish telegram?” It reads: “Start worrying. Details to follow.”

In other words, welcome to the new Middle East.

05/30/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

‘There is nothing new under the sun,” wrote the author of the Bible’s Book of Ecclesiastes who, according to tradition, is King Solomon, the wisest of all men.

Yet much of Jewish life, and particularly American Jewish culture, has been driven by the concept of innovation, or more precisely, balancing ancient tradition with creativity.