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Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

08/15/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

A few summers back, while talking to my Mom on a Saturday night, I mentioned that my wife and I were packing for our vacation the next day but that I still hadn’t written my Jewish Week column for the upcoming issue and was feeling the pressure.

“Why don’t you skip a week,” said my Mom, who has since passed away. “Make ‘em miss you.”

After some initial resistance, I took her suggestion.

08/08/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Two very different landmark events in black-Jewish relations took place in 1991, one tragic and one thrilling. Twenty years later, the repercussions are still being felt.

On Aug. 19, 1991, a car accident in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn launched a perfect storm of violence, transforming a longstanding resentment among some blacks of Jews in general and neighborhood chasidim in particular into three days of rage and riots that some historians have called the worst case of anti-Semitism in American history.

08/01/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

It is sad, if not maddening, when this newspaper is labeled “anti-Orthodox” for its reporting on scandals and other disturbing incidents in a segment of the community whose culture places a high value on policing itself.

07/25/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Reading news reports this summer about the breakdown of talks, and trust, between our nation’s leaders over the debt ceiling has been deeply depressing but not surprising.

It’s just one example, however dramatic, of the chasm between public pledges made and kept.

We have become so used to government officials in Jerusalem as well as Washington making empty promises that we no longer register shock or disappointment when their actions contradict their previous assurances, where “word of honor” has no meaning.

07/18/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

The situation is grim, if not alarming: Jerusalem is increasingly on the defensive diplomatically, faced with a United Nations vote for a Palestinian state in September, and a range of outside efforts aimed at undermining the legitimacy of the Jewish State, from boycotts to flotillas. What’s more, there is concern that the circle-the-wagon response in Jerusalem to these threats can lead to more problems; witness the recent passage of anti-boycott resolution in the Knesset that has been widely criticized as undemocratic, even among mainstream Jewish organizations.

07/11/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Officials of Birthright Israel are said to be worried about the impact of an in-depth, highly critical piece, written by a recent participant and published in the July 4-11 issue of The Nation.

They needn’t be.