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Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

09/30/2015 - 20:00 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

On Monday morning, Jews around the world will be praying for rain in Israel for the winter months as part of the Shemini Atzeret holiday service, a custom that goes back many centuries.

09/22/2015 - 20:00 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Ludwig “Lou” Bravmann, a prime force behind the direction and financial stability of the Riverdale Jewish Center for decades, says that lately he wakes up in the middle of the night “feeling terrible, depressed — I’ve never felt this bad.”

09/15/2015 - 20:00 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Not surprisingly, news of Richard Joel’s announcement that he will not seek another term as president of Yeshiva University after his contract ends in June 2018 evoked mixed reactions in the YU community and beyond.

09/08/2015 - 20:00 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Rosh HaShanah is upon us but it doesn’t feel like we’re ready this year.

09/01/2015 - 20:00 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

It’s quite possible you’ve not heard of the Rockland Boulders baseball team. They’re not in the major leagues. They’re not affiliated with the minor leagues, either. They’re an independent professional team in the Can-Am (Canadian-American) League that calls Pomona, N.Y., in Rockland County, home. And as my hopes for the Baltimore Orioles making it to the post-season slowly fade amidst a succession of painful one-run and extra-inning losses, I’ve taken solace in — and my grandkids to — Boulders games in recent days.

08/25/2015 - 20:00 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Editor’s Note: On rereading this column, first written and published here in September 1996, I realized how many key concerns about Jewish life remain today, almost two decades later.

One of the most beautiful elements of the High Holy Day liturgy is that Jews pray collectively, not individually. The word “we” is central to our prayers, not “I,” whether it involves asking for God’s blessings or acknowledging our sins. We realize intuitively that there is strength in numbers and that all we have is each other.