Gary Rosenblatt

Our Vital Mission: To Inform and To Serve

09/03/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Dear Friends,

At this special time — one Jewish year just ending, a new one upon us — we, like many of you, take time to reflect candidly on the past and look forward with hope to the coming year.

Election Of Haredi Chief Rabbis Will Backfire On Hardliners In Long Run

Ironically, the victory by the haredi candidates in this week’s election of the two chief rabbis in Israel may, in the long run, lead to a more liberal and open approach to religious life in the Jewish State.

Putting A Cap On Day School Tuitions

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the nearly two years that I have worked in the field of Jewish day school finance, no topic has generated more emotion or been the subject of more debate than the issue of Jewish day school affordability.

Dan Perla

The Sweetest Gifts

Judaica and beyond to beautify the season.
Special To The Jewish Week
09/03/2012 - 20:00

Celebrate the birthday of the world with sweetness and style, beautify ritual and spread good in the world.

Gary Rosenthal’s shofar holder, top. Above, silk-covered journals from Globalgoodpartners.org.

A Shul Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Growing up as the rabbi’s son at the only synagogue in town.
05/23/2011 - 20:00

One Yom Kippur day during my teen years in Annapolis, Md., just after the Musaf service, an elderly member approached me in the lobby of the synagogue.

She wanted to know how old the youngster was who had just joined his father and uncle for the first time in blessing the congregation with the Birchat Kohanim, the priestly benediction.

“He just had his bar mitzvah,” I told her.

1953 graduation:Rabbi Morris Rosenblatt, the author¹s father, served four decades as a chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Bibi’s Blunder: The Mideast’s Mr. No

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had an excellent response to President Obama’s major speech on the Arab world and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. But it came two days too late, and the net result is another hasbara disaster for Jerusalem.

Netanyahu said on Saturday that Obama had “shown his commitment to Israel’s security, both in word and deed,” in Thursday’s Presidential speech, adding: “We are working with the administration to achieve common goals.”

Why The Chief Rabbi Isn’t At LimmudUK

Coventry, England – One of the most impressive aspects of LimmudUK, which seeks to educate, inspire and entertain people on their Jewish journeys, is its open tent policy, accounting for more than 2,000 participants at this year’s five-day conference.

But not every element of British Jewry is represented at this grassroots, volunteer-driven event, and it’s curious to see who is not here.

Israel's 'self-delegitimization,' apartheid and the settlement building boom

I was going to blog about about Ethan Bronner's report in the New York Times last week on the new West Bank settlement boom and the fact that it is happening “especially in more remote communities that are least likely to be part of Israel after any two-state peace deal,&rd

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