Gary Rosenblatt

Fear And Loathing In The Jewish World

Post-speech, animosity in community at fever pitch.

03/04/2015
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Now that Benjamin Netanyahu has made The Speech, after a prolonged, bitter spat between the White House and Jerusalem, we should soon get a sense of how this embarrassing drama has played out at home for the prime minister. The national elections are set for March 17, and Israelis will speak up through the ballot box.

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French Chief Rabbi Walking A Fine Line

Korsia ‘under conflicting pressures’ in wake of terror attacks, say expats here.

02/25/2015
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Chaim Korsia, thrust into the international spotlight as the chief rabbi of France in the past year, was the center of attention as scholar-in-residence at Park East Synagogue here last weekend.

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First Step To Defeating Terror: Call It What It Is

Obama’s reluctance to call attacks anti-Semitic or terrorists Islamic radicals is troubling.

02/16/2015
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As reports of terror attacks on Jews and Jewish targets in Europe mount, I find myself all too familiar with some of the tragic scenes.

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On The Road, Discovering Jewish America

From Hoboken to Houston to Albuquerque, Jewish life bubbling up.

02/11/2015
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Phoenix — Doing a book tour is an enlightening, enriching, though often humbling, experience. My sporadic travels over the last six months, courtesy of a Jewish Book Council program encouraging communities to host Jewish authors, have given me new insights into how Jewish life plays out around the country, marked by both great contrasts and strong similarities. 

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A New Generation Of Seekers In Jewish L.A.

The city generates Jewish creativity, in part because it is less bounded by Jewish tradition than New York is.

02/04/2015
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Los Angeles — The 3-year-old boy stood on a chair in his backyard, and as about three dozen family members and friends gathered around, he led the assembled in a rousing, one-word-at-a-time call-and-response of the biblical verse: “Torah. Tziva. Lanu. Moshe. Morasha. Kehilat. Yakov.” (Moshe commanded the Torah to us, an eternal heritage for the congregation of Jacob.)

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Renaissance Man, Quietly Preserving Jewish Treasures

01/28/2015
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On a personal tour last fall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit of Near East artifacts from the ninth through seventh centuries B.C., George Blumenthal could hardly contain his excitement.

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Can Pro-Israel Films Reach Wide Audiences?

Two new films deserve viewers, but Israel is a hard sell these days.

01/21/2015
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After recently screening two new, first-rate documentary films about Israel, my first thought was that they should each be made mandatory viewing for Jewish youth in the diaspora, and maybe Israel, too.

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Are Jewish Victims Less Worthy Of Empathy?

How many would have marched if the kosher market murders hadn’t followed Charlie Hebdo?

01/12/2015
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The headline across the front page of The Jewish Week following the 9/11 terror attack read: “America: The New Israel,” and the tag line under it asked: “As fear and vulnerability grip U.S., will empathy with Israel increase?”

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Report: Young Russians Edging Closer To Community

01/07/2015
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Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.

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How An Extremist Changed His Ways

Read the re-released 'Memoirs' of Yossi Klein Halevi to understand Jewish rage and violence.

12/31/2014
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Talk about bad timing.

Yossi Klein Halevi’s re-released book, “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation,” was first published 19 years ago, two days after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated. It should have become a best seller for at least two reasons.

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