Gary Rosenblatt

The Editor's Desk: 10 Lessons From The Gaza War

The JW's Gary Rosenblatt reflects on empathy, anti-Semitism and ISIS.

08/20/2014
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If you listen carefully you can hear the fraying of the unity that has held American and Israeli Jews together over the last six weeks of the war in Gaza.

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The Editor's Desk: Tough Conversations

At the JCC, those who feel strongly about Israel and its Gaza campaign gather to share their thoughts in a safe, structured space.

08/06/2014
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The woman to my left said she felt “overwhelmed” and “emotional” in dealing with the news about Israel’s war in Gaza. The heavy volume of postings on her Facebook page were so upsetting, with their criticism of Israeli actions, that she was considering “unfriending” some of her online correspondents.

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Lone Soldiers Are Far From Alone

Diaspora army volunteers have a home away from home at Lone Soldier Center.

07/30/2014
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In the end, Israel’s lone soldiers who fell in battle in recent days were not alone. Far from it.

The funerals for Max Steinberg, 23, of Los Angeles, Nissim Sean Carmelli, 21, of South Padre Island, Texas, and Jordan Bensemhoun, 22, of Lyon, France, were attended by huge throngs of Israelis — more than 30,000 for Steinberg and 20,000 for Carmelli. In the midst of rocket attacks from Gaza, ordinary citizens came out to the cemeteries to show solidarity with and appreciation for the 6,000 young diaspora Jews who are voluntarily serving in the Israel Defense Forces without parents in Israel.

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When Journalists Lose Their Moral Compass

07/23/2014
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Los Angeles — There is so much to read these days about the Israel-Hamas conflict. There are constant reports from Gaza and Israel, with correspondents from around the world reporting on up-to-the-minute casualty figures. My suggestion for those who seek a deeper understanding of the roots of this war is simple: study the Hamas Charter.

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New York Times’ Parallels Are Forced, And False

07/16/2014
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I’ve long been a defender of The New York Times’ Mideast coverage, arguing that for all of its flaws on occasion, there is no consistent, inherent bias against Israel.

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‘Revenge’ Is Not Our Way

Calls for vengeance are typical of helpless minorities, not a strong majority living in its own state.

07/09/2014
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It took a Jerusalem rabbi to bring comfort, and perspective, to my suburban community this past Shabbat in the wake of the murder of the three Israeli teens.

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'Take Us Seriously'

Jewish journalists plead with Israeli government not to treat them like PR operatives.

07/02/2014
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The underlying tension between the Israeli government sponsors of last week’s Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem and many of the 140 attendees — Jewish journalists from 32 countries — rose to the surface at the very first panel of the four-day program.

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The Sounds Of Lubavitch

Memories of a 'farbrengen,' and lingering questions about the rebbe.

06/25/2014
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Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in The Jewish Week in June 1994, 20 years ago, a few days after the death of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

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Inching Back Toward Tradition

It's about Israelis becoming Jewish, not the secular becoming religious.

06/18/2014
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Micah Goodman, 39, a rising star in Israel as a philosopher, author, television personality and catalyst for change, makes a strong case that the deep divide between religious and secular Jews in Israel is narrowing.

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Ruskay Looks Back, And Ahead

Leader takes pride in 15 years at helm of UJA-Fed NY while noting community's ‘uncertain future.'

06/11/2014
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In a rare quiet moment, John Ruskay, who is stepping down at the end of the month after 15 years as CEO and executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York, sat in his office on East 59th Street and described his feelings these days as “running in a relay race, trying to hand the baton” to his successor, Eric Goldstein, as seamlessly as possible.

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