Gary Rosenblatt

Standing Up To Bullies, Here And In Israel

07/20/2016 - 00:35
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Lately I have this feeling that the world is increasingly out of control. Most obvious are the frightening terrorist attacks from ISIS and its allies around the world, and growing tension and violence between blacks and the police here, underscoring a deep racial divide.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Moving Experience

07/13/2016 - 08:53
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Preparing for our planned move from a two-story home in a tree-lined suburb to a less spacious apartment in a more urban setting, my wife brought home a little book by organizing consultant Marie Condo. It’s called “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” a kind of bible on the Japanese art of decluttering.

Gary Rosenblatt

Personal Encounters With Elie

Four decades of lessons learned from a master of channeling anger into creativity.

07/05/2016 - 21:29
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Eight years ago at a conference I attended in Jordan promoting international cooperation, an angry young participant sparked tension at a session focused on global water problems.

Identifying herself as a resident of “occupied Palestine,” she used the opportunity of addressing more than 250 thought leaders (including 30 Nobel Prize winners) by launching a tirade against Israel. She concluded that the Jewish state’s “confiscation” of water supplies was part of its “collective punishment [that] creates a humanitarian crisis.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump

Single-issue focus can impair the big picture.

06/29/2016 - 08:33
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In his AIPAC speech in May, Donald Trump blasted the Iran nuclear agreement, asserting that he would “dismantle the disastrous deal.” A few moments later he declared that he would “enforce it like you’ve never seen a contract enforced before.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today

06/15/2016 - 08:14
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At a time when we are keenly aware of the deep divisions within the Jewish community on issues from religious practice to the policies of the State of Israel, we have just marked the festival of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, with the most unifying theme in Jewish life: the giving of the Torah, the central, foundational text of our history and people, at Mount Sinai.

Gary Rosenblatt

For Grads, Lean On Heritage In Campus Wars

An open letter to the college-bound in the age of intersectionality.

06/08/2016 - 08:15
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Dear High School Graduates,

Congratulations.

As you complete your high school studies, many of you are looking forward to college at a unique moment in Jewish and American history, a time of great opportunity as well as deeply disturbing trends on campus, and elsewhere.

Gary Rosenblatt

‘It’s What War Looks Like Today’

Matti Friedman’s powerful memoir of his IDF service in Lebanon in the late-’90s foreshadows the complexities of 21st-century warfare.

06/01/2016 - 08:22
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Many books about soldiers in wartime are colorful, gung-ho accounts filled with blood-and-guts drama.

Gary Rosenblatt

For Bibi, A Short-Term Victory And Long-Term Risk

From a political perspective, Netanyahu's choice of Lieberman over Herzog makes perfect sense.

05/20/2016 - 14:47
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“Netanyahu isn’t Left or Right. He has no ideology. He is the ultimate Mr. Zigzag. He may be the world champion of zigzaggers.” — Avigdor Lieberman at a Yisrael Beiteinu faction meeting.

Gary Rosenblatt

In Two Crucial Struggles, Arming With Jewish Values

In efforts against BDS and Chief Rabbinate, a stick-to-your-guns message emerges.

05/18/2016 - 09:13
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The “vicious, well-funded and sophisticated” BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, which has “strong anti-Semitic elements,” is a serious problem on college campuses, Israeli columnist and author Ari Shavit told a group of local high school  students at a JCC Manhattan program on Sunday afternoon. But it is relatively small and could be defeated by a “much larger, stronger Jewish community.” It would require a more sophisticated strategy, Shavit said, one that would have Jewish students asserting themselves as “a moral minority,” and forming alliances with a wide range of campus activist groups that now target Jews “as part of the white, privileged aristocracy.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Laying Blame For ‘The Israel Problem’

Maybe it’s not Israeli policy after all, argues a leading conservative.

05/11/2016 - 08:56
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The growing drift between American Jews and Israel is not a result of Jerusalem’s right-wing political policies, as many believe. Rather, it’s because American Jews are, well, less Jewish.

Gary Rosenblatt
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