Gary Rosenblatt

Time And Again

Memories of a Shabbos clock that turned on and off lights and -- shhh -- the TV, for the Dodgers.

10/15/2014
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One of my most prized possessions is a small black clock that hasn’t been used in decades and no doubt is commercially worthless.

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If You Build It, It May Fall

Each sukkah must strike a delicate balance between material protection and the need for God’s shelter.

10/08/2014
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When it comes to hardware stores, count me as a One-Day-A-Year Jew — and that day is comes around just before the holiday of Sukkot, when over the years I would struggle to put up our family sukkah in the backyard. Thank God it only has to stand for eight days.

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From ‘Mistake’ To Qualified ‘Miracle’

In a new book, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen asks if Israel is good for the Jews?

10/01/2014
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Illustrating his assertion that Israel “is a tough sell” because of its policies toward the Palestinians and its negative image internationally, longtime Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, 73, observed the other day, “You couldn’t get Paul Newman to play [an Israeli war hero] in ‘Exodus’ today, people would laugh at it. It’s a pity.”

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An Inconvenient Truth

Gauging global threats, from climate change to the enemies of Israel and the West.

09/24/2014
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I imagine that it was far easier for progressive Jewish organizations and synagogues to attract young Jews to participate in Sunday’s People’s Climate March than, say, attend a rally in support of Israel or come to synagogue on the High Holy Days.

It’s just an observation, not a value judgment, and I can’t prove it, but that’s the sense I have, based on conversations with people across the generations. And I think it bears exploring why that is and what it portends for our Jewish future.

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Struggling To Stay Together

Conversation is not just about talking.

09/17/2014
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On the eve of 5775, more than 50 Jewish thought leaders and communal activists from around the country gathered at a retreat near Baltimore last week for 48 hours to talk about whatever was on their mind. Not surprisingly, their frank discussions covered a wide range of themes and interests. But bottom-line, the common thread was a deep concern about Jewish unity — more precisely, the lack of it — over the policies of the State of Israel, and the denominational divides that underscore the dearth of religious and communal leadership at home.

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Israel’s West Bank Grab

American Jews must let Israel’s leaders know of our discomfort with their diplomatic arrogance.

09/10/2014
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Did you, like me and many other supporters of Israel, cringe on reading the other day that the Jerusalem government had laid claim to nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank, presumably for settlement expansion?

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Popular Rabbi's Parting Shot

Andy Bachman's last High Holy Days message will chasten progressives who oversimplify Middle East.

09/03/2014
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When I asked Rabbi Andy Bachman what he plans to speak about in his sermons during this, his last, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services as senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim, I thought he would bring up the importance of closing the gap between the wealthy and the needy in this country.

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The Editor's Desk: War Tests Young Israelis At U.S. Summer Camps

Challenging but rewarding summer for hundreds of emissaries who served here.

08/27/2014
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Each summer the Jewish Agency for Israel sends hundreds of shlichim, or emissaries, to Jewish camps throughout the U.S.  Their dual goal is to bring the spirit and reality of Israel to youngsters here, and to deepen the relationship between young American and Israeli Jews.

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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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