Gary Rosenblatt

For Elie Wiesel, Another Milestone

He is also a role model for his journalism, which balanced objective reporting with concern for Jewish values.

11/19/2014
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Elie Wiesel, the Nobel peace laureate and perhaps the most respected figure in Jewish life, is being honored this week by the 92nd Street Y on the occasion of his 180th appearance there, a run that has spanned almost five decades.

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Conversions Vote Loosens Grip Of Chief Rabbinate

Move paves the way for moderation in religious affairs.

11/05/2014
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A young woman seeking to marry in Israel is told by the Chief Rabbinate that in order to prove that she is Jewish, and thus qualified to wed in the state, she must bring proof, via a photograph, of her grandmother’s grave in London.

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Don’t Write Off European Jewry

Serious threats, but sparks of renewal.

10/29/2014
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For many American Jews the well-documented reports of increased anti-Semitism this summer in such countries as England, France, Hungary, Germany and Sweden, sparked by the Gaza war, only confirmed a perception that there is no future for Jewish life in Europe.

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Orthodox Women Vow To ‘Take Back The Mikvah’

Cite ‘peeping rabbi’ scandal as cause for a greater female role in Orthodox life.

10/22/2014
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Do Orthodox rabbis abuse the power they have over women?

The case of Barry Freundel, the influential rabbi of Congregation Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., who was arrested last week on charges of videotaping women undressing to use the synagogue’s mikvah, has catapulted the issue of rabbinic abuse of power into the headlines. It has generated widespread emotions of anger, distrust and disgust, and raised questions about men’s influence on female use of the mikvah for family purity and in the conversion process. It has also prompted calls for new communal policies to give women a greater voice in Orthodox life.

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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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