Gary Rosenblatt

The State Of The Jewish Union (Then, And Now)

08/26/2015
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Editor’s Note: On rereading this column, first written and published here in September 1996, I realized how many key concerns about Jewish life remain today, almost two decades later.

One of the most beautiful elements of the High Holy Day liturgy is that Jews pray collectively, not individually. The word “we” is central to our prayers, not “I,” whether it involves asking for God’s blessings or acknowledging our sins. We realize intuitively that there is strength in numbers and that all we have is each other.

Gary Rosenblatt

Iran ‘No’ Vote Need Not Lead To War

Critics offer alternatives to bolster current deal.

08/19/2015
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With the Obama administration determined to see the Iran nuclear agreement passed in Congress, and increasingly belligerent toward its critics, many opponents of the deal worry that by continuing to wage what appears to be a losing fight in Washington, Israel will pay a heavy price The Day After the mid-September vote.

Gary Rosenblatt

Iran Deal Driving Jews Farther Apart

As Israel and U.S. interests diverge, so too do the ties that bind Jewish community together.

08/12/2015
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One of the lessons learned from the intense debate over the Iran nuclear deal is that there is a serious and growing divide within American Jewry. In large part it’s between those who are active in Jewish and Israeli life, and those who are not. This gap is increasingly evident in our widely divergent views on Israel, U.S. foreign policy, and the merits of the agreement with Tehran.

Gary Rosenblatt

Sacred Mission Or Ego Trip — Or Both?

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein raises huge funds from U.S. Christians for Israel and Jewish causes. As he brings more Jews on aliyah, now targeting France, questions linger over his tactics.

08/05/2015
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Since last Dec. 23, about 150 Ukrainian Jews each month have boarded a flight in Kiev and been brought to Israel to begin new lives in the Jewish state. They are fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian separatists that has turned the area into a dangerous no-man’s land.

Gary Rosenblatt

How Not To Influence Friends In Congress

07/29/2015
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‘Senator Schumer, I’m looking at you,” conservative talk radio personality Monica Crowley announced defiantly during last Wednesday’s grassroots “Stop Iran Now” rally in Times Square. She was figuratively addressing Chuck Schumer, the key New York politician who could help reverse U.S. approval of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Gary Rosenblatt

How Not To Influence Friends In Congress

‘Stop Iran Now’ rally was great theater, but mocking our national leaders is not the way to go.

07/27/2015
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“Senator Schumer, I’m looking at you,” conservative talk radio personality Monica Crowley announced defiantly during last Wednesday’s grassroots “Stop Iran Now” rally in Times Square. She was figuratively addressing Chuck Schumer, the key New York politician who could help reverse U.S. approval of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Gary Rosenblatt

Iran Debate Intensifies, Fault Lines Widen

White House-Jerusalem rift playing out among U.S. Jews as pressure builds on Israel defenders.

07/22/2015
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Sen. Chuck Schumer, a major supporter of both President Obama and the State of Israel, has become the focus of intense attention among critics of the Iran nuclear deal. With opponents having launched a major and risky campaign this week to convince 13 Democratic senators to buck the White House and kill the agreement in Congress, Schumer, a Democratic leader in the Senate and self-proclaimed protector of Israel, is seen as the swing vote.

Gary Rosenblatt

Claims Conference Facing New Pressures

Board members call for reforms; AG said to be exploring charges of ‘mismanagement.’

07/15/2015
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On the eve of the annual meeting of the Claims Conference this week, a member of its leadership council demanded that the council be shown a document suggesting a serious conflict of interest — with legal ramifications — involving the organization’s lay president, Julius Berman, and its executive vice president, Greg Schneider, The Jewish Week has learned.

Gary Rosenblatt

Michael Oren And The Debate That Won’t Die

The former ambassador brought criticism on himself by writing provocative opinion pieces when his book was published.

07/08/2015
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Michael Oren, the highly respected historian and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., has become the latest lightning rod in the bitter struggle among those who profess to know what’s best for Israel. And like the Jewish state he served as diplomat, and now as Knesset member, Oren has gone from chief unifier to deep divider for many American Jews.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Painful Saga Of Michael Oren

His tell-all book about the Obama White House has been trashed and lauded, but is anyone really reading it?

07/02/2015
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Michael Oren, the highly respected historian and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., has become the latest lightning rod in the bitter struggle among those who profess to know what’s best for Israel. And like the Jewish state he served as diplomat, and now as Knesset member, Oren has gone from chief unifier to deep divider for many American Jews.

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