Gary Rosenblatt

When Journalists Are The Story

Saying a sad goodbye to some NYT stalwarts, and The New Republic.

12/17/2014
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The job of the journalist is to cover the story. In recent days, though, it seems that journalists have become the story, and not in a good way.

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Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren

'This administration has a worldview that is not in accord with any Israeli government.'

12/10/2014
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During his four-year tenure as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, marked by an often-stormy relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama, Michael Oren was the consummate diplomat. He was dignified, thoughtful, articulate, knowledgeable and tactful.

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New U.S. Group Warns Israel On ‘Who Is A Jew’

Support of next-gen Jews is at risk over continuing Orthodox monopoly, high-powered coalition suggests.

12/03/2014
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Few if any American Jewish aspirations for Israel seem as unlikely  — or as important — as achieving religious freedom and equality in the Jewish state.

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My Dinner With The Rebbe

What I saw the other night is a genuine love of one’s fellow Jew. Period.

11/26/2014
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I had dinner Sunday evening with a group of Chabad rabbis in Brooklyn.

Several thousand of them, actually. Wearing their traditional black suits, black hats and long beards they filled the cavernous Brooklyn Marine Terminal with their ebullient enthusiasm. It was said to be the largest dinner of the year in New York, and I don’t doubt it.

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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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