Gary Rosenblatt

Renaissance Man, Quietly Preserving Jewish Treasures

01/28/2015
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On a personal tour last fall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit of Near East artifacts from the ninth through seventh centuries B.C., George Blumenthal could hardly contain his excitement.

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Can Pro-Israel Films Reach Wide Audiences?

Two new films deserve viewers, but Israel is a hard sell these days.

01/21/2015
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After recently screening two new, first-rate documentary films about Israel, my first thought was that they should each be made mandatory viewing for Jewish youth in the diaspora, and maybe Israel, too.

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Are Jewish Victims Less Worthy Of Empathy?

How many would have marched if the kosher market murders hadn’t followed Charlie Hebdo?

01/12/2015
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The headline across the front page of The Jewish Week following the 9/11 terror attack read: “America: The New Israel,” and the tag line under it asked: “As fear and vulnerability grip U.S., will empathy with Israel increase?”

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Report: Young Russians Edging Closer To Community

01/07/2015
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Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.

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How An Extremist Changed His Ways

Read the re-released 'Memoirs' of Yossi Klein Halevi to understand Jewish rage and violence.

12/31/2014
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Talk about bad timing.

Yossi Klein Halevi’s re-released book, “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation,” was first published 19 years ago, two days after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated. It should have become a best seller for at least two reasons.

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We’ve Come A Long Way, Abie

At White House's second Chanukah party, blessings, latkes and an ad hoc minyan amid dazzlingly decorated Christmas trees.

12/24/2014
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A friend told me that when he mentioned to his young daughter last week that he was going to attend the White House Chanukah party, she looked up at him wide-eyed and said, “I didn’t even know President Obama was Jewish.”

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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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