Gary Rosenblatt

Doubts Cloud Israel’s Diaspora Push

Practical, ideological questions hover over big-money project to fortify Jewish identity.

05/21/2014
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The Israeli government is about to finalize a major initiative intended to inspire, engage and empower Jews around the world. At a cost of up to several hundred million dollars annually over the next six or seven years, it seeks to promote Jewish identity throughout the diaspora, particularly among young people.

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Superstition's Powers, Pitfalls

Our rituals are illogical, but we perform them faithfully, anyway.

05/14/2014
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On Shabbat mornings, when I go outside to pick up the newspaper from the front stoop of my house, I am aware of a deep sense of responsibility. I know that where and how I open the paper to check the scores during the baseball season determines whether my beloved Baltimore Orioles won or lost the previous night’s game.

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Losing The Battle, Winning The War?

After the Presidents' Conference rejection of J Street, what does it mean to be ‘pro-Israel?'

05/07/2014
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Last week the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejected the controversial group, J Street, for membership. Was the vote a test of the openness of the communal umbrella group itself or of the truthfulness of the rebuffed lobby that describes itself as “pro-Israel and pro-peace?”

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Spotlight On Bloomberg's Jewish Identity

As recipient of first Genesis Prize, ex-mayor expected to open up about his heritage.

04/30/2014
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Last October when Michael Bloomberg was named the first recipient of the Genesis Prize, billed as “the Jewish Nobel Prize,” more than a few eyebrows were raised at the choice of the then-New York mayor.

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My Tea With ‘Dudi’

Meeting up — again — with comedian David Steinberg.

04/17/2014
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Watching a first-rate documentary a few weeks ago on Showtime about David Steinberg, the controversial but loveable Canadian-born comedian, actor, writer and director, brought back a flood of memories for me.

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Kerry’s ‘Poof’ Moment

There is only so much a third party can do.

04/11/2014
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The fact that the current Mideast peace talks are over — but for the bickering over who is to blame — is a shame, if not a tragedy. But it is certainly not a surprise. For all of Secretary of State Kerry’s energetic efforts since last summer in trying to revive a comatose situation, the fact remains that while Israel was, and is, prepared to make major compromises for peace, the Palestinian leadership is not.

Schooling The Knesset

It's American Judaism 101 for Israeli politicians in town for a talk with community leaders.

04/09/2014
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Leaders of the three main streams of Judaism in America told a group of visiting Israeli Knesset members last week that denominational divisions are less important to them than their common commitment to educate and inspire American Jews.

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Reaching Russian Speakers, Where They Are

They express their Jewish identity more through culture than religion.

04/02/2014
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Gennadiy Elikman came with his family to Chicago from Moldova, formerly a part of the Soviet Union, as a teenager in 1999. He was immediately enrolled at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, a Modern Orthodox day school, knowing “nothing, zero” about Judaism, he says. But he has a vivid memory of being given a Torah to hold. “I didn’t know what it was but my hands began to shake — it was a powerful feeling.”

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How Obama Should Deal With Bullies

They know when you’re bluffing, and only back down when they’re convinced you mean business.

03/25/2014
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President Obama is getting beat up pretty bad lately — from the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Syrian President Bashar Assad, who are testing his foreign policy moxie. Also from much of the press, world opinion and national polls, for not standing up to the above, and for projecting a sense of weakness from the leader of the world’s most powerful nation.

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Move Over, Millennials

Engaging young adults is important, but what about everyone else?

03/19/2014
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Financial advisers agree that we should diversify our investments. “Spread the money around,” we’re told, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Yet when it comes to investing in the Jewish future, our largest sources of wealth are doing the opposite of what they preach.

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