Gary Rosenblatt

Reclaiming Anne Frank’s Jewishness

'We can never be just Dutch or just English or whatever, we will always be Jews as well. And we’ll have to keep on being Jews, but then, we’ll want to be.'

02/18/2014
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Los Angeles — Anne Frank is the most universally known of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Her diary has been read by millions of people around the world, and her tragic story of living in fear, hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex in Amsterdam with her family and others for more than two years, has been told in a Broadway play, Hollywood movie, television dramas and in countless other ways. Is there anything more to be known about this precocious young girl with a gift for writing, a poignant faith in humanity, and maturity far beyond her years?

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Who’ll Blink First?

The Israel lobby and the White House stare each other down over Iran and its rhetoric.

02/05/2014
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Soon after the ill-fated Oslo agreement was signed between Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin on the White House lawn in 1993, the PLO leader began speaking in Arab countries of “jihad,” explaining how, according to Islamic tradition, truces could be signed as a means of lulling one’s enemies before conquering them.

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His Real Wealth: Service To His People

Family and dignitaries remember Edgar Bronfman at his shloshim service.

01/29/2014
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His family and friends called him “Tree.”

He loved doing crossword puzzles, watching “Jeopardy” and, after the age of 50, learning to play the piano and study Talmud.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at service for Edgar Bronfman. Photo courtesy of Samuel Bronfman Foundation

Continuity: Why Should We Care?

Pew revealed a community in crisis -- let's not waste it.

01/22/2014
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There is an important debate taking place now about how to respond to the dramatic increase in intermarriage in the American Jewish community. Should it be seen as a fact of life to be accepted, even embraced, or a disturbing trend to be countered?

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A Call For 'Audacious Hospitality'

'Being against intermarriage is like being against gravity,' says Reform leader, but jury is out on trend's long-term impact.

01/15/2014
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There was a time when American Jewish families sat shiva when a child married out of the faith. Even two or three decades ago the prevailing attitude was one of disappointment, embarrassment and regret, coupled with a parental commitment to make the best of it and hope the grandchildren would be raised as Jews.

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Time To Stand Up To The Rabbinate

Rabbi Avi Weiss not only diaspora rabbi Israel rejected; why isn't the RCA speaking out?

01/08/2014
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Natan Sharansky, the iconic hero of the Soviet Jewry movement and chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, this week characterized the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s questioning of Rabbi Avi Weiss’s rabbinic credentials as “absurd.”

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Every Move A Gamble

Three key interrelated efforts are underway on Iran, Syria and Israeli-Palestinian peace.

12/31/2013
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At the outset of this new year, I’m reminded of the line from “All About Eve,” the classic 1950 film about ambition and betrayal on Broadway: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

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Israel Outreach: Broad Vs Deep

New public relations effort is clever, but superficial.

12/24/2013
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Did you know that Israel is the first country to ban underweight models? A recent law prohibits the use of ultra-skinny young women and of altering images in photos and ads.

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Four Takeaways From 2013

Gary Rosenblatt shares reflections on Iran, Willie, the Pope and Pew.

12/18/2013
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On Passover we ask The Four Questions. At year’s end here are four lessons I learned (among many) from events over the last 12 months.

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New Agunah Court Announced

Bet din with backing of key haredi jurist now in formation with goal of freeing ‘chained’ wives.

12/11/2013
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In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the long, tortuous effort to solve the problem of agunot, or "chained wives," an international religious court is in formation, headed by a highly respected Orthodox rabbi, with the goal of freeing women trapped in broken marriages.

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