Gary Rosenblatt

Rosenblatt, Yes. But Not That Rosenblatt

Which cantor sang in the first talkie?

09/11/2012
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Yossele Rosenblatt was the most famous chazzan (or, cantor) of his era, known as “the Jewish Caruso.” After arriving in America from Europe a century ago, he not only led services around the country before settling in New York, but also earned large sums for concerts and sang in “The Jazz Singer,” the first talkie.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Year Later, Same Worries — Is That A Comfort?

09/04/2012
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Preparing for the new Jewish year, in part by reviewing some of the big news stories of the past year, I was reminded that most major issues don’t get resolved in dramatic fashion.

Gary Rosenblatt

Denying Reality Won’t Make It Go Away

08/28/2012
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How do you deal with Mideast heads of state who refuse to accept historical fact or reality?

Gary Rosenblatt

Ross Urges Israel To Be ‘Proactive’ With PA

Despite uncertainty, diplomat says leaders shouldn’t ‘hunker down’; says Obama would strike Iran.

08/21/2012
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Dennis Ross, the longtime U.S. diplomat and Mideast expert, says that there has never been a time in its tumultuous history that the State of Israel has faced as many threats and unknowns as today.

He should know.

Gary Rosenblatt

Growing Up At The Movies

08/07/2012
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Until I was 10 or 11 years old, I didn’t realize you had to pay to go to the movies. That’s because our family didn’t.

As one of the perks of being a rabbi in a small town, my dad had a clergy pass for the family, allowing us to go to any of the three movie theaters in Annapolis, Md., any time. And since there wasn’t much for a kid to do in town in those days, I went often, seeing each of the movies playing at least once, and sometimes twice. Often with my brother or my friend, Michael, the son of the cantor, since his family, too, had a clergy pass.

Gary Rosenblatt

Romney vs. Obama: Who Loves Israel More?

07/31/2012
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Isn’t it nice to see Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama fighting it out over who is Israel’s greater friend and ally?

My advice: sit back and enjoy it while it lasts, but don’t take it too seriously.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Man Behind The ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’

In rare interview, Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman explains goals of million-dollar annual honor he helped create.

07/24/2012
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In mid-May 2013, just before Shavuot, the first winner of the annual $1 million Genesis Prize, described as the “Jewish Nobel Prize,” is scheduled to be announced in Jerusalem amidst much media hoopla.

Gary Rosenblatt

On Haredi Service, Half A Great Idea

07/17/2012
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A yeshiva rebbe in Bnei Brak, the largest haredi city in Israel, has come up with a great plan for making army duty more equitable in the Jewish state.

Well, make that half a great plan and half a potential disaster.

Rabbi Simcha Avraham Halevi says that for the sake of fairness, with the government pushing to end army exemptions for haredi young men who are full-time yeshiva students, all secular young Israelis should be required to study Torah.

Gary Rosenblatt

What Does Bibi Want?

07/11/2012
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Israelis call him by his affectionate nickname, Bibi, but few speak of him with warmth.

There is no alternative political leader on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean he’s popular at home.

Even though he is not known for his integrity, he is widely trusted with protecting the fate of his people as Israel faces the threat of extinction from a nuclear Iran.

Gary Rosenblatt

Why ‘Jewish Community’ Is Harder To Define, And Serve

07/03/2012
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Only about 2 percent of the respondents to the New York Jewish Population Study are “Jewish by conversion.” Twice as many people — 5 percent of the study — describe themselves as “Jewish by personal choice.”

Gary Rosenblatt
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