Gary Rosenblatt

‘What Would Sharon Do?’

Tantalizing question resurfaces as son promotes ‘intimate’ biography of stricken former PM.

11/01/2011
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Reading Gilad Sharon’s new biography of his famous father, Ariel Sharon, one comes to understand why Gilad and his brother Omri insisted on keeping the former Israeli prime minister alive, against the advice of doctors, when he suffered a debilitating stroke almost six years ago.

Much as others have questioned that judgment, as Sharon remains in a coma-like state, it was consistent with the way their father lived, and led, on the battlefield and in the seat of power in Jerusalem. And the basis for the sons’ decision goes back more than six decades.

Gary Rosenblatt

How Many U.S. Jews, And Who Cares?

With no national Jewish population study in the works, demographers seek to fill the void.

10/25/2011
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Waltham, Mass. — The last national Jewish population study, done in 2000-2001, was pretty much a disaster.

Sponsored by the North American federation movement — then known as United Jewish Communities and now Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) — the extensive $6 million survey was plagued by cost over-runs, lost data and disagreements among various experts in the field over its methodology and the validity of its conclusions, including the number of Jews in America.

Gary Rosenblatt

‘Occupy’ Judaism Echoes Past Protests

Establishment critique has back-to-the-future quality.

10/18/2011
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When a call for a Kol Nidre service among Jews protesting near Wall Street produced a huge response virtually overnight — press reports on the number who participated on Yom Kippur ranged from 500 to more than 1,000 — it was more than just an example of Twitter power.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Declaration Of Interdependence

10/11/2011
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Two years into making a full-length documentary, which will have its New York premiere Saturday night, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain realized what was missing.

“I watched all the footage” for the project, about what it means to be connected in the 21st century, “and saw that it was all about ideas, it was all about the head and not about the heart. I wasn’t exploring emotional connectedness.”

Gary Rosenblatt

The Gates Are Closing

10/04/2011
Editor And Publisher

The quintessential Jewish joke takes place on the eve of Yom Kippur. The elderly rabbi arrives first at the small synagogue early in the morning, long before services, walks to dark corner of the sanctuary and begins to plead quietly with his Maker.

“Oh Lord, have pity on me, I am like the dust of the earth, a speck in the universe…”

Gary Rosenblatt

Don’t Ignore Our Generational Divide

09/27/2011
Editor And Publisher

What happens when two Jewish imperatives — the tribal instinct to ensure the survival and growth of the Jewish people, and the Torah-based mandate to maintain our highest ethical standards — clash?

I saw those tensions played out last week at The Conversation, the Jewish Week-sponsored, two-day annual conference that brings together a cross-section of 50 American Jews, lay and professional, leaders and emerging leaders representing a wide range of ages, interests, backgrounds and beliefs.

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Fulfilling The Promise

09/20/2011
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Walking through the small, neatly kept Congregation Kneseth Israel cemetery in Annapolis, Md., last Friday was, as usual, a bittersweet experience.

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When To Apologize, And When Not To

09/13/2011
Editor And Publisher

Talk of “apology” and “forgiveness” is all around us today, from the international diplomatic front, where Turkey and Egypt have insisted on Israeli apologies for recent actions, to the personal and communal level, where our thoughts turn to the approaching High Holy Days and the central theme of atoning for our sins.

We are taught to seek forgiveness when we have done wrong, but is it appropriate to apologize for an act that we believe merits no admission of guilt?

Gary Rosenblatt

A Decade Later, 9/11 Struggle Continues

09/06/2011
Editor And Publisher

Sept. 11, 2001 was a Tuesday, deadline day for The Jewish Week.

As the horrific events began to unfold that morning, I found myself consumed, at times, by the unfolding coverage on television, then forcing myself away from it, trying to focus on getting the issue out on time. In revising the paper’s contents and helping to assign fresh staff coverage, I was very much aware that we were experiencing a moment when one could feel our nation’s history veering off into an unknown, dangerous path. One from which we haven’t really recovered, and perhaps never will.

Gary Rosenblatt

Waiting For The Power To Come Back

08/30/2011
Editor And Publisher

When the power went out in our house Sunday afternoon, I was able to e-mail a friend and neighbor (thanks to my trusty BlackBerry) to ask if he’d lost power, too. He wrote back to say yes, adding: “But Jews were powerless for 2,000 years, and we’re still here.”

Gary Rosenblatt
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