Gary Rosenblatt

End Of An Era In Baltimore?

A proud Jewish newspaper’s hard times, and what it portends.

03/27/2012
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Starting in the mid-1970s and for the next three decades or so, the Baltimore Jewish Times, with its annual awards in journalism competitions, extensive local, national and international reporting, and hefty volume of advertising, was the leader in its field and the envy of communities around the country.

Gary Rosenblatt

Don't Call J Street `Anti-Israel'

    I was saddened to see that Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, has come out with a statement entitled “J Street is Anti-Israel, Not Simply Extremist Leftwing.”

Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia

Peter Beinart’s new book, ‘The Crisis Of Zionism,’ is disappointingly one-sided.

03/20/2012
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When I asked a well-known journalist with expertise in the Mideast to review Peter Beinart’s new book, “The Crisis Of Zionism,” he first replied that he’d love to but was crushed with deadlines.

When I e-mailed back, asking for suggestions for a knowledgeable reviewer who was relatively objective on the subject — not so easy to find — the journalist replied: “Your alternative is to treat it as the utter piece of $%& it is.”

Gary Rosenblatt

The Delicate Landscape Of Israel Education

03/13/2012
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A decade ago, the field of Israel education didn’t really exist in the United States.

A 2003 study found that when it came to teaching about Modern Israel in schools, camps, synagogues and youth groups, there was no conceptual framework, no standards of practice, no professional development, and educators felt unequipped to handle the material.

Gary Rosenblatt

What Would Mordechai Do?

At AIPAC, assessing the Obama-Bibi standoff on the eve of Purim.

03/06/2012
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Washington — The timing this week was hard to ignore. A do-or-die confrontation over Iran between two influential leaders, with the fate of the Jewish people at stake.

I’m not just referring to the Obama-Netanyahu showdown at the White House on when and whether to strike at Tehran’s nuclear sites, but to an encounter centuries ago between Queen Esther and King Ahasveros in ancient Persia — today’s Iran — and her plea that he reverse the wicked Haman’s death sentence for the Jewish population.

Gary Rosenblatt

New Grandchild, Ancient Ritual

02/28/2012
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Last week our family participated in a ritual commanded in the Torah and associated with the birth of a baby boy, a mitzvah that has become increasingly rare in Jewish life: the Pidyon HaBen, or redemption of the firstborn son, which applies in only an estimated 5 to 10 percent of Jewish births.

What follows are a few thoughts about the little-explored custom and the little boy who has been the focus of my thoughts in recent days.

Gary Rosenblatt

Fighting Fair: The Ethics Of Warfare

02/21/2012
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What distinguishes a legitimate soldier from a war criminal is how he conducts himself on the battlefield. But what if there is no battlefield and the combatants don’t wear uniforms?

Over the last 25 years Israel has found itself engaged in non-conventional, asymmetrical battles as Palestinian militants deliberately have turned conventional warfare on its head.

Gary Rosenblatt

Bettering Israel Without Battering Israel

02/14/2012
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Amid all the discussion and debate these days over how to talk about Israel publicly without making things worse — that is, exacerbating the divide between left and right — there is one group that has a proven track record of framing tough issues in a sophisticated, nuanced and creative way to foster substantive dialogue.

Gary Rosenblatt

Lessons From The Rav Bina Story

Hundreds of responses speak to insecurity in Modern Orthodox community.

02/08/2012
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In the wake of the article he and I co-authored (Jan. 27) on Rav Aharon Bina of Netiv Aryeh, a yeshiva for American students in the Old City of Jerusalem, Yedidya Gorsetman received a message on Facebook from Rabbi Ari Fuld.

“I don’t know who you are and I am not trying to threaten you in any way,” the rabbi began. “I see that you are friends on FB [Facebook] with many Netiv guys and I hope they come to their senses and drop you like a dead fish.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Russian Jewish Leader With Grand Plans

01/31/2012
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Alexander Levin, a rags-to-riches Ukrainian businessman who announced a new international forum for Russian-speaking Jews this past week at the United Nations, says he knows how to deal with world leaders like Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Gary Rosenblatt
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