Gary Rosenblatt

Finding Ways To Celebrate Together

05/31/2011
Editor And Publisher

‘There is nothing new under the sun,” wrote the author of the Bible’s Book of Ecclesiastes who, according to tradition, is King Solomon, the wisest of all men.

Yet much of Jewish life, and particularly American Jewish culture, has been driven by the concept of innovation, or more precisely, balancing ancient tradition with creativity.

Gary Rosenblat

Bibi Opts For Confrontation

Prime minister, at AIPAC, revives call against ‘indefensible’ borders.

05/25/2011
Editor And Publisher

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had an excellent response to President Barack Obama’s major speech on the Arab world and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. But it came two days too late, and the net result is another hasbara disaster for Jerusalem.

Gary Rosenblatt

Looking To Bibi, As The World Closes In

05/17/2011
Editor And Publisher

 Can you feel the world closing in on Israel?

Other issues on the Jewish agenda pale before a series of looming showdowns for Jerusalem, from major addresses by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on the Mideast, to another flotilla setting sail soon for Gaza, to the Palestinian drive for statehood at the United Nations this fall.

Gary Rosenblatt

Recognizing And Responding To Real Enemies

05/10/2011
Editor And Publisher

Some people in Europe and elsewhere are deeply disturbed that the U.S. Navy Seals on their secret mission in Pakistan last week killed an unarmed Osama bin Laden. But it didn’t matter to me whether he was fighting back or not at the time he was shot.

Gary Rosenblatt

Alienation From Israel Hitting Liberal Seminaries

Rabbinical students, in generational divide, seen disenchanted with Jewish state; time to rethink year-in-Israel study?

05/03/2011
Editor And Publisher

A second-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary says her year-in-Israel experience, as part of her academic training, has been “enriching and incredibly painful” in terms of what she sees of Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians.

“The Israel I see does not seem to reflect so many of the Jewish values that my family and community raised me with,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Jewish Week.

Gary Rosenblatt

Where Have All The Rabbis Gone?

04/27/2011
Editor and Publisher

One of the little-discussed effects of the economic recession on the Jewish community is that more rabbis in the later stages of their careers are finding themselves out of work.

Gary Rosenblatt

Covering (And Covering Up) Sexual Abuse

04/18/2011
Editor And Publisher

Over time, a journalist gets used to being criticized. How, then, to respond, if at all? There’s a thin line between feeling justified for what one writes in seeking, for example, to expose wrongdoing in the community, and feeling self-righteous, or even immune from disapproval.

Gary Rosenblatt

Being Alexander Machkevitch: Jewish Billionaire From Nowhere With Big Plans

04/12/2011
Editor And Publisher

Alexander Machkevitch, 57, is a Jewish billionaire little known in America, and from a country virtually unknown in the West — Kyrgyzstan, a Muslim republic of the former Soviet Union. He was in the U.S. last week, seeking a higher profile in announcing his plan to launch an international news network that would rival Al Jazeera and “deliver true information all over the world.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Time Is Not On Israel’s Side

To stave off growing isolation, Netanyahu must offer more than stopgaps in upcoming D.C. visit.

04/05/2011
Editor And Publisher

The drumbeat of pressure for Israel to resolve its conflict with the Palestinians is growing louder, and coming not only from the international community, but, it seems, from Washington, and a large and vocal swath of American Jewry.

Gary Rosenblatt

Back Off On The Bacchanalia

And lay off the booze-for-young-Jews outreach model.

03/30/2011
Editor And Publisher

One of the dirty little secrets of Jewish outreach efforts to young people — particularly to college students and those in their 20s — is the use of alcohol to entice them.

The most recent case in point was TribeFest, a five-day gathering sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America to attract people in the 22-to-45 age range.

Gary Rosenblatt
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