Gary Rosenblatt

Recognizing And Responding To Real Enemies

05/10/2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

What If The Fogels Had Lived In Tel Aviv?

03/22/2011
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When three Israeli children — one a 3-month-old infant — were stabbed to death in their beds on a recent Friday night in their home, along with their young parents, the world did not seem overly shocked or upset.

“Where is the outrage,” Presidents Conference leader Malcolm Hoenlein asked at a Manhattan memorial service last Thursday. “Where is the indignation?”

Gary Rosenblatt

Advocacy Gone Awry

Bid against JCC in Manhattan film festival part of disturbing trend.

03/15/2011
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Theodore Bikel, the 86-year-old actor most famous for his role as Tevye in “Fiddler On The Roof,” considers himself “a Zionist and ardent supporter of Israel.” But he is one of a number of Jews in the arts who will not perform at theaters in the West Bank, believing that the settlements are an obstacle to peace.

Does that place him inside or out of the pro-Israel tent?

Gary Rosenblatt

Never Too Old To Speak Out On Injustice

Founder of Human Rights Watch, 88, starts new group to counter HRW’s alleged Mideast biases.

03/09/2011
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Robert L. Bernstein has enjoyed two distinguished careers, one professional and one volunteer, in the interest of freedom of expression. Now, at age 88, he is about to launch a third, which he calls his “obsession” and “one of the most important things I’ve ever done.”

Gary Rosenblatt
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