Gary Rosenblatt

Learning To Embrace Uncertainty

09/22/2010

Many parents say they learn from their children. Rabbi Naomi Levy’s new memoir, “Hope Will Find You” (Harmony Books) — a poignant and compelling account of grappling with her young daughter’s potentially fatal illness — describes how the child’s faith and fortitude saved the author, spiritually and in every other way.

Gary Rosenblatt

On Sukkot, Stepping Outside Of Ourselves

09/14/2010
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After the soul-searching introspection and indoor setting of our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur experiences in synagogue, the holiday of Sukkot provides the sharpest of contrasts. Rather than continue to focus on our innermost thoughts and deeds, we are commanded to get outside — outside of ourselves, and outside of our homes, eating our meals under the stars.

Old Year/New Year: Letting Go

09/07/2010

I write these words on the last day my brother and I say Kaddish for our mom, who died 11 months ago.

After reciting the mourner’s prayer more than 2,000 times, the looming prospect of completing this meaningful mitzvah leaves me feeling more adrift than fulfilled.

I am anxious to be relieved of the burden — and yet part of me doesn’t want to let go.

It’s a strange place to be, but on reflection, not a unique one.

Mormons, Jews In New Pact On Baptisms

Computer technology credited for ‘breakthrough’ on exemption of Holocaust victims for proxy ritual.

09/01/2010
Editor And Publisher

Two years after a rupture in Mormon-Jewish relations in America, leaders of the two groups believe they have achieved “a breakthrough” and finally solved an issue of major contention between them — the Mormon Church’s practice of proxy baptism of souls, including of Jewish Holocaust victims.

Gary Rosenblatt

When The Dialogue Deteriorates

08/25/2010

You should see some of the outrageous mail we receive each week.

On second thought, you shouldn’t. And that’s what I want to explore here this week.

We at The Jewish Week have always felt that our role was not only to report the news, but to become a forum for discussion and debate among our readers on any and all the issues we cover in an increasingly diverse community.

Gary Rosenblatt

Young European Jews Asserting Identity, Against The Odds

Swedish ‘incubator’ project training young leaders, resisting the notion that Jewish life is dying.

08/18/2010
Editor And Publisher

 Stockholm — When the tall Hungarian woman in the back of the room rose to speak, I could see the passion and flash of anger in her face. She was the first to raise her hand after my talk to 27 young men and women from both Eastern and Western Europe, participants in a 10-day program in the Swedish capital for academics and activists committed to enhancing Jewish life in their native countries.

Gary Rosenblatt

On Rotem Conversion Bill, Focus Should Be On Israel

Conversions of Russians trump concern over Chief Rabbinate hegemony.

08/04/2010
Editor And Publisher

 I’m having second — and third — thoughts about the wisdom of rejecting outright the controversial conversion bill in Israel.

Before you get too worked up about that statement, please hear me out.

Gary Rosenblatt

‘Historical Conciliation’ As Key To Peace?

07/27/2010

Can you handle some positive news about dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians?

Like many of us, I suspect, I tend to discount reports of progress on the Mideast peace front as naïve or exaggerated. But I was impressed on hearing of the recent work of a longtime friend, Hillel Levine, an ordained rabbi and sociology and religion professor at Boston University, who is a veteran Mideast observer with no illusions about the level of mistrust between Arabs and Jews or the mounting tensions in the region.

Gary Rosenblatt

Conversion Controversy: A Perfect Storm (And A Way Out)

07/20/2010

The showdown over a controversial conversion bill in the Knesset will likely be averted for the moment. But any sigh of relief you may hear around the Jewish world is premature. 

Gary Rosenblatt

Fresh Anger From Diaspora Over Bill On Conversions

Politics trumps unity as leaders here, Sharansky express sense of betrayal.

07/14/2010
Editor And Publisher

 It’s hard not to be cynical about the latest conversion controversy in Jerusalem that threatens to further divide an already fragmented Jewish People for no reason but one: internal Israeli politics.

Gary Rosenblatt
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