Gary Rosenblatt

Preventing Genocide Is Easier Than Stopping It

04/13/2010

What could be more horrific than war?

In a gripping new documentary that aired Tuesday night on PBS to mark National Holocaust Remembrance Week, historian and author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen makes a convincing case that genocide — the systematic effort to eliminate an entire group perceived of as deserving of death — is even more destructive than armed conflict, and yet often can be prevented.

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Yom HaShoah: Finding A Way To Remember

04/07/2010

 I worry that with each passing year in this country, Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is quietly and gradually becoming obsolete.

You don’t need an actuary to know that the number of survivors of the Holocaust, which took place between 65 and 71 years ago, is declining rapidly, and thus the authentic voices of those who lived through the horrors are diminished every day.

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Why Obama Is Picking The Wrong Fight

04/01/2010
Editor and Publisher

 Assessing the alarmingly tense relationship at the moment between Washington and Jerusalem, I’m reminded of one of my favorite Chelm stories. 

Gary Rosenblatt

Why Obama Is Picking The Wrong Fight

03/29/2010
Editor and Publisher

Assessing the alarmingly tense relationship at the moment between Washington and Jerusalem, I'm reminded of one of my favorite Chelm stories.

It's the one about the man walking down the street one night when he approaches his friend, who is positioned under a bright street lamp and searching for something on the ground.

Gary Rosenblatt

For Palestinians, Judenrein Areas Is A Given

 At our seders this week we will recite at the outset, "let all who are hungry come and eat."

It's a reminder of the universal as well as particular aspect of the seder in general, and of Judaism in general, a timely reminder at a point of deep tension between Washington and Jerusalem over Israel's treatment of its Arab minority and neighbors. The Obama administration wants Israel to stop building in east Jerusalem, even though the neighborhood in question is Jewish and surrounded by the Jewish neighborhoods of French Hill and Ramot.

What Passover Tells Us About Peoplehood

03/24/2010

 For the longest time, Jewish peoplehood was lived rather than discussed. But no longer.

Ever since the Israelites fled Egypt and crossed the Red Sea in miraculous fashion — a seminal act in Jewish history commemorated and celebrated in the upcoming Passover seders — the Jews have been a nation and a people.

Gary Rosenblatt

Averting Disaster In U.S.-Israeli Relations

03/18/2010

Remember “The Poseidon Adventure,” the melodramatic 1972 film about a group of desperate passengers aboard an aging, ill-fated luxury liner about to sink?
 

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Can We Afford To Make Others A Priority?

JTS professor’s article touches off generational debate over parochial vs. universal interests.

03/10/2010
Editor And Publisher

A leading observer of the American Jewish scene says it is “madness” that Jewish communal institutions seem more focused these days on helping non-Jews than Jews.

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Toward A Level Praying Field

On eve of JOFA conference, younger women eschew exclusive services for ‘partnership’ minyanim.

03/03/2010
Editor and Publisher

I consider myself a feminist, but when it comes to prayer, every morning I recite the ritual blessing thanking God “who has not made me a woman.” (At least I say that one softly, and with a tinge of guilt and confusion.)

Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher

Finding Jobs, And Hope, For Ethiopian Gen-Xers

Small Israeli group is having big impact in helping university grads find jobs, beat back bias.

02/25/2010
Editor And Publisher

Until she was in her early 30s, Yifat Ovadia, an Ashkenazi native of Beersheba, veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and university graduate, had never met an Ethiopian Jew.

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