Gary Rosenblatt

At GA In Jerusalem, A Push For Pluralism

Annual federation assembly culminates in march to the Kotel.

11/13/2013
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Jerusalem — Two marches here, 10 years apart, speak to the evolving nature of the diaspora-Israel relationship.

In 2003, during the height of the second intifada, thousands came to Israel’s capital for the annual General Assembly (GA) of the North American federation movement and showed their solidarity with the Jewish state by marching through the streets of Jerusalem.

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High School Drama: What To Publish?

11/06/2013
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I wish everyone who bemoans the fate and future of journalism in general, and Jewish journalism in particular, could have sat in on the first Jewish Scholastic Press Conference in Los Angeles two weeks ago.

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Jew Vs. Jew In Reverse

At the JW's annual Conversation, unlikely connections emerge.

10/23/2013
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One of the unintended highlights of this year’s Conversation — the annual Jewish Week-sponsored two-day retreat for a wide variety of Jewish leaders and future leaders from around the country — was the emerging friendship between two participants with seemingly little in common besides their names. Actually, their name.

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Other Existential Threats

Brain drain and the gap between rich and poor are internal dangers to Israel.

10/15/2013
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While most Jews around the world took pride in the recent news that three co-religionists had won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and that two were from the Jewish state, the bittersweet reality is that those two winners left Israel long ago to do their research, and therein lies a troubling trend.

Lack of chemistry? Nobelists Arieh Warshel, top, and Michael Levitt left Israel for the United States. Getty Images

What Pew Does And Doesn’t Tell Us

Trend lines suggest continued erosion, but that’s not the whole story.

10/09/2013
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Not surprisingly, there has already been a large wave of reactions to the first major national survey of American Jews in more than a decade, with its sobering, if not bleak, portrait of a community on the fast track toward assimilation.

Source: Pew Research Center 2013 Survey of U.S. Jews, Feb. 20-June 13, 2013.

ADL At 100

'Words of hate can easily turn into acts of hate,' says Foxman in new book on perils of Internet.

10/01/2013
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Last Thursday, a 5-year-old British girl, April Jones, who had been raped and murdered, was buried in London after her funeral was televised nationally. She and another young girl were victims of men apparently addicted to online pornography. And although England, like the U.S., bans child pornography, Prime Minister David Cameron plans to take measures to further restrict pornography on the Internet, making Britain “the most family-friendly democracy in the world,” according to a member of his Conservative Party.

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A Simchat Torah Story

And it was morning and it was evening, the Seventh Game.

09/25/2013
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My favorite contemporary Simchat Torah story was told to me by a close friend who grew up in Pittsburgh. I offer it here in honor of Simchat Torah, which is celebrated this year on Thursday evening and Friday, and as the baseball season closes out this weekend. Nowadays, with the expanded Major Leagues, divisional playoffs and Wild Card teams, the World Series, long known as the October Classic, could very well linger until November. But when I was growing up, the World Series invariably fell out on the High Holy Days. (I used to imagine Ford Frick, the commissioner at the time, consulting a luach, or Jewish calendar, each year to pick the Series dates just to frustrate observant fans.) But it was just such a convergence of the baseball schedule and the Jewish holidays that led to the unique encounter described here …

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How Israel’s Voice Became His Own

Yossi Klein Halevi tells the story of the war heroes who reunited Jerusalem and divided the nation.

09/17/2013
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With “Like Dreamers,” due out Oct. 1, Yossi Klein Halevi, an American-born writer and journalist living in Jerusalem, has written a powerful and haunting book about the soul of modern Israel, focusing on the lives of seven Israelis, members of the famed 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade. These men helped reunite Jerusalem in the 1967 war and went on to become exemplars of the social, religious, political and cultural impulses that divided the country, from Peace Now to Gush Emunim, from Torah scholars to kibbutz leaders to a revered musician, Israel’s Bob Dylan.

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In-Marriage: A New Discussion

A statement from a modern-day prophet is important and hard to hear.

09/11/2013
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"A Portrait of American Jews,” a major study due out soon from The Pew Research Center, is said to show that more than 60 percent of the children of intermarriage are raised as Jews.

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Hearing Us Where We Are

If our prayers are heartfelt, they will resonate on high, and be answered favorably.

09/04/2013
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One of the loveliest aspects of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is the concept of forgiveness, the notion that if we are sincere in our commitment to make atonement for past sins and try to improve our ways, God will, in effect, wipe our slate clean at the outset of the new Jewish year.

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