Gary Rosenblatt

Dialogue Goes Both Ways

Most Israelis do not grasp the diversity and depth of our community.

08/21/2013
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Much attention, here and elsewhere, is given to encouraging American Jews to have a deeper understanding of contemporary Israel, in all its complexity, as a country that is seen by much of the world as Goliath while it perceives itself as David. 



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Committed To Memory

Ernie Michel, a Jewish leader and Holocaust survivor, knows his own memory is fading.

08/13/2013
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Ever since he escaped from the Nazis, at 21, after enduring more than five years in forced labor camps and Auschwitz, Ernest (“Ernie”) Michel has devoted his life to preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

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Mission Impossible?

Teen travel to Israel is languishing. Funders and activists want to double the numbers.

08/06/2013
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Common sense suggests that one of the most effective ways of heightening Jewish identity and Israel engagement among young people is through summer teen trips to the Jewish state. The younger our kids are exposed to the miracles and challenges of Israel today, the better, and longer, their connection. And the more involved they and their families will be. 



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European Anti-Semitism: The Unpleasant Truth

Author suggests ‘humanitarian racism’ behind demonization of Israel.

07/30/2013
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Anti-Semitism in Europe, often in the guise now of anti-Israel rhetoric and actions, has become too big a problem to ignore or rationalize away. And it is taking place on two levels: as official policy, and within societies where, according to recent polls, Israel is considered the most dangerous nation in the world, more of a threat to world peace even than Iran or North Korea.

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Israel Should Act Now

If two-state solution fails, no good options will remain.

07/24/2013
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My first response on learning of Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement of the “basis” for a resumption of peace talks between Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority was the old saw, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

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The YU Impasse: Putting A Price On Sexual Abuse

Sorting through conflicting interests when it comes to compensation for alleged victims.

07/17/2013
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A few days before Tisha b’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, I sat down and read a modern-day version of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations.

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Help From Helmsley?

'The Queen of Mean' appointed a trustee who is passionate about supporting Israel.

07/10/2013
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Not all of Leona Helmsley’s fortune went to the dogs.

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American Jewry's 'Leadership Cliff'

We must ask not just 'Who will lead us,' but 'Where are we going?'

07/03/2013
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Is the American Jewish community about to go over “the leadership cliff?"

Is the American Jewish community about to go over “the leadership cliff”?   That phrase, which appears in a sober new study by t

‘Change From Within’

Despite sweeping election results, Israel's leaders stress gradualism.

06/26/2013
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I have often said, only half-kiddingly, that I tend to return from Israel a bit more confused about the country’s major issues than before I left. Reading the news about Israel from my perch in New York, things tend to seem black and white. But when I’m there, it’s the gray that is most evident. That’s certainly true of my just completed month-long experiment in a “working vacation.” (My wife said I was working; I maintained we were on vacation.)

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Talking With Ruth Calderon

In classroom and in parliament, MK Calderon aims to 'free and reclaim' Judaism.

06/19/2013
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Jerusalem — In the hour she spent with 150 young Jewish entrepreneurs and social activists from around the world last Wednesday morning at the annual ROI (Return on Investment) Summit here, new Knesset member Ruth Calderon chose to teach a Talmudic text, coax thoughtful comments about it from her audience, apply the discussion to modern-day situations, and then welcome questions about current affairs.

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