Gary Rosenblatt

After Birthright Next, What's Next?

Follow-up programs to engage returnees from Israel have been problematic; several are seeking to fill the vacuum.

05/20/2015
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As successful as Birthright Israel has been, providing free, guided trips to Israel to more than 400,000 young adult Jews from across the diaspora, the follow-up efforts with its alumni have been problematic.

Gary Rosenblatt

How The World Turned Against Israel

Many of the countries now so critical of Jerusalem once widely admired its courage and resilience.

05/13/2015
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The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel is gaining steam on U.S. campuses, and a major New York Times article this week described how the Jewish state has become a bitter divide between Jewish and minority students. So it might be helpful to step back and explore how it is that Jerusalem, the former darling of the international community, has become its pariah.

Gary Rosenblatt

Setbacks Feared On Religious Freedoms

A Jew’s freedom to fully practice his or her religion is legally compromised in Israel.

05/06/2015
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Item: A special bar and bat mitzvah ceremony for children with severe autism, held annually for the last 25 years by the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel, was canceled two days prior to the event last week. It was scheduled to be held in Rehovot, a city with a diverse population of about 100,000 in the center of Israel, but the ultra-Orthodox mayor there banned the use of the only Conservative congregation for the ceremony, forcing its postponement.

Gary Rosenblatt

Israel: The Canary In The Coal Mine

In the United States' drone warfare errors and frustration with Iran, echoes of Israel's bitter experience.

04/29/2015
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After Arab terrorists killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, I thought the world would see Israel’s plight in dealing with terrorists in a new light: a democracy subject to the violent hatred of those seeking to destroy “Big Satan” (the U.S.) and “Little Satan” (Israel), along with Western values of human rights and freedoms.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Woman’s Plight, A Community’s Shame

The situation of chained wives accounts for so much silent suffering.

04/22/2015
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Last Wednesday night my wife and I saw the gripping Israeli film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” about the years-long effort of a woman to receive a religious divorce from a husband she no longer can abide. On leaving the theater we heard a woman at the end of our row say in an accusatory way to a woman seated nearby, “I’m not Jewish but I understand that Jewish men thank God every day for not making them a woman.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Preparing For College? Consider The Israel Factor

04/15/2015
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Dear High School Senior,

The spring of your senior year is an exciting time in your life. You most likely are feeling a well-deserved sense of accomplishment on the verge of completing your high school career and, for those of you going on to college in the fall, a sense of anticipation as you look forward to campus life and a new level of independence. But there may also be a healthy dose of anxiety as to how you will fare on your own.

Gary Rosenblatt

Israel Unity Gov’t Re-emerging As Pragmatic Option

Netanyahu, given the Iran deal and relationship with Obama, hoping to bring in Herzog.

04/08/2015
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Hang on, folks, the formation of the next Israeli government is getting a lot more intriguing and complicated than we thought, made even more so by the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

Gary Rosenblatt

Unity Gov’t Emerging As Pragmatic Option

Netanyahu, given the Iran deal and relationship with Obama, hoping to bring in Herzog.

04/06/2015
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Hang on, folks, the formation of the next Israeli government is getting a lot more intriguing and complicated than we thought, made even more so by the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

Remember when, a week before the elections last month, it seemed likely the results would lead to a national unity government including right-of-center Likud, led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the left-of-center Zionist Union, headed by Isaac Herzog of Labor and Tzipi Livni of Tnuah?

Gary Rosenblatt

‘Next Year In Jerusalem’

It is that Holy City, and its fate — next year and going forward — that weigh so heavily on our minds this Passover.

04/01/2015
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Delve into the Haggadah and you understand why there are more editions and variations of it than any other Jewish text. Its story is timeless, its themes are eternal, its message is as current as the day’s headlines.

Gary Rosenblatt

Sharing The Blame As Fault Lines Deepen

Obama, Bibi have overreached in current crisis; concern over impact on younger Jews.

03/25/2015
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Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to appeal directly to Israel’s nationalist camp in the final days of the election campaign appears to have paid off, at least in the short term. He won a decisive victory last Tuesday and is now in the process of forming a coalition of right-wing and charedi parties as he had hoped in calling for new elections in December.

Gary Rosenblatt
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