Author: Jonathan Rosenblum

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Repentance

A number of readers took me to task for yesterday’s post in which I quoted the Jerusalem police spokesman’s description of the ethnic background of the youths involved in an altercation with an Armenian...

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More on spitting yeshiva bochurim

A few weeks ago, I opined that a single incident of a national religious boy spitting on an Armenian priest in the Old City of Jerusalem did not warrant the Anti-Defamation League’s call upon...

Lionel Trilling and the Tsunami

More than thirty years ago, the great literary critic Lionel Trilling published a priceless little volume called Sincerity and Authenticity, in which he contrasted two cultural ideals: the modern ideal of authenticity and a...

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Jonathan Rosenblum

Re: the recent discussion between Jeff Ballabon and Yitzchak Adlerstein over the “state interest” in protecting children from lousy parenting. The issue came up recently in Israel in the context of settler mothers who...

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Protest

My good friend Moshe Koppel, a professor of computer science at Bar Ilan University, just called to tell me that it is a serious mistake to shut off reader comments. I had already reached...

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Abe Foxman Rides Again

Abe Foxman is at it again. The publicity-seeking head of the Anti-Defamation League recently wrote to Israel’s Chief Rabbis urging them to condemn the phenomenon of yeshiva students in Jerusalem’s Old City attacking Christians....

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Vatican attacks Israel

NOTE: This was a mistranslation, as our blog helped publish. L’Osservatore Romano condemed the fighting Sri Lankans for not setting aside their differences to welcome Israeli help. One remarkable by-product of the horrendous disaster...

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A Chanukah story for our times

Baltimore Jewish Times December 17, 2004 Last week most of the senior Torah authorities and yeshiva heads in Israel held an emergency gathering to discuss the pernicious effects of the new generation cell phones...

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