Rabbi James Rosenberg
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June 6, 1939, remains a dark day in the history of our people. On that day, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis, packed with Jewish refugees, was forced to return from New York to … more
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941. He spent the majority of his childhood, including his high school years, in Hibbing, about 60 miles northwest of Duluth. His … more
This has been a sobering summer for all of us who care deeply about Israel and have been hoping for some progress toward Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation within the framework of a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict. The kidnapping and … more
In her op-ed piece, “Rooting for Mother Teresa” (the New York Times, July 13, 2013), Ada Calhoun expresses her disappointment that Pope Francis has recently put his papal predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II on the fast track to official … more
Several years ago, I was leading the Erev Shabbat service at Temple Habonim, which happened to fall on Friday, Dec. 25.  I began my sermon/discussion that evening with the words, … more
For many years, an essential part of my Monday morning ritual had been reading Dr. Stanley M. Aronson’s wise and erudite words on the op-ed page of The Providence Journal. In his well over 1,000 weekly columns, his topics ranged far and wide from … more
John Ashbery, one of America’s most innovative and well-regarded poets, died this past Sept. 3 at the age of 90. As the title of Rae Armantrout’s Sept. 6 op-ed piece in the New York … more
Back in the winter of 2012, the leader of a poetry workshop I was attending introduced us to the French term, flâneur, by having us read selections from Edmund White’s, “The Flâneur” (Bloomsbury, 2001). As suggested by the subtitle, … more
While attending an Erev Shabbat service at Temple Habonim in Barrington on Feb. 17, I had the privilege of listening to Rodrigo Pimentel tell his story. Pimentel is a soft-spoken … more
Rabbi Andrew Klein began his Rosh Hashanah morning sermon at Temple Habonim in Barrington with the following true story: “When our youngest niece, Jesse, was 6 or 7 years old, she came to spend a few days with her uncles in Rhode Island. On … more
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