Rabbi James Rosenberg
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Israel’s new president, Reuven Rivlin, is certainly not a leftist; nor is he a liberal or a centrist. By most accounts, he is a reliably right-wing politician. He is not in favor of the “two-state solution;” he prefers some form of … more
“I didn’t think he’d do it. “I really didn’t think he would. “I thought he’d say, whoa, hold on, wait a minute. We made a deal, remember, the land, the blessing, the nation, the descendents as numerous as the sands on the shore … more
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recently published “Between the World and Me”  (Spiegel & Grau, 2015) is a cri de coeur, an outpouring of heart, an unburdening of soul.  Coates, a 40-year-old national correspondent for The Atlantic, has … more
When American, British, Argentine or any other Diaspora Jews visit Israel, they know that they are in a Jewish place since most of the people living there happen to be Jewish. The language most frequently spoken, read and written is Hebrew – a … more
I enjoyed reading Kara Marziali’s review of Trinity Repertory Company’s production of “Othello” in the March 2 issue of The Jewish Voice. I read her piece just a day or so … more
My friend and colleague, Rabbi Andrew Klein of Temple Habonim in Barrington, began his powerful Rosh Hashanah sermon by quoting from President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s State of the Union Address to the 88th Congress, January 8, 1964: “This … more
In “The Heart of Loneliness” (Jewish Lights, an imprint of Turner Publishing Company, 2016), Rabbi Marc Katz addresses a fundamental human experience: Loneliness. Although all of us are … more
“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders ….” So begins Chapter 6 of the 1932 novel “Light in … more
A little more than 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Horace (65 BCE-8 BCE) wrote: “Dulce et decorum est/Pro patria mori. It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.” Much of … more
Some years ago, my wife Sandy began to research her family history with the aid of a good friend, an accomplished amateur genealogist.  During the course of his investigation, he alerted Sandy to a 1920 census form for La Juderia, the … more
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