Rabbi James Rosenberg
Can the wall be too high? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 March 2013 02:59
Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James RosenbergI became rabbi of Temple Habonim in Barrington in August 1974.  By the time the first snowflakes were flying in November or December of that year, I had learned that the town’s Department of Public Works customarily plowed the driveways and parking lots of the churches and synagogue free of charge.  The one caveat was that such plowing would take place only after the DPW had cleared all the town’s roads and public spaces.
Allen Ginsberg’s prophetic poem PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 March 2013 01:17
Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James Rosenberg"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,/dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix …”

So begins Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” first published in San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 1, 1956, in “Howl and Other Poems.”

Who speaks for God? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:05
Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James RosenbergThe opening sentence of the lead story in the Feb. 11 issue of the Rhode Island Catholic, the newspaper published weekly by the Diocese of Providence, notes, “Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said that he was ‘stunned’ by the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI early today, after learning that the pontiff announced he would step down as leader of the worldwide Catholic Church on Feb. 28, before the demanding schedule of Holy Week and Easter.”
The religion of Abraham Lincoln PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 February 2013 18:38
Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James RosenbergOn an especially glum Wednesday afternoon in late January, I finally took the time to see Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed film “Lincoln.”  Although at times the script drifted into melodrama, the movie did manage to hold my attention for its run time of 2 ½ hours.
Who was Cleopatra? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2013 01:35
Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James RosenbergFollowing World War II, the Army brass assigned my older cousin Larry the task of overseeing all the PXs (military stores) in Western Europe. As a result of this position, he came to meet a number of U.S. celebrities – among them the popular comedian, Jack Benny, who had crossed the Atlantic to entertain the troops.  Before returning to the States, Benny asked my cousin if he could do him any favors once he returned to New York City.  Larry asked him to call his mother, Ann Berg, who lived in the Bronx.
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