Rabbi James Rosenberg
How patients think PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 August 2012 17:32

Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James RosenbergJerome Groopman, M.D., serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is chief of experimental medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  In addition, he is a staff writer for The New Yorker. In 2007 Groopman published his fourth book, “How Doctors Think,” which remained on The New York Times’ best-seller list for several months.

Reading Raymond Carver PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 August 2012 17:48
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The day before Mother’s Day I found a paperback copy of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” (first published in 1981) standing on a bookshelf in my daughter’s condo in Cambridge, Mass. My wife and I were babysitting for two of our granddaughters so that their parents could have a well-deserved break in their routine.  During a quiet moment, I began reading the first of Carver’s 17 short stories, which averaged but nine pages each; within 48 hours I had gone through the entire collection.

Our Declaration of Independence promises ‘…the pursuit of Happiness’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 August 2012 18:29

Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James RosenbergThis past July 4 I awakened to the voices of National Public Radio personalities reading our Declaration of Independence: “…we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among them are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Aging into the future PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 June 2012 15:46

Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James RosenbergAhad Ha’am (1856-1927), father of Cultural Zionism, begins his 1891 essay “Avar v’Atid”(“Past and Future”) by pointing out that all of us, in our individual identities, are a combination of our past and our future. More precisely, each of our “I’s” is formed by memories of things past and hopes and desires for the future.

Of course, as we move through life, the relative influence of past and future is constantly shifting: In our youth, when our storehouse of remembered experience is relatively limited, our future is a large and open book whose pages are filled with what seems to be limitless possibilities.

Nine lives and then some PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 May 2012 14:44

Rabbi James RosenbergRabbi James RosenbergThere is much to admire in Jack L. Schwartzwald’s “Nine Lives of Israel: A Nation’s History Through the Lives of Its Foremost Leaders” (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012).  The book is well researched and packs a wealth of information within its 204 pages of historical narrative plus an additional 38 pages of notes, bibliography and a serviceable index.

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