Rabbi James Rosenberg
| Friday, 06 January 2012 02:50|
Rabbi James RosenbergEver since I first read “The Metamorphosis” and “The Trial” during my undergraduate years, Franz Kafka (1883-1924) has been a continuing presence in my life; Kafka is always there – whether as a conscious or subconscious or unconscious presence. To wake up and find oneself transformed into a gigantic insect, to be arrested “one fine morning” without a stated or unstated cause; such scenarios strike me as so absurdly comical and yet so frightening and uncanny that I keep returning to them, or, more precisely, these scenarios keep returning to me.
| Friday, 23 December 2011 00:52|
| Rabbi James Rosenberg|
Readers of Amy Waldman’s recently published first novel, “The Submission” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011) are likely to hear echoes of Tom Wolfe’s first novel, “Bonfire of the Vanities” (1987).
| Friday, 09 December 2011 04:20|
Rabbi James RosenbergAs Executive Editor Nancy Kirsch reported on page 19 (“To be Muslim in America”) of the Nov. 25 issue of this paper, Temple Torat Yisrael in Cranston hosted a traveling exhibit of the American Islamic Heritage Museum from Nov 15-17. The exhibit, which carries the title “The Genesis of Islam in America: An exploration of the lives and times of Muslims in the United States,” was curated by author Amir Muhammad, and sponsored and supported by an interfaith coalition of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, the Muslim American Dawah Center of Rhode Island (M.A.D.C.) and Temple Torat Yisrael. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities provided generous funding, and the Community Relations Council of the Alliance endorsed the program.
| Friday, 25 November 2011 15:24|
| Rabbi James Rosenberg|
During 33 years as rabbi of Temple Habonim in Barrington, one of my most satisfying roles was teaching the 9th and 10th graders who were enrolled in our synagogue’s Confirmation program. After a few academic seasons of experimentation, I arrived at a relatively stable curriculum of six-to-eight-week mini-courses spread throughout a two-year cycle leading to Confirmation during a worship service on the festival of Shavuot near the end of the students’ sophomore year.
One of these mini-courses exposed our students to the biblical book of Kohelet, most often given the English title of Ecclesiastes. As I expected, by and large our teenagers responded positively to the skeptical tone of Kohelet; the 14- and 15-year-olds were both pleased and surprised to learn of a biblical book that did not speak to them in the manner of a stern parent laying down the law. They rose to the challenge of a book that offers few answers but raises numerous questions concerning the purpose of life – often questions they themselves were asking: How do we achieve happiness? Is material wealth the key? Physical pleasure? How does the certainty of eventual death shape our search for meaning throughout the length of our days?
| Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00|
| Rabbi James Rosenberg|
Back in 1988 Saul Bellow (1915-2005) – winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Literature – delivered a lecture on the topic of “A Jewish Writer in America.” Excerpts from this talk, never before published, recently appeared in two consecutive issues of The New York Review of Books (Oct. 27, 2011 and Nov. 10, 2011).
During the course of his remarks Bellow tells his audience of his mid-20th century encounter in Jerusalem with the Israeli writer, Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888-1970), who was to become a Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1966. According to Bellow, Agnon insisted that the only “proper language for a Jewish writer is Hebrew.”
Of course, Bellow confesses, “I was not in a position to dismantle my entire life and start from scratch in Hebrew… (Agnon) was sweetly needling me.”
In responding to this challenge issued by Agnon three decades earlier, Bellow affirms that “[o]ne’s language is a spiritual location, it houses the soul. If you were born in America all essential communications, your deepest communications within yourself, will be in English – in American English. You will neither lie nor tell the truth in any other language. Without it no basic reckonings can be made. You will not reflect on your death in Hebrew… Your English is the principal instrument of your humanity.”
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THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
TIFFANY(NJ), LLC., a Delaware
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IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Tiffany’s Motion for Final Default Judgment is GRANTED, and JUDGMENT is entered in favor of the Plaintiff Tiffany
(NJ), LLC, a New Jersey corporation, with its principal place of business
at 15 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054 and against Defendant XX, an
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8. Interest from the date this action was filed shall accrue at the legal rate.
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