| Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:12|
| Rabbi James Rosenberg|
The story of Joseph and his brothers is the longest continuous narrative in our entire Torah; its telling takes four consecutive readings of the parashat ha-shavuah, the weekly Shabbat Torah portion – this year extending from November 23 through December 14. The story begins with the first verse of Genesis, chapter 37, and concludes with chapter 50, verse 26, the final words of our first Biblical book, which inform us that Joseph died at the age of 110, was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
| Thursday, 05 December 2013 17:08|
Rabbi James RosenbergSuhad Babaa is an intelligent and articulate young woman, bursting with a passion to make this world a better place. She is currently Director of Programming for Just Vision
| Friday, 22 November 2013 16:11|
Rabbi James RosenbergMy wife Sandy and I spent the first weekend of this month at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass. We were among the 50 or so students who attended a program entitled “The Family Singer: Three Siblings and their Stories.” Under the able guidance of Professor Anita Norich from the University of Michigan, we compared and contrasted – for the most part, in English translations from the Yiddish – the writings of Esther Singer Kreitman (1891-1954), Israel Joshua Singer (1893-1944), and Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature.
| Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:53|
Rabbi James RosenbergThe very first time I heard Bob Dylan sing was way back in the summer of 1963 or 1964 at a relatively small ocean-front venue off the boardwalk in Asbury Park, N.J. The evening belonged to the folk-singer Joan Baez, but at one point she introduced her scraggly sidekick, who sang a couple of social protest songs with a hoarse and grating voice. To be honest, I was underwhelmed; “there is no music in him,” I mused. “He’ll never go anywhere.” So much for my ability to predict the future of American popular culture.
| Friday, 25 October 2013 14:10|
Rabbi James RosenbergHanan Ashrawi – Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar – is an accomplished woman. A member of the PLO Executive Committee and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s Third Way Party as well as being the first woman elected to the Palestinian National Council, she has managed to combine her political career with her more scholarly pursuits.
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