Rabbi James Rosenberg
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Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941. He spent the majority of his childhood, including his high school years, in Hibbing, about 60 miles northwest of Duluth. His … more
The psalmist sings: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its cunning!  Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem … more
On Nov. 14, Dr. Alan Daniels operated on several vertebrae in my neck to relieve severe compression on my spinal cord – a compression that had caused extreme weakness in my left forearm, wrist … more
While Rabbi Rosenberg is recovering from back surgery, he has chosen a past column to run in this space. This column originally appeared on April 3, 2009.  Ever since I first encountered … more
Sept. 16, 1666, was a dark day for the tens of thousands of Jews who considered Sabbatai Zevi (1626-1676) to be their Messiah; for on that day, in order to avoid the death sentence imposed upon … more
“The Girl with Four Last Names” is the title of an essay written last spring by Sophie Schaerf in fulfillment of an assignment in her seventh-grade class in American history at Barrington … more
George Prochnik’s “Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem” (New York: Other Press, 2016) is a difficult book to categorize: part biography, part … more
John Ashbery, one of America’s most innovative and well-regarded poets, died this past Sept. 3 at the age of 90. As the title of Rae Armantrout’s Sept. 6 op-ed piece in the New York … more
In his July 28 review at rogerebert.com, Nick Allen writes: “Like all great films that nudge the world toward a slightly more compassionate place, the creation of ‘Menashe’ is an … more
Lucy Rose Engels, my granddaughter, was born at 8:11 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2004, at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Lucy arrived approximately seven weeks early, and weighed in at just under three pounds … more
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