Rabbi James Rosenberg
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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recently published “Between the World and Me”  (Spiegel & Grau, 2015) is a cri de coeur, an outpouring of heart, an unburdening of soul.  Coates, a 40-year-old national correspondent for The Atlantic, has … more
On  June 9, the Israel Task Force of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island sponsored an interactive program titled “Can We Talk About Israel.”  According to promotional material, the purpose of … more
“April is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain.” So begins T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” (1922), not infrequently cited as the most influential … more
If all goes well, next May I will be attending the 50th reunion of the Columbia College class of ’66: half a century since my graduation! In preparation for this once-in-a-lifetime event, I have recently reread the six diaries I kept during my … more
Paul Berger begins his May 5 online article for the Forward with this sentence: “Long written off by mainstream critics as an Islamophobic crackpot, Pamela Geller is winning increasing sums from financial backers with her blood-and-thunder … more
Michael L. Satlow’s “How the Bible Became Holy” (Yale University Press, 2014) is an audacious book. Satlow, professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies at Brown, spells out his intentions in the introductory pages: “This book … more
At the end of January, not long after returning from viewing an exhibit of 42 black-and-white photographs by Gordon Parks (1912-2006) at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, I had the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for Parks’ work with my … more
“SHE: What happened to Psalm 88?  Why did you skip it? “HE: I don’t think you could take it tonight.  I am not sure I could.  No: I am sure I could not. “SHE: Please read it, for me ... I need that kind the most.” … more
Alan Metnick’s photography exhibit, “Silence and Stones/Captured by Memory,” continues at gallery (401) at the Dwares JCC through Thursday, April 16. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, it is a must-see. If you’ve already been there, … more
H. Philip West Jr., executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island from 1988 to 2006, is a prophet in our midst.  Like such Biblical prophets as Amos or Isaiah or Jeremiah, West is not so much a “foreteller” … more
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