Rabbi James Rosenberg
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The 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 … more
Hanan 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 … more
“SITTING IN THE CIRCLE: Sacred Observations from the Heart and Other Internal Organs” (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2013) is a thing of beauty in multiple senses of the word. As a work of father and son, it celebrates the warmth and beauty of … more
My friend and colleague, Rabbi Andrew Klein of Temple Habonim in Barrington, began his powerful Rosh Hashanah sermon by quoting from President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s State of the Union Address to the 88th Congress, January 8, 1964: “This … more
I have mixed feelings about Nancy Kirsch’s decision to resign from serving as this paper’s executive editor, a position she has held for the past four years. On the one hand, I am happy for her: She will now have well-earned time and mental … more
Harris N. Rosen – “Hershey” to many of us – is known and respected throughout Rhode Island for his numerous acts of charity.  Just recently, Rosen has again demonstrated his community-mindedness by self-publishing an invaluable self-help … more
In her op-ed piece, “Rooting for Mother Teresa” (the New York Times, July 13, 2013), Ada Calhoun expresses her disappointment that Pope Francis has recently put his papal predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II on the fast track to official … more
“Family Werth” is the title of Providence writer Ronald Florence’s most recent novel, self-published earlier this year.  The title is a pun, for time and time again the characters call into question the worth of families in general and the … more
We entered the plaza to the sounds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox men screaming insults and throwing garbage. The difference this week was that instead of the police dragging women off in handcuffs they made a barrier of blue uniforms holding back a … more
Many consider F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” first published in 1925 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, to be “the great American novel.” Over the years, filmmakers have tried and tried again, with limited success, to capture the … more
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