Rabbi James Rosenberg
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In 1979, the Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature, delivered a lecture on “A Personal Concept of Religion,” sponsored by the … more
In a Sept. 23, 2016, op-ed in The New York Times titled “Will the Left Survive Millennials?” novelist Lionel Shriver summarized her talk at the Brisbane (Australia) Writers Festival … 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
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
On Sunday afternoon, April 23, 27 Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, a few hours before the official beginning of Yom ha-Shoah, members of the Rhode Island community – Jew and non-Jew alike … more
Between 1890 and 1940, 200 Yiddish theaters were established in New York City; in 1937 alone, Yiddish theaters in the city sold 1,250,000 tickets. Yet before the 1870s, there was not a … more
A little more than 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Horace (65 BCE-8 BCE) wrote: “Dulce et decorum est/Pro patria mori. It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.” Much of … more
Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, this past Jan. 20, a month shy of his 92nd birthday.  Dr. Borowitz, the holder of two earned and three honorary doctorates, … more
Terezin, or Theresienstadt, was not a death camp like Auschwitz or Treblinka or Chelmno.  As a matter of fact, the Nazis even permitted the Red Cross to visit it ... once.   During that … more
Many of us who have been living for some time here in the greater Rhode Island Jewish community will remember repeated calls in this newspaper to find a bone marrow donor for Cranston resident Max … more
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