Rabbi James Rosenberg
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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
I set foot in Israel for the first time in June 1965. I had just turned 21 and was to spend most of my summer volunteering at K’far Menachem, a Mapam (seriously socialist) kibbutz located … 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
June 6, 1939, remains a dark day in the history of our people. On that day, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis, packed with Jewish refugees, was forced to return from New York to … more
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