Fate brings Greta Garbo closer to me

Thursday, February 28

“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends.” – Shakespeare.   I had been trying for years to cross paths with the “divine .”  Well, destiny recently brought me pretty close to that dream.   I had a cup of coffee with her great-niece at a Swedish café in Providence. 
d'Var Torah

An added measure of holiness at just the right time

As always, we ended our sedarim with the words l’shanah haba’ah birushalayim, “Next year in Jerusalem!” For my congregation, Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, Massachusetts, …

The liberation we desire

Fulfilling the Purim mitzvah

The purpose of the Torah

Editor's column

Our annual tribute to our furry friends

We are all crazy about our pets. I am reminded of that each year when we get ready for our annual Pet Issue, one of our most popular special editions. This year, with the switch to monthly …

Springtime traditions are in full bloom

Signs of spring are beginning to grow

The colder it gets, the warmer our thoughts

Today, we turn the page


Modern-day lessons from Purim

We’ll be celebrating Purim later this month, on March 21, making this a good time to discuss two of the holiday’s themes: the masks that people wear and the power of …

Rabbi James Rosenberg

An essential difference to life in Israel and the Diaspora

Thursday, May 2

The burden and the blessing

Thursday, April 4

Where do we come from?

Wednesday, March 6

Words that come from the heart

Thursday, January 31

The cost of denial

Thursday, January 10

Letters to the editor

Sen. Reed’s actions show his friendship for Israel

Thursday, April 4

On March 12, Howard Brown, director of the RI Coalition for Israel, wrote a letter to the editor of the Providence Journal asking the question “Is R.I.’s Senator Reed still a friend …

Where have all the leaders gone?

Thursday, February 28

At one time, the Rhode Island Jewish community was blessed with outstanding lay leaders. Names like Licht, Alperin, Hassenfeld, Sopkin, Ress, Reisman, and many others, stood up and supported the …

From the archives

Purim – how sweet it is!

April is here, which means Pesach is close upon us. In the midst of making out the long to-do lists and to-buy lists and getting everything ready for the sederim, my daughter Vivian …

In remembrance of Armistice Day

The story of a once vibrant community and its synagogue

‘The Orange Lady’