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

Fulfilling the Purim mitzvah

As we approach the raucous holiday celebration of Purim this month, we must ask ourselves a rather sobering question: why are we commanded to observe the holiday by drinking to excess? We know, …

The purpose of the Torah

Tu b’Shevat is more than fruits and nuts

We are Israel when we devote ourselves to God

Editor's column

Signs of spring are beginning to grow

It’s the beginning of March and my thoughts are turning to spring. Who can blame me? We haven’t had a lot of snow this winter, but we’ve had our share of cold temperatures. And …

The colder it gets, the warmer our thoughts

Today, we turn the page

Out with the old, in with the new

Eight splendid points of light


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

Where do we come from?

Wednesday, March 6

Words that come from the heart

Thursday, January 31

The cost of denial

Thursday, January 10

‘The Earth is the Lord’s’

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Honor thy father

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Letters to the editor

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 …

In tribute to Warren Rabinowitz

Thursday, February 28

I was very saddened to read about the passing of Warren Rabinowitz.  I took graduate studies at Rhode Island College and Warren was my teacher.   He was no-nonsense, fair, honest and …

From the archives

In remembrance of Armistice Day

This column was originally supposed to run Nov. 9 but was replaced by a time-sensitive  column on HIAS in Rhode Island. Back when I was in elementary …

The story of a once vibrant community and its synagogue

‘The Orange Lady’

A tale of two tailors