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David M. Rosenberg
Educator, rabbi, musician
Interests: music, literature, current events, torah, the jewish world, the clarinet.
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We have begun to use the word “evil” in our discussion of America’s actions and policies regarding migrants. Whether an action or policy or attitude is evil is not in the first instance a political question; it is a moral... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Hassagot השגות
Notes toward a moral dictionary of this Presidency. These are not the view of Hassagot. They appear to be the view of the president, based on hundreds of days of statements and actions. Created on June 18, 2018. Last edited... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Hassagot השגות
I. The degree to which many Orthodox Jews have predicated the security of the Jewish people on President Donald Trump is noticeable. The degree to which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has predicated Israel’s security on Trump is also noticeable. Yehudah... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Hassagot השגות
When our children and grandchildren ask us, what were you doing in those years, what will we say? Our president teaches us: "They don't want the wall, but we're going to get the wall, even if we have to think... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Hassagot השגות
After the Parkland shooting (2/14/2018). May the memory of the dead be a blessing, and may the living find consolation. We are told that the right to bear arms is a right of self defense. How do we balance that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Hassagot השגות
With writing, a society’s relationship to its own history and to facts changes. A society can adopt writing. Can it lose it? Perhaps it can learn to mistrust writing altogether — a stage toward losing literacy. Some have understood President... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Hassagot השגות
For many Jews, President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has validated Israel’s sovereign choice and strengthened its connection with the ancient capital of Kings David and Solomon. In the midst of many expressions of gratitude, questions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
As far as Lee v. Washington goes, I grant that both were impressive, accomplished, noble, and complex men. The simplest rule of thumb for memorials on public land should be: Was the commemorated individual furthering the republic (the res-publica, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
President Trump has spent months and months (maybe years and years) convincing as many Americans as he can that there is no difference between what seems good and what seems bad: America is not better than Russia (in an interview... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
Americans in future years will look back at this time and wonder: How did it happen? How was the country, as it were, hijacked in a completely legitimate fashion? And they will ask their elders: What did you do at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
What is an eclipse? From eclipse (n.) c. 1300, from Old French eclipse "eclipse, darkness" (12c.), from Latin eclipsis, from Greek ekleipsis "an eclipse; an abandonment," literally "a failing, forsaking," from ekleipein "to forsake a usual place, fail to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
The Memorial was unveiled by President Woodrow Wilson on June 4, 1914. From the Wikipedia article: The 32 life-size figures stand on an irregular octagonal base. The front (or south-facing side) of this base depicts the Great Seal of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
Michelle Adams, Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University), in a Reflection on Charlottesville(August 18, 2017), shares the following: Recent events now put the Obama years in perspective. Just over six months into the Trump presidency, we see... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
Brief thoughts on Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, at Charlottesville and beyond Video of the events at Vice News, "Race and Terror." Friday night, August 11, 2017, 10 PM, at the University of Virginia. Chants: "Jews will not replace us." "Blood and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
The Hate Has No Home Here initiative is a positive statement of love and concern for immigrants, refugees, and human beings in general. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
Is It a Small World After All? A presentation I gave on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 for the Chicago Board of Rabbis Sources for the presentation: Download Is it a small world after all 2017 08 Sources A useful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
Little Donny stews and screams, That boy Jimmy, he's so mean. Make him, make him, go away! Now, now. Rod has found a way. Jim's been fired. It's in the news. Little Donny screams and stews... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
Rabbi Eliezer HaKappar taught: Jealousy, desire, and honor remove one from the world. (Ethics of the Fathers 4:21). Jealousy: For example, "How dare she receive more votes than me?" Desire: The desire to continue to pursue the acquisition of wealth,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
"Seek the welfare of the city whither I have caused you to migrate, And pray to the Lord for it." Jeremiah 29:7 (quoted from the RCA De Sola Pool Siddur, 1960) The traditional Jewish prayer for the government -- הנותן... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
Abraham said, "I've got my green card. May I please enter Hebron and purchase some land for a burial plot for my late wife?" The Hittites looked at his documentation. "Where do you come from," they asked. "I come from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
Trump and his Administration are trying to inure Americans to cruelty. Citizens must actively resist the temptation to accede to this vision of America. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Hassagot השגות
ἦθος ἀνθρώπῳ δαίμων Character is destiny. - Heraclitus He delights in belittling He has shown disregard for the dignity of others on numerous occasions He speaks often of having no choice when he has a choice He divides the world... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Hassagot השגות
In The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross writes: The protagonist of Alfred Doblin's novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, Frank Biberkopf, is a stubborn, tough-minded, self-reliant man who finds himself transformed into a Nazi stooge. In much the same way, [the composer Richard]... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Hassagot השגות
Humility and concern for the feelings and welfare of the public are central qualifications of a national leader in the view of Maimonides. The leader should practice self-discipline and should shun a pursuit of wealth and self-gratification. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Hassagot השגות
Based on what I've read and seen, a President (Heaven forfend) Trump would do whatever he wants to do at the time. I do not believe that he would feel bound by any promise he has made at any point... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at Hassagot השגות