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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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The Israeli government coalition's package of changes to the supreme court has opened a Pandora's box for the country. Israel cannot return to the way it was before the box was opened. For liberal Israelis, the coalition's proposed changes represent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2023 at Hassagot השגות
On a recent trip to Israel I saw many signs of the political conflict roiling the country: "Netanyahu is leading [the country] to civil war," "Democracy or revolt," "Don't throw democracy into the garbage," "Where were you when democracy died?",... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2023 at Hassagot השגות
Dislike of the saintly nature seems to be a negative result of the biologically useful instinct of welcoming leadership, and glorifying the chief of the tribe. The chief is the potential, if not the actual tyrant, the masterful, overpowering man... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2023 at Hassagot השגות
I cannot recall a day quite like this. The air smells like you are sitting next to an active fire-pit. Visibility is very poor. The sky is grey without clouds. The sun is mostly concealed by smoke. The temperature is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2023 at Hassagot השגות
I tried to focus on what was left of the tooth. I also took a photo of the chunk that came out. That's the last time I'm ever eating Milk Duds. My dentist responded to my text quickly. A few... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2023 at Hassagot השגות
I. This writing is true. Here the author records what he knows to be so. He has not added to or subtracted from a straightforward account of events as they transpired. For example, the day when the baby was born... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2023 at Hassagot השגות
A silver lining of Covid Time in my life: The opportunity to explore some Baroque music. Domenico Scarlatti, The Complete Keyboard Works (555 Sonatas, almost all for solo harpsichord). Performed by the late great Scott Ross. I have also enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2023 at Hassagot השגות
He entered the car at Stadium, one of a party of three: two black men and a white woman. The other guy was short and slim, with a large dog on a leash. He was tall, heavy, with a head... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2023 at Hassagot השגות
We thought that she was a person / then we learned that she was the wrapping of the fetus within We thought she had agency / then we learned that she had one single task: to gestate and deliver We... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2022 at Hassagot השגות
In response to the publication of a draft decision by Justice Samuel Alito of the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the courts 1973 decision in Roe v Wade. See and . 1 If one were... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2022 at Hassagot השגות
This post tries to make sense of reactionary opposition to democracy in our country. The following are sentiments that I could imagine might be expressed by a self-styled Patriot. They do not reflect the views of Hassagot. “I’ve felt for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
How do we explain the following phenomena of American life in the past months? Death threats against responsible election officials who maintained the integrity of elections in states which Trump won in 2016 and lost in 2020? Threats against responsible... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
D. arrived in time for his appointment at Visionworks. His trial contact lenses had arrived, and he was going to have a class in insertion and removal. He had never worn contacts before. The assistant explained the steps clearly and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
My understanding of the 'Logic' of Trumpism. I do not subscribe to the following assertions; it appears that many Americans do. Meditation after the Siege of the Capitol of Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Emphases in quotations are from Hassagot. "Truth"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
בן ניתן לנו...ויקרא שמו פרא יחץ, אינו גיבור, ילד-עד, צר-שלום ...Unto us an infant-like one had been given. The government shall no longer be upon his shoulder: His name shall be called divisive savage; the unmighty one; the eternal child;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
The Emperor's New Clothes, by Vilhelm Pedersen (1820 - 1859) - English Wikipedia ( ), Public Domain, "You want to know how we became fantasists. We staked a claim. As time went on, the claim became hard to maintain.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
"I have a big ego and a weak character. This renders me susceptible to bigger egos. "So long as my ego is not confronted by a bigger ego, I espouse a value system. In the presence of a bigger ego,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
"I felt that God wants me to be a loyal servant. Is it for me to be an active member of the polis, to be a citizen? Does it matter what I know or understand? Are my understanding and opinion... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
Sometimes stories are the surest guide to truth. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Hassagot השגות
“You delivered the mighty into the hands of weak, many into the hands of the few” – Al HaNissim prayer for Chanukah “We kindle these lamps for the miracles…which You worked for our ancestors…to give thanks and express praise to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
An imagined correspondence The Non-Trumpians wrote to the Trumpians: Dear Trumpians, Your candidate lies myriads of times. He is the enemy of truth. To which the Trumpians responded: Dear Traitors, You lay myriads of lies at the feet of Trump.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
And lo, the LORD passed by. There was a great and mighty wind, splitting mountains and shattering rocks by the power of the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind—an earthquake; but the LORD was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
A note to friends on June 16 I would like to focus on one small element of the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath—particularly as they relate to roles played by police in his killing and in responses to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
Avoid the temptation to confuse these terms: Anocracy and Democracy Autocracy and Democracy Kakistocracy and Democracy Kleptocracy and Democracy Kraterocracy and Democracy Leukocracy and Democracy Plutocracy and Democracy Timocracy and Democracy Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
I looked for someone to hate. Someone told me: there's someone to blame. There's someone who infected you. Some country, some lab somewhere, some ethnicity. There's someone who's is responsible for your being sick. Some former president. Some international health... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at Hassagot השגות