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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 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
I used to think that secularists did not value life secularists could not value life religious traditionalists valued life only religious traditionalists could value life only those who treasured the potential for human life in the womb could be relied... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
"Give me liberty, or give me death!" is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775,[1] at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. - Wikipedia (visited 5/1/2020) Variations... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
For want of a nail the shoe was lost; For want of a shoe the horse was lost; For want of a horse the battle was lost... —Unattributed from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin[3] (see Wikipedia, "For Want of... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
With great power comes great responsibility - The Peter Parker principle "When somebody's the president of the United States, the authority is total" - President Donald J. Trump (4/14/2020; context: Discussion of the rights of governors to relax stay-at-home order... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
It separates those who are near - Covid-19 It brings close those who are far - Zoom Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
The Anti-Hypocrisy League seeks new members. It appeals to those in the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate as well as others who share its values and vision. The price of membership is to faithfully--or, to be more precise,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at Hassagot השגות
They say: In his darkness we see light In his lies we know truth Through his power we are empowered He protects us with his cruelty And with venom vindicates us In his greatness we are made great. His paths... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at Hassagot השגות
If a man does bad things, we say ‘he is bad.’ If we forgive the bad man for the bad things he does, then, If he continues to do the bad things, We lose the capacity to hold him accountable.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Hassagot השגות