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

We are all very important people

Fifty years ago, in 1969, I became a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El, in Providence. Rabbi Eli Bohnen, Rabbi Joel Zaman and my dad, Cantor Ivan Perlman, officiated at my simcha on Shabbat parashat …

An added measure of holiness at just the right time

The liberation we desire

Fulfilling the Purim mitzvah

Editor's column

Both sides of the story

Why do we present many points of view in a Jewish newspaper? How can we be pro-Israel when we discuss BDS in a positive light? On the opinion pages in the last two newspapers, Jewish …

Our annual tribute to our furry friends

Springtime traditions are in full bloom

Signs of spring are beginning to grow

The colder it gets, the warmer our thoughts


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

The power of words unspoken

Thursday, June 6

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

Letters to the editor

Readers react to Brown Divest

Thursday, June 6

I appreciate Sam Frolichstein-Appel and Brian Solomon’s explanation of the Brown University Divest Coalition (May 2019) and their care in explaining their point of view. However, I feel …

Readers react to Brown Divest

Thursday, June 6

Regarding the Community Voices Opinion “Our Judaism compels us to fight for divestment and against anti-Semitism” (May 2019), I say that we should all forgive Sam Frolichstein-Appel …

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’