The Conversation

Who is responsible for taking on climate change?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

We asked two members of our community to weigh in on who should be responsible for taking action on climate change. We want your opinion, too.
Other voices

What we can still learn from the Lubavitcher Rebbe about climate change

PENN YAN, N.Y. (JTA) – When the refineries were ablaze recently in Saudi Arabia, you might be forgiven if you forget that in the Amazon and Indonesia, forests were ablaze as …
From the publisher

Thoughtful opinions and civil discourse have a home here

Friday, September 6, 2019

Newspapers have always been a place where community gathers – a town square of sorts. They are a place where people learn what is happening, hear the opinions of their neighbors, celebrate joys and recount tragedies.

d'Var Torah

Blessings are central to our traditions

Vayekhi, which means “and he [Jacob] lived,” is the last Torah portion in the book of Genesis and concludes the saga of the patriarchs and matriarchs. It ends the part of the Torah in …

In defense of the Maccabees

Noah’s story is a tale of hope

Celebrate the whole person, including the imperfections

Editor's column

A new decade is cause for reflection

As a new decade dawns, I was curious to look back at the past 10 years. The passage of time becomes something you are more conscious of as you age. I wrote about this last month and it’s …

Many opportunities for civil discourse

Step away from the rat race

Looking back at Jewish Rhode Island in 5779

We’re starting ‘The Conversation’

Mike Fink

From a Caribbean island to Rhode Island, ties that bind

I’d been planning my pilgrimage to the place where patriotism was born and bred: the bleak, black isle of Sint Eustatius.     “Don’t go there, there’s nowhere to swim, nothing to see, nothing to do,” advised a pair of sophisticated travelers I sometimes see at the pool at the local Marriott.   “Cruise ships avoid it altogether,” they claimed.  

Rabbi James Rosenberg

There are no simple answers in the Mideast

Wednesday, January 8

It could have happened …

Monday, December 9, 2019

Our urgent need for heroes of virtue, courage and cunning

Thursday, October 31, 2019

‘The Wise Men of Chelm’ reimagined

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Bringing new life into old words

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Letters to the editor

West Bank controversy

Wednesday, January 8

In his defense of the legality of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Stephen Snow (December 2019) parrots Israeli government talking points.  Snow is entitled to share the Israeli …

Sharing the dream

Wednesday, January 8

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were close friends back in 1965. They shared the dream that our nation should be “a place where civil and human rights …

From the archives

So many wonderful memories in my personal history …

“Breaking up is hard to do”– Song by Neil Sedaka How true, how true these words are. I cannot remember the rest of the lyrics, or even much of the melody. Still, that line keeps …

An unsung American journalist is Righteous Among the Nations

Purim – how sweet it is!

In remembrance of Armistice Day