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  • I spent an hour at the Marlboro store trying to help them and spoke to corporate. I do not believe they are anti-Semitic  and  believe certain people are trying to destroy their reputation. I have suggested sources to obtain Channukah items and how to fight the bad press.    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG       

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Hobby Lobby Slammed for Absent Hanukkah Goods, Slur

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   I HAVE INVESTIGATED THE SITUATION AND BELIEVE THE COMMENTS ON THE BLOG TO BE HERESAY. THE COMPANY TOLD ME THEY ARE CONSIDERING BRINGING IN JEWISH ITEMS. RABBI DR. BERNHARD  ROSENBERG

The Hobby Lobby craft store chain, which has a borough location, has responded to accusations of anti-Semitism in the face of policy not to sell Hanukkah and other Jewish holiday items because of owner Peter Green’s “Christian values.”  The situation drew national attention when a Jewish shopper from Monmouth County blogged about his experience after his wife was told by an employee in the Marlboro location, “We don't cater to you people.” Blogger Ken Berwitz then was told that the items aren’t stocked “Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he's a Christian, and those are his values.”The blog was published on Sunday, and the next day Hobby Lobby issued the following statement, “Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is currently working with our buyers over our merchandise selection. Due to multiple customer requests, we are currently evaluating our Holiday items and what we will carry in the future. Alleged comments made by employees are currently being investigated and will be addressed accordingly. These comments are in no way indicative of Hobby Lobby culture, the owners and the operators. Marlboro is a great city and has wonderful people and we are blessed to be apart the community

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228656

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No real answer to intermarriage RABBI BERNHARD ROSENBERGI would like to add my thoughts to the debate Jack Wertheimer, professor of American-Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, has sparked regarding intermarriage and inmarriage and his assertion that welcoming intermarried families into the Jewish community has been a failure (Editor’s note: Gary Rosenblatt guest column Sept. 19, full article Mosaic online magazine — www.mosaicmagazine.com). In a perfect world, I would agree that more Jewish education and creative positive Jewish experiences would stem the trend of intermarriage. Logically this sounds right, but I can tell you with 40 years’ experience in Conservative synagogues, that the reality is that even the children with positive experiences who excelled in Hebrew school, intermarry. Some come from traditional homes. Many intermarry simply because they attend college away from home, fall in love and believe love will conquer all. A rabbi can speak himself blue in the face about the non-Jewish partner converting, but usually it makes no difference. The non-Jewish partner does not wish to convert and the Jewish partner feels compromise and accommodation will work things out. The pain and anguish occurs when the intermarried couple has children and there is a baptism. This tears the hearts out of the grandparents who have no choice; they do not want to lose their children or grandchildren. The children of a non-Jewish mother are not Jewish. We have now lost them forever. I have heard it suggested that Conservative Judaism accept patrilineal descent with provisions encouraging Jewish education. I believe this will happen in the future, but I have problems accepting this solution.I do not have the answer, and I believe no one does, but I do know that if one does not believe they are halachicly Jewish, they will not seek Judaism but will follow the non-Jewish mother’s religion.Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Majority of American Jews are Intermarried

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In a perfect world, I would agree that  more Jewish education and creative positive Jewish experiences would stem the trend of intermarriage. Logically this sounds right, but I can tell you with forty years experience in Conservative synagogues, that the reality is that even the children with positive experiences who excelled in Hebrew school, intermarry.  Some come from traditional homes.  Many intermarry simply because they attend college away from home, fall in love and believe love will conquer all. A Rabbi can speak himself blue in the face about the non Jewish partner converting, but usually it makes no difference. The non Jewish partner does not wish to convert and the Jewish partner feels compromise and accommodation will work things out. The pain and anguish occurs when the intermarried couple has children and there is a baptism.  This tears the hearts out of the grandparents who have no choice; they do not want to lose their children or grandchildren. The children of a non Jewish mother are not Jewish. We have now lost them forever. One suggestion for conservative Judaism which I believe will happen in the future is for conservative Judaism to accept patrilineal  descent WITH PROVISIONS ENCOURAGING JEWISH EDUCATION. I have problems accepting this solution.I do not have the answer, and I believe no one does, but I do know that if one does not believe they are Halachicly Jewish, they will not seek Judaism but will follow the non Jewish mother's religion. 

 
I know of at least one orthodox rabbi Jack Simcha Cohen, the former rabbi  OF AN  Orthodox congregation who wrote a responsa in 1987 arguing for the acceptance of the conversion of a child born to a non Jewish mother and a Jewish father even without observance http://articles.latimes.com/1987-04-18/news/ss-892_1_children-of-jewish-fathersRabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

1 year ago on Intermarriage 2013

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TO THOSE THAT VOTED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, THIS IS WHAT YOU GET

       ATTACK IRAN NOT SYRIA. CAN ISRAEL RELY ON OBAMA?   RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, FORMERLY CHAIRMAN RABBIS FOR ROMNEY. I WARNED YOU.

 President Obama made a statement about not allowing Syria to go past a red line. I am not judging whether Syria should be bombed or not, but I am saying that when the president of the United States speaks the credibility of the country is at stake. We are the laughing stock of the world as our President daily changes his mind. To those who voted for President Obama, this is a man who cannot make up his mind. He has now thrown the issue to congress, which he said he would not do. Iran is the cancer, Syria is the symptom.  RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

1 year ago on Dare We Be Silent on Syria?

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TO THOSE THAT VOTED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, THIS IS WHAT YOU GET

       ATTACK IRAN NOT SYRIA. CAN ISRAEL RELY ON OBAMA?   RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, FORMERLY CHAIRMAN RABBIS FOR ROMNEY. I WARNED YOU.

 President Obama made a statement about not allowing Syria to go past a red line. I am not judging whether Syria should be bombed or not, but I am saying that when the president of the United States speaks the credibility of the country is at stake. We are the laughing stock of the world as our President daily changes his mind. To those who voted for President Obama, this is a man who cannot make up his mind. He has now thrown the issue to congress, which he said he would not do. Iran is the cancer, Syria is the symptom.  RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

1 year ago on After the Holidays

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TO THOSE THAT VOTED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, THIS IS WHAT YOU GET

       ATTACK IRAN NOT SYRIA. CAN ISRAEL RELY ON OBAMA?   RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, FORMERLY CHAIRMAN RABBIS FOR ROMNEY. I WARNED YOU.

 President Obama made a statement about not allowing Syria to go past a red line. I am not judging whether Syria should be bombed or not, but I am saying that when the president of the United States speaks the credibility of the country is at stake. We are the laughing stock of the world as our President daily changes his mind. To those who voted for President Obama, this is a man who cannot make up his mind. He has now thrown the issue to congress, which he said he would not do. Iran is the cancer, Syria is the symptom.  RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

1 year ago on Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Syrian attack (Video)

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IRAN    IS THE REAL  CANCER. SYRIA IS ONLY  THE SYMPTON.    Rabbi DR. BERNHARD   Rosenberg

1 year ago on US Admin Seeks Green Light to Respond Militarily to Syria’s Chemical Crimes

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This is beautiful. Most Jews except the orthodox do not go to shul regularly on Shabbat. With few exceptions, only the orthodox fill their synagogues to capacity on Shabbat and Yom Tov. If this is what it takes to bring Jews to conservative and reform synagogues and inspire them to create a Jewish home, why should it be criticized. While I can understand the orthodox world disagreeing with this, unfortunately most of the Jewish world today is intermarried and assimilated.
The various branches of Judaism continuously fighting with each other does nothing to instill the love of Judaism in our youth or bring people to the synagogue. There are enough different flavors in Judaism to create a loving synagogue for every Jew.
Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

1 year, 1 month ago on Hatikvah / America The Beautiful – the Mash Up

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