Rabbi Dr. Bernhard H. Rosenberg, is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El, Edison,New Jersey.He received his ordination and Doctorate of Education from Yeshiva University in NewYork. He also possesses A.A., B.A., M.A., and M.S. degrees in communication andeducation. He possesses a Doctor of Divinity from The Jewish Theological Seminary,New York. He teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Yeshiva University in NewYork.
Rabbi Rosenberg’s book,
Theological and Halachic Reflections on the Holocaust
isnow in its second printing. He is the author of
A Guide for the Jewish Mourner
Contemplating the Holocaust
What the Holocaust Means to Me: Teenagers Speak Out
Thoughts on the Holocaust-Where Was God Where Was Man
Teenagers Reflect on Major Themes of the Holocaust
The Holocaust as seen Through Film
. His newestbook is
A Guide for Study
. He recently received the Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr Humanitarian Award. He also received the Chaplain of the Year Award from TheNew York Board of Rabbis for his efforts during and following 9-ll. On June 10, 2002Rabbi Rosenberg was presented with the annual Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz Award by TheNew York Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Rosenberg appears frequently on radio and TV and haspublished hundreds of articles regarding the Holocaust. He is chairman of the Holocaustcommission of the New York Board of Rabbis and served as associate editor for the NewJersey State Holocaust mandated curriculum. He published the
Rosenberg Holocaust Siddur
The Siddur, produced in honor of Rabbi Rosenberg’s parents who survived the
Holocaust and his many family members who perished, can be accessed at
A MEDITATION BEFORE THE SEDER.
We begin our service in the remembrance of the Holocaust in silence. Let us surround our worship,our community in prayer, with silence in preparation for the presence of God.
Silence does not just bring to a standstill words and noise. Silence is more than the temporaryrenunciation of speech. It is a door opening before prayer, toward the very realms of the spirit andthe heart. Silence is the beginning of a reckoning of the soul, the prelude to an account of the pastand the consideration of the present, may our shared silence lead us to awareness of a time of totalevil that degraded out most precious values, the very meaning of religious existence, and life itself.Our silence is to be a committed accounting for other silences that accepted persecutions and wereindifferent to debasement and crime. For there was a time when silence was a crime.We think particularly of one night of silence, over half a century ago:
the night of thebroken glass, the 9
of November, 1938. Then, all the synagogues in Germany rose up in flame