Jewish Journal

  • “What a Wonderful World” with David Attenborough

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 26, 2011 | 8:05 am

    As the year 2011 comes to a blessed close, the lyrics of “What a Wonderful World” originally set to music by the great Louis Armstrong (lyrics: George David Weiss, George Douglas, and Bog Thiele) has been reinterpreted by David Attenborough on the BBC with exquisite nature... read on

  • “We are carrying torches” - Anu nos’im lapidim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 22, 2011 | 8:26 am

    We are carrying torches.
    In the dark night
    the paths shine beneath our feet,
    and whoever has a heart
    that thirsts for light –
    let him lift his eyes and his heart to us
    and come along.
    No miracle happened for us.
    No cruise of oil did we find.
    We walked through the valley, ascended the mountain.
    We discovered wellsprings of hidden light.
    We quarried in the stone until we bled:
    Let there be light!

    by the Zionist Poet Aharon Ze’ev (1900-1968)

  • Sustaining Israel’s Honor and Good Name

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 20, 2011 | 7:50 am

        On Sunday, December 11 Alan Dershowitz appeared on Israeli television and called upon those critical of Israeli government policy and violations of human rights to “cool it.” Dershowitz was probably worried that even legitimate criticism of Israel feeds the global... read on

  • A Story of a Jewish Soldier Fighting in George Washington’s Army During Hanukkah

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 18, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    In February I will be spending the first part of my sabbatical leave enhancing my spoken Hebrew ability at Ulpan Or in Jerusalem. For Hanukkah the Ulpan sent me this story, and I share it happily with you.

    Hanukkah sameach!

    It is Hanukkah in the year of 1776. The winter is hard and... read on

  • Netanyahu (at last!) Vows to Get Tough on Vigilante Settlers

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 14, 2011 | 5:24 am

    For some time some West Bank Israeli settlers have been assaulting Palestinians and Israeli settlements have been incorporating Palestinian deeded land without resistance from the Israeli army. This official passivity contrasts sharply with the Israeli army’s vigilance in... read on

  • Again We Begin Anew… Israeli poet Natan Yonatan

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 12, 2011 | 9:33 am

    In the morning liturgy, we express gratitude for consciousness and life (Birchot Hashachar), for the workings of the body (Asher Yatzar) and the Divine origins of our souls (Elohai N’shamah), and we begin each day (indeed, every moment) as if for the first time. This poem by the... read on

  • Reinvention of Hanukkah in the 20th Century: A Jewish Cultural Civil War

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 11, 2011 | 7:34 am

    Last week I was privileged to hear a presentation on Hanukkah by Noam Zion, a fellow of and the senior educator at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, who led 40 Rabbis of the Southern California Board of Rabbis in a superb 2-hour conversation entitled:

                   ... read on

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