Jewish Journal

  • Be Not Afraid

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 29, 2013 | 7:26 am

    When I was 9 years old my father died, and my world suddenly changed. Overwhelmed by loss and grief, only the support of family and friends helped me move through that dark period.

    What was clear was that I had no control over the ultimate questions of life and death. In the... read on

  • “To be Holy!” Simple But Not So Easy – Parashat Emor

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 25, 2013 | 11:57 am

    There is a story told in the Rabbinic literature that “Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach one day commissioned his disciples to buy him a camel from an Arab. When they brought him the animal, they gleefully announced that they had found a precious stone in its collar, expecting their master... read on

  • The Way to Holiness - D’var Torah Acharei Mot/K’doshim – Leviticus 19

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 18, 2013 | 8:23 am

    Exalted One –
    You call us to holiness,
    To climb the ladder,
    Higher and higher,
    To reach as far as we might,
    But never to rise above the angels.

    You call us to purity,
    To be as priests,
    In this world,
    Separate and apart,
    As intermediaries  
    Between our flawed humanness... read on

  • Israel on Her 65th Birthday – Taking Pride In Her Accomplishments

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 15, 2013 | 7:22 am

    The State of Israel is the 100th smallest country in the world with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, yet her people have accomplished so very much even as she has struggled in war and been forced to spend more money per capita on her own protection than any other... read on

  • Tonight and Tomorrow is Yom HaZikaron – Israel Remembrance Day

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 14, 2013 | 6:56 am

    “We pause in memory of our sons and daughters who gave their lives for the security of our people in our homeland. Not in monuments of stones or trees shall their memories be preserved, but in the reverence and price which will, until the end of time, fill the hearts of our people when their memory is recalled.”

    David ben Gurion

    Zichronam livracha – May their memories be a blessing.

  • Women of the Wall Agree To Historic Plan - A Victory for Religious Pluralism and Democracy in Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 12, 2013 | 7:45 am

    It seems that Natan Sharansky has successfully gained agreement between the Israeli and international Reform movement, the Women of the Wall (WOW) and the Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall (ultra-orthodox) that a section at the southern end of the Kotel beneath Robinson’s Arch will... read on

  • When Saying Nothing is Worse Than Saying “No!”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 11, 2013 | 7:24 am

    I try and return every phone call and email that comes to me within 24 hours. Sometimes it takes a bit longer if my schedule is tight or I have not checked messages. Sometimes, I confess, I deliberately do not return a call or email when I suspect that the incoming message is so... read on

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