Jewish Journal

  • Deferments in Battle and Ultimate Purposes – D’var Torah Shoftim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 29, 2014 | 9:57 am

    There are three deferments allowed soldiers going into battle according to this week’s Torah portion, Shoftim (see Deuteronomy 20:5-8).

    If a person has built a new house and not yet dedicated it, planted a vineyard and not yet harvested it, or paid the bridal price for a wife and... read on

  • Targeted Killing and International Law – An Israeli Expert Speaks

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 24, 2014 | 12:11 pm

    This morning (August 24) I listened to the TLV1 Podcast of “So Much to Say” that featured an interview conducted by host Hillel L. Cohen of Daniel Reyzner, an attorney, international law expert, and former head of the International Law Department of the IDF. The subject was... read on

  • 10 Suggestions For Elul

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 22, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Despite all the turmoil in the Jewish world, war with Hamas, intensification of anti-Israel feeling in Europe, racism in Missouri, ISIS, Iran, destabilization in so many places in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine, the High Holiday season is the time for the Jewish community to... read on

  • My Tribute to Leibel Fein

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 17, 2014 | 8:02 am

    Leonard 'Leibel' Fein’s death is a particularly painful loss to the liberal social activist progressive Zionist world. He spoke and wrote always the truth as he understood it, inspired by a deeply Jewish vision, with an eloquence and a precision of language that inspired, opened... read on

  • What it Means to Be the Seed of Abraham

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 14, 2014 | 9:14 pm

    In last week’s and this week’s Torah readings the Israelites are told what they are to do when they enter the land promised to Abraham; namely, to dislodge every people and nation living there, to defeat and destroy them, to grant them no terms, give them no quarter, and feel no... read on

  • Three Questions for PM Netanyahu – Naomi Chazan

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 13, 2014 | 7:49 am

    I have been waiting for an articulate, strong, compassionate, and wise voice coming out of Israel that asks all the right questions about Israel’s future in the wake of this ceasefire – and this is that voice.

    Naomi Chazan’s open letter in The Times of Israel to Prime Minister... read on

  • Rebooting After a Ceasefire

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 10, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Though there is not yet a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas (at the time of this posting Israel has accepted a ceasefire to begin at midnight tonight, but Hamas has not affirmed it), conversation is beginning about this war’s causes and roots, about the nature of Hamas and its... read on

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Rabbi John L. Rosove assumed his duties as Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood in November 1988. A native of Los Angeles, he earned a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley...

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