Jewish Journal

  • 40 Years Later – Memories of Jets and Sirens

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 11, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Forty years ago on Yom Kippur I was studying as a first-year rabbinic student in Jerusalem. I will never forget that day as long as I live.

    I left my student dorm near the President’s House in Rehavia at 5:45 AM that morning, and walked the quiet streets to the Kotel to pray.... read on

  • Turning and Returning: A Journey Outside Time and Space

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 8, 2013 | 6:18 am

    These ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur is the time of turning and returning, as the psalmist says, “O God, bring us back, and light up Your face that we may be rescued.” (Ps 80:4) 

    Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav used to say that “Everywhere I go, I am going to Jerusalem. “ He... read on

  • A Prayer for Peace in the New Year

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 1, 2013 | 7:06 am

    I offer this prayer in the New Year 5774, and wish for you, your families, friends, colleagues, and students a year of good health, renewal, and happiness.

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    May we hold lovingly in our thoughts
    those who suffer from tyranny, subjugation, cruelty, and injustice,
    and work... read on

  • Seeking Higher Intuitive Purposes - Dvar Torah Nitzavim-Vayelech

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 30, 2013 | 6:42 am

    Rosh Hashanah is but days away, and this week we read the double Torah portion, Nitzavim-Vayelech, that’s always read on the Shabbat before the New Year. Due to its timing, there’s an urgency about its message it on the one hand, and a tone of encouragement on the other:

    “Surely... read on

  • J Street’s Unfair Exclusion From Denver JCRC

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 26, 2013 | 7:32 am

    I am a member of a closed list-serve called RAVKAV that includes all Reform Rabbis. There everything under the sun is discussed on a daily basis. The agreement is that all communications are confidential.

    That being said, there has been some confusion of late about J Street and... read on

  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Reversal on Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 23, 2013 | 7:22 am

    Recently, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Israel and, in response to a question, acknowledged that the UN was not always treating Israel fairly. Then, a short while later, he reversed himself and said it was.

    The Secretary-General is a good man, and he was right the... read on

  • Yehuda HaLevi on His Heart’s Yearning For God – Elul Meditation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 22, 2013 | 6:30 am

    One of Judaism’s greatest poets, Yehuda HaLevi, said words that became in time the spiritual underpinning of political, cultural and religious Zionism:

    Gu-fi b’ki-tzei ma-arav v’li-bi b’miz’rach!
    “My body is in the west, but my heart is in the east!”

    Halevi’s central life... read on

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