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  • Blessings For Beloved Pets - Part II

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 5, 2013 | 10:13 am

    This past week I posted a blog on whether Jews should say the Mourner's Kaddish for a beloved pet. I have received many responses to that blog both in agreement with me that distinctions must be made between human beings and pets and that the Mourner's Kaddish is meant for mourners... read on

  • A Poem About “Love”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 2, 2013 | 7:44 am

    I have read this wondrous poem very infrequently at weddings over the years. I offer it only to couples who I sense have attained a special depth of camaraderie uncommon even for those who feel great love for each other.

    The poem reflects a depth of generosity, humility,... read on

  • Should Jews Say Kaddish For A Pet?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 30, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    It is estimated that there are 70 million dogs in American homes today, in addition to millions of other animals Americans have taken into their hearts like members of their families. These pets are our companions and friends, and though they are not human beings, their... read on

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  • The Kotel in 1911 Had No Mechitzah

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 29, 2013 | 10:15 am

    A member of my congregation, Peter Marcus, has shared with me film footage taken by his uncle, Murray Rosenberg, a newsreel photographer, in 1911 when he visited Palestine. The entire film is worth watching, but the relevant footage at the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem) begins... read on

  • Why I Recommend Peter Beinart as a Synagogue and Jewish Community Speaker

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 26, 2013 | 6:29 am

    A column appeared in the May 20, 2013 Jerusalem Post by Rabbi Eric Yoffie entitled “Synagogues, Red Lines and Free Speech” that he wrote in response to the recent decisions of two synagogues in New York and outside Toronto to cancel appearances by Pamela Geller, an inflammatory... read on

  • On Demolishing and Rebuilding a Synagogue

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 23, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Among the most compelling of Biblical verses is Exodus 25:8 - Asu li mikdash v’shachanti b’tocham (“Make for me a Sanctuary that I might dwell in them.”) because it is the basis over three millennia upon which the Tabernacle, the Jerusalem Temple and synagogues have been built.

    ... read on
  • The Divine Wedding and Kiss - Parashat Naso

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 16, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    “O for your kiss! For your love / More enticing than wine, / For your scent and sweet name – For all this they love you.

    Take me away to your room, / Like a king to his rooms – / We’ll rejoice there with wine. / No wonder they love you!”

    Song of Songs 1:2-4 - Translation by... read on

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