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  • For a Sweet Pesach - J Street Karpas Supplement for Seder

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 15, 2013 | 11:21 am

    On behalf of J Street, we are proud to send you Rabbi Richard Levy’s stirring meditation on the karpas, the vegetable dipped in salt water during Seder. Rabbi Levy urges us to become as courageous as Nachshon ben Aminadav, the leader of the tribe of Judah and the first Israelite to... read on

  • What Conclusions Might We Draw Concerning the New Israeli Government

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 14, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Days before President Obama’s visit, PM Netanyahu has managed to form a new Israeli government with 68 seats (out of 120) for a ruling majority. What does it all mean? That is the question of the hour.

    I offer a few observations and Israeli press sites that, hopefully, will not... read on

  • The Worst Teacher I Ever Had & The Most Important Lesson I Ever Learned

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 12, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    I have taught children of every age since the early 1970s. In more than four decades I have learned many lessons about how people best learn, why teachers need to teach to the individual child and what is ultimately important in the teacher-student relationship. The Babylonian... read on

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  • Bezalel - Master Architect of Sacred Space - Parashat Vayakhel-Pekude

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 7, 2013 | 10:51 am

    This week we learn about Bezalel, the man chosen to design and build the Tabernacle that carried the tablets of the law that Moses brought down from Sinai. (Exodus 38:22-39:31)

    On the face of it, these verses describe the matter-of-fact building of a physical edifice. But this... read on

  • Israeli Political Maneuvering - My Two Cents

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 3, 2013 | 7:36 am

    Everyone is prognosticating whether Israel will be able to form a government. Allow me from abroad to add my two cents.

    Point #1 – The election was not about foreign policy or security, though those remain important. Rather, it was about internal Israeli policy, the economy and... read on

  • Coin of Fire - Parashat Ki Tisa

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 1, 2013 | 6:20 am

    “This is what everyone who is entered in the records shall pay: a half-shekel by the sanctuary weight to “atone for your souls.” (Exodus 30:13)

    The Tosafot surmises that

    "Moses was perplexed, thinking to himself, 'What can a person possibly give that will serve as atonement for... read on

  • Cuban and American Judaism – The Growth of Secularism

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 21, 2013 | 10:08 am

    In October I joined with 28 members of my congregation in a “humanitarian mission” to the Cuban Jewish community (meaning, we took goods and cash as gifts to support the Jewish community there). There are about 1000+ Cuban Jews living today in Havana, Santiago and Guantanamo, and... read on

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