Jewish Journal

  • The Measure Of Our Character - Reflections For Shabbat T’shuvah

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 21, 2012 | 8:55 am

    During this intense period of introspection we Jews are called upon to reflect deeply about our values as individuals and as a community, our behavior and ethical standards, and the condition of our souls. Much of the process of t'shuvah (repentance) centers on “character.”

    Here... read on

  • Governor Romney’s Failure Of Character And Ours

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 19, 2012 | 6:31 am

    As Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign for President collapses as a consequence of his flawed character, the following quotations help shed light on what plagues him and far too many in this country. They also offer decent people within both the Republican and Democratic parties... read on

  • A Prayer For The High Holydays

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 14, 2012 | 7:23 am

    This prayer was written by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, (aka The Alter Rebbe), author of The Tanya:

    “Dear God – You commanded us that we should ‘know today, and put it back into our hearts, that You are God – in Heaven above and Earth below – there is nothing else,’ and I’m... read on

  • There Are No Spiritual Shortcuts - Parashat Nitzavim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 13, 2012 | 6:16 am

    Rabbi Joshua ben Hananiah said, “No one ever got the better of me, except for one woman, one boy and one girl.” (Talmud Bavli, Eruvim 53b)

    He met the boy at a crossroads and asked him how to get to a certain town. The boy pointed to two paths and said, “This is the ‘long and... read on

  • A Prayer for September 11

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 10, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    I first posted this prayer on the 10th Anniversary of the September 11 attack, one year ago.

    Eternal God, / Source and Creator of Life; / From the depths we have called to you / and we call to you again for courage, strength and wisdom on this  anniversary of our nation's... read on

  • 20 Years and Counting – Kehillat Mevasseret Zion: A Reform Synagogue Model in Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 9, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    The following is my contribution to the "Memory Book" of Kehillat Mevasseret Zion (KMZ) on the occasion of their 20th anniversary as a congregation. KMZ is the Reform Synagogue in Mevasseret Zion and is located 15 minutes down the road from Jerusalem on the way to Tel Aviv.

    In... read on

  • Life Lessons For Elul – 2012

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 6, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Soren Kierkegaard said: “It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”

    Though we are always living forward, the life lessons we learn helps to shape our future. Since this... read on

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