Jewish Journal

A Thought for Purim

By Rabbi John Rosove

March 5, 2012 | 5:58 pm

First chapter of the Megillah. Photo by Wikipedia/Chefallen

ְהָפוּך” in Hebrew means opposite, upside-down, reversed, or backward!

However, in regards to the reading of the Book of Esther backwards, Jewish law (Halacha) says: “One who... read on

  • Sari Nusseibeh’s Critique of Israel as a “Jewish State”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 2, 2012 | 8:36 am

    My friend, Rabbi Stanley Davids, writes from Jerusalem in response to my review of Sari Nusseibeh’s autobiography Once Upon A Country – A Palestinian Life and referred me to a recent article in the English language Al Jazeera in which Dr. Nusseibeh critiques the Israeli... read on

  • Sari Nusseibeh – Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life – A Must Read

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 1, 2012 | 10:58 am

    It has taken me five years to read Sari Nusseibeh’s autobiography since it was first published in 2007. I now recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the Palestinian experience during the past 45 years. That experience is brought to light by this brilliant and sensitive... read on

  • ‘There You Go Again’ – The BDS Movement and Israel Apartheid Week

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 23, 2012 | 7:51 pm

    For the 8th year on campuses around the world, the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement is organizing for Israel Apartheid Week to take place during the next several weeks.

    Israel Apartheid Week is part of an international delegitimization campaign against the... read on

  • Yes or No? What Do Israelis Believe Will Happen With Iran?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 15, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    Several have written to ask me what Israelis are thinking about Iran. Since I have arrived here I have been asking that question of everyone I encounter. All I need to say is “Yes or No?” and everyone knows what I am talking about. Everyone is thinking and worrying about Iran,... read on

  • Democracy for Some - Not for All

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 14, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    Israel’s democracy had several significant victories this past week:

    First, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed as the next President of the Supreme Court Asher Dan Grunis, a jurist who respects an independent judiciary. There are those in Israel who do not.

    Second, the... read on

  • Everything Is Personal Here in the Middle East

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 13, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Last evening I found myself channel surfing Israeli television when I came across a gripping documentary centered on an Israeli cyclist who pedaled the length and breadth of Israel and parts of the West Bank to meet people and learn about their lives and relationship to the land and... read on

  • Jessica Fishman’s Sad Story and the Threat to Israel’s Civil Society

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 10, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Jessica Fishman’s story will break your heart. She is a young Jewish woman from Minnesota whose father was President of their Conservative synagogue and mother was President of Hadassah. Jessica was a Jewish day school student and attended services every Shabbat. As a teen she... 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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