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  • Twelve Lines about the Burning Bush - a poem from the Yiddish writer Melech Ravitch

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 8, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    “What’s going to be the end for both of us—God?
    Are you really going to let me die like this
    And really not tell me the big secret?

    Must I really become dust, gray dust, and ash, black ash,
    While the secret, which is closer than my shirt, than my skin,
    Still remains secret,... read on

  • The Imagination and the Ardors of Youth - D’var Torah Vayechi

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 6, 2012 | 6:50 am

    This week Joseph, hearing that his father Jacob is on the edge of death, brings his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, to see their old grandfather. Knowing that they stand before him, his eyesight failing, Jacob says that his grandsons will be no less “his” than his actual sons.... read on

  • Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Condemns Violent West Bank Settlers

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 3, 2012 | 6:04 am

    In an opinion column entitled “A Hanukkah Letter to the Hilltop Youth” that appeared in the Israeli daily Ha-aretz, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin of Efrat criticizes violent settlers as acting contrary to Jewish tradition and values. Violent settler attacks on innocent Palestinians,... read on

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  • “How Many US Casualties and Wounded in Iraq? Guess again!”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 1, 2012 | 7:43 am

    The Pentagon reports 4,487 American soldiers killed and 32,226 wounded in Iraq since the onset of the American initiated war in 2003. The piece below by Dan Froomkin, however, notes that this ‘official’ government figure of wounded includes only those “wounded in action” and... read on

  • The Measure of Our Success - Parashat Vayigash

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 29, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    As 2011 comes to a blessed close, our world continues to escalate in its brutality, is more politically fragile, economically distressed, religiously challenged, and morally confused than ever before. In times such as these it is worthwhile for us to consider who we are and how we... read on

  • “What a Wonderful World” with David Attenborough

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 26, 2011 | 8:05 am

    As the year 2011 comes to a blessed close, the lyrics of “What a Wonderful World” originally set to music by the great Louis Armstrong (lyrics: George David Weiss, George Douglas, and Bog Thiele) has been reinterpreted by David Attenborough on the BBC with exquisite nature... read on

  • “We are carrying torches” - Anu nos’im lapidim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 22, 2011 | 8:26 am

    We are carrying torches.
    In the dark night
    the paths shine beneath our feet,
    and whoever has a heart
    that thirsts for light –
    let him lift his eyes and his heart to us
    and come along.
    No miracle happened for us.
    No cruise of oil did we find.
    We walked through the valley, ascended the mountain.
    We discovered wellsprings of hidden light.
    We quarried in the stone until we bled:
    Let there be light!

    by the Zionist Poet Aharon Ze’ev (1900-1968)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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