Jewish Journal

  • Israeli War Ethics and Two Recommended Articles

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 12, 2014 | 8:50 pm

    No other army in the world takes as many precautions before striking a target as does the Israeli Defense Forces. The IDF telephones the target, drops leaflets in the immediate vicinity of the target, or drops a non-destructive charge on a targeted building sixty seconds before... read on

  • Speak Tenderly to Jerusalem

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 10, 2014 | 9:28 am

    I have written four separate divrei Torah this week because events in the Middle East have shifted so quickly that the theme of one drash was eclipsed almost as soon I had concluded writing it.
    The first was about Pinchas, based on this week’s Parashah. Pinchas was a righteous... read on

  • “Bulldoze the Jewish Terrorists’ Homes” - Haaretz

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 7, 2014 | 7:13 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with Rabbi Danny Landes. I sent this to several Israeli friends for their opinion and all of them, each a significant figure in Israel’s Progressive Reform movement, in the Israeli military command structure and at the top level of Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael... read on

  • Response to a Reform Rabbi Charging that I am “Valiantly Politically Correct”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 6, 2014 | 7:05 am

    After posting my last blog “Enough of blood and tears. Enough!” in which I cited the two stories about Moses hitting the rock and the differences between them, applying this to Israel’s situation and citing Yitzhak Rabin’s speech on the White House lawn in 1993, a Reform Rabbi... read on

  • “Enough of blood and tears. Enough!”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 2, 2014 | 11:16 am

    The murders of three Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gil’ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel have plunged the Jewish world into despair, sadness and mourning. It is as if for Jews these boys were members of our extended family and we are diminished by their deaths.

    Remarkably, the family... read on

  • The PA Needs Its “Altalena” Moment – Now!

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 30, 2014 | 8:17 am

    L’havdil – I make a distinction up front. Let no one say that I am comparing the morality of Hamas with Menachem Begin’s Irgun. Begin, despite running a violent underground movement against the British and Arab fighters before the establishment of the state of Israel, did not... read on

  • True Friends Do Not Stab Each Other In The Back - Presbyterian Church (USA)

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 26, 2014 | 6:31 am

    A battle for the soul of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is raging, and the good guys are losing. The Church’s recent vote to divest from three companies doing business with Israel who they say support the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has sent a hurtful message to the Jewish... 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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