Jewish Journal

My Tribute to Leibel Fein

By Rabbi John Rosove

August 17, 2014 | 8:02 am

Leonard 'Leibel' Fein’s death is a particularly painful loss to the liberal social activist progressive Zionist world. He spoke and wrote always the truth as he understood it, inspired by... read on

  • What it Means to Be the Seed of Abraham

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 14, 2014 | 9:14 pm

    In last week’s and this week’s Torah readings the Israelites are told what they are to do when they enter the land promised to Abraham; namely, to dislodge every people and nation living there, to defeat and destroy them, to grant them no terms, give them no quarter, and feel no... read on

  • Three Questions for PM Netanyahu – Naomi Chazan

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 13, 2014 | 7:49 am

    I have been waiting for an articulate, strong, compassionate, and wise voice coming out of Israel that asks all the right questions about Israel’s future in the wake of this ceasefire – and this is that voice.

    Naomi Chazan’s open letter in The Times of Israel to Prime Minister... read on

  • Rebooting After a Ceasefire

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 10, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Though there is not yet a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas (at the time of this posting Israel has accepted a ceasefire to begin at midnight tonight, but Hamas has not affirmed it), conversation is beginning about this war’s causes and roots, about the nature of Hamas and its... read on

  • Why I Don’t Want to Die

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 5, 2014 | 7:51 am

    My ailing mother and I had a conversation yesterday that broke through the fog of her dementia enough for her to express her greatest fear as she confronts the end of her life.

    My mother is 97 and suffers from serious macular degeneration, deafness and dementia. She still knows... read on

  • Negotiating with the “Devil” – 4 Book Recommendations

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 3, 2014 | 5:56 am

    I recommend four books that are helpful in probing, analyzing and addressing the stresses and tensions that develop in all kinds of relationships, within marriages and families, between siblings and friends, in the work place and community, between ethnic, racial, and religious... read on

  • Shimon Peres’ Visit to Injured Israeli Soldiers

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 1, 2014 | 5:17 pm

    I was deeply moved by the 91 year-old former Israeli President Shimon Peres’ reflections, the first he made publicly after ending his term as president, as reported in YNET (July 30, 2014) after he visited wounded soldiers in the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva:

    "This is one... read on

  • Kol Hakavod to Rabbi Menachem Creditor – “I’m Done Apologizing for Israel”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 22, 2014 | 7:09 am

    This is a piece from The Huffington Post (link below) I wish I had written myself, for it articulates almost everything I have been feeling this week, except one thing – but that one thing does not take away from Rabbi Creditor’s larger message, though that one thing is huge in my... 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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