Jewish Journal

  • Confused About Israeli Politics Leading to the March 17 Election?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 5, 2015 | 9:20 am

    If you are confused about the state of Israeli politics, the relative strength of Israel’s political parties and center-right and center-left blocs, what the Palestinians are doing and their opportunities for success, and what is at stake for Israel, you are in good company.

    This... read on

  • Shame on HarperCollins Publishers

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 1, 2015 | 1:49 pm

    Shame on HarperCollins for publishing an atlas of the Middle East and deliberately omitting Israel from the map. Tablet Magazine reported (December 31):

    “Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins that specializes in maps, told The Tablet that including Israel would... read on

  • The Difference Between an Optimist and a Pessimist - D’var Torah Vayechi

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 1, 2015 | 10:17 am

    The optimist says, “This is the best of all worlds.”

    The pessimist says, “You’re right!”

    As we enter 2015 there is much for which we can be thankful: our lives, our health (hopefully), our families, friends, and community, the people of Israel, and our friendships with peoples... read on

  • Remembering Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman (1921-2014)

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 27, 2014 | 7:17 pm

    Rabbi Leonard Beerman has been in my life since I was 12 years old, and his death this past week at 93 years represents a huge moment in the life of this community, the Jewish world, and the personal lives of many, including me.

    One of our g’dolei dor (great ones of this... read on

  • The Measure of Our Success - D’var Torah Vayigash

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 26, 2014 | 6:48 am

    As 2014 comes to a blessed close, our world continues to escalate in brutality, is more politically fragile, religiously challenged, and morally confused than ever before. In times such as these it is worthwhile to consider once again who we are and how we might measure our... read on

  • Israelis Have to Choose

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 23, 2014 | 9:19 am

    It is clear that with the coming Israeli elections on March 17 that Israelis have an opportunity to make an important choice. There are essentially two options and everyone knows what they are. Each carries risk. The question is, which will most likely secure Israel as a democracy... read on

  • Hanukah – A Major Battleground for the Heart and Soul of the Jewish People

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 18, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Last week I was invited to speak at Campbell Hall, a large private school in Studio City, Los Angeles, before two hundred and fifty 7th and 8th grade students about the story of Hanukah.

    I began by saying that without the success of the Maccabean Revolt in 165 BCE, there would be... read on

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