Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • J Street’s Response to Presbyterian Church (USA) Divestment, Kidnapping of 3 Israeli Teens

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 23, 2014 | 6:29 am

    Those who understand the Middle East know that to approach events there aggressively and in a black-white, good-evil context alone will likely result in an escalation of conflict. Though good people differ about what recent events mean (i.e. the unification of Fatah with Hamas, the... read on

  • What To Think About This Iraqi Mess

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 22, 2014 | 7:26 am

    After the First Gulf War, Saddam Hussein said that if he were ever to be overthrown Iraqis would end up murdering each other.

    Indeed, that psychopathic killer was right.

    The mess that is Iraq today is beyond tragic for Iraqis most of all, but also for the United States. Five... read on

  • Bring Back Our Boys

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 19, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    We send our prayers for the safety, health, courage, strength, and quick return home and to their families of three young Israeli teens, Gilad Shaar (age 16), Eyal Tifrach (age 19) and Naftali Frankel (age 16) who were kidnapped a week ago (all indications suggest by Hamas) in the Gush Etzion region of Israel.

    May their captors free them. Na hashiveinu et bachureinu u-vaneinu habaita!

    The following UTube expresses what is in the heart of the Jewish people and all peoples who cherish peace.


  • The Presbyterian Church (USA) Is At It Again In Its Unfair Criticism of Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 17, 2014 | 6:35 am

    Rachel Lerner is the Senior Vice President for Community Relations at J Street and a friend. She attended this week the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Detroit in which she spoke on a panel where she urged Presbyterian commissioners to vote against an... read on

  • Prayers For the Safe Return of Three Israeli Abducted Teens

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 16, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    The kidnapping of three Israeli teens hitch-hiking in the area of Gush Etzion has filled the hearts of the Jewish people and all decent human beings the world over. I join with our people in wishing for the safe and peaceful return of Eyal Ifrach, Gil'ad Sha-ar, and Naftali Frenkel... 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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