Jewish Journal

  • Before and After Sinai - A Poem/Drash for B’shalach

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 10, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Almighty One:
    Was not Moses Your most intimate friend
    With whom you spoke face to face
    Who You sent to confront Pharaoh
    To diminish his name
    That Yours might be established
    As The Creator and Redeemer of heaven and earth?

    Was not Moses Your most cherished shepherd
    Who... read on

  • “Jaw jaw is better than war war!” – Sir Winston Churchill and the Iran Sanctions Bill

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 9, 2014 | 6:49 am

    Most Israelis, Americans and international observers recognize that Iran’s nuclear weapons program is an existential threat to Israel and the western world. The question is what to do and not do in the midst of current negotiations between Iran and P5 +1?

    I believe we should NOT... read on

  • The Ethics and Politics of Street Tzedakah – Part II

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 8, 2014 | 6:17 am

    When I lived in Berkeley in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, walking along Telegraph Avenue could be expensive if you gave to every panhandler who asked for spare change. Not that much has changed in all these years. The number of people asking for hand-outs is at least as great as it... read on

  • Diplomacy - Quotes to Remember in Dangerous Times

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 5, 2014 | 7:50 am

    As Secretary of State John Kerry, along with able diplomats such as US Middle East negotiator Martin Indyk, wade into the waters of Middle East diplomacy, I thought the following quotes are enlightening.

    “Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties are more... read on

  • Netanyahu’s Moment of Truth

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 2, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Ari Shavit is among the most intelligent, fair-minded, and visionary of Israeli political commentators, and his piece in Haaretz (“Netanyahu’s Moment of Truth” - January 1, 2014) articulates as well as anyone could the challenge before Israel, before Israel’s Prime Minister, and... read on

  • Helping Families Have the Most Difficult Conversation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 31, 2013 | 7:35 am

    Over the weekend I listened to a moving interview on NPR by Linda Wertheimer of former Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman concerning a project that Ms. Goodman helped to establish to encourage adult children and their parents to talk openly about the most difficult and... read on

  • Year End Reflections of a More Personal and Rabbinic Kind

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 29, 2013 | 9:06 am

    On June 10, 1979, I ascended the steps to the bimah at Temple Emanuel in New York City and stood before the open ark with Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk (z'l), President of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (the Reform rabbinic seminary). He placed his hands upon 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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