Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • A Prayer for the State of Israel and The Innocent Among the Palestinians

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 18, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Eternal God, receive our prayers for the peace and security of the State of Israel and its people.

    Spread blessing upon the Land and upon all who labor in its interest.

    Protect Israeli soldiers as they defend our people against missiles and hate.

    Protect the innocent among... read on

  • Suffering is Suffering

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 16, 2014 | 8:55 am

    Suffering is suffering, regardless of the cause. That said, the differences in intent and tactics between Hamas and Israel in Gaza cannot be equated morally as has been suggested by many news outlets including, at the least, NBC and CNN (I have not made a study of them all).

    ... read on
  • Martin Indyk on Peace Negotiations, Egyptian Cease-Fire Agreement, & J Street Statement on Crisis

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 15, 2014 | 6:54 am

    Two days after Martin Indyk resigned as the Obama Administration’s chief negotiator in the American Israeli-Palestinian peace effort, and one day after 16 year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Kder was found murdered in a Jerusalem forest, Ambassador Indyk spoke with the Atlantic... read on

  • 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

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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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