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  • Bezalel - Master Architect of Sacred Space - Parashat Vayakhel-Pekude

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 7, 2013 | 10:51 am

    This week we learn about Bezalel, the man chosen to design and build the Tabernacle that carried the tablets of the law that Moses brought down from Sinai. (Exodus 38:22-39:31)

    On the face of it, these verses describe the matter-of-fact building of a physical edifice. But this... read on

  • Israeli Political Maneuvering - My Two Cents

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 3, 2013 | 7:36 am

    Everyone is prognosticating whether Israel will be able to form a government. Allow me from abroad to add my two cents.

    Point #1 – The election was not about foreign policy or security, though those remain important. Rather, it was about internal Israeli policy, the economy and... read on

  • Coin of Fire - Parashat Ki Tisa

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 1, 2013 | 6:20 am

    “This is what everyone who is entered in the records shall pay: a half-shekel by the sanctuary weight to “atone for your souls.” (Exodus 30:13)

    The Tosafot surmises that

    "Moses was perplexed, thinking to himself, 'What can a person possibly give that will serve as atonement for... read on

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  • Cuban and American Judaism – The Growth of Secularism

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 21, 2013 | 10:08 am

    In October I joined with 28 members of my congregation in a “humanitarian mission” to the Cuban Jewish community (meaning, we took goods and cash as gifts to support the Jewish community there). There are about 1000+ Cuban Jews living today in Havana, Santiago and Guantanamo, and... read on

  • A Defense of J Street to Criticism from Fellow Reform Rabbis

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 13, 2013 | 7:36 am

    What follows is my response to a flurry of letters posted by Reform Rabbis on our List Serve (RAVKAV) critical of J Street. Many of my colleagues charge that J Street ignores hostility to Israel throughout the Middle East, the growing influence and threat of Hamas in the... read on

  • Israel’s Secular vs Religious Divide – The Most Acute Tension in Israeli Society

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 11, 2013 | 8:49 am

    Recent surveys conducted by Hiddush, an organization committed to freedom of religion for Israel, show clearly that the vast majority of Israelis want “freedom of religion and equality in shouldering civic burdens, equal military service for all, the implementation of core... read on

  • 3 Year Israeli and Palestinian Textbook Study Provokes Controversy

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 4, 2013 | 9:16 am

    This morning I spoke by phone to Jerusalem with Felice Friedson (The Media Line's - TML - co-founder and its current President and CEO) about a new U.S. State Department-funded study on Israeli and Palestinian textbooks that soon will be released.

    The article “Text-Book Study... read on

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