Jewish Journal

  • The Pesach Seder – 5th in a series of 5 Blogs

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 10, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    Add Depth, Meaning and Fun to Your Seder

    Orange – Dr. Susanna Heschel asked everyone to take a segment of orange, say the blessing over fruit (Baruch Atah Adonai … borei p’ri ha-eitz), and eat it as a gesture of solidarity with Jewish lesbians, gay men, and others marginalized... read on

  • A Rabbi at 93 and a Poem Called “The Promised Land” by Carl Dennis

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 9, 2014 | 6:39 am

    Rabbi Leonard Beerman has been in my life since I was 12 years old. He inspired so many in my generation and me to engage as young teens in the civil rights movement, to protest American military involvement in Vietnam, to apply for Conscientious Objector status during that war, to... read on

  • The Pesach Seder – 4th in a Series of 5 Blogs

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 7, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    Significance of the Number 4 – In Jewish tradition, the number 4 (or multiples) appears constantly; the rains in the days of Noah fell for 40 days and nights; Moses communed with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and received the entire Torah; the Israelites wandered in the desert for... read on

  • The Pesach Seder – 3rd in a Series of 5 Blogs

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 6, 2014 | 7:37 am

    The Very First Seder in Jewish History - The first Seder was held in Egypt before the Exodus itself. Consequently, the Seder is not a celebration of redemption because the redeeming event had not yet taken place. Rather, the Seder is an expression of faith that there will be... read on

  • Israeli and American Jews – The Struggle for Consensus and Current Tensions

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 4, 2014 | 6:48 am

    In recent weeks Israeli and American Jewish activists, writers and thinkers have been discussing political and ideological trends within both the American Jewish community and Israeli society vis a vis the nature of pro-Israel activism and what Israel would need to compromise... read on

  • The Pesach Seder – 2nd in a series of 5 Blogs

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 3, 2014 | 7:31 am

    Let us not forget that despite the disturbing news concerning the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, we Jews are a people of hope and the Pesach Seder is all about hope and the promise of redemption and peace. As an Israeli friend, Yaron Shavit, once shared with me - "... read on

  • The Pesach Seder – 1st in a series of 5 Blogs

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 1, 2014 | 9:14 pm

    As Pesach approaches I will offer a series of five blogs beginning here exploring different aspects of the Seder, the historical roots of many of our customs and rites, the religious and spiritual significance of the Seder parts, and suggestions to enhance your family Seder.

    The... 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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