Jewish Journal

Elul Meditation

By Rabbi John Rosove

August 18, 2013 | 7:08 am

I am husband and father,
Brother, son, colleague, and friend.

I am a congregational rabbi,
And a Jew in the pews.

I am a cancer survivor,
And support those with cancer,
And heart... read on

  • Heschel on the Spiritual Battlefield

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 16, 2013 | 6:40 am

    Classic rabbinic tradition understands well the battle waged within every human being between the good inclination (yetzer tov) and the evil inclinations (yetzer hara), a theme upon which Jews particularly focus during the month of Elul leading to the High Holidays.

    Rabbi Abraham... read on

  • Give Peace A Chance - by David Harris

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 15, 2013 | 8:01 am

    David Harris is the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and he recently wrote two pieces that appeared in The Jerusalem Post and The Huffington Post explaining why this is the time for the Israelis and Palestinians to make peace and find a two-state solution to... read on

  • Join Me at This Year’s Annual J Street National Conference in Washington, D.C. – September 28 to Oct

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 9, 2013 | 6:11 am

    I have attended many conferences in my life, and none is quite like the annual national conference of J Street in Washington, D.C. for thought-provoking, inspiring and informative sessions with a wide diversity of views on the issue for which J Street was created five years ago,... read on

  • Elul - The Season To Forgive

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 8, 2013 | 10:44 am

    With the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul yesterday (August 7) we count down the days to Rosh Hashanah (30) and Yom Kippur (40). During this period, t’shuvah (return to family, friends, community, Torah, God) is the spiritual and emotional per-occupation of the Jewish world.... read on

  • Minimum Wage, “Fox News”, John Oliver, the Farm Bill and Food Stamps

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 4, 2013 | 6:48 am

    Right-wing extremists in the media and Congress are waging a full-scale assault on millions of poor people by refusing to raise the minimum wage (currently at $7.25/hour = $15,000 annually for full-time work) and include funds for food stamps on the Farm Bill now before Congress.

    ... read on
  • Arranging For My Mother’s Funeral and Burial

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 29, 2013 | 9:52 am

    My mother, now 96, is in rapidly failing health. Always a model of vitality, it has been difficult for me to imagine the world without her. Yet, as she becomes increasingly frailer, my brother and I decided that it was time for us to tie up loose ends at the cemetery so that when... read on

  • “The Third Narrative: Progressive Answers To The Far Left’s Critiques of Israel”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 26, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Ameinu (Heb. “Our People”) is a national, multi-generation community of progressive Zionist North American Jews that believes that “a secure peace between Israel and its neighbors is essential to the survival of the democratic Jewish state.” Ameinu is committed to a “negotiated... read on

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