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A Prayer For The High Holydays

By Rabbi John Rosove

September 14, 2012 | 7:23 am

This prayer was written by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, (aka The Alter Rebbe), author of The Tanya:

“Dear God – You commanded us that we should ‘know today, and put it back into our... read on

  • There Are No Spiritual Shortcuts - Parashat Nitzavim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 13, 2012 | 6:16 am

    Rabbi Joshua ben Hananiah said, “No one ever got the better of me, except for one woman, one boy and one girl.” (Talmud Bavli, Eruvim 53b)

    He met the boy at a crossroads and asked him how to get to a certain town. The boy pointed to two paths and said, “This is the ‘long and... read on

  • A Prayer for September 11

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 10, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    I first posted this prayer on the 10th Anniversary of the September 11 attack, one year ago.

    Eternal God, / Source and Creator of Life; / From the depths we have called to you / and we call to you again for courage, strength and wisdom on this  anniversary of our nation's... read on

  • 20 Years and Counting – Kehillat Mevasseret Zion: A Reform Synagogue Model in Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 9, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    The following is my contribution to the "Memory Book" of Kehillat Mevasseret Zion (KMZ) on the occasion of their 20th anniversary as a congregation. KMZ is the Reform Synagogue in Mevasseret Zion and is located 15 minutes down the road from Jerusalem on the way to Tel Aviv.

    In... read on

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  • Life Lessons For Elul – 2012

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 6, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Soren Kierkegaard said: “It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”

    Though we are always living forward, the life lessons we learn helps to shape our future. Since this... read on

  • “God’s Seal Is Truth” - Thoughts On Our Politics Today

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 5, 2012 | 5:43 am

    I have a friend who is convinced that President Obama and the Democratic Party are undermining the United States of America and that the President has “thrown Israel under the bus.” He believes that any statement is permissible in pursuit of victory by the Republican Party in... read on

  • “Ayeka? Where are You?” -  A D’var Torah for Parashat Shoftim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 24, 2012 | 7:33 am

    This story is told by Howard Schwartz who based it on the tale by Zevulon Qort from Ben Zion Asherov of Afghanistan (I have edited his original telling):

    “There was once a Jew who went out into the world to fulfill the Biblical commandment – Tzedek tzedek tirdof [Deut. 26:20]... read on

  • Shame at the Holiest Site in Judaism

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 20, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    For those who do not receive emails from the Israeli Reform Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), I refer the following to you for your information and for action. Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of IRAC sent this notice out this morning and it is self-explanatory... read on

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