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  • The Difference Between an Optimist and a Pessimist - D’var Torah Vayechi

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 1, 2015 | 10:17 am

    The optimist says, “This is the best of all worlds.”

    The pessimist says, “You’re right!”

    As we enter 2015 there is much for which we can be thankful: our lives, our health (hopefully), our families, friends, and community, the people of Israel, and our friendships with peoples... read on

  • Remembering Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman (1921-2014)

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 27, 2014 | 7:17 pm

    Rabbi Leonard Beerman has been in my life since I was 12 years old, and his death this past week at 93 years represents a huge moment in the life of this community, the Jewish world, and the personal lives of many, including me.

    One of our g’dolei dor (great ones of this... read on

  • The Measure of Our Success - D’var Torah Vayigash

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 26, 2014 | 6:48 am

    As 2014 comes to a blessed close, our world continues to escalate in brutality, is more politically fragile, religiously challenged, and morally confused than ever before. In times such as these it is worthwhile to consider once again who we are and how we might measure our... read on

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  • Israelis Have to Choose

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 23, 2014 | 9:19 am

    It is clear that with the coming Israeli elections on March 17 that Israelis have an opportunity to make an important choice. There are essentially two options and everyone knows what they are. Each carries risk. The question is, which will most likely secure Israel as a democracy... read on

  • Hanukah – A Major Battleground for the Heart and Soul of the Jewish People

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 18, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Last week I was invited to speak at Campbell Hall, a large private school in Studio City, Los Angeles, before two hundred and fifty 7th and 8th grade students about the story of Hanukah.

    I began by saying that without the success of the Maccabean Revolt in 165 BCE, there would be... read on

  • Insights and Blessings for Hanukah this Year

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 11, 2014 | 8:37 am

    I offer these words from a variety of sources for this season of Hanukah and am grateful to the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem for providing them. I  offer my own blessings to be said before the kindling of the Hanukah lights on each night, beginning this next Tuesday... read on

  • The New Republic – Say Kaddish

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 9, 2014 | 6:30 am

    My friend and colleague, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, has written a superb “eulogy” for an American institution, The New Republic in The Jewish Daily Forward, that everyone should read. http://forward.com/articles/210524/the-nu-republic-no-more/

    As I try and wrap my mind and heart... read on

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