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  • Insights and Blessings for Hanukah this Year

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

  • Kindnesses That Last Forever

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    2 weeks ago

    When I was in Central Europe last month with thirty of my congregants touring formerly great Jewish centers of life in Budapest, Prague and Berlin, the Holocaust was everywhere we went. Memories of the cruelty and brutality so oppressed members of our group that many of us... read on

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  • An Open Letter to Young American Jewish Liberals Concerning Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    3 weeks ago

    This past month I exchanged emails with a bright, Jewish American rabbinical student living in Jerusalem who grew up in my congregation, whose family are life-long Zionists, and who has become disheartened by recent events and trends in the state.

    She rightly perceives a growing... read on

  • Gratitude – Gratitude - Gratitude

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    November 26, 2014 | 8:28 am

    As so much in our country and world is torn and ugly (e.g. Middle East, Congo, Sudan, Ukraine, North Korea, Iran, American politics, fundamentalist religious and nationalist extremism, Ferguson, prejudice, suspicion, hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, mental illness, societal... read on

  • What Really Happened at Lydda in 1948? Ari Shavit and His Critics

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    November 23, 2014 | 7:11 am

    Ari Shavit’s “My Promised Land” is arguably the most important book to come out of Israel in the last twenty-five years (see my review from January 14, 2014 -... read on

  • Jewish Prague is Now Little More Than Memory - Last in a Series

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    November 21, 2014 | 5:40 am

    If there is to be any renewal of Jewish life in Prague today, according to Prague’s Chief Rabbi Karol Sidon of the Beit Praha (“House of Prague”) congregation, it will be due to foreign expatriates (“The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe,” by Eli Valley, p. 278).

    ... read on

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