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Two Narratives - Two Truths

By Rabbi John Rosove

July 22, 2013 | 9:30 am

Much will be said in the coming days and weeks about what negotiations mean, what Israel and the Palestinians are willing to do and give up, whether the gap is just too wide, and whether... read on

  • Six Quotations Above My Desk

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 11, 2013 | 7:07 am

    One of my hobbies is collecting quotations. Over the years I have gathered thousands of bits of truth, wisdom, insight, light, poetry, sayings, one-liners, and more extensive passages on virtually every conceivable theme. My ever-growing collection draws from the famous and the... read on

  • “The Dead Sea Scrolls – A Biography” – Book Review and Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 9, 2013 | 7:13 pm

    If you have ever wondered what is so significant about the Dead Sea Scrolls, arguably the most significant archeological discovery of the 20th century, and would like a handbook to explain it all, this book by Dr. John J Collins, Professor of Old Testament Criticism and... read on

  • Losing Weight and Getting Fit

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 7, 2013 | 6:43 am

    Studies indicate that 70% of American adults and 30% of American kids are overweight or obese. When considering that staggering figure, how widespread today are common eating disorders, and the huge cost of medical care for those who suffer weight-related illnesses, it seems that... read on

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  • Where Ever You Go There You Are! - Dvar Torah Parashat Mattot-Masei

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 4, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    Twenty years ago the physician and Zen Master, Jon Kabat-Zinn, wrote a book he called “Where Ever You Go There You Are.” The book’s title has stayed with me and it has helped me to focus not only on why I do what I do, but also on why others might behave as they do.

    We are who we... read on

  • The Challenge of Defining Who is a Jew and What is an Israeli Today – A Book Review

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 30, 2013 | 6:37 am

    "The 188th Crybaby Brigade – A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah," by Joel Chasnoff (publ. 2010) is a well-written, insightful, at times hysterically funny memoir of a young American Yeshiva bucher who sought to live the complete modern Jewish experience while... read on

  • Finding Light Amidst Darkness - D’var Torah Pinchas

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 28, 2013 | 6:29 am

    How to read the story of Pinchas, a shatteringly brutal tale of love and violence? That is the question in this week’s Torah portion, especially for the modern Jew?

    The story begins this way:

    “Now YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Pinchas, son of Elazar son of Aaron the priest, has... read on

  • Well-being and a Wishing Box

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 23, 2013 | 7:28 am

    A friend and member of my community at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Sophie Sartain, has written a wonderful piece on “Well-Being” in the current issue of LA Magazine about her daily walk on a popular Hollywood trail called “Runyon Canyon” whose trail head is several hundred yards... read on

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