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  • On The J Street Summit In San Francisco

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 13, 2014 | 10:13 am

    Last week, my wife Barbara and I attended the West Coast Summit meeting of J Street in San Francisco. I was honored to be asked, as the co-chair of the national Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street that includes 800 rabbis and cantors from across the religious streams, to be part of the... read on

  • My Cousin – Israel’s New President

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 10, 2014 | 9:19 am

    I do not know my third cousin, Ruby Rivlin, very well. We corresponded 14 years ago when the “Who is a Jew” issue came before the Knesset. He was an advocate for a change in the law that, had it passed, would have defined for purposes of aliyah under the Law of Return that a Jew is... read on

  • The Unification of Fatah with Hamas Shows Hamas as the Big Loser

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 6, 2014 | 6:32 am

    The Israeli journalist Bernard Avishai explains what the “unification” deal between Fatah and Hamas means in the current political reality of Palestinian and Middle East politics, why the deal itself is a reflection of the weakness and unpopularity of Hamas among Palestinians... read on

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  • The Debilitation of Chronic Pain

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 5, 2014 | 7:46 am

    The most intense physical pain I have ever known came following my cancer surgery five years ago. The operation was huge and it was followed by an endless series of infections that debilitated me for six weeks. Since then I have developed a new sensitivity for, appreciation of, and... read on

  • Paul Wurtzel, Son of Hollywood Legendary Producer Sol Wurtzel, Dies at 92

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 2, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    When I received a phone call last week from the great-grand-daughter of the first President of Temple Israel of Hollywood, Sol Wurtzel, who asked me to officiate at the funeral of Sol’s only son, Paul Wurtzel, I could not say no.

    I never met Paul nor his father, who died in 1958.... read on

  • Hearing God’s Voice and the Importance of a Dot! - D’var Torah Naso

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 29, 2014 | 8:57 am

    “Va-y’hi b’yom kalot Moshe l’hakim et ha-mish'kan On the day that Moses finished setting up the Tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it and all its furnishings ….” (Numbers 7:1)

    This final chapter of Parashat Naso then lists in detail the names of the tribes and their... read on

  • “People’s Park” – An Enduring Memory After 45 Years

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 25, 2014 | 7:07 am

    May 22 and 23, 1969 are days that I will always remember. I was a sophomore at UC Berkeley. The Vietnam War was raging. A third world college strike against the university had shut down classes earlier that year. Tension could be cut with a knife on the Berkeley campus and on... read on

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