Jewish Journal

  • We Are The Descendents of Believers - A Response to Ian Lustick in Light of Sukkot

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 20, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    University of Pennsylvania Political Science Professor, Ian Lustick, touched a raw nerve in the Jewish world this week after a piece he wrote called “Two-State Illusion” appeared on the front page of the New York Times Sunday Review (September 15). He said, among other things, that... read on

  • Ian Lustick’s NY Times Review Rant on the “Illusion of a Two-State Solution”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 16, 2013 | 9:17 am

    I was stunned by Ian Lustick’s front page above-the-fold NY Times Sunday Review (September 15) article of 2339 words (long by most standards) with huge graphics not only because of the immense space The NY Times gave to a very small minority position within any community, but also... read on

  • Syria, Russia, Israel, and American Moral Responsibility

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 15, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    I chose not to comment on the Syrian atrocity during the Ten Days of Repentance because my attentions were primarily elsewhere, on the greater themes of the High Holidays and with my congregation. However, I have been thinking about it, and the following are some of those thoughts:... read on

  • 40 Years Later – Memories of Jets and Sirens

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 11, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Forty years ago on Yom Kippur I was studying as a first-year rabbinic student in Jerusalem. I will never forget that day as long as I live.

    I left my student dorm near the President’s House in Rehavia at 5:45 AM that morning, and walked the quiet streets to the Kotel to pray.... read on

  • Turning and Returning: A Journey Outside Time and Space

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 8, 2013 | 6:18 am

    These ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur is the time of turning and returning, as the psalmist says, “O God, bring us back, and light up Your face that we may be rescued.” (Ps 80:4) 

    Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav used to say that “Everywhere I go, I am going to Jerusalem. “ He... read on

  • A Prayer for Peace in the New Year

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 1, 2013 | 7:06 am

    I offer this prayer in the New Year 5774, and wish for you, your families, friends, colleagues, and students a year of good health, renewal, and happiness.

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    May we hold lovingly in our thoughts
    those who suffer from tyranny, subjugation, cruelty, and injustice,
    and work... read on

  • Seeking Higher Intuitive Purposes - Dvar Torah Nitzavim-Vayelech

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 30, 2013 | 6:42 am

    Rosh Hashanah is but days away, and this week we read the double Torah portion, Nitzavim-Vayelech, that’s always read on the Shabbat before the New Year. Due to its timing, there’s an urgency about its message it on the one hand, and a tone of encouragement on the other:

    “Surely... read on

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