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  • 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

  • J Street’s Unfair Exclusion From Denver JCRC

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 26, 2013 | 7:32 am

    I am a member of a closed list-serve called RAVKAV that includes all Reform Rabbis. There everything under the sun is discussed on a daily basis. The agreement is that all communications are confidential.

    That being said, there has been some confusion of late about J Street and... read on

  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Reversal on Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 23, 2013 | 7:22 am

    Recently, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Israel and, in response to a question, acknowledged that the UN was not always treating Israel fairly. Then, a short while later, he reversed himself and said it was.

    The Secretary-General is a good man, and he was right the... read on

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  • Yehuda HaLevi on His Heart’s Yearning For God – Elul Meditation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 22, 2013 | 6:30 am

    One of Judaism’s greatest poets, Yehuda HaLevi, said words that became in time the spiritual underpinning of political, cultural and religious Zionism:

    Gu-fi b’ki-tzei ma-arav v’li-bi b’miz’rach!
    “My body is in the west, but my heart is in the east!”

    Halevi’s central life... read on

  • Letting Go — The Great Truth About Human Existence

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 20, 2013 | 6:42 am

    I had a meeting last week with a young mother of a beautiful four month-old daughter to talk about the little girl’s Hebrew name and her naming ceremony. As we spoke, the Mom confided that whenever her baby cries she feels the overwhelming urge to go to her regardless of the hour... read on

  • Elul Meditation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 18, 2013 | 7:08 am

    I am husband and father,
    Brother, son, colleague, and friend.

    I am a congregational rabbi,
    And a Jew in the pews.

    I am a cancer survivor,
    And support those with cancer,
    And heart disease,
    And dementia,
    And mental illness,
    And people in bad marriages,
    And with troubled... read on

  • Heschel on the Spiritual Battlefield

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 16, 2013 | 6:40 am

    Classic rabbinic tradition understands well the battle waged within every human being between the good inclination (yetzer tov) and the evil inclinations (yetzer hara), a theme upon which Jews particularly focus during the month of Elul leading to the High Holidays.

    Rabbi Abraham... read on

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