Jewish Journal

  • Life Lessons For Elul – 2012

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 6, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Soren Kierkegaard said: “It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”

    Though we are always living forward, the life lessons we learn helps to shape our future. Since this... read on

  • “God’s Seal Is Truth” - Thoughts On Our Politics Today

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 5, 2012 | 5:43 am

    I have a friend who is convinced that President Obama and the Democratic Party are undermining the United States of America and that the President has “thrown Israel under the bus.” He believes that any statement is permissible in pursuit of victory by the Republican Party in... read on

  • “Ayeka? Where are You?” -  A D’var Torah for Parashat Shoftim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 24, 2012 | 7:33 am

    This story is told by Howard Schwartz who based it on the tale by Zevulon Qort from Ben Zion Asherov of Afghanistan (I have edited his original telling):

    “There was once a Jew who went out into the world to fulfill the Biblical commandment – Tzedek tzedek tirdof [Deut. 26:20]... read on

  • Shame at the Holiest Site in Judaism

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 20, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    For those who do not receive emails from the Israeli Reform Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), I refer the following to you for your information and for action. Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of IRAC sent this notice out this morning and it is self-explanatory... read on

  • Review of King Abdullah of Jordan Memoir - “Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 17, 2012 | 5:44 pm

    King Abdullah II’s memoir (publ. 2010) is an important read. The 50 year-old King of Jordan is intelligent and enlightened, and his story offers an inside look at a moderate Arab leader and one of the most stable nations in the Middle East.

    Educated in America and England,... read on

  • 40 Days to Yom Kippur - A Prayer on “T’shuvah” by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 14, 2012 | 5:59 pm

    This coming Saturday evening (August 18) at nightfall is Rosh Hodesh Elul, the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, the month that precedes the High Holidays. From the first of Elul to Yom Kippur is exactly 40 days, the same period of time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai communing... read on

  • Walking and Listening

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 9, 2012 | 5:43 pm

    A word can link worlds, as the name of our portion, Ekev, does this week.

    V’haya ekev tishm’un – “And if you listen/hear/heed/obey these statutes, observe and do them” (Deuteronomy 7:12) then you will enjoy bounty, security and progeny.

    The word ekev here is translated... read on

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Rabbi John L. Rosove assumed his duties as Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood in November 1988. A native of Los Angeles, he earned a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley...

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