Jewish Journal

Mr. President: Commute Jonathan Pollard’s Sentence

By Rabbi John Rosove

July 17, 2012 | 7:27 am

Demonstrators hold posters depicting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials during a protest in Jerusalem calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard from a U.S. prison July 16. Photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Last December 1, 2011 I posted on my personal blog the following arguing for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Yesterday, from Israel Hillary Clinton once again stated that Pollard would... read on

  • On Choosing Our Leaders – D’var Torah Pinchas

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 11, 2012 | 6:00 am

    Is American Democracy, our tradition of free elections and our advancement as an enlightened society being compromised by big money in politics and an aversion to facts and rational discourse?

    I believe it is, and so what constitutes “enlightened leadership” becomes a central... read on

  • Extraordinary News for People with Cancer and Cancer Survivors

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 8, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    In today’s NY Times (Sunday, July 8 - front page, front section, above the fold) there is a must-read article for anyone who has cancer, who is a cancer survivor, who loves someone with cancer, and who might be high risk themselves (“In Leukemia Treatment, Glimpses of the future... read on

  • A Model of Jewish Virtue – Abraham and Moses vs. Balaam - Parashat Balak

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 5, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Balaam is hired in this week’s Parashat Balak by the Moabite King Balak to curse Israel as they traverse his territory, but Balaam blesses Israel instead with famous words now included in the morning liturgy: Mah tovu ohalecha Yaakov, Mishkenotecha Yisrael… “How good are your... read on

  • The March to War with Iran

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 1, 2012 | 6:16 am

    Jeremy Ben-Ami has written that “Those looking to advance political or communal agendas through pressing militarism and portraying diplomacy as weak are playing with fire. They run the risk of greasing the path to ill-advised military action that could set back rather than advance the interests of the United States and Israel.”


  • When Anger Overtakes us - D’var Torah Hukat

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 28, 2012 | 7:49 pm

    Recall the last time you became really angry, blindingly, uncontrollably angry, so filled with rage that you couldn’t think straight.

    What did you do about it? Did you act out or say anything? When you calmed down did you feel justified in what you’d felt and satisfied in having... read on

  • There is More than One Way to be a Jew in Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 26, 2012 | 6:00 am

    It is important that those interested in a pluralistic democratic Jewish State of Israel support the recent Israeli Supreme Court Ruling granting state recognition and funding for Reform and Conservative rabbis in Israel. This is why I am posting this recent letter from Anat Hoffman,... read on

  • It is Forbidden to Despair

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 24, 2012 | 7:42 am

    My friend Marty Kaplan writes frequently for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and Huffington Post on media, politics and public policy – and his articles often shine a bright light on ill-fated trends, such as money in politics and its impact on our political system, democracy and... read on

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