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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

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  • 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

  • Give Peace A Chance - by David Harris

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 15, 2013 | 8:01 am

    David Harris is the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and he recently wrote two pieces that appeared in The Jerusalem Post and The Huffington Post explaining why this is the time for the Israelis and Palestinians to make peace and find a two-state solution to... read on

  • Join Me at This Year’s Annual J Street National Conference in Washington, D.C. – September 28 to Oct

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 9, 2013 | 6:11 am

    I have attended many conferences in my life, and none is quite like the annual national conference of J Street in Washington, D.C. for thought-provoking, inspiring and informative sessions with a wide diversity of views on the issue for which J Street was created five years ago,... read on

  • Elul - The Season To Forgive

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 8, 2013 | 10:44 am

    With the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul yesterday (August 7) we count down the days to Rosh Hashanah (30) and Yom Kippur (40). During this period, t’shuvah (return to family, friends, community, Torah, God) is the spiritual and emotional per-occupation of the Jewish world.... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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