Jewish Journal

  • The Ethics and Politics of Street Tzedakah – Part II

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 8, 2014 | 6:17 am

    When I lived in Berkeley in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, walking along Telegraph Avenue could be expensive if you gave to every panhandler who asked for spare change. Not that much has changed in all these years. The number of people asking for hand-outs is at least as great as it... read on

  • Diplomacy - Quotes to Remember in Dangerous Times

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 5, 2014 | 7:50 am

    As Secretary of State John Kerry, along with able diplomats such as US Middle East negotiator Martin Indyk, wade into the waters of Middle East diplomacy, I thought the following quotes are enlightening.

    “Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties are more... read on

  • Netanyahu’s Moment of Truth

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 2, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Ari Shavit is among the most intelligent, fair-minded, and visionary of Israeli political commentators, and his piece in Haaretz (“Netanyahu’s Moment of Truth” - January 1, 2014) articulates as well as anyone could the challenge before Israel, before Israel’s Prime Minister, and... read on

  • Helping Families Have the Most Difficult Conversation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 31, 2013 | 7:35 am

    Over the weekend I listened to a moving interview on NPR by Linda Wertheimer of former Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman concerning a project that Ms. Goodman helped to establish to encourage adult children and their parents to talk openly about the most difficult and... read on

  • Year End Reflections of a More Personal and Rabbinic Kind

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 29, 2013 | 9:06 am

    On June 10, 1979, I ascended the steps to the bimah at Temple Emanuel in New York City and stood before the open ark with Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk (z'l), President of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (the Reform rabbinic seminary). He placed his hands upon my... read on

  • Getting to 100 – What Makes for a Long and Healthy life?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 27, 2013 | 6:28 am

    “Eat boiled corn with codfish and cream, and laugh...”

    “Smoke a good cigar, avoid alcohol, drink water, stay positive, and sing.”

    “Thumb your nose at sadness, turn the tables on tragedy, laugh instead of getting angry, and don’t feel envious of anyone.”

    “Find a good wife and... read on

  • Express Gratitude to 25 American Universities for Protesting ASA Boycott of Israeli Universities

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 24, 2013 | 7:43 am

    My friend and colleague, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, has written an appeal for us to perform an important mitzvah: hakarat ha-tov – “recognizing the good” by thanking the Presidents and Chancellors of 25 American colleges and universities that have refused to join the boycott of Israeli... read on

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