Jewish Journal

Israel Journal - Part I

By Rabbi John Rosove

October 20, 2013 | 1:05 pm

I have just returned from two weeks of meetings in Washington, D.C., Israel and the West Bank.

Immediately before embarking for Israel, I attended the national conference of J Street in... read on

  • “The Imperfect Paradise” by Linda Pastan

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 25, 2013 | 7:23 am

    If God had stopped work after the third day
    With Eden full of vegetables and fruits,
    If oak and lilac held exclusive sway
    Over a kingdom made of stems and roots,
    If landscape were the genius of creation
    And neither man nor serpent played a role
    And God must look to wind for... read on

  • Republican Craziness and Hubris Explained

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 22, 2013 | 9:03 am

    Paul Krugman and Marty Kaplan did not talk to each other last week nor coordinate their op-ed pieces in different newspapers, but they well could have.

    Marty writes in “The Most Depressing Brain Finding Ever” (The Los Angeles Jewish Journal, and The Huffington Post, September 16)... read on

  • We Are The Descendents of Believers - A Response to Ian Lustick in Light of Sukkot

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 20, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    University of Pennsylvania Political Science Professor, Ian Lustick, touched a raw nerve in the Jewish world this week after a piece he wrote called “Two-State Illusion” appeared on the front page of the New York Times Sunday Review (September 15). He said, among other things, that... read on

  • Ian Lustick’s NY Times Review Rant on the “Illusion of a Two-State Solution”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 16, 2013 | 9:17 am

    I was stunned by Ian Lustick’s front page above-the-fold NY Times Sunday Review (September 15) article of 2339 words (long by most standards) with huge graphics not only because of the immense space The NY Times gave to a very small minority position within any community, but also... read on

  • Syria, Russia, Israel, and American Moral Responsibility

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 15, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    I chose not to comment on the Syrian atrocity during the Ten Days of Repentance because my attentions were primarily elsewhere, on the greater themes of the High Holidays and with my congregation. However, I have been thinking about it, and the following are some of those thoughts:... read on

  • 40 Years Later – Memories of Jets and Sirens

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 11, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Forty years ago on Yom Kippur I was studying as a first-year rabbinic student in Jerusalem. I will never forget that day as long as I live.

    I left my student dorm near the President’s House in Rehavia at 5:45 AM that morning, and walked the quiet streets to the Kotel to pray.... read on

  • Turning and Returning: A Journey Outside Time and Space

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 8, 2013 | 6:18 am

    These ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur is the time of turning and returning, as the psalmist says, “O God, bring us back, and light up Your face that we may be rescued.” (Ps 80:4) 

    Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav used to say that “Everywhere I go, I am going to Jerusalem. “ He... read on

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