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  • Humility -  The Prerequisite to Holiness - D’var Torah for Parashat Emor

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 10, 2012 | 7:08 pm

    Last week’s Torah portion K’doshim (Leviticus 19) and this week’s Emor (Leviticus 21-25) each, in different ways, addresses the prerequisite attitude necessary for the fulfillment of the tasks assigned to the Kohanim (Priests) in their service before God on behalf of the... read on

  • Confused about the New Unity Government in Israel? Read this!

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 10, 2012 | 6:52 am

    Bernie Avishai writes on Open Zion on The Daily Beast about what Prime Minister Netanyahu’s and new Kadima leader Mofaz’s merger in the government might mean.

    It is certainly sly political maneuvering on both sides, and it might give Bibi a way to avoid challenging the authority... read on

  • Urgent Appeal on Behalf of Pluralism and Democracy in Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 7, 2012 | 6:55 am

    I happily pass this along to you and urge you to support the rights of the non-Orthodox in Israel. The following comes from Anat Hoffman, the head of the Israeli Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Israel, the leading advocacy group on behalf of pluralism and democracy in... read on

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  • Art and Healing Go Hand in Hand

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 6, 2012 | 5:37 pm

    After I posted this morning my piece, “Music and the Arts – A Spiritual Necessity” my cousins, Susan and Leonard Nimoy, passed along to me the following video link from CBS News on the extraordinary modern art collection hanging on the walls of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center... read on

  • Music and the Arts – A Spiritual Necessity

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 6, 2012 | 8:23 am

    This address by Karl Paulnack, pianist and director of the music division at The Boston Conservatory, though already 8 years old, came to me from a friend this week. I was so moved by it that I wanted to share it with you.

    Paulnack says:

    “I have come to understand that music is... read on

  • “Yehudei America: Limdu ivrit!” (American Jews: Learn Hebrew!)

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 3, 2012 | 11:29 am

    In a recent article published in the Jewish Forward (April 13, 2012), reflecting on the ever-widening cultural gulf between American Jewry and Israelis, the journalist and author David Hazony challenged the American Jew to learn Hebrew. Here is some of what he wrote:

    “…there... read on

  • In Memoriam - Howard Epstein - 20 Years Ago Today

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 30, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    The day after the Rodney King verdict twenty years ago I received a call from long-time Temple Israel members, Lillian and Marty Epstein, that their son Howard (who was about my age) was missing. As soon as the rioting had begun, Howard flew from Oakland Airport near his family home... 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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