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  • 40 Days to Yom Kippur - A Prayer on “T’shuvah” by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 14, 2012 | 5:59 pm

    This coming Saturday evening (August 18) at nightfall is Rosh Hodesh Elul, the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, the month that precedes the High Holidays. From the first of Elul to Yom Kippur is exactly 40 days, the same period of time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai communing... read on

  • Walking and Listening

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 9, 2012 | 5:43 pm

    A word can link worlds, as the name of our portion, Ekev, does this week.

    V’haya ekev tishm’un – “And if you listen/hear/heed/obey these statutes, observe and do them” (Deuteronomy 7:12) then you will enjoy bounty, security and progeny.

    The word ekev here is translated... read on

  • Aly Raisman Is More Than An Olympic Champion

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 9, 2012 | 7:31 am

    Aly Raisman is not only a gold-medalist Olympic Champion, but she is a Jew with a conscience, a memory, and not afraid to speak truth to power. Her use of Hava Nagila as the music for her individual routines was deliberately chosen as a statement of protest to the International Olympic Committee that refused to honor the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Read the full story here.

    Kol hakavod to Aly not only for her medals, but for her character!

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  • Laughter is Sometimes the Best Medicine

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 1, 2012 | 7:00 am

    On the occasion of his son’s bar mitzvah a father offered this blessing concerning the importance of laughter as an agent in healing the world of its cruelty and injustice:

    “Let your laughter be world-enveloping; a tonic against the pompous and the proud; a slingshot in the... read on

  • The Names and Stories of the 11 Slain Israeli Olympians

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 29, 2012 | 8:00 am

    Much has been written about the refusal of the leadership of the IOC to honor the memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich in a way befitting them as Olympians during opening ceremonies in London on Friday evening. 

    It is important, of... read on

  • Mitt Romney’s Attack on President Obama’s Support of Israel - Not Based on The Facts

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 25, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Yesterday, Governor Mitt Romney began his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, NV by accusing President Obama of “undermining” Israel’s position and speaking “as if our closest ally is the problem.” Romney charged, as well, that “the people of Israel... read on

  • The Presbyterian Church Statement following the Massacre of Israelis-Jews in Bulgaria

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 22, 2012 | 7:37 am

    Once again, the leadership of the Presbyterian Church USA shows extraordinary insensitivity towards Israelis and Jews. This week the Church issued a statement that completely ignores the fact that those murdered in Bulgaria by a suicide bomber sponsored by Hezbollah (and probably... read on

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