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  • Democracy for Some - Not for All

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 14, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    Israel’s democracy had several significant victories this past week:

    First, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed as the next President of the Supreme Court Asher Dan Grunis, a jurist who respects an independent judiciary. There are those in Israel who do not.

    Second, the... read on

  • Everything Is Personal Here in the Middle East

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 13, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Last evening I found myself channel surfing Israeli television when I came across a gripping documentary centered on an Israeli cyclist who pedaled the length and breadth of Israel and parts of the West Bank to meet people and learn about their lives and relationship to the land and... read on

  • Jessica Fishman’s Sad Story and the Threat to Israel’s Civil Society

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 10, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Jessica Fishman’s story will break your heart. She is a young Jewish woman from Minnesota whose father was President of their Conservative synagogue and mother was President of Hadassah. Jessica was a Jewish day school student and attended services every Shabbat. As a teen she... read on

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  • “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund DeWaal – Book Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 8, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    On a long flight to Israel this past week I read a beautifully written memoir called “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund DeWaal.  This thoroughly researched work tells the story of four generations of the Ephrussi family, among the most prominent and wealthy Jewish families in... read on

  • Impressions from Jerusalem

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 7, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    This is my 15th sojourn in Israel since my first trip 38 years ago, and as much as Israel has changed in that time it is still the most fascinating and inspiring place I know.

    Today I met an old friend for lunch who made aliyah from South Africa in 1970, and he shared with me how... read on

  • “I am Jewish” - A Moving Statement of Jewish Identity - by Andrew Lustig

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 29, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    This is a deeply moving statement of Jewish identity by a young Jew, Andrew Lustig, in poetic rhythm. I do not know Andrew, but I love what he has created here. If you are moved as I was, please share it with your college friends and 20 somethings and 30 somethings and 90 somethings.... read on

  • Living in Light - D’var Torah Parashat Bo

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 26, 2012 | 6:24 pm

    “I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
    The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
    Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
    Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
    Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
    Morn came, and went and came, and brought no day,
    And... 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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