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  • Why Shas’ Success in the March 17 Election Would Be Good for Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 11, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    I am an American Reform Zionist and in this year’s World Zionist Congress elections (the polls open on January 14), I am a delegate of the Association for Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) Slate #6 about which I will write more in my next blog.

    I mention my allegiance to ARZA... read on

  • “The Ineffable Flame of God” – D’var Torah Sh’mot

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 8, 2015 | 12:48 pm

    "The prophet is a man who feels fiercely. God has thrust a burden upon his soul, and he is bowed and stunned at man's fierce greed. Frightful is the agony of man; no human voice can convey its full terror. Prophecy is the voice that God has lent to the silent agony, a voice to the... read on

  • Confused About Israeli Politics Leading to the March 17 Election?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 5, 2015 | 9:20 am

    If you are confused about the state of Israeli politics, the relative strength of Israel’s political parties and center-right and center-left blocs, what the Palestinians are doing and their opportunities for success, and what is at stake for Israel, you are in good company.

    This... read on

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  • Shame on HarperCollins Publishers

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 1, 2015 | 1:49 pm

    Shame on HarperCollins for publishing an atlas of the Middle East and deliberately omitting Israel from the map. Tablet Magazine reported (December 31):

    “Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins that specializes in maps, told The Tablet that including Israel would... read on

  • The Difference Between an Optimist and a Pessimist - D’var Torah Vayechi

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    January 1, 2015 | 10:17 am

    The optimist says, “This is the best of all worlds.”

    The pessimist says, “You’re right!”

    As we enter 2015 there is much for which we can be thankful: our lives, our health (hopefully), our families, friends, and community, the people of Israel, and our friendships with peoples... read on

  • Remembering Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman (1921-2014)

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 27, 2014 | 7:17 pm

    Rabbi Leonard Beerman has been in my life since I was 12 years old, and his death this past week at 93 years represents a huge moment in the life of this community, the Jewish world, and the personal lives of many, including me.

    One of our g’dolei dor (great ones of this... read on

  • The Measure of Our Success - D’var Torah Vayigash

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 26, 2014 | 6:48 am

    As 2014 comes to a blessed close, our world continues to escalate in brutality, is more politically fragile, religiously challenged, and morally confused than ever before. In times such as these it is worthwhile to consider once again who we are and how we might measure our... read on

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