Jewish Journal

  • Elul - The Season To Forgive

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 8, 2013 | 10:44 am

    With the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul yesterday (August 7) we count down the days to Rosh Hashanah (30) and Yom Kippur (40). During this period, t’shuvah (return to family, friends, community, Torah, God) is the spiritual and emotional per-occupation of the Jewish world.... read on

  • Minimum Wage, “Fox News”, John Oliver, the Farm Bill and Food Stamps

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 4, 2013 | 6:48 am

    Right-wing extremists in the media and Congress are waging a full-scale assault on millions of poor people by refusing to raise the minimum wage (currently at $7.25/hour = $15,000 annually for full-time work) and include funds for food stamps on the Farm Bill now before Congress.

    ... read on
  • Arranging For My Mother’s Funeral and Burial

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 29, 2013 | 9:52 am

    My mother, now 96, is in rapidly failing health. Always a model of vitality, it has been difficult for me to imagine the world without her. Yet, as she becomes increasingly frailer, my brother and I decided that it was time for us to tie up loose ends at the cemetery so that when... read on

  • “The Third Narrative: Progressive Answers To The Far Left’s Critiques of Israel”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 26, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Ameinu (Heb. “Our People”) is a national, multi-generation community of progressive Zionist North American Jews that believes that “a secure peace between Israel and its neighbors is essential to the survival of the democratic Jewish state.” Ameinu is committed to a “negotiated... read on

  • “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” – By Nathan Englander – Book Review

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 24, 2013 | 7:28 am

    What I appreciate most about Nathan Englander’s new collection of short stories, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” (publ. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012), is not only his gifts as a writer, story teller and psychologically sophisticated observer of people, but that he... read on

  • Two Narratives - Two Truths

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 22, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Much will be said in the coming days and weeks about what negotiations mean, what Israel and the Palestinians are willing to do and give up, whether the gap is just too wide, and whether a two-state solution is possible given current thinking on both sides.

    I have just begun... read on

  • Six Quotations Above My Desk

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 11, 2013 | 7:07 am

    One of my hobbies is collecting quotations. Over the years I have gathered thousands of bits of truth, wisdom, insight, light, poetry, sayings, one-liners, and more extensive passages on virtually every conceivable theme. My ever-growing collection draws from the famous and the... read on

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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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