Jewish Journal

  • Israelis Have to Choose

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 23, 2014 | 9:19 am

    It is clear that with the coming Israeli elections on March 17 that Israelis have an opportunity to make an important choice. There are essentially two options and everyone knows what they are. Each carries risk. The question is, which will most likely secure Israel as a democracy... read on

  • Hanukah – A Major Battleground for the Heart and Soul of the Jewish People

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 18, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Last week I was invited to speak at Campbell Hall, a large private school in Studio City, Los Angeles, before two hundred and fifty 7th and 8th grade students about the story of Hanukah.

    I began by saying that without the success of the Maccabean Revolt in 165 BCE, there would be... read on

  • Insights and Blessings for Hanukah this Year

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 11, 2014 | 8:37 am

    I offer these words from a variety of sources for this season of Hanukah and am grateful to the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem for providing them. I  offer my own blessings to be said before the kindling of the Hanukah lights on each night, beginning this next Tuesday... read on

  • The New Republic – Say Kaddish

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 9, 2014 | 6:30 am

    My friend and colleague, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, has written a superb “eulogy” for an American institution, The New Republic in The Jewish Daily Forward, that everyone should read. http://forward.com/articles/210524/the-nu-republic-no-more/

    As I try and wrap my mind and heart... read on

  • Kindnesses That Last Forever

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 8, 2014 | 8:33 am

    When I was in Central Europe last month with thirty of my congregants touring formerly great Jewish centers of life in Budapest, Prague and Berlin, the Holocaust was everywhere we went. Memories of the cruelty and brutality so oppressed members of our group that many of us... read on

  • An Open Letter to Young American Jewish Liberals Concerning Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    November 28, 2014 | 10:32 am

    This past month I exchanged emails with a bright, Jewish American rabbinical student living in Jerusalem who grew up in my congregation, whose family are life-long Zionists, and who has become disheartened by recent events and trends in the state.

    She rightly perceives a growing... read on

  • Gratitude – Gratitude - Gratitude

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    November 26, 2014 | 8:28 am

    As so much in our country and world is torn and ugly (e.g. Middle East, Congo, Sudan, Ukraine, North Korea, Iran, American politics, fundamentalist religious and nationalist extremism, Ferguson, prejudice, suspicion, hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, mental illness, societal... read on

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