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  • To Be or Not To Be Spock – Leonard Nimoy Discusses his “Live Long and Prosper” Hand Gesture

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 20, 2014 | 7:20 am

    My friends know that Leonard Nimoy is married to my first cousin Susan (her father and my mother were brother and sister). I have been close with Susan, who is a “smidge” older than me, throughout my adult life from our 20s when we rediscovered each other as young adults outside of... read on

  • Erotic Poem, Intra-Divine Allegory, or Both?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 18, 2014 | 8:11 am

    “The world is not as worthy as the day on which the Song of Songs was given to Israel, for all the writings are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies.”

    So said Rabbi Akiva (2nd century Palestine), who believed that The Song of Songs, traditionally attributed to King... read on

  • “Is It Possible to be a Jewish Intellectual?” - Eva Illouz in Haaretz

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 16, 2014 | 7:57 am

    Is It Possible to be a Jewish Intellectual?” is an expansive six-thousand-one-hundred-word essay written by Sociology Professor Eva Illouz of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that was published this week in Haaretz, Israel’s equivalent of The New York Times. It is a must-read... read on

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  • Good Wishes and Hopes for Pesach - 5774

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 11, 2014 | 7:42 am

    This will be my final blog before Pesach begins, and I want to take the opportunity to wish all of you a season of renewal and joy.

    May your Seders be punctuated with hope, enveloped by family and good friends, open to strangers and people in need of material and spiritual... read on

  • The Pesach Seder – 5th in a series of 5 Blogs

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 10, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    Add Depth, Meaning and Fun to Your Seder

    Orange – Dr. Susanna Heschel asked everyone to take a segment of orange, say the blessing over fruit (Baruch Atah Adonai … borei p’ri ha-eitz), and eat it as a gesture of solidarity with Jewish lesbians, gay men, and others marginalized... read on

  • A Rabbi at 93 and a Poem Called “The Promised Land” by Carl Dennis

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 9, 2014 | 6:39 am

    Rabbi Leonard Beerman has been in my life since I was 12 years old. He inspired so many in my generation and me to engage as young teens in the civil rights movement, to protest American military involvement in Vietnam, to apply for Conscientious Objector status during that war, to... read on

  • The Pesach Seder – 4th in a Series of 5 Blogs

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 7, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    Significance of the Number 4 – In Jewish tradition, the number 4 (or multiples) appears constantly; the rains in the days of Noah fell for 40 days and nights; Moses communed with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and received the entire Torah; the Israelites wandered in the desert for... read on

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