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  • Federation’s letter against Iran deal brings community’s divide to the surface

    By Jared Sichel

    July 30, 2015 | 9:54 am

    A recent community-wide email from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles opposing the Iranian nuclear deal has been met with strong — and opposing — reactions.

    “I was outraged by it,” said Rabbi John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood and a supporter of the...

  • Federation: Take it back

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2015 | 8:09 pm

    In the hours immediately following the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, the Jewish community fell victim to a rare and unbecoming phenomenon:  groupthink.

    The word went out from Zion, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigated the deal before it had even been...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel, preserving Auschwitz, showing love to the elderly and more

    March 26, 2014 | 9:59 am

    The Ways We Slice It

    Thank you for presenting a fascinating theoretical debate on calling Israel the “Jewish state.”

    Secretary of State John Kerry proclaims the “Jewish state” issue makes negotiation so much more complicated (“The Jewish State Problem Won’t Go Away,” March 21)....

  • The Bedouin, human rights, and ‘legitimacy’: A final word to Gerald Steinberg

    December 19, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    Gerald Steinberg has asked that I respond to the specific charges he levies against human rights organizations, my colleague Rabbi John Rosove, and me regarding our involvement in protecting the rights of some 30-40,000 Bedouin to avoid forced expulsion from their homes. At the...

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  • 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...

  • “The Dead Sea Scrolls – A Biography” – Book Review and Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 9, 2013 | 7:13 pm

    If you have ever wondered what is so significant about the Dead Sea Scrolls, arguably the most significant archeological discovery of the 20th century, and would like a handbook to explain it all, this book by Dr. John J Collins, Professor of Old Testament Criticism and...

  • Losing Weight and Getting Fit

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 7, 2013 | 6:43 am

    Studies indicate that 70% of American adults and 30% of American kids are overweight or obese. When considering that staggering figure, how widespread today are common eating disorders, and the huge cost of medical care for those who suffer weight-related illnesses, it seems that...

  • Where Ever You Go There You Are! - Dvar Torah Parashat Mattot-Masei

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 4, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    Twenty years ago the physician and Zen Master, Jon Kabat-Zinn, wrote a book he called “Where Ever You Go There You Are.” The book’s title has stayed with me and it has helped me to focus not only on why I do what I do, but also on why others might behave as they do.

    We are who we...

  • The Challenge of Defining Who is a Jew and What is an Israeli Today – A Book Review

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 30, 2013 | 6:37 am

    "The 188th Crybaby Brigade – A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah," by Joel Chasnoff (publ. 2010) is a well-written, insightful, at times hysterically funny memoir of a young American Yeshiva bucher who sought to live the complete modern Jewish experience while...

  • Finding Light Amidst Darkness - D’var Torah Pinchas

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 28, 2013 | 6:29 am

    How to read the story of Pinchas, a shatteringly brutal tale of love and violence? That is the question in this week’s Torah portion, especially for the modern Jew?

    The story begins this way:

    “Now YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Pinchas, son of Elazar son of Aaron the priest, has...

  • Well-being and a Wishing Box

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 23, 2013 | 7:28 am

    A friend and member of my community at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Sophie Sartain, has written a wonderful piece on “Well-Being” in the current issue of LA Magazine about her daily walk on a popular Hollywood trail called “Runyon Canyon” whose trail head is several hundred yards...

  • “Born on a Blue Day” – by Daniel Tammet – Book Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 20, 2013 | 10:06 pm

    “Born on a Blue Day” (publ. 2007) is an extraordinary memoir written by a young British autistic savant, Daniel Tammet. His mental capacities are so remarkable that he was able to recite Pi to the 22,514th digit and holds the British and European record.

    The author writes about...

  • Sinai and American Efforts for Peace - D’var Torah Hukat

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 14, 2013 | 9:22 am

    In this week’s Torah portion Hukat, Miriam dies and the people complain bitterly that there’s no water (Numbers 20:3-5). God tells him to take his rod and order the rock to produce water. But Moses, old and weary, instead of ordering the rock, strikes it with his rod. Though the...

  • Vocally Support the American Effort to Reach a Two-State Solution Now

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 11, 2013 | 7:31 am

    Those who say that PA President Abbas' constant refusal to sit down with PM Netanyahu without preconditions to restart negotiations for a two-state solution is an indication that he and the Palestinians are not able or willing to make peace is not the entire story.

    When Israeli...

  • The Inner Korach - Then and Now

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 7, 2013 | 9:35 am

    The Wall Street Journal/NBC News published a poll this week reporting on the public’s approval rating of President Obama with special focus on his administration’s honesty and integrity in light of the Benghazi investigation, the IRS scandal and Drone attacks. The President...

  • Secretary Kerry’s Speech and J Street’s Open Letter to the American Jewish Community

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 6, 2013 | 7:13 am

    Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a powerful and important speech at the American Jewish Committee conference, calling on American Jews to make their voices heard in support for negotiation efforts and a two-state solution. The speech was not given much...

  • Blessings For Beloved Pets - Part II

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 5, 2013 | 10:13 am

    This past week I posted a blog on whether Jews should say the Mourner's Kaddish for a beloved pet. I have received many responses to that blog both in agreement with me that distinctions must be made between human beings and pets and that the Mourner's Kaddish is meant for mourners...

  • A Poem About “Love”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 2, 2013 | 7:44 am

    I have read this wondrous poem very infrequently at weddings over the years. I offer it only to couples who I sense have attained a special depth of camaraderie uncommon even for those who feel great love for each other.

    The poem reflects a depth of generosity, humility,...

  • Should Jews Say Kaddish For A Pet?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 30, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    It is estimated that there are 70 million dogs in American homes today, in addition to millions of other animals Americans have taken into their hearts like members of their families. These pets are our companions and friends, and though they are not human beings, their...

  • The Kotel in 1911 Had No Mechitzah

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 29, 2013 | 10:15 am

    A member of my congregation, Peter Marcus, has shared with me film footage taken by his uncle, Murray Rosenberg, a newsreel photographer, in 1911 when he visited Palestine. The entire film is worth watching, but the relevant footage at the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem) begins...

  • The Divine Wedding and Kiss - Parashat Naso

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 16, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    “O for your kiss! For your love / More enticing than wine, / For your scent and sweet name – For all this they love you.

    Take me away to your room, / Like a king to his rooms – / We’ll rejoice there with wine. / No wonder they love you!”

    Song of Songs 1:2-4 - Translation by...

  • “A German Life – Against All Odds, Change is Possible” by Bernd Wollschlaeger – Book Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 14, 2013 | 6:26 am

    Bernd Wollschlaeger, born in 1958 in the small German town of Bamberg, is the son of a former Nazi tank commander and member of one of the elite units of the Wehrmacht, the Germany army, for which he was awarded the Knight’s Cross personally by Hitler.

    Bernd loved his parents and...

  • 10 Things to Make the Morning and Day Happier

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 12, 2013 | 7:44 am

    I subscribe to a worthwhile list-serve organized by Dr. Mehmet  Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor at Columbia University,  called “Real Age” (health@realage-mail.com) that regularly sends out health tips. This past week I received a piece called “8 Ways Happy People Start...

  • “You Shall Not Stand Idly By?” America and Syria – What to Do?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 5, 2013 | 8:00 am

    It should be clear that the last thing the Obama Administration wants is to get caught in another Middle Eastern war, with no “good guys” and no viable exit strategy. What else can explain American passivity in the face of 70,000 Syrian dead and 1 million refugees in two years?...

  • Rav Kook – The Shmitta – and Personal Release – Parashat Behar-Behalotecha

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 2, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    “Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment – the moment in which a person finds out once and for all who s/he is.” (Jorge Luis Borges)

    So often it is the inner voices (from tradition, society, family, friends, and mentors) and not our own...

  • The US Should Not Grant Visas To Israeli Citizens Unless Israel Grants the Privilege to US Citizens

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 30, 2013 | 7:39 am

    Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced a bill co-sponsored by 18 Democrats and Republicans that would enable Israel to join a group 37 other favored nations whose citizens need not carry visas to enter the United States.

    Now, any Israeli who wants to travel to the US needs to...

  • Be Not Afraid

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 29, 2013 | 7:26 am

    When I was 9 years old my father died, and my world suddenly changed. Overwhelmed by loss and grief, only the support of family and friends helped me move through that dark period.

    What was clear was that I had no control over the ultimate questions of life and death. In the...

  • The Way to Holiness - D’var Torah Acharei Mot/K’doshim – Leviticus 19

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 18, 2013 | 8:23 am

    Exalted One –
    You call us to holiness,
    To climb the ladder,
    Higher and higher,
    To reach as far as we might,
    But never to rise above the angels.

    You call us to purity,
    To be as priests,
    In this world,
    Separate and apart,
    As intermediaries  
    Between our flawed humanness...

  • Israel on Her 65th Birthday – Taking Pride In Her Accomplishments

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 15, 2013 | 7:22 am

    The State of Israel is the 100th smallest country in the world with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, yet her people have accomplished so very much even as she has struggled in war and been forced to spend more money per capita on her own protection than any other...

  • Women of the Wall Agree To Historic Plan - A Victory for Religious Pluralism and Democracy in Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 12, 2013 | 7:45 am

    It seems that Natan Sharansky has successfully gained agreement between the Israeli and international Reform movement, the Women of the Wall (WOW) and the Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall (ultra-orthodox) that a section at the southern end of the Kotel beneath Robinson’s Arch will...

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