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  • 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...

  • When Saying Nothing is Worse Than Saying “No!”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 11, 2013 | 7:24 am

    I try and return every phone call and email that comes to me within 24 hours. Sometimes it takes a bit longer if my schedule is tight or I have not checked messages. Sometimes, I confess, I deliberately do not return a call or email when I suspect that the incoming message is so...

  • The Unholy Alliance Between The Chief Rabbi of the Wall and the Jerusalem Police

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 8, 2013 | 8:07 am

    Two important blogs have appeared in recent days shining a light on the desecration of the holiest site in Judaism, the Western Wall (Hakotel), at the hands of the Chief rabbi of the Kotel, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and the Jerusalem District Police Chief Yossi Pariente.

    Not only...

  • “Sacred Housekeeping - a spiritual memoir” by Harriet Rossetto – Book Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 3, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Harriet Rossetto was a bright Jewish kid with success written all over her. Like other young women growing up in the early 1960s, she went to college, got married, had a child, and hoped to live happily ever after. It didn’t turn out quite that way, but today she is more fulfilled...

  • The Organized American Jewish Community’s Response to President Obama’s Jerusalem Speech

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 31, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    President Obama’s Jerusalem speech has been praised by most American Jewish Organizations for his eloquent support of Israel, its security, his respect for the historic Jewish attachment to the land of Israel, his tough stand against the Iranian nuclear threat, and his desire to...

  • “How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who’s Sick” – Book Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 27, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Letty Cottin Pogrebin has written an indispensable guide when a member of one’s family or a dear friend becomes ill or suffers a tragic death, what to do, say and not say, how to respond and be the friend the stricken most needs.

    Letty is a founding editor of Ms Magazine, an...

  • A Passover Message of Freedom From Hiddush

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 24, 2013 | 7:05 am

    Rabbi Uri Regev, Founder and Director of Hiddush, asked me to write a Passover Supplement for inclusion in your family Seder on themes and values upon which both the State of Israel and the United States are founded. That piece is titled:

    “Imagine: Liberation, Marriage and Gender...

  • For a Sweet Pesach - J Street Karpas Supplement for Seder

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 15, 2013 | 11:21 am

    On behalf of J Street, we are proud to send you Rabbi Richard Levy’s stirring meditation on the karpas, the vegetable dipped in salt water during Seder. Rabbi Levy urges us to become as courageous as Nachshon ben Aminadav, the leader of the tribe of Judah and the first Israelite to...

  • The Worst Teacher I Ever Had & The Most Important Lesson I Ever Learned

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 12, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    I have taught children of every age since the early 1970s. In more than four decades I have learned many lessons about how people best learn, why teachers need to teach to the individual child and what is ultimately important in the teacher-student relationship. The Babylonian...

  • Bezalel - Master Architect of Sacred Space - Parashat Vayakhel-Pekude

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 7, 2013 | 10:51 am

    This week we learn about Bezalel, the man chosen to design and build the Tabernacle that carried the tablets of the law that Moses brought down from Sinai. (Exodus 38:22-39:31)

    On the face of it, these verses describe the matter-of-fact building of a physical edifice. But this...

  • Cuban and American Judaism – The Growth of Secularism

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 21, 2013 | 10:08 am

    In October I joined with 28 members of my congregation in a “humanitarian mission” to the Cuban Jewish community (meaning, we took goods and cash as gifts to support the Jewish community there). There are about 1000+ Cuban Jews living today in Havana, Santiago and Guantanamo, and...

  • Rabbi reverses interfaith marriage policy

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    It’s not often that a rabbi’s High Holy Days sermon is interrupted by a standing ovation. But that is what happened — twice — when Rabbi John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood, dedicated his sermon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to explaining why he was changing...

  • Everything Is Personal Here in the Middle East

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 13, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Last evening I found myself channel surfing Israeli television when I came across a gripping documentary centered on an Israeli cyclist who pedaled the length and breadth of Israel and parts of the West Bank to meet people and learn about their lives and relationship to the land and...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Rabbi John Rosove

    January 10, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    [UPDATE] Debbie Friedman’s Funeral - Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, 11 am [LIVE VIDEO] - available here.

    I have known Debbie for 35 years, since we were on staff together at Camp Swig. No one knew her at that time on the West Coast, and her music was only beginning to be known nationally....

  • Hearing God

    By Rabbi John L. Rosove

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Watching the sunrise over Lake Tahoe is one of my great summer pleasures. I usually awake before my family and, in solitude, watch as the contours of the lake begin to take shape in the morning light. The serene stillness of this mountain silence is punctuated later only with the...

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