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

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    3 days ago

    “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

    5 days ago

    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

  • Good Wishes and Hopes for Pesach - 5774

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    1 week ago

    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

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

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

  • The Pesach Seder – 3rd in a Series of 5 Blogs

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    2 weeks ago

    The Very First Seder in Jewish History - The first Seder was held in Egypt before the Exodus itself. Consequently, the Seder is not a celebration of redemption because the redeeming event had not yet taken place. Rather, the Seder is an expression of faith that there will be... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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