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Friday, September 25, 2020

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Rabbi John Rosove

771 ARTICLES

“Few and hard have been the years of my life”

This week Jacob, the inveterate victim, meets Pharaoh after discovering that Jacob’s favorite son Joseph is not only alive but had become second in...

#Freedomfromhunger: The Struggle to Defeat Food Insecurity – Daniel Rosove

Daniel Rosove, Program Director at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger spoke at Temple Israel of Hollywood this past Kabalat Shabbat as part of...

Lighting the Chanukah Menorah in a Soviet GULAG

Note: The following story comes courtesy of from Ulpan Or, Jerusalem. Between the years 1935 and 1956, Mordechai Chanzin spent overall 21 years in Soviet prisons...

Jewish survival is not a given – Miketz meets Hanukah

This week Joseph finds himself imprisoned on the false charge of trying to seduce Potifar’s wife. Already known as a dream interpreter, Joseph is...

Barak, Livni, Ya’alon and the Center-Left Unity Pact

“Former PM is an outspoken critic of Netanyahu, with many believing he may be setting the stage for a return to politics” There is much...

Happy 183rd Birthday Mark Twain – A Tribute in Quotations

Mark Twain is among my most favorite writers. His wisdom and wit shine a constant light on truth and reveal the absurdities in which...

Hanukah Gift – “Why Judaism Matters” – Available on Amazon.com

This is a Hanukah gift that I recommend. See endorsements below and the more than 20 five star endorsements posted on Amazon. To purchase the...

For your Thanksgiving tables this year

Ever since Governor Bradford of Plymouth Colony initiated the festival of Thanksgiving in 1621, it has been part of the American experience, belonging to...

Living Amidst Evil and Resisting the Stain

"Jacob's Dream" by James Coker When our kids were little, my wife and I paid close attention to the character of their friends and their...

Celebrating a small Torah scroll saved 80 years ago on Kristallnacht – November 9, 1938

On November 9, 1938, Rabbi Max and Ruth Nussbaum and their five year-old daughter Hannah stayed behind locked apartment doors in their upper-middle class...

America Is Still America!

As we move towards the mid-term elections next week, I think of all the dark moments in our nation’s experience these past months; the...

Solidarity at the Westwood Federal Building

The violent speech, the praise of politicians who body slam journalists, the not so subtle dog-whistles that stir up racist hatred, Trumps' appeal to...

“As ever Watson – You see but you do not observe!”

 This week’s Torah portion Vayera reminds me of Sherlock Holmes’ famous line: “As ever Watson – you see but you do not observe!”  Most of...

How Abraham healed God

The greatest Jewish theological revolution since the destruction of the Temple (70 CE) was brought about by Kabbalah. The greatest new idea about the...

The Holocaust Survivor and the Missing Yemenite Children (Video)

Introductory Note: I am grieved to post this, but honesty in Jewish life and in democracies demand that we confront  moral failures wherever and...

A Midrash on the Rainbow

     God looked upon creation and saw violence, chaos and mean-spirited self-centeredness engulfing every heart. There was neither kindness nor justice in the world....

“The Chosen Wars – How Judaism Became an American Religion” by Steven R. Weisman – A Review

Steven R. Weisman does the American Jewish community and anyone interested in who we are and how we came to be who we are...

When prayer is projected onto large screens in place of using prayer books

Several years ago I attended a session at the Biennial Conference of the Reform movement (the Union for Reform Judaism) on the visual benefits...

High Holiday Sermons – 2018/5779 – Temple Israel of Hollywood

For all TIOH Rabbi Sermons in 2018, go to https://www.tioh.org/worship/rabbis/clergystudy  These include sermons by Rabbi John Rosove, Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh, and Rabbi Jocee Hudson The following...

Ha’azinu – A World Without Teshuvah and Messianic Expectancy

“Give ear, O heavens, that I may speak, / Hear, O Earth, the utterance of my mouth. / Let my teaching drip like rain,...

Teshuvah – Hope over despair

This coming Shabbat is one of the two most holy in the Jewish year. It is called Shabbat Teshuvah. The other is the Shabbat...

A Prayer for the New Year – 5779

May we hold lovingly in our thoughts / those who suffer from tyranny, subjection, cruelty, and injustice / and work every day towards the...

The Rider and the Elephant

”What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation...

5 Truths About Forgiveness

Forgiving those who have wronged us is one of the most difficult things we ever do. It is also one of the most healing. Based...

Life Lessons for Elul – A hedge against the toxicity in today’s politics

Soren Kierkegaard said: “It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it...

“The Eternal Dissident” – A must-read collection of sermons and writings

I first met Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman when I was eleven years old when my mother, brother and I joined Leo Baeck Temple in...

Why Israel needs Reform and Conservative Judaism

Last week (August 9) an article appeared in the opinion section of the Forward under the title - “Stop Trying to Bring Reform and...

Charlottesville One Year Later – Commentary

Heather Heyer - z'l Note: I print with permission a commentary by my colleague, Rabbi Joel Schwartzman, on the tragic events of a year ago...

Nation-State Law Was Not Necessary

Israel’s new “Nation-State” Basic Law is neither overtly racist nor suggestive of apartheid. Yet, it is a bad and unnecessary law and ought to...

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