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24th November 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Midrash
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Midrash is the medium for discussing theology in Judaism rather than using rational philosophy." Find out more about what Rabbi Rosen has to say.
 
10th November 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Faith schools
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "In principle, as a confirmed believer in separating state from religion, I do not believe states should support religious or denominational schools directly." Find out more.
 
3rd November 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Multiculturalism
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Multiculturalism is under attack. There is indeed heightened racial and communal tension in Europe. But is it multiculturalism’s fault?" Find out more.
 
27th October 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Abraham
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Every time I read the Biblical narratives about Abraham I am reminded of the differences between his day and ours. And the fact is that I usually think the comparison favours his."
 
20th October 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Middle Eastern books
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "My summer reading included some fascinating contrasts. It started with Amos Oz. I have to confess I am so far removed from secular Jewish angst that I have tended to steer clear of secular Israeli literature."
 
13th October 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Hygiene
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "In my callow youth I used to think it absurd to have, as Jewish law requires, to wash and make a blessing every time I went to the toilet." Find out more.
 
6th October 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Creationism
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Science is one kind of process and religion is another and the two are neither mutually exclusive nor necessarily contradictory but ideally complementary." Find out more.
 
29th September 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Succot
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "We who are part of a minority within a minority, ‘religious’ Jews of various hues and degrees, are in the midst of a fascinating, exhausting, but, for me at any rate, uplifting and exciting month."
 
22nd September 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Atonement
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "For all its failings, or manifest limitations, does not religion offer us a vision of something more, even if it is a measure too far for us?" Find out more.
 
8th September 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Sabbatical
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "As 5767 ends and we start 5768 we will enter another Sabbatical, the Seventh Year Release referred to in the Bible (Leviticus 25 and Deuteronomy 15) called Sheviit or Shmita." Find out more.
 
1st September 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Song
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Recently the major Charedi rabbis of Israel announced a ban on mixed concerts, even when the sexes are seating separately and the performers themselves are very, very kosher." Find out more.
 
25th August 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Yeshivas and money
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of the state of some yeshivas. "I am pretty sure the money goes to the private accounts of the nepotistic families which own and run these institutions." Find out more.
 
18th August 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Covering your hair
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Some fifty years ago it was unusual, in the west, to find an Orthodox rabbi’s wife who covered her hair outside of a synagogue. Nowadays, hair covering for women is almost the definition of Orthodoxy." Find out more.
 
11th August 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Abuse is never justified
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "If there are still some Jewish men whose mindset is barbaric, it is not the Bible to blame or Jewish law, but a clear deficiency in human sentiment."
 
28th July 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Jews talk
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "We all know Jews love talking, and there’s no better place to talk till you drop than a conference. Israel has been organising conferences forever. It’s not just for tourist bucks." Find out more.
 
21st July 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Immigration
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Both Britain and the US are currently struggling with the issue of immigration. A lot of what can be said of Jewish immigration into Britain also applies to Jewish immigration into the US."
 
14th July 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
On fasting
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Why is it that religions, all religions, seem to be associated with self-denial, fasting and smelling badly? It's one of the least appealing aspects, this holier-than-thou." Find out more.
 
30th June 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Education in Israel
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "There are internal challenges to Israel’s existence nearly as pressing as the external ones. The tension and gulf between the secular and the religious is one of them. One of the battlegrounds is Education."
 
16th June 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Shimon Peres
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I am pleased that Shimon Peres is to be the president of Israel. Apart from his unfortunate pronunciation of the ‘piss process’, he is an articulate and elegant spokesman for Israel’s cause."
 
9th June 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Blood libels
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "It will come as no surprise that the Blood Libel is making a big comeback in the Muslim world and is repeated and exaggerated on state sponsored television throughout that culturally benighted part of our planet."
 
2nd June 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Style over content
 
19th May 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Revelation
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "The biblical harvest festival of Shavuot, which comes round again this week, is also the anniversary of the Sinai Covenant which is the defining moment of Judaism as a religious and civil system."
 
12th May 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Ghetto life
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I am always surprised that whenever I am critical, some of my readers assume that I am depressed. So let me admit that this piece is indeed influenced by spending time in one of the world’s great ghettos, Antwerp."
 
5th May 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Strange folk
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "How is it possible to love all Jews let alone all human beings even if we are all precious in the eyes of God and He loves us all?"
 
28th April 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Why?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "A principle of all Western religions is ‘Benevolence’, that God cares and is involved in human life, rewards the good and punishes the bad. But most of us just don’t see it working that way."
 
21st April 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Hatikvah
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of the Israeli National Anthem: "If we insist on an anthem, let it be one that incorporates all its citizens. It’s not a text that is hallowed by religion or tradition".
 
14th April 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Am I a believer?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Declaring a belief in God does keep ones mind and senses open to more possibilities than if it is shut out completely. It leaves the door open. And this is where mysticism comes in useful."
 
7th April 2007
Jeremy Rosen
Does prison work?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Sometimes even if a solution is inadequate, it may still be better than the alternative. If prison, awful as it is, does in fact keep violent criminals off our streets then it is doing a valuable job."
 
31st March 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Slavery
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I find it difficult to read Biblical texts that seem to condone slavery. There were Jewish slaves who served limited terms, usually to pay off debts, but remained citizens bound by all Jewish Laws."
 
24th March 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Sick visiting
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "From my experience I have to say that simple as it sounds, being kind is one of the hardest challenges we humans face." Find out more.
 
17th March 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Who loves us?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "So the BBC World Service took a poll and discovered that more people think Israel is a danger to the world than any other place! Forgive me for an ironic laugh!"
 
10th March 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Looking back
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "It’s part of our tradition to remember, our forefathers, our history, and our enemies."
 
3rd March 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Poor him
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "The story of Purim is said to have happened some 2,500 years ago in the Persian Empire. Historians will argue as to whether the story of Mordechai and Esther is historically accurate."
 
24th February 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Women, its time to fight!
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "The suffragettes fought for the vote. They got it. Now I believe Jewish women must fight to the point of disobedience for fair and equal halachic treatment."
 
17th February 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Not in my name!
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "This month so many disparate groups and individuals have been claiming to speak for Jews or for those Jews who believe their voices are not heard. Can anyone speak for the Jews?"
 
10th February 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
In praise of my mother
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "In a piece I wrote several weeks ago, I mentioned my mother. And one of my readers wrote to me that this was the first time I had. I write often about my father but not about my mother." Find out more.
 
3rd February 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Holocaust days
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I have not been in favour of Holocaust Days any more than I am of making Holocaust denial a crime. Indeed there are too many conflicting Jewish Holocaust memorial days of one kind or another and sometimes less is more."
 
27th January 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Jewish mothers
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Jewish mothers tend to get a bad press. It’s not just Philip Roth and Portnoy’s Complaint. It’s a much wider issue. In Western literature, the Jewish Mother has become an object of scorn, even worse than the dreaded Mother in Law."
 
20th January 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Freedom writers
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I love idealists, even the crazy ones, just so long as they don’t harm other people and that’s getting rarer nowadays. I’ve spent most of my life struggling for my ideals and dreams."
 
13th January 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Thank goodness for Bar Ilan
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "it is important to show that Orthodoxy is not monolithic or monochromatic. And it this tradition that Bar Ilan represents." Find out more.
 
6th January 2007
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Apocalypto
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I confess I went to see the film ‘Apocalypto.’ Why? The Talmud is rather keen on knowing what it is that one wishes to combat and even more keen on knowing how to answer one's critics."
 
30th December 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Get out of Iraq
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I say to Blair and Bush, you went in and removed the most odious of dictators and his pathological sons. You tried your best to give the Iraqis a chance to run their own affairs. It didn’t work. Get out!"
 
23rd December 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The Beringen Mijn 'Pogrom'
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of an incident where a group of Chassidic teens were attacked in Belgium by Muslims: "It is a common refrain now throughout Belgium that instructions from On High are to protect Muslims rather than Jews."
 
16th December 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Reformative Judaism
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I often attack the inconsistencies and abuses of Orthodox Judaism. But I must say, sometimes our problems do seem to pale into insignificance compared to those of other denominations!"
 
9th December 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
When is kosher, kosher?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Sadly, the kosher industry is too open to abuse. It is possible to circumvent the strictest of supervision in the dead of night." Find out more and other kosher issues of concern.
 
2nd December 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Great Leaders?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Those of us who criticize Ultra Orthodoxy do not want to see it overthrown for we feel ourselves to be part of it in most ways. But we do want to see it open up to ideas and debate."
 
25th November 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Gay Israel
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I am happy that the Supreme Court allowed civil, gay, marriages rights in a democratic society. I am sad they could not show understanding of those who saw a gay Parade in Jerusalem as an unnecessary provocation."
 
18th November 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Agunah again
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I do care very much that our religion can consign women who cannot remarry to limbo while perfectly legal halachic devices for freeing them are not used. I find all of this a stain on halachic Judaism."
 
11th November 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
She's not my wife
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I am a fundamentalist in that I regard the text as a holy text and relate to it more spiritually than rationally. That is my choice. But I do not deny that there are other ways of looking at the text."
 
4th November 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Corruption
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "We need to acknowledge that, for all its achievements, Israel is a sick society. What depresses me even more is that so much of religious life is just as corrupt, financially, politically and, indeed, sexually."
 
28th October 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Who dunnit?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "This time of the year when the Torah readings are all about creation and the early years of mankind, I always wonder about this world of ours."
 
21st October 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Double Talk
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Over the past few weeks British officials and politicians have repeatedly sent out mixed messages on minority issues, precisely because they spoke before they thought."
 
14th October 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Be happy
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Now when it comes to Simchat Torah and dancing around, the dancing is either sedate, boring and perfunctory or drink driven wild chaos masquerading as religious ecstasy."
 
7th October 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
To pray or not to pray
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "These past two weeks, many of us have been through a veritable overload of prayer. Lots of it seems irrelevant, some of it even strike some people as unnecessarily exclusive and some of it is incomprehensible."
 
30th September 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Law or therapy?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "There is a myth that on the Day of Atonement most Jews turn up at synagogue. Even if it is true, attendance is around the synagogue rather than in it and is a social identification rather than a spiritual one."
 
23rd September 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The Pope and Islam
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "We must combat all manifestations of Islamophobia and not allow one single Muslim to feel threatened on the streets. But at the same time we can expect reciprocity as Jews."
 
16th September 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Belief in belief
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "This is ‘reflection’ time of the year. Time for self-analysis, angst and neurosis, feelings of inadequacy, even failure, when we try our best to judge ourselves, in the hope that God is more forgiving than we might be!"
 
9th September 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Sliding to the right
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "As an interested party, I am delighted at the rejuvenation of Torah in Judaism and the increase in commitment of a very significant section of it."
 
2nd September 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Loach and Friends
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "When a man I admire as a film director, Ken Loach, calls for a boycott of Israel, I resent being forced, as I am, to boycott his work."
 
26th August 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Computer Games
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Many of us ‘older’ people are totally unaware of the most powerful, the most widespread and the most wealthy religion in the world today. It is a religion that attracts as its devotees virtually all the young people on our globe."
 
19th August 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The grand old Duke of York
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "What if this is the moment when everyone finally agrees that force is not the answer for ever? What if it brings an end to occupation, assassinations, checkpoints, fences and homicide bombs?"
 
12th August 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Prejudice
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of Mel Gibson: "We are faced with such enormous and murderous hatred at this moment that the ravings of a drunken Hollywood producer surely comes way down on our list of priorities."
 
5th August 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
To be or not to be
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "If you want a land of your own you have to fight for it. And fighting is always painful and messy. If we want to survive as the sort of Jew I want to be counted amongst, we have no other option."
 
29th July 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The fast of Av
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Tisha B’Av tells us of two things. We have only survived because we came back and would not lie down. But equally, fighting is not always the answer either."
 
22nd July 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Not the UN
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Calls for the United Nations to send peacekeepers into Lebanon are a sick joke. Indeed, are we all unaware that there are UN ‘peacekeepers’ in Southern Lebanon still, at this very moment? What HAVE they been doing?"
 
15th July 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Louis Jacobs
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "If we judge him by his actions on his devotion to Torah and his honesty and goodness, I guarantee he will get through those Pearly Gates well ahead of the vast majority of orthodox rabbis alive today."
 
8th July 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Gay parade
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Jewish, Muslim and Christian clerics of Jerusalem have united in calling for a ban to a projected Gay Parade in the Holy City. This confirms my opinion, that fundamentalists across the religions have more in common with each other than they do with liberal members of their own religion."
 
1st July 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Hassidic gang wars
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Hassidism has succeeded in thriving largely because they are close-knit sects of true believers convinced that they are right. Everyone else, including other Jews, is wrong."
 
24th June 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
World Cup Jewish style
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "A few weeks ago a journalist called to ask me if I would, in my community, be praying for the success of the English soccer team. I said that it was against my religious belief to pray for the impossible."
 
17th June 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Jewish Chronic
Last week, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen expressed his views on the standards of the Jewish Chronicle. He then found himself banned from writing for the publication. "It strikes me as very sad when a journal cannot take criticism," he says.
 
10th June 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Richard Desmond
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of the Jewish Chronicle's recent reporting of Richard Desmond becoming president of Norwood: "This is one of the worst examples of righteous hypocrisy I can remember". Read more of his thoughts.
 
3rd June 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Ruth? Not nowadays!
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "It seems to me that nowadays we tend to forget the real message of Ruth and her private spiritual journey. Our religion, currently, seems to be one of authority, control and conformity."
 
27th May 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
American Idol
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I used to believe that if you had a religious pop singer he’d convert thousands, millions to Judaism. But it doesn’t work that way. Will Matisyahu change people’s attitude to Judaism?" Find out more.
 
20th May 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The Da Vinci Code
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I really wanted to carry on talking serious stuff this week, but the hooha over ‘The Da Vinci Code’ won." Find out his views on the film and its implications.
 
13th May 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
On being Jewish 2
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "My Judaism is a way of being engaged with the world around me while at the same time enjoying a way of living according to a Jewish calendar and routine that I find both enjoyable and spiritually uplifting."
 
6th May 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
What's a Jew?
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of how the word Jew is used. "Although I recognize that millions of people call themselves Jewish, many of them do not meet any of the criteria that matter to me." Find out more.
 
29th April 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Tragedy
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Many non-Orthodox Jews support ultra-Orthodox institutions because they believe they are helping the Jewish people survive. But what is the point of survival if we have lost our God?"
 
15th April 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Preparing for Pesach
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen on Pesach: "I am sad that for so many it will be a tiring, dull routine, a holiday with a noisy disorganized Seder or two or an expensive drain on fragile resources."
 
8th April 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The road to Jerusalem
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Passover is a pilgrim festival. For thousands of years Jewish pilgrims have been making their way up to Jerusalem. It is a very special route." Find out more.
 
1st April 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Human rights
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I regret that so few Jews are aware of the majesty of our legal and moral system and how it works, and automatically assume that their state civil laws are preferable."
 
25th March 2006
Jeremy Rosen
Rabbis & Imams in Seville
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen attended a conference of Imams and Rabbis for peace. "It was as valuable as most conferences are in bringing people together and making contacts. I do not underestimate (or overestimate) the value of this."
 
18th March 2006
Jeremy Rosen
Corruption
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen looks at 'honours'. He writes: "The British sickness of worshipping class has meant that it didn’t matter what sort of ennobled criminal you were, ermine and a coronet enabled you to sit in the House of Lords."
 
11th March 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Happy Purim
As we welcome Purim, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen offers his thoughts. "I think Purim is so important precisely because it invites us to laugh at ourselves as well. No wonder some argue that the only way to really celebrate Purim is to get drunk."
 
4th March 2006
Jeremy Rosen
David Irving
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "We have just entered the month of Adar. It is the month of Jewish 'carnevale' and the downfall of irrational hatred. The answer to idiots is to expose their idiocy." Find out his views on the jailing of David Irving.
 
25th February 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Chabad myths
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "For many years there has been a story circulating that my father who died in March 1962 was promised he would be cured by the Rebbe provided he did not tell anyone. Recently this myth resurfaced by a rabbi in Israel."
 
18th February 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Olive trees
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "We have had a field day these past weeks with Muslim fanatics and Anglican churchmen making complete idiots of themselves. Let us not forget we have our own."
 
11th February 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Freedom to laugh
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I am seriously worried that the liberal Western civilization of Voltaire, Locke, Hume, John Stewart Mill, Huxley, Russel and Popper is about to disappear". Find out more.
 
4th February 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
New life, old tradition
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of his latest experience in his life. "Now that I have just become a grandpa again (the sixth time) my total delight is tempered by the thought of another circumcision, a Brit (nothing to do with awards)."
 
28th January 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Hamas victory
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of recent Palestinian elections. "It is ironic that in Biblical Hebrew 'Hamas' means 'violence.' But I think we should be glad that Hamas has won the Palestinian elections. It is a victory for democracy."
 
21st January 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The WZO
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "The 35th Zionist Congress is going to take place in Jerusalem, June 19th–June 22nd, 2006. Does it really matter a jot? Not one bit." Find out more about Rabbi Rosen's take on the organisation.
 
14th January 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Glueckel and Abramoff
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "It is embarrassing now in the USA to read and hear about the lobbyist Jack Abramoff. To me it is equally sad the way so many religious leaders have remained silent instead of having the guts to dissociate themselves."
 
7th January 2006
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The hour and the man
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Over the years I have noticed so often that the most mediocre or the most flawed of individuals, or sometimes the most inappropriate get into positions of authority and power."
 
31st December 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Munich
As Steven Spielberg's Munich hits the big screen, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen offers his thoughts. "Spielberg’s film evokes a variety of responses, but I do not think anyone involved in the Middle East situation could possibly see this film simply as entertainment."
 
24th December 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Its that time of the year!
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "This is a very strange time of the year for those of us who are not Christians. We look on bemused as throughout the West all the tools of materialism are cranked up to panic point."
 
17th December 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Symbols
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "The Star of David means nothing to me religiously 'though it does have a special place in my affections precisely because of its association with Jews and a modern Jewish homeland."
 
10th December 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Fools and their folly
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "It is sad that ideologies prevent honest discussion, biases and hatreds prevent honest analysis and they distort comparisons. Sometimes one just wants to scream. What else is there?"
 
3rd December 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Saints or sinners?
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "For those of us who take our bible seriously, the narratives of Genesis are meant to be moral pointers to correct human behaviour. If so, then it is very difficult to explain why our great forefathers did certain things."
 
26th November 2005
Jeremy Rosen
Putting our house in order
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I have attended conferences on religion and peace, religion and ecology, religion and the social order. Great for meeting people but frustrating. Why? Because religion has nothing constructive to offer on these issues."
 
19th November 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
On being nice
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Being nice and considerate to people, difficult in practise as it may be, is one of the most important imperatives in the Jewish religion."
 
12th November 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Mourning
This week I had three Houses of Mourning to attend. There was a sad symmetry to the three Shivas. One was for a ninety-year-old man. The second was for a middle-aged woman. The third was for a young man, whose life was tragically cut short.
 
5th November 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Rosen on Ushpizin
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen takes a look at the film Ushpizin. "The plot is about a childless couple of returnees to religion who have adopted orthodoxy. But it is excessively naive and credulous and the characters simply unbelievable."
 
29th October 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Creation
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "As we return to reading the Biblical story of creation, the battle over what should be taught in American schools rages on." Find out more.
 
22nd October 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Be happy!
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "The Torah command us times to ‘rejoice’ on Succot. Why specifically on Succot does the Torah insist three times on joy?" Find out more.
 
15th October 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Philo & Pepys
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "It is loyalty to our traditions that has helped us survive. Whether you believe they are God-given or humanly inspired, they have stood the test of time." Find out more.
 
8th October 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The Good and the Dead
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "At this time of the year we are called to reckon and to analyze our relationship with God. If the past helps then it is good. But when it is a replacement then it is sterile."
 
1st October 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Happy New Year
In his New Year column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "When we hear the Shofar and we finally say 'Next Year in Jerusalem', will we really mean it or will we just be relieved it’s all over and go back to our old ways for another year?"
 
24th September 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Tattoos
In his latest comment piece, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen takes a look at tattoos. "I hate tattoos with such a passion its almost illogical. There’s nothing beautiful or aesthetic in them just ritualised self-desecration and self-mutilation."
 
17th September 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Dumb Jewish leaders
In his latest column, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of recent comments from some Jewish leaders. He says: "Sometimes, I really wonder what the Almighty’s thinking about the way some rabbis make our religion into a laughingstock."
 
10th September 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
A special book
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "I've just had a book of my essays published in Manchester. It's not my first book. I've written others on Judaism, theology and mysticism. But for me this book is rather special." Find out more.
 
3rd September 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Synagoguaphobia
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes: "As we start the month of Elul and prepare ourselves for the coming Days of Awe, the pit of my stomach tightens as I realize I’m going to have to spend a lot more time than usual in synagogues."
 
27th August 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Withdrawal from Gaza
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen offers his perspective on the recent withdrawal from Gaza. "The reason I oppose religion being used as the foundation of Zionism is that I find it offensive when people claim to know how God (or Allah) works."
 
20th August 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
The art of conversion
With the Chief Rabbi and the London Beth din refusing to recognise orthodox conversions in Israel, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes of how "It is we who have made things unreasonable by being so rigidly offensive and restrictive."
 
13th August 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Jogging for the soul
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen takes a reflective look at jogging: "Exercise is, in its way, a sort of religion, with its daily worship routines, its special garments and heartbeat phylacteries, its myths and traditions and shared sense of community."
 
6th August 2005
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen
Rabbi Kook's legacy
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen writes about the famous Rav Zvi Yehuda Kook and the huge Jerusalem yeshiva, Merkaz HaRav Kook. Along his thought process, Rabbi Rosen looks at the impact of Kook and the current situation in Israel.
 


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