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Torah has good advice for picking judges

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — In this week’s parasha, Moses’ father-in-law, Yitro, learns about the miraculous Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Moses’ wife and children had been staying with him in Midian and Yitro brings them to reunite with Moses in the wilderness. While visiting, Yitro notices all of the Israelites coming […]

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Hundreds fete retiring Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Congregants, rabbis, representatives of Jewish agencies and organizations, staff, family, and friends feted Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal on Saturday evening, Feb. 4, to mark his retirement after 29 years service to Tifereth Israel Synagogue and the community. A catered dinner for several hundred in the Conservative congregation’s social hall […]

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City Council declares Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Day

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — The City Council has declared January 31, 2017 as “Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Day in San Diego.” A resolution prepared by Councilman Scott Sherman — in whose district Tifereth Israel Synagogue is situated — commended the Conservative rabbi for 29 years of service as the congregation’s spiritual leader. It noted that the […]

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‘Acts of God’ are not disasters, but help for others

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — One of the most beloved children’s songs of the Passover Seder is the Frog Song: One day king Pharaoh awoke in his bed, There were frogs in his bed and frogs on his head. Frogs on his nose and frogs on his toes. Frogs here, frogs there, Frogs […]

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Why God chose to speak from a bush

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — Moses flees for his life after killing the Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave. He settles in the oasis of Midian, which was located at the base of Mt. Sinai. He marries the Priest of Midian’s daughter and becomes a shepherd. One day as he was […]

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Judah, a teacher in Goshen

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — We read in parashat Va-yigash about Jacob and his sons reuniting with Joseph in Egypt. After revealing his true identity, Joseph brought his family there to escape the famine in Canaan. Joseph settled them in Goshen. The Torah says: “[Jacob] …sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph, to point […]

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From Joseph’s story we learn when God is with us

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — In Parashat Va-yeshev, Joseph’s jealous brothers throw him in a pit. From there he is carried off to Egypt. He works for Potiphar and all goes well until he refuses the advances of Mrs. Potiphar. Joseph is thrown in jail and interprets the dreams of the royal baker […]

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Jacob, Esau, and the duplicity of evil

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — I’ve always felt that Esau gets a bad rap. Perhaps it’s because I was always chosen to play Esau in Hebrew School plays (I had dark skin and hair when I was a child). More likely, it’s because I felt badly for Esau who was more the victim […]

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Theodore Cashuk, October 19, 1935 – November 18, 2016

The following graveside eulogy was delivered by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal on November 21, 2016 at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego. SAN DIEGO — Joseph I. Weiss once wrote, “However short, however long the time given to those who are near to us, strength will be fashioned through the gratitude of our hearts for […]

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When Jews argue with God, they become obligated

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — One of the things I love about Judaism is our ability to question and argue. Although Judaism does demand that we accept much on faith, we are never forbidden to question why things are the way they are, and to challenge God, and even express our unhappiness about […]

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The coming tenth famine

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — During my first year of Rabbinical School I had a roommate who dropped out. After studying for a year, he had had enough. He described Judaism as a giant birthday cake. If you have a little, it’s great. But if you eat the whole thing, you will get […]

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Why did God choose a rainbow?

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — The story of Noah and the ark is one of my favorites. After the flood, God decided that God would never destroy the world again by flooding because “yetzer lev ha-adam ra mi-ne’urav”-human beings, by their very nature, have an inclination to do evil. God realized that humans are […]

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Parapets around our roofs and our hearts

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — One of the most conspicuous signs of a Jewish home is the Mezuza on the doorpost. While sometimes people think that the essence of the mitzvah is affixing the decorative case on the doorpost, the important part of the Mezuza is what’s inside: a small scroll with the […]

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We can be each other’s moral teachers

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — In Parashat Re’eh, Moses charges the Children of Israel to obey God. “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse: blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I enjoin upon you this day; and curse, if you do not obey the […]

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