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Delay tasks? You’re more a Melville than a Moses

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — I never read the book Moby Dick in my youth. Now that I have more time, I decided to read it in my dotage. I failed miserably. Even though Moby Dick is considered one of the greatest works of American literature, I found it ponderous and boring. When […]

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Business or speech, one must not hurt another

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — Included among the agricultural laws in Parashat B’har is the verse: “Do not wrong one another, but fear your God; for I the Lord am your God.” (Lev. 25:17) Although in context this verse refers to the fair amount to pay for the purchase of land during the […]

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Visiting Jerusalem during Passover, Easter

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal EN ROUTE TO SAN DIEGO — I am writing this onboard a Swissair flight to Los Angeles. After we arrive at LAX we will pick up a rental car and drive to San Diego. (I understand why it is more economical to fly out of LAX, but it is nevertheless frustrating.) Every […]

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An Israeli seder and tour during Pesach week

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal JERUSALEM — We spent Seder night and the First Day of Passover at Kibbutz HaSolelim in the Galilee. This is where Dan, Michal, his bat zug (partner), and their adorable baby daughter Kerem live. Like many kibbutzim, HaSolelim is now “privatized.” This means that members’ salaries are differentiated and gone are […]

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The changes in Jerusalem, six years later

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal JERUSALEM — It took a passport check to remind us how many years it has been since we last visited Israel. To our surprise, it has been six years. We used to go about every two years. That changed when we had grandchildren! We gave up Israel for exotic locations such […]

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What Torah teaches about being cruel to be kind

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — In 1979 pop singer Nick Lowe put out a single that became a classic: “Cruel to be Kind”: Oh I can’t take another heartache Though you say you’re my friend, I’m at my wit’s end You say your love is bonafide, but that don’t coincide With the things […]

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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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