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Rabbi Jeremy Rosen received his rabbinic ordination from Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He also studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Cambridge University, and went on to earn his PhD in philosophy. He has worked in the rabbinate, Jewish education, and academia for more than forty years, in Europe and the US. He currently lives in the USA, where he writes, teaches, lectures, and serves as rabbi of a small community in New York.

ARTICLES BY: Jeremy Rosen

November 25, 2019 6:26 pm

Israeli Settlements and Peace

Good news. Bad news. The US has declared that settlements in the West Bank are not illegal according to international law, despite nearly everyone else claiming...

November 18, 2019 7:21 pm

Is the Torah ‘True’?

“What is truth?” is the question that Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, asked 2,000 years ago. It's possibly the most famous question of all...

November 10, 2019 6:18 am

Remembering Maimonides

It is a well-known saying that, “From Moses to Moses, there was no one as great as Moses.” The second Moses the saying refers to...

November 3, 2019 5:52 am

Remembering the Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917 was the first recognition in 2,000 years that Jews had as much a right to a homeland of their own...

October 20, 2019 1:49 am

Why Do People Sin?

Next week, we will restart the annual Torah reading cycle, which always reminds me of sin -- Adam and Eve and all that. What an...

October 13, 2019 6:07 am

Sukkot Is a Call to Change the World

Every Jewish festival has several different levels of significance. There are always personal, national, agricultural, and universal themes. Rituals, laws, and customs exist to reinforce the...

October 6, 2019 6:08 am

Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen? There Is No Answer.

For thousands of years, we have been asking why God lets bad things happen to good people and good things happen to very bad ones....

September 29, 2019 2:56 pm

Rosh Hashanah: A Call to Remember

The occasion that we now call Rosh Hashanah is referred to in the Bible only as Zihron Teruah -- the Day of Remembering with Sound....

September 22, 2019 3:44 am

The Jews of Mashhad

History is going out of fashion. It is declining as a subject taught at universities. It is seen as irrelevant to the great surge of...

September 15, 2019 6:41 am

Judaism and Evolution

In a recent article, a Yale University computer science professor, David Gelernter, said that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution has too many holes and is...

September 9, 2019 5:36 am

President Truman, George Marshall, and Israel

Some in American Jewry are split over whether Donald Trump is the most pro-Israel or pro-Jewish president in the history of the US. Before Trump,...

September 1, 2019 5:55 am

Adam Kirsch, the Hope of Jewish-American Literature

There are few contemporary Jewish writers in the US I am interested in meeting. They invariably use what Jewish religion they have to rebel against...

August 18, 2019 4:52 am

Religio-Fascism and the Israeli Right-Wing

I have often expressed my frustration with politics -- in particular, Israeli politics. I dislike dogma and extremism on both sides. This week, I am...

August 9, 2019 3:57 pm

Recounting the History of Yemeni Jews on Tisha B’Av

Ever since I first visited a Yemenite community in Israel way back in 1958, I have had a soft spot for Yemeni Jews -- for...


Comedian Tiffany Haddish Throws Lavish ‘Black Mitzvah’ Party on Her 40th Birthday

Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish celebrated her 40th birthday on Tuesday...

Thousands of Brazilians Take Part in Israeli Social Music Initiative

Thousands of Brazilians gathered on Sunday at Sao Paulo’s Estaiada Bridge to take...


How to Fight the Cultural BDS Movement

One of the good things about the bad times of today is that people are not staying silent about rising...

‘New Hope’ in Fight Against Tay-Sachs Disease

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are touting a possible breakthrough in the fight against Tay-Sachs disease, a...


Norway Threatens Palestinian Aid Cut Over Racism, Violence in Textbooks

The Norwegian parliament called on the Palestinian Authority on Thursday to remove violent, racist and antisemitic materials from its school curriculum, or else face a drop or cessation in funding. A...


Israel’s UN Mission Commemorates Expulsion of Middle Eastern and North Af...

Israel’s UN Mission commemorated on Wednesday the expulsion of the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa, holding an...

Middle East

US Says Iran May Have Killed More Than 1,000 in Recent Protests

Iranian security forces may have killed more than 1,000 people since protests over gasoline price hikes began in mid-November, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Thursday. "As the truth is...

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