About

“Yedid Nefesh” (Hebrew for “soul mate”) is a spin-off from my first blog, “Shalom Rav.” While SR focuses primarily on social justice themes, this blog contains my latest poetry and liturgy as well as posts on Judaism, Jewish life and spirituality in general.

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6 Comments on “About”

  1. Jonathan Levy says:

    Hi Brant,

    Just stumbled upon this… really like what I’ve seen so far. The musings of my rabbi. Awesome!!

  2. Dear Rabbi Brant Rosen,

    I read and I appreciated very much your writing to Jewish Voice for Peace.
    I am a member of the Italian Network of Jews against the Occupation. Honestly, I cannot say that I am very religious. But I went to the local Jewish school as a young girl, and I know that Yamim Noraim are about to begin.
    This is what concerns me: an Italian NGO built a school for Beduin children near Jerusalem; since in Area C there is a construction ban for Palestinians – and certainly not for Jewish settlers – they were not allowed to build a proper school with foundations and had to build it out of tires instead. This appears to be the best structure that Beduin children deserve, and they have to be content with it.
    However, settlers want it demolished anyway. Jeff Halper’s ICAHD has written about this http://www.icahd.org/?p=7578, and so has UNRWA http://www.unrwa.org/photos.php?cat_id=79.
    Now, I am sure you can you imagine what would happen if any State in the world wanted to demolish a school for Jewish children.
    Unfortunately, these children are not Jews but Beduins; they are the grandchildren of people who have already lost everything because a Jewish state was created where they lived. Since they are Beduins, displaced by the Jewish State, almost everyone is silent.
    As the great Amira Hass wrote, Israel is preparing a new eviction of Beduins. Many of them have to live near a dump, in order to allow the expansion of settlements: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-to-forcibly-evict-bedouins-from-west-bank-1.384290. This is Israel’s idea of justice.

    Rabbi Brant Rosen, why are most rabbis silent about this horror?
    Are you willing to say a word about this? I wrote to the chief rabbi of Rome, and he did not even bother to answer me. Soon it is going to be Rosh HaShana, and Yom Kippur is only a few days later. I remember being taught, when I was in the Jewish school, how important is education for Jews. But do Jews only care for he education of Jews? Who is going to say a word about the education of Beduin children’
    Are you willing to say something about this, as a rabbi? Could Jewish Voice for Peace write something?

    Yours sincerely

    Dr. Paola Canarutto, of the Italian Network of Jews against the occupation (Rete-ECO)

  3. alan sugar says:

    A friend send me your poem “The Death of Moses”. Wow! A minimalist rabbi– that’s a rarity– or so it seems. I write poems as well– simple mostly, somewhat childlike, structure, rhythm, rhyme. I’ll paste in this one. (It’s a sonnet.)

    Waiting for Love

    He sent a dove, a sure white, pure white dove,
    one beacon bright to part the dark of night.
    A spark, a mark, an arc—one sign in sight.
    To touch just such a light—one spark of love.

    To search, to perch upon that branch above.
    To go, to know somehow something is right.
    To feel, to find one truth in just this flight.

    What could the sunlight’s beams be dreaming of?
    To be as one—to hold the sun and stars,
    to never stop until we find, so brief,
    a world within—without the painful bars.
    So far from hatred, homelessness and grief.

    Something complete, not broken into shards—
    the olive branch, a twig, a sprig… belief.

    Alan Sugar
    Decatur, GA

  4. Wonderfully profound as if a pure soul before even a quqrter of human sin peeped into this soul’s heart. Wonderful. Ranjan ET

  5. Cindy Wineburgh says:

    Rabbi Rosen – thank you so much. My husband George, who passed 3 years ago, would have found your “New Prayer for Hanukkah” so meaningful. He was not religious, but always kept that flame of belief in the Jewish social justice tradition from his father’s side of the family – which took some doing, because I have other Jewish relatives who’d rather not be involved in fights for social justice. Maybe vote for Obama or Hillary, but that’s it. Best wishes! I’ll have to look at site for Tzedek Chicago. (A friend from Chicago forwarded me your prayer, knowing I’d understand.)


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