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Rabbi David Wolpe

Conservative Judaism Seeks its True Name

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.23.2016 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Conservative Judaism is quintessentially the Judaism of relationship. Balancing relationships with other Jewish denominations, reaching out to the non-Jewish world, and most important, understanding our tradition as one in continuing dialogue with God.

9 Reasons to Believe That the Biblical Exodus Actually Happened

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.10.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Like many events that occurred in the past and are explored through sciences such as forensics, evolutionary biology and archaeology, researchers are working with only limited and fragmentary information.

Netanyahu Speech Creates Rift Among Jews

USA Today | William M. Welch | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) American Jewish leaders and activists are worried about widening political divisions between Israel and the White House sparked by Is...

A New Year's Prayer 2015

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Dear God, in a world radiant with blessing, may I never hoard my good fortune but offer it to your children with an open hand, an eager heart and a spirit that honors You.

'Jewels Of Elul': Stories, Lessons To Prepare For Jewish High Holidays

Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The time is suppose...

Sin, Repentance And Yom Kippur

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

We are not born in sin; we are each born with powerful tendencies to both good and evil and the drama of human character is in the struggle and balance between the two. The corrective mechanism is teshuva, repentance.

Why This Rabbi Went to Church Last Sunday

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbis don't make it a practice to attend church. When I read that Rick and Kay Warren would be returning to Saddleback after their son Matthew's tragic suicide however, I resolved to go.

Love Lasts

Kirk Douglas | Posted 09.14.2013 | Fifty
Kirk Douglas

Sex may fade, but love... love lasts. They don't realize that the most important element of love will be waiting for them. Romance. Beautiful romance.

Taking a Shot at Peace

Suna Senman | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Suna Senman

March 23, 2013 was the 10th anniversary of Michael Moore's film Bowling for Columbine. The award-winning documentary plunged deep below the surface, ...

In Defense Of The 'Top Rabbis' List

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

Just before Passover, Newsweek/The Daily Beast set off a firestorm when it released its seventh annual list of "America's Top 50 Rabbis." Almost immediately, intense debate erupted.

8 Tips To Revive Your Religious Life In The New Year

Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion

Common wisdom holds that when the 'spark' going out of a couple's relationship, it is a good idea to get creative in rekindling the passion. The same ...

Have We Forgotten How To Cry?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

On Yom Kippur in traditional synagogues people would weep. They would beat their chests as tears streamed down their faces. But for many to display genuine feeling in public is an embarrassment.

Is It Anti-Semitism?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

I thought we were done. Jew hatred was the attention grabbing remnant of an earlier world. We had moved on -- Judaism was now about who we are, not about what others think. Foolish youth.

Repairing Relations and Reflecting on the Death of our Enemies

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 07.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

I thought I had my ideas in order for what I wanted to say on bin Laden, and then I heard Father Greg Boyle at the Pasadena Mayor's Prayer Breakfast y...

This Passover, Remember You Are An Egyptian

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

One with power -- economic, social, political, military -- is in the position of an ancient Egyptian in the Exodus story. The question is not the morality of having power but of how one uses it.

Can You Pray What You Don't Believe?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Many people treat prayer like a treatise, picking through the book for doctrinal points. While we should not assert things we do not believe, prayer is not philosophy. Prayer is poetry.

What's Being Lost In The Eternal God Debate

Mira Sucharov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

However well-intentioned, debating whether the world is solely material, social and psychological, or whether it is also imbued with divine force, is ultimately a dialogue of the deaf.

Why Are Atheists So Angry?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

How harmless is it to post an article about why people should read the bible on a site devoted to religion? I did and it evoked more than 2,000 responses, most of them angry.

Why Everyone Should Study The Bible

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Everything has changed since biblical times -- everything except human nature. We still cry as did David, dance as did Miriam, dream as did Jacob, suffer as did Job.

Jews, Israel And Free Speech: A Response To Rabbi Wolpe

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Moshman

Rabbi David Wolpe has provided guidance to readers as to which Jews should be permitted to participate in public discourse and education about Israel and which should not.

Can We Be Truly Good? The Transcendent And Sacred Possibilities In Humans

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Is there such a thing as disinterested goodness? In the world of faith I believe there is -- and I offer a brief, wonderful story to reinforce the point.

Rededication Of Hanukkah: The Importance Of Doing Things More Than Once

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

The world is rife with worthy causes we have taken up with enthusiasm and then abandoned. Rededicate yourself to repairing God's anguished world. If we manage that, the oil will burn for countless nights to come.

The Dangers of Gossip

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dora Levy Mossanen

I attended services at Sinai Temple last Saturday, as always, looking forward to Rabbi David Wolpe's sermon and making a silent pact with myself to ap...

Jewels Of Elul Prepare For Upcoming Jewish High Holidays; Rabbi David Wolpe Offers First Reflection

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Introduction by Craig Taubman: Jewels of Elul Vol. VI, The Art of Beginning Again is, as in past years, a compilation of 29 Jewels from a remarkabl...