Spiritual Leader

Sacred Is The Family

08/07/2007
Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Temple Sinai in Los Angeles.

In the Shema we are commanded to love God. What are we then to do with that love?  Should we love God and therefore conquer the world? Love God and live in perfect purity?

No, we are told to love God and teach our children. Speak these words when walking, lying down, in all the humble ways of ordinary life. This is the sacred quotidian — not to be mountaintop saints, but to live every day with love.

In God We Trust

02/19/2009
Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Temple Sinai in Los Angeles.

Recently a series of books by scientists and polemicists have argued that religion is pernicious and God unprovable.  While it is true that religion, like every great human passion and drive, can be both life giving and destructive, it is worth conceding the central claim: God is indeed unprovable.  Thank God.  That is part of the glory of bitachon.

Lubavitch-Inspired Rabbi Finds New Home

09/24/2008
Staff Writer
After delivering some 1,500 lectures over the last 10 years on five continents, Brooklyn’s wandering Rabbi Simon Jacobson and his staff are finally ready to settle down. Secular-minded scholars, religious skeptics and Jews of every affiliation (and unaffiliation) will now join the chasidic author and lecturer in the Lower East Side at a newly renovated Meaningful Life Center, which has found itself a more permanent, well, center.

Rabbi Block, Social Action ‘Pioneer,’ Dies

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
Rabbi Irving Block, the longtime spiritual leader of the Brotherhood Synagogue who brought an ecumenical flavor to the historic Manhattan congregation, died Oct. 31 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 59. Rabbi Block, who formed the congregation in 1954 and retired 40 years later, described himself as an “Orthodox rabbi serving a Conservative congregation with mostly Reform members.” He was among the first Jewish leaders to sponsor programs for the homeless and Jews with addictions.

Across The Great Divide

03/23/2007
Staff Writer
In a synagogue library in northern Westchester, a dozen senior citizens sit around a long table discussing current events. In a temple conference room on the Upper West Side, a young family talks about the tensions raised by a child’s serious illness. In the meeting room of a Long Island JCC, a group of recent widows share photographs and memories of their late husbands.

Grave Memories

12/22/2006
Staff Writer
It began with a visit to a single grave. About a decade ago, Rabbi Manfred Gans, spiritual leader of Congregation Machane Chodosh in Forest Hills, accompanied a congregant, a recent widower, to the man’s late wife’s grave in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, L.I. The congregant, Jack Kremski, and his wife, Anna, were Holocaust survivors, natives of Czestachowa, in Poland.

Pulpit Fiction

05/09/2008
Staff Writer
Which candidate will Yeshivas Lita, an institution of advanced talmudic learning here, choose as its new leader: the elderly and learned son/grandson of the school’s previous roshei yeshiva, or the younger and more charismatic faculty member who has no family ties to the yeshiva? To find out, you’ll have to read “The Search Committee.”
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