Rabbi David Wolpe

King David, ‘A Very Problematic Character’

09/24/2014
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Noting that a character’s first recorded words in the Bible reveal a great deal about his personality, Rabbi David Wolpe pointed out at a Jewish Week Forum here last week that as a youngster, the future King David’s first words in the Book of Samuel are, “What will be given to the man who slays Goliath?”

Rabbi David Wolpe, in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin, described the Bible's King David as a "very problematic character."

King David As ‘Collage’

David Wolpe tackles the grace, and the contradictions, of the biblical monarch.

09/09/2014
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The young David is captured in Michelangelo’s colossal marble masterpiece, in the days before his battle with Goliath. The sculptor expresses his beauty and hints of the boy’s majestic future. That’s the David a reader pictures in the opening pages of Rabbi David Wolpe’s new biography, “David: The Divided Heart” (Yale University Press), when the High Priest Samuel visits the house of Jesse the Bethlehemite in search of a new king to replace Saul. Before meeting David, Samuel encounters his older brothers.  David is then summoned back from the fields, where he is tending the sheep, and his life is about to change.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Knowledge Base

07/16/2014
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Professor Louis Ginzberg was the greatest scholar of rabbinic Midrash in his day, with a vast range of learning in many languages. My father told me that once, at a reception at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where Ginzberg taught, a woman approached him and in the course of discussion, began arguing with him about a point in Midrash. After a long, fruitless argument, Ginzberg said, “Why don’t we check the ‘Jewish Encyclopedia’ — would you accept that as an authority?” The woman agreed.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Blessings Before And After

06/11/2014
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The Talmud teaches us (Berachot, 21a) that the requirement to say a blessing after a meal comes from a verse in the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:10), and to recite it before the meal comes from a logical imperative. But the reverse is true with Torah study; the source for reciting a blessing before is from a verse (Deut. 32:3).

Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi Apologizes To Dancing Bar Mitzvah Boy

08/20/2013
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Rabbi David Wolpe has made a public apology to Sam Horowitz of Dallas, the bar mitzvah boy whose lavish party and professionally choreographed celebratory dance has gone viral on the Internet via a YouTube video. 

Summer Of Supplication

Two scandal-plagued Jewish pols seek forgiveness in a primary that falls during the Days of Awe.

07/10/2013
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New York’s primary election this year falls on Sept. 10, almost exactly between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, a period known as Aseret Ymai Tshuva, or the Ten Days of Repentance.

For Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, the political and spiritual calendars are in rare harmony. Michael Datikash

Let The Healing Begin

04/24/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The tragedies of the past week remind us why religious community matters:

1. In the face of death, religion maintains that life is meaningful. Not only because of the belief that human beings never fully disappear, but because it teaches that this pageant, with all its pain and anguish, need never resolve into despair. Life still matters; we always matter.

2. A religious community provides comfort and help. Long after others have forgotten, the congregation will be there, with everything from meals to a shoulder to a prayer. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

Pluralism In A Post-Pluralistic World

05/14/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

 

The Conservative Movement is in crisis.

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism estimates that from 1985 to 2009, 175 affiliated congregations have dispersed or merged with other denominations. The movement’s branch of day schools, the Solomon Schechter schools, has had the sharpest enrollment decline out of any denominational schools with a 3.8 percent decrease from 2010 to 2011, and since 1998, 20 Conservative day schools have shut down nationwide.

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