Musings

Try A Little Tenderness

10/22/2014
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‘Well,” said my father, smiling at me in the middle of an argument, “I wouldn’t say you are wrong, but you aren’t right.” All of us seek a balance when we criticize others, or at least we should. Here are five tentative rules for offering criticism:

Rabbi David Wolpe

Redemption Song

10/15/2014
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A disciple of the Baal Shem Tov yearned to meet Elijah, herald of redemption. The Baal Shem Tov told him it could happen. All he needed to do was to go to the home of a very poor but pious family that lived in the forest, bring them food and wine for Rosh HaShanah, eat and pray with them, and at the end of the holiday Elijah would appear.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Teach Your Children

10/08/2014
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Upon learning he is to have a child, Manoah father of Samson, speaks for all parents when he cries out to God, “What shall we do with the child who will be born to us?” (Judges 13:8). Each generation wonders — what is the best way to raise children, and what ought we to be teaching them?

Rabbi David Wolpe

Yom Kippur’s Web

10/01/2014
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Why is the confessional on Yom Kippur in the plural? There are many answers to this question, because on some level it seems inappropriate to take upon ourselves sins we have not committed. Why should admit to things of which we are guiltless?

Rabbi David Wolpe

Sleepers Awake

09/24/2014
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In explaining anti-Semitism, Maurice Samuel once wrote, “No one likes his alarm clock.” He believed that the fate of the Jews provided an early warning signal to humanity, which resented the awakening, however necessary.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Facing Ourselves During Elul

09/17/2014
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Donald Rumsfeld famously said: “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

Rabbi David Wolpe

David, Touched By God

09/09/2014
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Here is a paragraph from my new book: “David: The Divided Heart”:

Rabbi David Wolpe

Want What You Have

09/02/2014
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On Aug. 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. During the 2 ½-year period before it was recovered and restored to the museum, more people came to stare at the empty space where the famous masterpiece once hung than visited in the 10 preceding years to view the painting itself.

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Courage To Act

08/27/2014
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There are always reasons to be afraid. The prevalence of danger can be incapacitating. The same inaction that afflicts a frightened individual can befall a people: Then optimism is really fear in disguise, and indolence is the result of feeling paralyzed by the possibilities of failure.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Snail Mail Call

08/20/2014
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‘I am always sorry to see a typed letter from you.” The sentiment that opens a 1957 letter from historian Hugh Trevor-Roper to his friend, the art critic Bernard Berenson, is a relic of a bygone age. Trevor-Roper explains that typing means Berenson is unwell, and he looks forward to seeing his hand on the page again. By that criterion, our entire generation is unwell.

Rabbi David Wolpe
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