Musings

Marketplace Ethics

09/21/2016 - 12:43

The Torah teaches in rapid succession that if you see someone’s sheep or ox astray, you should return it. If you see someone trying to raise their fallen ox, you should help them. Don’t take the eggs of a bird in front of its mother. And when you build a house, put a railing on the roof so no one falls [Deuteronomy 22].

Peak Experiences

09/13/2016 - 23:08

During the Limmud South Africa conference, I had a chance to go on a two-day safari. The experience of seeing rhinos and elephants and lions and zebras outside of a zoo is exhilarating. But it is also a religious obligation.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Similar, But Different

09/07/2016 - 08:59

A lot depends on our similarities. Unless we worked the same way, all designs would fail, medicine would be ineffective and human society would become impossible. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

Similar, But Different

08/30/2016 - 23:56

A lot depends on our similarities. Unless we worked the same way, all designs would fail, medicine would be ineffective and human society would become impossible. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

In Praise Of Gruffness

08/23/2016 - 23:45

We are all in favor of kindness, unity and accord. But let us pause for a moment to praise gruffness, disunity and argument.

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Judaism Of Joy

08/16/2016 - 22:04

Growing up in my parents’ home, there was only one thing that was permitted to be thrown inside the house — challah.

Each Friday night after the blessing on the bread, my father would break up parts of the challah and throw it around the table. He began with my mother, who became very adept at snagging her piece. Some memorable catches were executed, as well as some incomprehensible misses. But by that simple gesture we began each Shabbat meal in an atmosphere of joy.

David Wolpe

The Morning After

08/09/2016 - 22:05

On Tisha b’Av, we are reminded of the destruction of the Temple and other tragedies in Jewish history. Ritual is both an aid to memory and an insistence that our sorrow be within limits.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Feeling Others’ Pain

08/03/2016 - 09:00

The Roman poet Horace wrote, “It is your affair when your neighbor’s house is on fire.” For two kinds of people, it is of concern for two types of reasons.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Actions Shape Our Souls

07/27/2016 - 09:34

Judaism is often called a tradition of deed, not of creed. It is certainly true that Judaism emphasizes one’s actions. The Torah assumes that the heart will always be divided, and no one can erase the negative thoughts or bad intentions that accompany us throughout our lives. We show our nobility not by being consistently pure in thought, but by choosing to act in accord with our higher ideals.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Stranger, Sibling, Self

07/20/2016 - 00:36

Jacob fools his father and steals his brother’s birthright. Esau swears to kill him. Decades pass. Jacob hears that Esau is coming with 400 men. Yet when they meet, instead of vengeance, they fall on each other’s necks and weep. Why?

Rabbi David Wolpe
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