Musings

The Low-Tech Child

05/18/2016 - 09:19

One of childhood’s great pleasures is to populate the world with imagination. It does not require elaborate equipment to engage a child. As the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi said, “Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.”

David Wolpe

Mourning Light

05/11/2016 - 08:59

After the death of Aaron’s sons, God instructs Aaron on various rituals, including the atonement ritual on behalf of the people. There are three important lessons about grief in this juxtaposition.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Good Humor

05/04/2016 - 09:53

Humor is the balancing pole of the tightrope of life, and Jews have always used humor to remain upright. So, for example, the Talmud teaches that if a fledgling bird is found 50 cubits within a man’s property, it belongs to the owner of the property. If it is outside 50 cubits, it belongs to the person who finds it. A reasonable law, surely.

David Wolpe

Looking As Moses Did

04/27/2016 - 08:59

So Moses said, ‘I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.’ When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’

David Wolpe

Pour Out Your Wrath

04/20/2016 - 08:54

After drinking the third cup of wine at the seder, we open the door for Elijah and speak harsh words, asking God to pour out wrath on those who have devastated Jacob and laid waste to his dwellings.

Rabbi David Wolpe

All In One Meal

04/13/2016 - 08:34

You can find almost every important Jewish value in one ceremony, the Passover seder:

1. The story: The story of our people — biblical, rabbinic and beyond — retold through the generations, always with new interpretations.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Gained In Translation

04/06/2016 - 08:59

Ours is the age of translation. There are more Jewish texts available in English than in any language at any time in history. Not only are Hebrew and Aramaic texts translated, but also works in Yiddish, Ladino, German, French and the countless other languages Jews have spoken throughout the centuries.

Rabbi David Wolpe

When The Manna Ceased

03/29/2016 - 19:05
Special To The Jewish Week

All of the Torah points to arriving in the land of Israel. How is that grand arrival announced? Right before the conquest of Jericho, in Joshua, (5:11-12) we read: “On that day when they ate the produce of the land, the manna ceased. The Israelites got no more manna.”

Rabbi David Wolpe

Measure For Measure

03/23/2016 - 09:15

A little over a year ago, my daughter told me how my Apple iPhone counts my steps each day.

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Great Beyond

03/16/2016 - 09:06

All discovery creates new senses of possibility. The motto on the crest of Ferdinand and Isabella had been ne plus ultra — no more beyond. After Columbus discovered America, the ne was removed. Now the crest read: beyond this, more.

Rabbi David Wolpe
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