Musings

The Power Of Sharing

04/10/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Cultural references were once shared. Now, with the explosion and profusion of media, we no longer watch the same shows or listen to the same music.

David Wolpe

Book Learning

03/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

If you ask yourself whether Jews really deserve the appellation “people of the book,” consider the following: every synagogue is architecturally designed to highlight the ark, which contains a book;

David Wolpe

The Bitter And The Sweet

03/20/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The classical explanation for breaking a glass at the end of the wedding is to recall the destruction of Jerusalem. As the glass is broken, everyone screams out, “Mazel Tov!” There is something peculiar, not only about recalling an historic tragedy at that exact moment, but also shouting for joy just as it is recalled.

David Wolpe

The Real Miracle

03/06/2013

For many people, when tragedy strikes, faith is challenged. But as the late David Hartman wrote: “If one’s whole sense of the life of faith depends upon a miracle-based conception of providence and the biblical promises of reward and punishment, then one risks exchanging God for alternative sources of well-being and security. The fundamental issue in the battle against idolatry is to prevent this from happening.”

David Wolpe

The Limits Of Knowledge

02/27/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

In the age of knowledge who will say a nice word on behalf of ignorance? 

David Wolpe

The Pleasure Of Ruins

02/20/2013

Walking through graveyards can be calming and powerful. They enshrine foreverness in a way that nothing else quite does. Each headstone is an emblem of eternity.

David Wolpe

Holding Opposites Together

02/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Deep questions deserve more than one answer. Should we rely on God or on ourselves? In Exodus (14:15), as the Israelites approach the sea, Moses cries out to God. God answers, “Why do you cry out to Me? Tell the Israelites to move forward.” So it seems a moment for self-reliance. But Rashi rereads the Hebrew to mean, “Why do you cry out? It’s on Me.”

David Wolpe

Labor Gains

02/06/2013

In the Talmud, Rabbi Ishmael states that it is important to combine regular work alongside study of Torah.

David Wolpe

For Those Who Come After Us

01/29/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Selfless creation is the backbone of the world.

David Wolpe

Rationalize This!

01/23/2013

Excuses, excuses. None of us lacks reasons or justifications. As Rabbi Joseph Telushkin puts it, rationalizations are more important than food. After all, we have all gone a day without eating.

David Wolpe
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