The Real Miracle


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

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

David Wolpe

The Pleasure Of Ruins


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.

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Holding Opposites Together

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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


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

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Selfless creation is the backbone of the world.

David Wolpe

Rationalize This!


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.

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That Which Endures


In his autobiography, the great director Akira Kurosowa muses: “’Mono-no-aware,’ sadness at the fleeting nature of things, like the sweet, nostalgic sorrow of watching the cherry blossoms fall — when I heard this ancient poetic term, I was suddenly struck by enlightenment as if waking from a dream.”

David Wolpe

A Friend Indeed

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Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

David Wolpe

The Power Of Now


‘Live for the moment.” “This is the only time you have.”

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