Musings

The Real Miracle

03/05/2013 - 19:00

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

02/26/2013 - 19:00
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

02/19/2013 - 19:00

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

02/11/2013 - 19:00
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

02/05/2013 - 19:00

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

01/28/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Selfless creation is the backbone of the world.

David Wolpe

Rationalize This!

01/22/2013 - 19:00

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

That Which Endures

01/15/2013 - 19:00

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

01/07/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

01/01/2013 - 19:00

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

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