Musings

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.”

Wisdom Of The Ages

12/25/2012 - 19:00

Wisdom is sometimes an accompaniment of years.

The Past Can Be Prelude

12/17/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The challenge, frustration and color of life is that each day is promising at its beginning and irrevocable at its end.

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Patient Spirit

Count to 'ten' before you hit send.
12/12/2012 - 19:00

In Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” General Kutuzov exasperates his comrades by refusing to take action against Napoleon. “Maneuver,” they urge him,

Rabbi David Wolpe

Quantum Leap

11/26/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sir James Fraser, author of the anthropological classic “The Golden Bough,” once formulated the second principle of magic as follows:

Giving Thanks

11/19/2012 - 19:00

When the cantor repeats the Amidah, there is one prayer the congregation must say for itself — the Modim, the prayer of thanksgiving. One statement in the Talmud teaches that in the time of the Messiah, all the sacrifices will be abolished save one — the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Even in the perfect age, there will be a need to offer thanks.

Love As Sacrifice

11/12/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The first mention of love in the Torah occurs in Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to offer up Isaac, “whom you love.”

Why should The Torah choose this improbable moment to mention love for the first time? For a moment let us set aside all the other questions involved in the very difficult story to ponder why love is introduced here.

How To Vote

10/31/2012 - 20:00

Prioritize your values. Decide what matters most to you and will matter most to those who will follow.

Saving Grace

10/22/2012 - 20:00

“All kinds of wood from all kinds of trees may be used to build the fire on the altar, except for the wood of the olive tree and the vine, because olive oil and wine are used in the sacrificial service. Hence, the fruit have saved the trees.” (Pesikta Zutra, Lev. 4b).

Although the Talmud gives additional reasons for not using these two woods, Rabbi Norman Lamm uses this midrashic text to teach a beautiful lesson. First, there is the tenderness of reckoning the wine and oil so beneficial as to preserve their source from the fire of the altar.

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