Musings

Bits, Bytes, Being

12/16/2015 (All day)

Speaking to another human being, one brings a fullness to the encounter. We look each other in the eyes and relate person to person. With a machine, we are inevitably partial; most of us remains hidden; it is an event of bits and bytes, not of being.

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Light Down Through The Ages

12/08/2015 - 19:00

Chanukah is post-biblical and there is no scriptural mention of the holiday. Why then does the blessing say God “commanded us” to light the Chanukah lights? Where does that command come from?

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Long Wait

12/01/2015 - 19:00

You have a full day of leisure, so you set aside several tasks to perform around the house or in the neighborhood. At the end of the day, you’ve done barely half of what you planned. That is a result of forgetting the distilled wisdom of computer scientist and author Douglas Hofstadter: Here it is: “Hofstadter’s law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s law.”

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Time To Dance

11/24/2015 - 19:00

After the Israelites cross the sea, Miriam and the women dance. Moses leads the people with song, but Miriam leads them with dance.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Armed For Chanukah

11/17/2015 - 19:00

As Israel prepares to cross the sea, Moses cries out to God, who responds, in Exodus 14:15, “Why cry out to Me? Tell the Israelites to go forward.” Rashi reverses the meaning of the verse, suggesting God is saying, “Why cry out? It’s on me — tell the Israelites to go forward.” Rashi lived in an age (1040-1105) when Jews had little power and reliance on God was the only conceivable strategy. He understood the Passover story as one of total dependence, not human initiative.

Rabbi David Wolpe

How To Tell A True Jew

In the words of Menachem Mendel of Vorki, the signs are 'upright kneeling, silent screaming and motionless dance.'

11/10/2015 - 19:00

Menachem Mendel of Vorki said you could tell a true Jew by “upright kneeling, silent screaming and motionless dance.” Here is one possible take on that enigmatic phrase:

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Israel Paradox

11/03/2015 - 19:00

Here is the secret that Israelis know: Life in Israel is both more normal and less normal than the world assumes.

Rabbi David Wolpe

The World’s Alarm Clock

10/27/2015 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The enemy of the Jew becomes the enemy of the world. That simple, albeit mysterious, historical rule has been repeatedly demonstrated. Regimes and ideologies that target Jews never stop there; they are imperialistic by nature, and begin by identifying the “other” — and Jews have been the quintessential other — and move on to target ever-larger circles.

Rabbi David Wolpe

It Takes A Minyan

There are many central tasks of life that can never be accomplished alone.

10/20/2015 - 20:00

Why do the central prayers of Judaism require a minyan, a quorum of 10? That is true of the Kedusha in the Amidah and the Kaddish, among others. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

Why Me?

10/13/2015 - 20:00

A  psychiatrist received the following postcard from a vacationing former patient: “Having a wonderful time. Why?”

Rabbi David Wolpe
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