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The Adult We’ve Become

10/07/2015 - 20:00

Not long ago, I was sent a picture of myself at a very young age. As it was just before Yom Kippur, I began to wonder about the person in that picture — what would he think of the adult he had become?

David Wolpe

Carrying A Candle In The Night

09/30/2015 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The Torah warns the backsliding Israelites that they will “Grope in midday as a blind man gropes in darkness” [Deut. 28:29]. Of course, darkness is the same as midday to a blind man, but the Talmud reminds us that at midday the man can be seen, and others will help him.

David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe's 'Musings'

To celebrate the new year, do a mitzvah that will stay with you for a lifetime.

09/22/2015 - 20:00

One of the many gifts my father left me was a few hundred index cards with rabbinic quotations, stories, quips and teachings. Looking through them the other day I found this clipping from one James Hodgson, who lived in Salt Lake City:

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Web Of Connections

09/16/2015 - 20:00

It is commonplace to say that we are unique. The flip side is that except for you, the world is composed of other people.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe's 'Musings'

Rejoice now, because on the world's birthday, you can celebrate everything.

09/08/2015 - 20:00

Rosh HaShanah is the only holiday without a limit. It literally celebrates everything.

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Shabbat, For Body And Soul

09/01/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Late there has been a spate of articles about howmuch people work. Those who spend more time atthe office are apparently less healthy than those whowork moderately.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Abundantly Clear

08/25/2015 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The miracles of the Bible are mostly survival miracles: water splitting so the Israelites can cross, manna dropping in the desert so they can eat, the sun stopping in its course so Joshua can win a battle. But there are also what we might call miracles of extravagance — Samson’s strength or Jacob’s striped sheep. These are not miracles designed to help human beings survive, but to help them thrive.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Join The Fight

08/18/2015 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Much of Judaism teaches acceptance. Who is happy? ask the Rabbis — one who is satisfied with what he has. Surely part of living a good life is to accept and appreciate.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Traveling Man

08/11/2015 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

When I travel I try very hard to imagine my life in the next few days so that I know how to pack. I actually give more imaginative forethought to travel than I do to days when I’m at home. At home there is everything I need, and I don’t have to anticipate contingencies.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Rock Steady

Nothing can replace the certainty in a child’s life that her parents love her and are there for her.

08/04/2015 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

When I was young my father told me a story about a boy and his father who were walking along a road. The boy spotted a large rock. “Do you think I can move that rock?” the boy asked his father. His father answered, “I’m sure you can, if you use all your strength.” The boy walked over to the rock and pushed and pushed, but the rock didn’t budge. “You were wrong,” he said. “I tried as hard as I could, and I failed.”

Rabbi David Wolpe
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