Musings

Mountain Jews

05/28/2013

We were a wandering people but with a direction — headed toward a place. In his brilliant book, “Sinai and Zion,” biblical scholar Jon Levenson contrasts the legacy of the two mountains.  Sinai is the peak of the wilderness, the time of desert wandering. It was a miraculous time — plagues and revelations, splitting seas and early discoveries of God. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

Time And Tide

05/22/2013

There is a poignant story of a rabbi who learned the meaning of life from children building sand castles. As he watched the intensity with which they built, he could not help but realize that in a few hours, everything they created would be washed away. Yet it did not diminish their focus or joy.

David Wolpe

Half Life

05/14/2013

A symbolon was a means of identification in the ancient world. If I send someone I know off to another city to meet up with another person I know, I give each of them half of a plate or bowl or stone.  When they meet each can identify the other by fitting the pieces together.

David Wolpe

Walk Humbly

05/08/2013

How do we walk into synagogue?

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Barefoot Prophet

05/01/2013

When God appears at the burning bush, what is the first thing Moses is told to do? Take off his shoes.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Let The Healing Begin

04/24/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The tragedies of the past week remind us why religious community matters:

1. In the face of death, religion maintains that life is meaningful. Not only because of the belief that human beings never fully disappear, but because it teaches that this pageant, with all its pain and anguish, need never resolve into despair. Life still matters; we always matter.

2. A religious community provides comfort and help. Long after others have forgotten, the congregation will be there, with everything from meals to a shoulder to a prayer. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Barefoot Prophet

04/17/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

When God appears at the burning bush, what is the first thing Moses is told to do? Take off his shoes.

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Power Of Sharing

04/10/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Cultural references were once shared. Now, with the explosion and profusion of media, we no longer watch the same shows or listen to the same music.

David Wolpe

Book Learning

03/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

If you ask yourself whether Jews really deserve the appellation “people of the book,” consider the following: every synagogue is architecturally designed to highlight the ark, which contains a book;

David Wolpe

The Bitter And The Sweet

03/20/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The classical explanation for breaking a glass at the end of the wedding is to recall the destruction of Jerusalem. As the glass is broken, everyone screams out, “Mazel Tov!” There is something peculiar, not only about recalling an historic tragedy at that exact moment, but also shouting for joy just as it is recalled.

David Wolpe
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