David Wolpe

Named the No.1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine, Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and currently teaches at UCLA.

Archive: David Wolpe

King using blunt instrument but nuance needed

When a member of the government announces that an entire religious tradition is under suspicion the effect is not to foster trust and fidelity.

By  | Mar 11, 2011 4:41 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Is Anne Frank in hell?

Wherever Anne Frank is, that is where I would want to end up. Hers is the company to keep. I cannot imagine a faith that would not wish, somewhere deep in its soul, to proclaim the same.

By David Wolpe  | Mar 16, 2011 3:03 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A perverse doctrine must be rejected

Reverend Bell is pointing a way to a Christianity that is marked by moral sanity.

By David Wolpe  | Mar 17, 2011 4:56 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Screaming your values is unproductive

Of course it is about values. It just isn’t about a monopoly of values.

By David Wolpe  | Mar 30, 2011 10:31 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

On gender, religious people have work to do

Religion has enshrined, as if wished by God, a subordinate position to women, to its shame.

By David Wolpe  | Apr 13, 2011 1:07 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Passover: a prayer and a protest against comfort

By David Wolpe  | Apr 18, 2011 8:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Sharing a tradition is not usurping it

For Christians to celebrate a Passover seder can be meaningful and fulfilling for them.

By David Wolpe  | Apr 22, 2011 12:00 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The royal wedding a reach for the divine?

There is a hunger for greater seriousness in us.

By David Wolpe  | Apr 26, 2011 10:40 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

We pray for the end of Bin Ladenism

Sobriety, not revelry, is the appropriate response to the death of Osama bin Laden.

By David Wolpe  | May 2, 2011 10:20 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Our imaginations are apocalyptic

Since the beginning of time people have predicted the end of time.

By David Wolpe  | May 10, 2011 12:03 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking can imagine there’s no heaven

It is piquant to hear the apostles of doubt and reason and evidence pound the university lectern like a fire and brimstone preacher and cast all careful empirical weighing out the window when religious claims are concerned.

By David Wolpe  | May 16, 2011 4:54 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Divorce is a death

And just like life’s death, you are not permitted to see beyond the threshold. 

By David Wolpe  | Jun 1, 2011 9:07 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A letter from God to the GOP hopefulls: “I don’t endorse”

Politicians like Bachmann need to be careful when tossing around the Creator’s name.

By David Wolpe  | Jun 1, 2011 12:13 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Circumcision ban another attack on Judaism

We make scores of decisions for our children that are determinative of their lives.Increasingly there is a cadre of people who believe they know better; that all children should be raised as they raise their own.

By David Wolpe  | Jun 6, 2011 12:41 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Vote for values, not beliefs

We cannot, as Queen Elizabeth I said wisely many centuries ago, cut windows into people’s souls. I can see what you do, but must take your word for what you believe. So if you are to be a public servant, show me what you do.

By  | Jul 20, 2011 9:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Ground Zero is a graveyard

The desire to have a cross is about anguish and hope, not imperialism.

By David Wolpe  | Aug 2, 2011 1:44 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Maimonides prescribed prayer and action

Prayer is good. Prayer with action is better. To say it will “get in the way” misunderstands prayer and misunderstands those who pray.

By David Wolpe  | Aug 10, 2011 10:01 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Understand evolution, find God

Evolution is inconsistent with religion only if you believe that religion must be based on antiquated, disproven ideas. Faith should not be afraid of science.

By David Wolpe  | Aug 24, 2011 12:01 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

After 9/11, we grasped our brokenness anew

Ultimately what we understand about faith is that it is the most powerful force we know. Turned to darkness it can wreak horrible destruction. Moving toward the light, it can save us.

By David Wolpe  | Sep 8, 2011 10:45 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A lesson on Nazis for Susan Sarandon

It is always worth remembering the basics.  What is a Nazi?  A Nazi is someone who believes large segments of humanity should be brutally, summarily slaughtered. 

By David Wolpe  | Oct 19, 2011 11:56 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A Jewish Thanksgiving prayer

“But my God, my rock, I am so grateful that you taught us to see...”

By David Wolpe  | Nov 24, 2011 8:32 AM  | COMMENTS (0)