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  • Let My People Know, Let My People Think

    by Roger Price

    1 week ago

    In recent years, in certain circles, it has become fashionable to assert that the Bible is fiction, or that at least key segments of it are fictional. The assertion emanates from two camps. In one of these camps are those who have been described as new or militant atheists. Looking...

  • Rabbi David Wolpe in Thailand: Have you ever seen a menorah dance?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    November 6, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    Traveling reminds us that the old is distinctive and the new melds together. I had never been to Thailand, or indeed to any country in Southeast Asia. As the bus rolled through the streets, nothing in the facade of the 7-Eleven convenience store or the crushed muddle of Bangkok...

  • Rabbi David Wolpe and Elon Gold at JFN 2013 [VIDEO]

    March 19, 2013 | 11:11 am

    Rabbi David Wolpe speaking at the 2013 Jewish Funders Network Conference.

    Elon Gold speaking at the 2013 Jewish Funders Network Conference.

  • Is the Newsweek rabbis list good for the Jews?

    March 14, 2013 | 5:59 am

    One night some years ago, two powerful Jewish men in media, one from New York and one from Los Angeles, were walking together through the streets of Jerusalem when they hatched a little idea. 

    Michael Lynton, then CEO and co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and his longtime...

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  • Eric Garcetti: A new Jewish face for L.A.?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election.  See below for a video analysis.

    During a recent candidates’ forum at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral hopeful Eric Garcetti began his...

  • Lance Armstrong and the disease of wild narcissism and ruthless ambition

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    January 24, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Lance Armstrong proved surprisingly poor at backpedaling. His stone-faced, reluctant regret made many who watched the interview wonder if this was an illness. Why did this man mow down associates, besmirch employees, lie, cheat and bully his way to the top of a sport he is now...

  • ‘Pi’ is approximately 3.1416% Jewish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Ang Lee, the 58-year-old Oscar-winning director of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” was understated and thoughtful recently as he settled into a velvet couch at the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills. He had arrived to discuss his new film, “Life of Pi,”...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 12, 2012 | 10:55 am

    5772

    This year, we return to the wisdom offered by our rabbis during the High Holy Days in years past.  What follows are excerpts from some exceptional sermons and High Holy Days writings; many more voices could have been included, of course, but we hope this will inspire you to...

  • A benediction for the Democratic National Convention

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 5, 2012 | 10:09 pm

    Ribono shel olam, Dear God--

    We are grateful that our nation is founded on the highest principles of freedom and resourcefulness and creativity and ever renewed strength.  And we understand that those worthy ideals stand alongside the commitment to compassion, to goodness, our...

  • Why Wolpe spoke at the DNC

    By Rob Eshman

    September 5, 2012 | 10:06 am

    This week David Wolpe, senior rabbi of Sinai Temple, delivered one of the invocations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Even for someone used to and deserving of such honors, this is a big deal.

    Indeed, the majority of the rabbi’s congregants were thrilled...

  • September 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 5, 2012 | 1:50 am

    In-depth ‎

    Dems. Remove Pro-Israel Language from Party Platform

    The Weekly Standard's blog takes a look at the changes in language in the Democratic policy on Israel.

    In the 2008 Democratic party platform, there was this language on Jerusalem, Israel:

     

    Jerusalem...

  • Election roundup: Jewish souls, Jewish rabbis, Jewish vote, Jewish legislators

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 4, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Talmudic souls

    You've got to love this Alan Solow quote:‎

    Alan Solow, a longtime friend of the president from Chicago who recently served ‎as chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish ‎Organizations, took a more personal tack in selling “the first Jewish...

  • Sinai Temple welcomes new cantor

    July 11, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    Congregants of all ages came to Sinai Temple’s main sanctuary on June 10 to welcome the newest member of the clergy, Cantor Marcus Feldman, who officially took over as the congregation’s senior cantor on July 1. Feldman’s first concert, performed with Sinai Temple Cantors...

  • An indelible film, ‘Shoah’ also reflects an extraordinary artist

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 11, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Surely the most unpromising premise for a film ever conceived is this: Nine and one half hours of people speaking in languages you do not understand about mass murder.  Yet “Shoah” offers an experience unlike any other film, and its creator has written a memoir introducing us to...

  • Wolpe vs. Beinart

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    February 13, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Announcing his new book in a hucksterish e-mail to J street members, Peter Beinart details the truths vouchsafed to him and his fellow enlightened acolytes. A brief sampler:

    “I’m looking forward to being with all of you at J Street, since you understand that an American Jewish...

  • Friday the Rabbi Eats Tofu [RECIPE & SLIDESHOW]

    By Rob Eshman

    March 5, 2010 | 10:08 am

    In his “Off the Pulpit” e-mail column today, Rabbi David Wolpe declares his long-time vegetarianism.  Rabbi Wolpe is one of the leading rabbis in the country—an accomplished author and speaker who leads one of the major Conservative congregation in the west, Sinai Temple.  In the...

  • LA Unity Mission

    By Rob Eshman

    October 28, 2009 | 4:26 pm

    Pics are coming in of the first- ever   joint mission of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis to Israel. The group of 16 rabbis left Monday and is now winding up a whirlwind 3 day trip through Israel. 

    The mission was the brainchild of Los Angeles Consul General Jacob Dayan,...

  • Disraeli: The curious case of England’s Jewish prime minister

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 31, 2008 | 2:21 am

    Adam Kirsch, "Benjamin Disraeli" (Nextbook: Schocken, 2008 ) $21.00.

    Benjamin Disraeli was born Jewish, baptized as a boy but (mostly) considered himself to be Jewish.

    He famously proclaimed to Queen Victoria -- who began by hating him and ended adoring him -- that he was the...
  • Disraeli: The curious case of England’s Jewish prime minister

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 25, 2008 | 6:19 pm

    Adam Kirsch, "Benjamin Disraeli" (Nextbook: Schocken, 2008 ) $21.00.

    Benjamin Disraeli was born Jewish, baptized as a boy but (mostly) considered himself to be Jewish.

    He famously proclaimed to Queen Victoria -- who began by hating him and ended adoring him -- that he was the...

  • Facing God, and the challenge of individual conscience

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    November 26, 2008 | 4:16 pm

    Is there really a need to write a book in favor of conscience?

    Who opposes conscience?

    As Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis demonstrates with his characteristic eloquence, erudition and verve in his new book, "Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey" (Jewish Lights, $19.99),...

  • A Moderate Proposal

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2008 | 2:13 am

    On Wednesday evening, Nov. 12, I was the moderator of a debate between author Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi David Wolpe at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. As some 1,500 people filed into the grand space, the rabbi, Hitchens and I sat in a small, plain green room backstage,...
  • Yom Kippur 5769: The Art of Forgiveness

    By Jane Ulman

    October 1, 2008 | 10:28 pm

    On the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, in 1995, Eva Kor, then 61 and a real estate broker in Terre Haute, Ind., stood outside a gas chamber at the infamous camp and offered her forgiveness out loud to the late Dr. Josef Mengele for the inhumane medical experiments he...
  • Rabbi Wolpe fights cancer battle; Terror victim becomes advocate for others

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Wolpe Fights Cancer Battle
     
    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple informed his congregation by letter this week that he was recently diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
     
    Although his doctors "have every expectation that the cancer will be put into extended...
  • The Spin on Spinoza—Rebel or Traitor?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity" by Rebecca Goldstein (Schoken, $19.95).

    In high school, I read and reread two fluent, erudite surveys of philosophy until the pages of the books fell to pieces. By the time the glue bindings cracked on Will Durant's "The...

  • Community Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Wolpe Out of the Running for JTS Head

    Rabbi David Wolpe has removed himself from consideration for the job of leading the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Westwood, had been widely considered a front-runner for chancellor at JTS, the central...

  • Wolpe Out of the Running

    By Amy Klein

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe has removed himself from consideration for the job of leading the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Westwood, had been widely considered a frontrunner for chancellor at JTS, the central institution in Conservative Judaism.

    But...

  • Letters to the Editor

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Shalhevet's Future

    Let's look 20 years into the future. Who will be our community leaders ("What's Next for Shalhevet?" Feb. 4)? They will, by and large, be students from schools like Shalhevet High School and Middle School, because there they learn that when a community paper...

  • Learning From the Debate

    By Julie G Fax

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe keeps the hundreds of "Exodus letters" he's received in two piles on his desk: for and against. And given the still-swirling controversy over his speech on Pesach, even he is surprised that the grateful and congratulatory letters outnumber the negative ones 20 to 1....

  • Jewish Big Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A month after Passover, the winds have not yet died down from the "Wolpe Hurricane."

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Westwood caused a stir when he asserted, in earshot of a Los Angeles Times reporter, that the Exodus story can still inspire us even if, as some archaeologists...

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