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  • Did the Exodus happen?

    By Dennis Prager

    5 days ago

    With Passover here, it is a propitious time to address the central issue of the holiday: the Exodus. Specifically, did the Exodus happen?

    My friend Rabbi David Wolpe announced some years ago that it didn’t matter whether the Exodus occurred. In his words, writing three years...

  • Matzah, en route to freedom

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    2 weeks ago

    Why matzah? It is an improbable symbol for such a grand holiday. With none of the embracing symbolism of a sukkah or the beauty of a Chanukah menorah, the unassuming cracker is the centerpiece of Passover. 

    The rabbis identify the matzah with humility. Unlike bread, which is...

  • Jewish community remembers Sid Caesar

    By Ryan Torok

    February 12, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Responding to today’s news about the passing of comedy legend Sid Caesar, Los Angeles community members praised the veteran comic’s ability to win over an audience.

    “He was an awfully funny guy,” Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) said, “and an awfully incredible...

  • The debate of the year: David Suissa vs. Peter Beinart

    December 30, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Jewish Journal President David Suissa debates political author Peter Beinart spar about Israel in the debate of the year.

    Moderated by Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe.

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  • Beinart, Suissa face off on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    December 6, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Peter Beinart is no stranger to the accusation that for a self-proclaimed passionate supporter of Israel, he treats the Jewish state too harshly.

    Since the release of his book “The Crisis of Zionism” in 2012, he has traveled the country debating ardent Zionists such as Daniel...

  • Barack or Bibi? Trust, loyalty and Iran

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    On Rosh Hashanah 2012, just a few weeks before the presidential election, Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe offered his congregants a sermon titled “The Most Important Question in the World Today.” In it, he told his congregation he was, at that moment, a single-issue voter: “I will...

  • ‘Walk’ changes a life

    November 19, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    For Aaron Wolf, an anecdote sparked a personal memory that inspired a film. The same day he read reflections by Rabbi David Wolpe about the Sinai Temple rabbi’s father, Rabbi Gerald Wolpe, and about the kindness of a stranger, Wolf went to his keyboard and banged out the first...

  • Jewish learning goes global

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 13, 2013 | 2:47 pm

    A global conference of Jewish learning, including music and art performances, will take place online over a 24-hour period on Nov. 17. The Global Day of Jewish Learning will broadcast “24x24” — 24 classes from 24 speakers around the globe — free of charge and live using Google...

  • Why Bush shouldn’t talk to the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute

    By Rob Eshman

    November 12, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    A media firestorm kicked up last week after Mother Jones broke the story that President George W. Bush was to be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraiser of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute on Nov. 14. 

    I blogged about the news as soon as I heard about it, and I’ve now...

  • How to inspire a Jewish future in America

    October 8, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Last week, the Pew Research Center released the first national demographic study of Jewish Americans in more than a decade. Like all such studies, there are disagreements at the edges about the accuracy of some of the results, but the study’s most significant findings have been...

  • AIPAC discouraged Rouhani overture, Rabbi Wolpe says

    By Jared Sichel

    September 25, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    The pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC “actively discouraged” an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to reach out to Iranian-American Jews in Los Angeles, according to Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe.

    During Shabbat services on Sept. 21, Wolpe informed his congregation,...

  • A time of transformation

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 3, 2013 | 11:48 am

    Many Jews will point to the Hebrew word het for sin, which is an archery term, and insist that Judaism teaches that sin is just “missing the mark.” That simplification does a grave injustice to the Jewish tradition. There are other words for sin in our liturgy — pesha, avon and...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    September 3, 2013 | 11:33 am

    From left: Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi Laura Geller and Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    For the High Holy Days this year, the Jewish Journal invited three rabbis — Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth...

  • Wolpe vs Naim: on gay marriage and barking dogs

    By Mark Paredes

    July 15, 2013 | 12:13 am

    After responding to private inquiries sent to me over the last few weeks asking for my view on the Wolpe-Naim Affair, I’ve decided to express my thoughts in this essay. In a nutshell, Conservative Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in LA recently announced that his synagogue would...

  • This week in power: Oren resignation, London security, Wolpe article, WoW pushback

    By Danny Groner

    July 10, 2013 | 8:20 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Dermer in
    Israel officially announced that Ron Dermer will become the country’s next ambassador in Washington. He will replace Ambassador Michael Oren, who is due to end his term this...

  • We have no homosexuals here

    By Gina Nahai

    July 10, 2013 | 11:48 am

    First, an apology. 

    To the good men and women of the LGBT community at Sinai Temple and everywhere else in the world, on the subject of said temple’s recent announcement that it would henceforth perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, in reference to the mindless, intolerant and...

  • A real gay marriage debate

    By David Suissa

    July 5, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    If you look at the brouhaha ignited at Sinai Temple in the wake of Rabbi David Wolpe’s announcement that he would officiate at same-sex marriages, you won’t get a good idea of what this “debate” is really about.

    That’s because incendiary language has clouded the picture.

    In an...

  • Respect, inclusion and tolerance at the Wall

    June 6, 2013 | 8:30 am

    “There are no villains in this story.”  Those were the calming words of Natan Sharansky, renowned human rights champion and Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The story was of in-fighting that has erupted among Jews at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. ...

  • L.A. mayoral candidates keep things friendly at Sinai Temple

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 29, 2013 | 11:18 pm

    If the candidates alone got to select the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Councilwoman Jan Perry would win the city’s top job in a landslide.

    Asked by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, who moderated a forum with the five leading candidates at his synagogue in Westwood on Jan....

  • Israel and Nov. 29

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    “The Vote,” the best show in town, opened at 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 29 and, after 23 acts, closed down 60 minutes later.

    During that one hour, speakers, actors, musicians, singers and dancers commemorated the day, 65 years ago, when the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to partition...

  • Meir Soloveichik vs. David Wolpe: Two rabbis, two parties, two political philosophies

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 6, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis.

    The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a...

  • A Rabbi is Just a Man

    By Ilana Angel

    August 2, 2012 | 6:43 pm

    I love a good Rabbi.  Truth be told, when I started my spiritual journey to find my own level of Judaism, I loved all Rabbis.  I was in awe of men who could quote Torah, and guide me through my faith.  I have always thought Rabbis were special, often thought they were sexy, and...

  • Rabbi David Wolpe tops Newsweek’s L.A.-heavy list of ‘most influential’ rabbis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 2, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple is officially the top rabbi in America, according to Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

    The sixth annual installment of the “Top 50 Rabbis” list, published on April 2, included rabbis who head religious movements, rabbis who lead political and...

  • Webcasts: 30YA’s 2010 Conference - A Call for Iranian Jewish activism

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 17, 2010 | 12:17 pm

    History was made on October 10, 2010 at 30 Years After’s conference on Iranian American Jewish social and political activism in the U.S. The following are just some of the interviews and speeches I captured during my reporting on this conference….


    My interview with 30YA...

  • 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...

  • VIDEO: Rabbi David Wolpe—Lessons of the Chanukah Candles

    December 12, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There are lots of ‘drashim about Chanukah, the candles, the Menorah and the Maccabees.  Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe offers a new and fascinating look at the significance of the ceremonial candlelighting.

     

  • Jewish World Watch discusses state of humanity; Panel explores Iranian Jewish community

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 11, 2008 | 7:21 pm

    Jewish World Watch Discusses State of Humanity, Screens Documentaries

    For every 100,000 babies born, 6,500 mothers die in the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan due to unavailable or inadequate medical care. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, violent conflicts over control of its...
  • Defender of Faith:
    Rabbi David Wolpe explains why faith matters

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 18, 2008 | 1:21 am

    If the bestseller charts are any indication, it's become popular to condemn religion.

    Books such as Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation" and "The End of Faith," Richard Dawson's "The God Delusion," Christopher Hitchens' "God Is Not Great" and Bill Maher's soon-to-be-released...

  • Briefs: Newsweek ranks the rabbis, ‘Passover in a Box’

    By Amy Klein

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Los Angeles wins again on Newsweek's two new top rabbi lists ("Is Your Rabbi Hot or Not?") with locals heading the 25 Top Pulpit Rabbis in America (No. 1: Rabbi David Wolpe of Temple Sinai) and the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America (No. 1: Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon...
  • Letters

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Covenantal Judaism"

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was arguably the leading Jewish intellectual institution in the United States. It was home to a cadre of scholars whose research and publications in the areas of Bible, Talmud, history and...

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