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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • We Must Condemn Heartless Bilge

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "It is not in our hands to explain the prosperity of the wicked or even the sufferings of the righteous." So said Rabbi Yannai in the Mishna some 2,000 years ago. The Talmud (Kiddushin 39b) insists "there is no reward for mitzvot in this world." We have had a long time to read and...

  • False Promises in Berg’s ‘Becoming’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Becoming Like God" by Rabbi Michael Berg (Kabbalah Publishing, $21.95).

    I have never been to the Kabbalah Centre, never studied with one of their teachers, and cannot comment on their practices. My sole direct exposure was to watch a videotape produced by the center, "The Power...

  • Lessons From Life’s Second Chance

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "I heard the rabbi is dying of brain cancer."

    That was the word flying around the shul. I should have expected it. Rumors were rife, and they were uncomfortably close to the truth.

    Last Oct. 23, I was speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, to inaugurate the new Hillel building...

  • Rabbi Wolpe Expected Full Recovery

    By Journal Staff

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe, the senior rabbi at Sinai temple for the last seven years, has been diagnosed with a brain lesion.

    The diagnosis came following a hospitalization when Wolpe experienced a seizure on October 23 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was speaking at the...

  • Pledge for a Holiday in Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    During High Holiday services at Sinai Temple this year, Rabbi David Wolpe stood in front of his congregation with a pledge card, and encouraged everyone to make a pledge. Instead of there being dollar amounts to be folded down, this pledge card had months and the words "I care. And...

  • Anne Frank’s Words Resonate In The Center Of World Power

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There is no better place to understand the powerful forces and fault lines of American identity than Washington. I arrived in the evening at Dulles Airport, and my cab driver, I soon discovered, was Iranian. As we drove, he told me his life story: He had been an ambassador to Moscow...

  • Spiritual Agoraphobia

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the late Middle Ages, some Jews first banned and then instigated the burning of the books of Maimonides, the greatest philosopher Judaism ever produced. The book burning of 1232 was one episode in a controversy that lasted for some two centuries. The fight was not over Maimonides...

  • Exodus ... Cont’d

    By Julie G Fax

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Right after Pesach last year, Ziony Zevit got a string of phone calls in Jerusalem, where he was on sabbatical from his position as a professor of biblical literature and Semitic languages at the University of Judaism (UJ).

    "Have you heard?"

    The callers' questions were in reference...

  • Torah to Tel Aviv

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    We were together in a small room, about 10 of us. Four of us were from Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. I stood with Jimmy Delshad, our temple's past president; his wife, Lonnie, and Temple Treasurer Kam Hekmat, as well as two members of an L.A. fact-finding mission, David Rubin and Dr....

  • Exodus: A Sephardic Response

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As a Sephardic Jew representing a heritage of tolerance, intellectual honesty and tradition, my perspective on the recent "Exodus controversy" -- which is not rooted in anger, name-calling or popular "marketplace theologies" which have characterized certain responses in this city --...

  • Wolpe Reaches Sinai

    By Tom Tugend

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi David J. Wolpe, along with his wife and 6-month-old daughter, arrived in Los Angeles from New York on June 30.

    On July 1, he was at his desk to start his new job as senior rabbi of Sinai Temple in Westwood, the oldest and one of the most prominent Conservative congregations in...

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