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  • The Conservative gay marriage debate

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 2, 2013 | 10:49 am

    On Rosh Hashanah in 1992, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis stood before his Conservative congregation at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and declared that despite the words of Leviticus, homosexuality is not an abomination. He argued that the same understanding and compassion Jews...

  • 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...

  • Dear Ahmadinejad: Let me tell you about cancer

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 21, 2012 | 10:51 am

    This column originally appeared at WashingtonPost.com.

    When the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compares Israel to a cancer, I take it personally.

    On Monday, you see, I traveled to Israel to co-officiate at a wedding. And I have cancer.

    I’ve been in remission from lymphoma...

  • Christopher Hitchens: A rabbi remembers a friend and fellow debater

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 16, 2011 | 11:02 am

    In his brilliant history of early modern England, “The Ends of Life,” historian Keith Thomas quotes a translator named George Petrie who wrote in 1581, “The only way to win immortality is either to do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading.”  Christopher...

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  • Bobby Fischer: The decline of a troubled genius

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    July 19, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    The world is rich in ability, awash in talent. But, though we use the word with abandon, genius is rare.

    Many more people play the game of chess than basketball, football and baseball combined. To reach the rank of Grandmaster requires considerable talent. Breaking the ranks of top...

  • Hitchens, Wolpe, Harris, Artson and the Afterlife [EXCERPTS & VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    February 23, 2011 | 12:17 pm

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  • Hitchens, Wolpe, Harris, Artson and the Afterlife [EXCERPTS & VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2011 | 6:35 am

    Listen to audio from the event here: part 1 / part 2

    Last week, I took a break from all the news and cares of this life to spend a couple of hours thinking about the next one.

    My role was to serve as moderator in a discussion titled “Is There an Afterlife?” featuring two...

  • The Brothers Wolpe talk bioethics at Sinai Temple

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 22, 2010 | 3:42 pm

    On Sunday morning, Dec. 12, near the end of his weekend-long stay as a scholar-in-residence at Sinai Temple, bioethicist Dr. Paul Root Wolpe was asked by Rabbi David Wolpe to give a few quick responses to some of the most challenging contemporary bioethical dilemmas.

    “No,” Dr....

  • 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,...

  • Wolpe Calls Iranian Protest, “A Vision of Freedom”

    By Rob Eshman

    June 20, 2009 | 9:17 pm

    The rabbi to one of the largest Iranian Jewish congregations in the world spoke directly to some 1200 congregants on Saturday morning from the pulpit, saying the events unfolding in Iran echo the Biblical promise of freedom.

    “The people marching on the streets of Iran have seen a...

  • Roger Cohen’s Dialogue with the Iran Jewish Community

    By Tom Tugend

    March 16, 2009 | 4:49 pm

    For video footage of the dialogue, click here.

    There was no clean knockout when New York Times columnist Roger Cohen faced off against some 400 members of the local Iranian Jewish and Bahai communities last week, but spectators were treated to some vigorous rhetorical sparring and...

  • Ratner and Diddy, Wolpe and Hitchens, the pocketbook and the soul

    October 30, 2008 | 2:17 am

    Brett Ratner

    The Brett Ratner cover story was so telling on so many levels ("Just a Nice Jewish Director," Oct. 24). It was telling of the young female writer in that the very superficiality that she suggests has plagued Ratner's career (the decadence of his home and lifestyle,...
  • Exodus Revisited

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Life was interesting for Rabbi David Wolpe in 2001.

    It's not every year that a man has an ad taken out against him in The Jewish Journal by six well-respected rabbis, accusing him of "threaten[ing] our spiritual continuity by attempting to diminish our faith and sever the roots that...

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