About Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He lectures widely at universities, synagogues and institutes throughout the country, and he was named "one of the fifty most influential Jews in America" by the Forward. In 2004 he delivered the keynote for the General Assembly of Jewish leaders. Rabbi Wolpe is a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers on subjects of Jewish and general religious interest. His columns run in Jewish newspapers throughout the country. His own writings, as well as profiles and reviews of his work, have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, and many others. He has also been a frequent television guest, including appearances on PBS, CNN and CBS This Morning as a commentator on spiritual questions. He has been featured most recently in a series on A&E called Mysteries of the Bible. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of six books: The Healer of Shattered Hearts: A Jewish View of God, In Speech and In Silence: The Jewish Quest for God, Teaching your Children About God, Why Be Jewish?, Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times, and Floating Takes Faith: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.

3 Indispensible Pieces of Advice

By December 21, 2008

As I part with my blogging week, here are three pieces of advice  They are simple, and I believe, useful and true. 1.  Always call.  When you doubt (upon hearing of someone’s loss, or illness) whether you should call, don’t … Read More

A Story About You

By December 20, 2008

"Change the names" goes the old Latin proverb "and the story is about you." Here is a story about you.  Jacob wrestles with an angel and won’t let him go until the angel blesses him.  The angel declares his name … Read More

Cancer, Cracks and Closeness

By December 17, 2008

My family and I have had too intimate an acquaintance with illness.  Leaving out parents and extended relatives, my wife survived cancer at 31 (she is fine now, thanks) with the result that we are fortunate to have one child, … Read More

Miracles in the 21st Century

By December 16, 2008

Rabbi David Wolpe, author of Why Faith Matters, is guest blogging this week as one of Jewcy‘s Lit Klatsch bloggers.  Wolpe is the rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and his book is a defense of religion meant to … Read More

The New Jew Canon: Man’s Search for Meaning

By April 14, 2008

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or email. Title: Man's Search for Meaning Author: … Read More