David Wolpe

Stories by David Wolpe

The Double Standard of Religious Leadership

Why preachers should practice what they preach even more than what they believe.

Can liberal Judaism survive?

June 4, 2013A Star of David decorates the ceiling at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.Astrid Riecken / For The … Continued

The Bar Mitzvah, re-examined

Last week on this site I penned an column about a Bar Mitzvah party video that had been circulating on … Continued

Have we forgotten what Bar Mitzvahs are all about?

The egregious, licentious and thoroughly awful video that is circulating ‘celebrating’ a Bar Mitzvah contains so much that is offensive … Continued

Jewish embrace of LGBT people recognizes the dignity of all

Attitudes toward same sex marriage in Judaism have undergone a dramatic change in the last quarter century. The prohibition recorded … Continued

Time to forgive the Tsarnaev brothers? Not so fast.

Throughout the religious world there are questions and tentative pleas for people in their heart to forgive Tamerlan and Dzhokhar … Continued

Orthodoxy and equality at the Western Wall

A few days ago a compromise; now a controversy. So it goes when religious sensibilities clash. This week, the remarkable … Continued

A Jewish guide to love

Love is not the rush evoked by cards and gifts, flowers and chocolate. Real love is an enacted emotion. It … Continued

Lutheran prayers at Newtown

In case you thought that every evil consequence of guns, mental illness and cruelty had been wrung from the Newtown … Continued

Lance Armstrong’s confession: This is your ego on steroids

Handout GETTY IMAGES Oprah Winfrey (R) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career … Continued

From Nietzche’s madness to modern

Rabbi David Wolpe muses this week on matters great and small–from great philosophers of old to common frustrations of life … Continued

Wolpe: List reminds us fight against hatred of Jews must remain alive

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Hungarian citizens take part in a demonstration in front of the parliament building in Budapest on Dec. 2 … Continued

Wolpe: Hopeful cliff morphs ‘into a cloud,’ leaving the economy unbowed

BLOOMBERG A green stoplight stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building at night in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Nov. … Continued

Wolpe: ‘Sacred altar of our GDP’

AP On Nov. 23, 2012, shoppers pour into the Valley River Center mall for the Midnight Madness sale, in Eugene, … Continued

Wolpe on Brandon’s Holocaust analogy: ‘It is stupidity on stilts’

Every now and then we forbid certain things to certain select individuals: Boxers may not use their fists in casual … Continued

The winner in the last debate

REUTERS President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shake hands at the start of the final presidential debate at … Continued

On debates, Los Angeles rabbi: ‘Each statistic makes my spirit sink’

AP Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama spar over energy policy during the second presidential debate at Hofstra … Continued

Our collective (short-term) memory

David Goldman, Eric Goldman AP FILE – In this Oct. 3, 2012, file photo combo, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney … Continued

Rabbi David Wolpe: ‘Yom Kippur teaches eternity and fidelity’

AP Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in … Continued

‘God will find a way to be invoked in this year’s vote’

Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, who gave the benediction last week after former President Bill Clinton’s … Continued