David Wolpe

David Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the author of, among other books, Why be Jewish? and Why Faith Matters. He can be found on Twitter @RabbiWolpe.

The First Great Jewish Philosopher (to the Jews)

It’s not Maimonides. It’s Saadya Gaon, “the first Jewish scholar whose universal mind embraced all the branches of Jewish learning known in his time.”

Feb. 18 2020 12:01AM

The Woman Who Earned a Place Alongside the Rabbis of the Talmud

Bruriah is the only female cited repeatedly as a religious authority, and rarely shown in the roles the Talmud generally associates with women. Who was she?

Jan. 15 2020 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2019, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part II)

Six more Mosaic writers share their favorites, featuring shadow strikes, orchards, gleanings, constitutional evolutions and revolutions, serotonin, odd women, and more.

Dec. 19 2019 12:01AM

The Most Admirable Monarch in Jewish History? (It's Not David.)

Josiah left a permanent stamp on Judaism, leading, for the first time in generations, an all-out battle against idolatry.

Nov. 20 2019 12:01AM

Podcast: David Wolpe on the Survival of Non-Orthodox Judaism

A leading American rabbi speaks frankly about the future of his own movement and other matters of pressing Jewish concern.

Feb. 28 2019 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

Letters, antidotes, eternal lives, outcasts, secret worlds, pogroms, and more.

Dec. 12 2018 12:01AM

Best Books of the Year, as Selected by Mosaic Authors

Spy games, catch-67s, lionesses, smugglers, patriots, setting suns, and more.

Dec. 27 2017 12:01AM

The One Time When Moses Speaks in His Own Words

Deuteronomy erases the separation between leader and led; for better or for worse, they’re yoked together.

July 27 2017 12:01AM

The Great Book of Grievance

There’s a reason the Torah refers to the endlessly complaining Israelites, who need a golden calf to comfort them, as “the children of Israel.”

May 25 2017 12:01AM

In Judaism, Holiness Is as Holiness Does

The fire at the core of Leviticus.

March 30 2017 12:01AM

Who Is "I Am That I Am"?

In the Jewish tradition, the summit of religious awareness is to know that God is ultimately unknowable.

Jan. 19 2017 12:01AM

Five Puzzles Arising from the Story of Adam and Eve

And how the solutions help explain the fundamental human condition.

Oct. 27 2016 12:01AM

Gay Love and Jewish Tradition

Sam Schulman is wrong; same-sex marriage is simple, sacred, and very Jewish indeed

Feb. 19 2014 4:00PM