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.
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The leading Conservative rabbi joins us to a look at the task facing America’s liberal denominations.
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A leading American rabbi speaks frankly about the future of his own movement and other matters of pressing Jewish concern.
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Deuteronomy erases the separation between leader and led; for better or for worse, they’re yoked together.
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The fire at the core of Leviticus.
In the Jewish tradition, the summit of religious awareness is to know that God is ultimately unknowable.
And how the solutions help explain the fundamental human condition.
Sam Schulman is wrong; same-sex marriage is simple, sacred, and very Jewish indeed