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
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A weekly podcast, produced in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, offering up the best thinking on Jewish thought and culture.

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.

This Week’s Guest: David Wolpe


David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, one of America’s flagship Conservative synagogues. The author of eight books and countless essays and articles, including in Mosaic, he is one of America’s leading rabbis.

Wolpe recently sat with Eric Cohen, the executive director of the Tikvah Fund, to discuss the vulnerabilities and strengths of non-Orthodox Judaism—or what he calls “non-literalist” Judaism—in America. Their conversation also takes in such issues as religious freedom, Jewish politics, the biblical figure of David, the importance of the Hebrew language, the work of an American rabbi, and more. In this conversation you’ll hear a major communal leader not only speculating about the future of his own denomination but also describing and assessing pockets of American Jewish vitality in this hinge historical moment.

Ever thought about entering the rabbinate and becoming a congregational leader yourself? Curious about what your own rabbi goes through on a daily basis, or thinks about the movement you share? Listen now to find out.

Musical selections in this podcast are drawn from the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, op. 31a, composed by Paul Ben-Haim and performed by the ARC Ensemble, as well as “Shining Through the Rain” by Big Score Audio.


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