The Jewish Ethical Lessons of Chess

August 25, 2020 | David Wolpe
About the author: 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.

Noting that “the number of outstanding chess players who are Jewish is stunning,” and drawing on Gary Kasparov’s How Life Imitates Chess and last Sabbath’s Torah reading of Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9), David Wolpe observes that the game of chess can teach important lessons about personal responsibility, humility, and much else. (Video, 11 minutes.)

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