Rabbi David Wolpe
America's Most Influential Rabbi, 2012 (Newsweek)
The Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, David Wolpe is the bestselling author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. His newest book is David, the Divided Heart. Wolpe has been a commentator on the TODAY Show, CNN, and CBS' This Morning, and has been featured in series on PBS and A&E. He's no stranger to the written word, either. Wolpe is a regular contributor at The Los Angeles Times, New York Jewish Week, and The Jerusalem Post, among others. Previously, he taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, The American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA.
Wolpe’s articulate and charismatic nature has made him one of the more high-profile Jewish religious figures in the U.S., and he is often cited as one of the country’s most influential rabbis. A major advocate of Israel, he’s led several delegations to the country and, at the height of the Second Intifada, was once able to raise $3 million dollars for victims of terror in a single morning at his synagogue. He recently began writing a weekly national column for TIME Magazine, espousing Jewish ideas and values. Wolpe has made The Algemeiner's Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life 2013.
Why Faith Matters
Rabbi David Wolpe addresses some contentious issues surrounding religion—that it causes war, and that it's at odds with science—head-on. He challenges believers and non-believers alike, using personal anecdotes about his journey to and from faith. Wolpe rallies for the role of religion in today's world and gives great insight into the relevance of the Bible in modern culture. Interestingly, Wolpe does not suggest that having faith will bring the answers to our existential questions, or make us more sure of our life path: rather, he says, it will give life more weight, and mindful responsibility, while providing us with new and different ways of confronting life's big unknowns.
Why Faith Matters
Why Faith Matters is an articulate defense of religion in America. It makes the case for faith and shows its relationship to history and science. Refuting the cold reason of atheists and the hatred of fanatics with a vision of religion informed by faith, love, and understanding, Rabbi David J. Wolpe follows in a literary tradition that stretches from Cardinal Newman to C. S. Lewis to Thomas Merton—individuals of faith who brought religion and culture together in their own works. Wolpe takes readers through the origins and nature of faith, the role of the Bible in modern life, and the compatibility of God and science, concluding with a powerful argument for the place of God, faith, and religion in today's world.
Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times
Some losses are so subtle they go unnoticed, some so overwhelming and cruel they seem unbearable. In painful moments we must make a choice: Will we allow the difficulties we face to become forces of destruction in our lives, or will we find a way to transform our suffering into a source of strength?
A theologian with the heart of a poet, Rabbi David Wolpe explores the meaning of loss, and the way we can use its inevitable appearance in our lives as a source of strength rather than a source of despair. Wolpe creates a remarkably fluid account of how we might find a way out of overwhelming feelings of helplessness and instead create meaning in difficult times.
David: The Divided Heart
Of all the figures in the Bible, David arguably stands out as the most perplexing and enigmatic. He was many things: a warrior who subdued Goliath and the Philistines; a king who united a nation; a poet who created beautiful, sensitive verse; a loyal servant of God who proposed the great Temple and founded the Messianic line; a schemer, deceiver, and adulterer who freely indulged his very human appetites.
David Wolpe, whom Newsweek called “the most influential rabbi in America,” takes a fresh look at biblical David in an attempt to find coherence in his seemingly contradictory actions and impulses. The author questions why David holds such an exalted place in history and legend, and then proceeds to unravel his complex character based on information found in the book of Samuel and later literature. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of an exceptional human being who, despite his many flaws, was truly beloved by God.
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