Rabbi Wolpe’s Musings

Weekly musings about Jewish texts and thoughts from Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple.

Rabbi Wolpe's Musings

Aspiration and Restraint

The Bible seeks to guide us to live well, but is animated by a belief in something greater than this world.

Rabbi Wolpe's Musings

Alone in the Desert

Is the desert a place of desolation, or a place of possibility?

Rabbi Wolpe's Musings


The Kotzker Rebbe taught that the only whole heart is a broken one.

Blessings and Curses

Why we should pray that the best things in our life continue to benefit us and others.

Behind the Window

The Baal Shem Tov and Ludwig Wittgenstein both remind us that we cannot know what other people are struggling with.


What Oscar Wilde said about art is what Judaism shows us about other aspects of life: "A Truth ... is that whose contradictory is also true."

The Seldon of Jewish History

How the Jews wrote an encyclopedia to save civilization.


Now more than ever, we need to learn to bridge an ever-widening divide with forgiveness.

How to Feel Bad About Yourself

Too much self-satisfaction is dangerous.


Does God know our innermost thoughts?

Invisible Footsteps

Sometimes we know things not by their presence, but by their effects. In building the periodic table, Medeleyev filled in gaps based on ...

White Lies

In Judaism, the value of peace can override the value of honesty.

Turning Away

Like the angels poised above the ark in the Temple, we can choose to face one another.

At Home in Torah

Judaism's sacred texts are a refuge and a place to grow.

Your Own Two Feet

God helps those who help themselves.