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Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple

Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. Rabbi Wolpe, a weekly columnist for, has been published and profiled in the New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post’s On Faith website, The Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week. He has been on television numerous times, including the Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC this Morning, and CBS This Morning. In addition Rabbi Wolpe has been featured in series on PBS, A&E, the History channel, and the Discovery channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. Rabbi Wolpe’s new book is titled, David, the Divided Heart. It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards, and has been optioned for a movie by Warner Bros.

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  • Named for Voices on the Jewish 100 (The Algemeiner, 2013)
  • Named one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world (Jerusalem Post, 2012)
  • Named the number one Rabbi in America (Newsweek 2012)
  • Offered the benediction at the Democratic Convention (2012)
  • Named one of the fifty most important Rabbis in America (Newsweek, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Named one of the one hundred most influential Angelinos (Los Angeles Magazine, 2006)
  • Named one of one hundred most influential Jews in the United States (Forward, 2003)
  • Winner of the Human Spirit award from the Wellness Community
    Winner of a Simon Rockower award for Jewish Journalism (2009)
  • Award for excellence in single commentary by the American Jewish Press Association (2005)

Rabbi David Wolpe’s New Book

It’s the second David project in the works in Hollywood. Variety reported in July that Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott were developing a movie focusing on the King of Israel following the battle of David and Goliath.

The studio has optioned movie rights to the recently published book “David: The Divided Heart” by Rabbi David Wolpe. Warner Bros. and Gulfstream are co-financing the project’s development.

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“The kind of truthfulness which sees nothing but facts is a prison to the human spirit.” Bertrand Russell&nbsp

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Menuchah V’Simcha — may your Shabbat be one of rest and joy. #ShabbatShalom .&nbsp

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Why is Sukkot a time of joy? We get to build, be in nature & appreciate that everything is temporary and should be cherished. Chag Sameach&nbsp

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RT @BeetaBenjy:”Kindness to animals is an index of the moral health of an individual and a society,” via @RabbiWolpe #AnimalRights&nbsp