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Off The Pulpit: Current NewsletterRabbi David Wolpe   "Following Your Heart"
by Rabbi David Wolpe


The first piece of land purchased in Israel is the cave of Machpelah that Abraham buys to bury Sarah. Of course, Abraham too, will be buried there, as will Isaac and Rebekah and Jacob and Leah. So while the first plot of land in Israel is an acknowledgment of the sovereignty of death it is also a marker of the eternity of love. 
 
Love in the Torah is more often enacted than explained. When God tells Abraham to go, God uses L'cha, which is singular. Abraham takes Sarah, for they are one. In traditional couplings there are separations and sacrifices and complications galore. Nonetheless, as he points to his wife Rachel, Rabbi Akiba tells his students, "What I am and what you are you owe to her." 
 
Perhaps that is why the sages teach us that, "had the Torah not been given, the Song of Songs would have been worthy to guide the world." Love poetry seems a strange sort of legislation. Yet in what the medieval sage Bachya Ibn Pakuda called "the duties of the heart," there is a powerful pathway to the secrets of one's own soul, to another, and to God.

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Can We Rejoice In The Success Of Others
Are You Good Within The City
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Three Sacred Places
Blessed With "All"
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The 614th Commandment
What If You Were An Egyptian
Do We Need To Open The Door
Don't Be Such An Angel
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Idolatry and Artistry
The Possibilities of Partnership
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Interpretation Is For The Birds
Baking Bread
What Is Your Spiritual Temperament
The Truth In A Million Little Pieces
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