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Off The Pulpit: Current NewsletterRabbi David Wolpe   "Have Courage"
by Rabbi David Wolpe


There are always reasons to be afraid. The prevalence of danger can be incapacitating. The same inaction that afflicts a frightened individual can befall a people: then optimism is really fear in disguise and indolence is the result of feeling paralyzed by the possibilities of failure. 
 
"We see intelligence seeking justifications for its fear, and finding them readily, for every cowardice has its own philosophy." So said Albert Camus in Homage to an Exile almost sixty years ago. Speaking about a man 'of freedom and courage,' Camus declared, "those who are like him must come toward him...and tell him straight from the heart that he is not alone and that his action is not futile, that there always comes a day when the palaces of oppression crumble, when exile comes to an end, when liberty catches fire." 
 
The world is full of perils but shrinking from them does not diminish them. The timid are not less often hurt, just less vividly alive. As Camus wrote in Reflections on the Guillotine: "Knowing you are going to die is nothing," said a condemned man in Fresnes. "But not knowing whether or not you are going to live, that's terror and anguish." In his final instructions to Joshua, Moses says, "Be strong. Have courage."

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Do You Know Who You Are?
Retracing the Path
What You Cannot Prove is True
New Eyes
November 2009
Taking Out the Trash
Come Off the Mountain
A History of Love
Pretending to be Asleep
October 2009
Roles Greater Than Rules
Arguing With God
How to Be Human
What You Need to Live
September 2009
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Shall We Praise the Darkness?
The Antidote to a Year of Scandals
Your Unfathomable Soul

Returning to the World

August 2009
On Not Being a Blockhead
No Kings at the Final Gate
Sudden Wonders
Learning to be a Fool
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Untie, Unlock, and Break
An Argument is Not a Fight
Who Needs the Tree?
Old and Grey and Full of Sleep
Surviving the Rebirth
June 2009
Pluralism
Where to Look
A Jewish Time Capsule
Lessons of the Quarterback
May 2009
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In Memory of My Father
No Blueprints for Giraffes
For Love or Stuff
Our Hope is Not Yet Lost
April 2009
Two Passages
You’re Right, Too
What’s Your First Question?
Wise Is Not So Simple
March 2009
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Was that Elijah?
The Secret of Success
Running for a Cure
A Spiritual Stimulus Package
February 2009
Forget Physics
Secret Goodness
A Train Ticket
So I Trust, Too
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Raising Good Adults
In Praise of Praise
Learning to Fly
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