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Off The Pulpit: Current NewsletterRabbi David Wolpe   "A Holy Room"
by Rabbi David Wolpe


What do four walls and a roof make? A potential for holiness. 
 
A room has special significance in Jewish tradition. Students in Eastern Europe studied in "cheder," which means room. The holiest site in Jewish history, the kadosh kedoshim, was a room in the Temple. While not disdaining the beauties or wonder of nature, rooms hold much of the wonder and specialness of Judaism. 
 
Your synagogue has rooms where people pray and where they meet. Both can be vessels of kedushah. Committees, too, can do sacred work. We may imagine that a meeting must be mundane, but in that room where funds are allocated for education or tzedakah, or decisions made to enable people to join and pray with the community, holiness lives. We are easily captured by the fantasy that holiness is the preserve of great figures of the past, or special, learned individuals; of mountaintops and ancient sites. Yet in each humble room holiness can dwell. Next time you sit around a cracked tabletop in hard chairs, giving up an evening to go over budgets or plan activities, know that you are doing God's work. You just need the right people, and a room.

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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
Return to Top
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
July 2009
Return to Top
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
Return to Top
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
January 2009
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Raising Good Adults
In Praise of Praise
Learning to Fly
Aural Assaults
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