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Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe

Max Webb Senior Rabbi

Named the Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World by The Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Rabbi Wolpe previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. A columnist for, he has been published and profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post’s On Faith website, The Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week. He has been featured on The Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC This Morning, and CBS This Morning. In addition, Rabbi Wolpe has appeared prominently in series on PBS, A&E, History Channel, and Discovery Channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. His 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.

Please note that Rabbi David Wolpe will be on sabbatical January-June, 2018. He will return to Sinai and begin regular communications in July, 2018.

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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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Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.
— A.J. Cronin&nbsp

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First they came for the FBI….Not much after that, is there?&nbsp

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Putin’s version of the old Vaudeville line: “Who are you gonna believe, me or your lyin’ FBeyes?”&nbsp

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Not enough time? As R. Yisroel Salanter said, life is a short tablecloth. Something always undone.&nbsp

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Headstone of Seamus Heaney with a line from his poem The Gravel Walks.