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December


Vayigash – Spiritual Finances
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: 2020; dream; Egypt; famine; Joseph; learning; pandemic; Pharaoh; pit; relationships; resources; soul; spiritual

Miketz – A Year of Miracles
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: 2020; Bahrain; Benjamin Netanyahu; COVID; diplomacy; Donald Trump; Drew Weissman; election; embassy; India; Israel; Jeffrey Zients; Jerusalem; Mikael Dolsten; miracles; Moderna; Morocco; Pfizer; riots; Tal Zaks; UAE; vaccine

Vayeshev – Different Kinds of Light
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: actions; candles; creation; eternity; Florence Margaret Smith; Hanukah; history; ideas; intentions; miracle; Shabbat; Stevie Smith

Vayishlach – Different Sorts of Dreams
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Abraham; action; dreams; faith; Henry James; Isaac; Jacob; Joseph; Mei Hashiloach

November


Vayetzei – If You’ve Got Your Health…
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: blessing; deprivation; gratitude; health; pain; pandemic; sickness; Thanksgiving

Toldot – Isaac’s Special Gift
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Abraham; binding; birthright; Esau; Isaac; Jacob; John Burrows; Mendelssohn; preserve; tradition; wells

Chayei Sara – We Must Do As Isaac Did
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Abraham; Hagar; internet; Isaac; Jacob; Joseph; meditation; Moses; news; pandemic; peace; Pirkei Avot; prayer; quiet; Rebecca; Sarah; silence; solace; stability

Vayera – Coming Down The Mountain
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Abraham; America; Barak Obama; Benjamin Franklin; coexist; difference; Donald Trump; election; faith; Isaac; Kamala Harris; Kotzker Rebbe; Lord Jonathan Sacks; Menachem Mendel of Kotzk; president; vote

October


Lech-Lecha – The First Influencer
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Abraham; America; denigration; election; idols; influencer; insults; issues; leader; Lot; peace; teacher; Thomas Paine

Noach – Noah and the Tower – A Message for 2020
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Babel; Bezalel; character; childhood; class; David Brenner; difference; diversity; Howard Gardner; idolatry; Ikea; intelligence; Noah; Ovadia ben Jacob Sforno; radio; skills; tower; wisdom

Shmini Atseret – Answering the Sin of the Spies
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Caleb; hadar; healing; Joshua; loss; pandemic; shemini atzeret; sins; spies; sukkot; tikkun; wound; yizkor

Sukkot II – Return To The Land
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Sukkot – The PTSD Holiday
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Bessel van der Kolk; covering; emotion; historical; joy; mikveh; Pesach; PTSD; shade; sukkah; sukkot; tents; trauma

September


Yom Kippur – The Dreams Of Others
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: children; dreams; empty; Joseph; Philadelphia; sanctuary; Shema; synagogue; Wolpa; WWII; Yizkor

Ha’Azinu – Lessons From One High Court To Another
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Antonin Scalia; discrimination; funeral; John Lewis; justice; lessons; Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Supreme Court; United States

1st Day of Rosh Hashanah – The Battlefront
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: ahavat yisrael; Commandments; decency; decision; Edwin Markham; Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler; Ha-Yom Harat Olam; Immanuel Kant; love; Napoleon; negativity; politics; Rabbi Israel Salanter; Rav Dessler; respect; Rudyard Kipling; Sidney Morgenbesser;Yom HaDin; Yom Teruah

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Number Our Days
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: 2020; estrangement; John Burrows; King Lear; pain; poem; Professor Zucker; Psalm; The Birdsong; Theresienstadt

Nitzavim-Vayeilech – Lockdown Lessons
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: cage; captivity; creativity; gorilla; internet; lockdown; memory; pandemic; stories; universality; Zoom

Ki Tavo – Repeat Again
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Aaron; Aramaic; dreams; Deuteronomy; Judah Loew ben Bezalel; Maharal of Prague; rabbi; repetition; Rosh Hashanah; sermon; Sigmund Freud; Ten Commandments

August


Ki Teitzei – Forgetfulness – Good And Bad
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Shoftim – How Life Imitates Chess
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: chess; Emanuel Lasker; Garry Kasparov; humility; Isaiah Horowitz; judgement; lessons; Magnus Carlsen; pandemic; strategy; tactics

Eikev – What We Learn From Aaron’s Death
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Aaron; forgiving; Golden Calf; kindness; light; love; Moses; peace; Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz; Rashi

Vaetchanan – Commanded to Love?
Rabbi David Wolpe

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July


Devarim – The Plight of Moses and His People
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Adam; alone; Hadrian; Jeremiah; Jerusalem; Lamentations; leader; Moses; Tisha B'Av

Matot-Masei – Identity And Individuality: Are You Your Group?
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: finance; food; George Bernard Shaw; groups; Hermann Strack; human; identity; journey; lox; money; Niels Bohr; Samuel Johnson; soul; tribe

Pinchas – What Should We Be Zealots For?
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Abraham Isaac Kook; Isaac Bashevis Singer; Korach; Lost In America; peace; Pinchas; Stephen Jackson; zealot; zealotry

Chukat-Balak – July 4th Isn’t Black and White
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: adult; America; child; David; flaws; Frederick Douglass; freedom; hero; Jim Crow; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Moses; Native Americans; slavery; virtue

June


Korach – Korach and the Pandemic – A Second Look
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Bertolt Brecht; Korach; monotony; Moses; pandemic; patience; purpose; reading; rebellion; reborn; redemption; Vladimir Nabokov; wilderness

Sh’lach – Reactivity: The Spies’ Sin and Ours
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: brave; coward; mask; Moses; pandemic; reactive; shield; spies; trust

Beha’alotcha – How We Talk To One Another
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: complain; consequences; conversation; desert; Japan; kindness; listen; Moses; pandemic; silence; speech

Nasso – Lift Yourself And Others
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: alarm; blessing; change; comfort; count; fault; George Floyd; healing; hurt; lift; Nasso; Numbers; pain; Walter Scott

May


Shavuot II -Sadness That Sinks, Sadness That Soars
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: aleph; Baal Shem Tov; bitterness; books; injustice; Israel ben Eliezer; lack; loss; mara; Naomi; pain; Ruth; sadness; silent; sorrow; void; water

Bamidbar – Are We in the Wilderness?
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Behar-Bechukotai – Marking Graduations in a Pandemic
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: blessings; ceremony; feelings; graduation; gratitude; grievance; journal; learning; Leviticus; pandemic; record; school; strength; study

Emor – Imahot – Mothers
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: change; Chava; Eve; life; Mayim Bialik; mother; scientists; world

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim – The Valley Of The Shadow
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Cantor; grief; loss; Psalm 23; shiva; singing; tradition; walk; walking

April


Tazria-Metzora – The New Lashon Hara
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Chofetz Chaim; COVID19; death; disease; estate planning; fear; gossip; information; lashon hara; life; pandemic; sickness; speech; truth; will

Shmini – Coming Too Close
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Aaron; Abihu; closeness; Icarus; kedushah; Nadab; oxymoron; social distancing; strange fire; Uzzah; zealotry

Yizkor – Losses
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: airpods; Elizabeth Bishop; faith; lose; losing; loss; lost; mourning; remembrance; strength; Yizkor

Pesach III – Interregnum
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Chol Hamoed; home; interregnum; introspection; lockdown; Moses; Pesach; soul; wilderness; Yom Tov

Pesach I – What Would My Father Say?
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: Alexander Marx; catastrophe; chametz; Corona; David Ben-Gurion; faith; future; history; Maimonides; matzah; messiah; persecution; pesach; quarantine; seder; virus

Tzav – A Passover Like No Other
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: concern; Corona; Covid; empathy; family; gathering; Passover; Pesach; protect; virus; Wuhan

March


Vayikra – The Meaning of Sacrifice
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: doctors; festival; korban; Leviticus; nurses; sacrifice; Simon Greenberg; smile; Vayikra; YouTube; Zoom

Ki Tisa – Idols And Information
Rabbi David Wolpe

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Keywords: change; crisis; faith; God; Golden calf; heart; idols; information; misinformation; Moses; panic; patterns; permanent change; reaction; selfish; sin; spirit; temporary change; test; trust; truth

February


Terumah – It’s Complicated

Keywords: argument; Bet Elazraki; Catch 67; Danny Tirza; give; hospitals; Israel; Joseph; Micah Goodman; orphanage; Palestine; Roman Canon; take; Talmud; Tamar Elad-Appelbaum; United States; Yehuda Kohn; Yosef

Mishpatim – The Making of the Jewish Century

Keywords: Aryell Cohen; diamond; distinctions; Garry Kasparov; international; Maurice Samuel; modern world; Monty Python; principles; Rabbi Akiva; Shimon Peres; Talmud; theory; Yuri Slezkine

January