Shalom Life | April 18, 2014

Exclusive Interview with Rabbi David Wolpe - A Spiritual Leader for the Modern Age

America's Most Influential Rabbi joins Shalom Life for an intimate conversation

By: Teri London

Published: November 5th, 2012 in Culture » Society » Interviews

Exclusive Interview with Rabbi David Wolpe - A Spiritual Leader for the Modern Age

To say that Rabbi David Wolpe had contributed a great deal to modern Jewish thought is quite the understatement. Named both the most influential Rabbi in America in Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post this year alone, the head Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles is known for his passionate and progressive attitude towards Judaism. A long time Jewish educator and regular contributor to such publications as The Jewish Week, The Jerusalem Post, and The Los Angeles Times, Wolpe is perpetually searching for ways to aid Jews in strengthening their dialogue with G-d.

Considered both profoundly impressive and controversial, Rabbi David Wolpe has made a habit of challenging the minds of contemporary Jews across the globe. Wise and inspiring, he encourages his congregation to find innovative and creative ways to give back to the community and environment and to think for themselves.

When the conversation turns political, Rabbi Wolpe faces the topic with grace. Though chosen to bless the Democratic National Convention, Rabbi Wolpe considers his role to be apolitical, and encourages his congregants to inform themselves on crucial issues facing all human beings and to make up their own minds in the upcoming election.

From his multiple missions to Israel to his use of social media, Rabbi Wolpe utilizes both traditional and modern methods in spreading his message to Jews and non-Jews around the world. In discussing our rapidly evolving times and what they mean for Judaism, he comments, “...the one thing that has not changed is human nature. People laugh and cry and fall in love and pray and hope and dream just the way Abraham and Sarah did.”

Join Shalom Life as we delve into the mind of undoubtedly one of the most fascinating spiritual leaders of our time.

Check out our exclusive interview with Rabbi David Wolpe on page 2!

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