Forty Days of Apostleship: Believe in Your Potential

Forty Days of Apostleship: Believe in Your Potential

As COVID-19 continues to sweep through the world, its impacts are many—the loss of work, the loss of human contact, and even the loss of life. The pandemic’s most devastating impact, however, is the loss of a predictable future. When will life return to normal?  Will...
Two Popes, Three Opinions

Two Popes, Three Opinions

There’s a classic Jewish aphorism: “two Jews, three opinions.”  It sounds like the punch line to a joke, but it’s merely an observation about Jewish willingness to see all sides of an argument and to debate them with aplomb. Rabbi Wolpe references Yeats: “Out of the...
Three Ways to Be Light in the Darkness

Three Ways to Be Light in the Darkness

It’s easy to get depressed these days.  Between meanspirited win/lose politics, the dismissal of fact-based debate, public shootings, brutal treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, extreme weather events, and destabilized foreign relations, the darkness around us...
Living Epiphany

Living Epiphany

The Season of Epiphany is framed by two key events in the life of Christ:  his baptism and his transfiguration.  In between these two major experiences, this liturgical season covers Jesus’ entire life and ministry.  It’s a season of deepening in spiritual growth....
Machetes, Guns and the Hidden Message of Epiphany

Machetes, Guns and the Hidden Message of Epiphany

When a machete-bearing assailant broke into a private Hasidic home to “get” the Jews who were celebrating Chanukah there, his move was both horrific and ironic.  That the safety and merriment of a home could be violated by such hate is unthinkable. That it happened at...