Influential L.A. rabbi David Wolpe called Rabbi Haskel Lookstein’s decision against giving the invocation at the Republican National Convention “a shame” in Time Magazine Monday, writing that reciting a blessing is not a political act.
Sam Horowitz’s Vegas-style bar mitzvah video says more about us than about the boy or his family. We may all want to be contrite about helping it go viral.
Rabbi David Wolpe has retracted elements of his previous screed against Sam Horowitz’s lavish bar mitzvah—but has stood by its substance.
Jews should be lamenting the fact that many boys don’t care enough to celebrate their bar mitzvah — not criticizing those who do like Sam Horowitz.
Sam Horowitz’s big fat viral bar mitzvah was crazy over the top. But is it right for Rabbi David Wolpe to call out the kid as a symbol of pretty much everything that’s wrong with the world?
IKAR, the famously anti-institutional spiritual community in L.A., is making plans for its own building, while trying to hold onto its roots.
When Rabbi Everett Gendler was released from jail in Albany, Ga., in 1962 he and the 11 other rabbis jailed with him for “public prayer without a license” each found a Western Union telegram waiting. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, sent to them a message with a verse from Isaiah 5:16 “And the Lord of Hosts is exalted by judgment, the Holy God proved holy by justice.” Rabbi Gendler said in a phone interview with the Forward that “it is clear that what he was saying is that this stance and this witnessing is what religion is about.”
Republicans and Democrats alike have often called on rabbis to lead prayers at their conventions. In 2012, as in 1896, they hope to deliver subtle political messages, Jonathan Sarna writes.