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Rabbi David WolpeThursday Morning Torah with Rabbi David Wolpe

Starting November 3rd, spend an hour every Thursday morning deepening your understanding of Judaism and our sacred text. Learn along with us as we go through the Torah together; no previous knowledge or Hebrew is required.

When: Thursdays, 8:15 a.m.

Dates: November 3, 2011– May 31, 2012*

Cost: There is no charge for this class.

Contact: Program Department, (310) 481-3243, or programs@sinaitemple.org.

*Exceptions: Nov 24, 2011
*All dates subject to change or cancellation.

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11/21/2013
We studied the assassination of Ish-bosheth, making David undisputed king, and the founding of Jerusalem as the nation’s capital.

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11/14/2013
We discussed the murder of Abner and the complicated, tangled relationship of King David and his commander, Joab.

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11/07/2013
We discussed the defection of Abner from the North to support David’s battle. And we talked about the role of women, concubines and wives, in determining history.

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10/31/2013
Although Saul died in battle, David is still not the undisputed king. This week we looked at the beginning of the struggle for David to be king in the North, and the fate of Asahel, brother of Joab.

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10/24/2013
We reviewed David's famous lament over Saul and Jonathan and discussed the nature if Jonathan and David's relationship.

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10/17/2013
We reviewed the David story up to Samuel II in preparation for the new semester.

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05/23/2013
Just how far does Moses' faith stretch? Does faith have to be blind? When it comes to practice matters can we rely on human expertise?

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05/09/2013
What’s with all the counting? Why do we have to have so many different ways of counting our people?

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05/02/2013
From being pharaoh’s slaves to being God’s slaves? How can God ask us to continue a life of servitude?

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04/25/2013
We're sorry, but this class was not recorded.


04/18/2013
What is holiness—a look back to the rabbis and forward to the modern era.

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04/11/2013
The halachic will: Priests used their discretion, law makers used there’s, but what is the role of the modern spiritual leader’s personal discretion?

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04/04/2013
Nadav and Avihu: What, how, and why

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03/21/2013
The Eternal Light

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03/14/2013
What does it mean to be “before God?”

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02/28/2013
Bezalel is the lead artisan on the Mishkan project. Who was he that God chose him to build our portable satuary?

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02/21/2013
We examined the mystical Urim and Thumim which the Bible tells us gave the high priest the ability to communicate with God? What were they and what could we learn from them today? (Rabbi Jason Fruithandler)

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02/07/2013
We discussed the book of Psalms, David’s authorship, Psalm 3 and Psalm 89.

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01/31/2013
No Class Today.

01/24/2013
In today's class we completed the first book of Samuel as Saul and his dons for in battle clearing the way for David's kingship.

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01/17/2013
In today’s class we discussed David’s raid on Ziklag.

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01/10/2013
Today we read and discussed one of the most enigmatic and strange stories in the entire Tanach: Saul and the Witch of EnDor who calls Samuel up from the underworld.

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There will be no Torah class December 20, December 27, or January 03.
New Years Blessings to you!


12/13/2012
Torah Class from December 13, 2012

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12/06/2012
David has a chance to kill Saul but lets him live. Nabal dies. David marries Abigail.

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11/29/2012
This morning we talked about David's adventures, including feigning madness, as he tried to escape Saul.

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11/15/2012
This morning we examined the relationships between David, Jonathan, and Saul.

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11/08/2012
Today we discussed the gradual ending of Saul’s kingship and his repeated attempts to kill David.

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11/01/2012
Today we studied Samuel I, Chapter 18 -- how does David begin to replace Saul as King?

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10/18/2012
We reviewed the story of David and Goliath.

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03/29/2012
We began the story of David’s ascent to the Kingship with Samuel’s visit to the house of Jesse to anoint the new King.

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03/15/2012
We began the background for the study of the Book of Samuel, the story of David. Next week, we start with Samuel Book 1, chapter 15.

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03/08/2012
In today’s class we talked about the recent AIPAC conference and the situation in Iran.

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02/23/2012
In today’s class we decided to proceed studying the books of Samuel and David’s story. We learned some of the background of the story to enable us to begin.

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02/16/12
Today we recapped the themes of the book of Genesis from Creation to Jacob’s blessing in preparation for beginning the book of Exodus next session.

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02/09/12
This morning we concluded our study of the book of Genesis.

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02/02/2012
This class was about burying Jacob, but also included several personal stories about my father, and other life events.

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01/31/2012
Special Torah Class with Leon Wieseltier: “God of the Hand and God of the Heart”

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January 26, 2012
We concluded the blessings of Jacob, and talked about his death and request for burial in Israel.

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January 19, 2012
We discussed whether there are twelve or thirteen tribes.

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January 15, 2012
Why do we bless our sons by the names Ephraim and Menasseh? In this morning’s Torah class we examined many ideas on the subject.

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January 08, 2012
In this class we talked about the ending of Jacob’s life and the concept of blessing. Why did he Jacob make Joseph swear to bring him back to Israel – why wasn’t Joseph’s word good enough?

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December 15, 2011
Differences in culture and worship between ancient Egypt and Israelites mp3


December 08, 2011
We continue with the story of Joseph and his brothers. mp3


December 01, 2011
We continue with the story of Joseph and his brothers. mp3


November 17, 2011
We continue with the story of Joseph and his brothers. mp3


November 03, 2011
We discussed the resumption of the Torah study, as well as reviewing the recent Los Angeles trip to Israel and the current situation in Israel. mp3


February 24, 2011
In this class we examine Joseph's entrance to Egypt. How did he succeed in Potiphar's house, and how did he resist succumbing to Potiphar's wife?
Here is a take of mirrors, seduction and piety, all through the lens of Torah. mp3


February 17, 2011
Literary analysis of the Bible: in this class we understand how Robert Alter's book explains why chapter 38 is dropped in the middle of the Joseph story. In the process we get a real insight into how the Torah teaches, not only through stories but choice of words that teach us new meanings. mp3


February 10, 2011
Special guest Leon Wieseltier
Leon Wieseltier speaks on some general thoughts about how to think about dor HaMidbar – the Jews who were taken out of Egypt and given the Torah and experienced all the adventures and misadventures in the desert. mp3


February 03, 2011
Today we discussed the strange story of Judah and Tamar. Why this story of dying husbands and dangerous wives? What did Onan do and how does the tradition understand it? mp3


January 27, 2011
In this class we wrap up the confusing sale of Joseph and begin the story of Judah and Tamar – the deaths of Judah's sons and the strange happenings that bring the Messiah. mp3


January 20, 2011
In today's class we examined the motivation and action of the brothers of Joseph: did they really sell him into slavery? Perhaps they did not.mp3


January 13, 2011
In this morning's Torah class we took a break from the Joseph story and I talked about my trip to Haiti. I told stories and showed slides which are posted at Sinaitemple.org.mp3


January 06, 2011
In this class we talked about Jacob's intentions in sending Joseph to his brothers, whom Jacob knew resented him. Was it deliberate? Negligence? How do we understand this pivot of history?mp3

December 16, 2010
We explored the meaning of Joseph's dreams.mp3
December 9, 2010
We explored the beginning of the brothers' resentment toward Joseph. Was Joseph gifted, egotistical, both? mp3
December 2, 2010
This morning's class took up the beginning of Joseph's story and discussed why Jacob had such a troubled life. mp3
November 18, 2010
Having just returned from Puebla, in today's class I took a break to talk about the Mexican festival of ideas and answer questions about it. I recapped the debate about whether our universe has a purpose, and discussed personalities and conversations from the event. mp3
November 04, 2010
In this class we began the story of Joseph and talked about how Joseph resembles and differs from Jacob, his father. What is the role that parents, father and mother, played for each of them?
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October 28, 2010
a review of the tales and themes of Genesis from creation up to the beginning of chapter 37, the story of Joseph.
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October 21, 2010
Introduction, part I: Torah study, in general.
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