Video Interview

On Your Hearts

Rabbi David Wolpe discusses the effects of a regular prayer practice, and shares the Kotzker rebbe's teaching on al levavecha, from the blessing after the Shema. Why does the Hebrew say on your hearts, rather than in?

Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. Rabbi Wolpe regularly writes for The LA Times, the Washington Post’s On Faith website, The Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week, among others. He has appeared on the Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC This Morning, and CBS This Morning, and in series on PBS, A&E, the History channel, and the Discovery channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. Rabbi Wolpe’s new book, titled David, the Divided Heart, will be available from Yale University Press in November 2014.

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