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Rabbi David Wolpe to Bless the Democrats

L.A. rabbi to give convention benediction Wednesday in Charlotte

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Rabbi David Wolpe. (Newsweek)

Had Rabbi Meir Soloveichik given the opening blessing at the Republican National Convention, it would have been enough. Now comes word that Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles has been tapped to deliver the benediction Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. Dayenu!

We spoke to Wolpe today: “For me, offering a benediction is an act not of partisanship, but of prayer. I am grateful to have the zechut to represent our tradition at a pivotal moment before such a large and diverse audience. Because I believe Judaism speaks a universal language, I hope to pray in a way that will be both inspiring and embracing.”

Tablet’s intrepid convention correspondent Yair Rosenberg will be hitting the ground in Charlotte Sunday evening. Check back here for his profile of Wolpe.

Earlier: GOP Convention’s Rabbi-in-Chief

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marjorie ingall says:

Here’s his most recent poem, Akin’s Mistaken, for the Washington Post. It’s got a great beat and you can dance to it!

Should Akin awaken to being mistaken
He’d know that he didn’t “misspeak.”
Now that Akin will be by voters forsaken
Their pique will finally peak,
And Akin, who’s not of self-doubt partaken
Will be “legitimately” up the creek.

Umish Katani says:

Huh? who is he/? But as for Wolpe,, stay out of politics, and there should be no religion in govenment or politics.. Government neutral…. NO RELIGION IN GOVERNMRNT

herbcaen says:

they should have asked the blind sheikh to give the invocation. He represents New Jersey, an electorally important state, and Egypt is requesting his release

disqus_xseMcQ0Ej6 says:

Here Rabbi Wolpe articulates his thoughts on Rabbis and partisan politics.


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Rabbi David Wolpe to Bless the Democrats

L.A. rabbi to give convention benediction Wednesday in Charlotte

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