David, Touched By God

Here is a paragraph from my new book: “David: The Divided Heart”:

The vanquishing of Goliath offers an instant etched in our memory: David is young, captivating, and full of promise. This is the David that Michelangelo chose for his famous sculpture. This is the David who seems magically to make himself beloved, not only of the king and his family and the people of Israel, but of God. Later there will be hatred and revenge and swampy motives that crisscross a life of power, lust, and war. Yet at this sunlit moment, David carrying off the sword of Goliath, we should pause to behold one of the most enchanting creations the world has to display: a young man charismatic and bold, charming and assured, astonishing in his gifts and touched by the inexplicable grace that the Bible calls the favor of God.

Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter: @RabbiWolpe. His latest book, “David: The Man Behind the Myth” (Yale University Press), is just out. To mark the book’s publication, Rabbi Wolpe will be discussing Israel’s legendary King David with author Abigail Pogrebin in a special Jewish Week program on Sept. 16, 7 p.m., at Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center, 10 E. 66th St.

a paragraph from my new book: “David the Divided Heart”
          The vanquishing of Goliath offers an instant etched in our memory: David is young, captivating, and full of promise.  This is the David that Michelangelo chose for his famous sculpture.  This is the David who seems magically to make himself beloved, not only of the king and his family and the people of Israel, but of God.  Later there will be hatred and revenge and swampy motives that crisscross a life of power, lust, and war.  Yet at this sunlit moment, David carrying off the sword of Goliath, we should pause to behold one of the most enchanting creations the world has to display: a young man charismatic and bold, charming and assured, astonishing in his gifts and touched by the inexplicable grace that the Bible calls the favor of God.
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ADDITIONALLY, Rabbi David Wolpe, will be speaking at Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center on September 16 at 7:00 P.M. in a special Jewish Week program.  He'll be joined in conversation with journalist and author, Abigail Pogrebin.
Their discussion will be on the debut of his provocative biography on Israel's legendary King David.
For additional information and to purchase admission please click HERE.
Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center is located at 10 East 66th Street, New York, NY.

 

About the Author
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.
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