As a vegetarian (who now and then eats fish), I treasure the veggie haunts like Real Food Daily and Native Foods.
What are some of your favorite places to eat around town? Particularly good, no, although I once roasted my two favorite vegetables together—corn and Brussels sprouts—and it was surprisingly unawful. I’m sure if I tried, I could cook many things abominably. It has to be greasy, salty or set up a blockade in your arteries. Any special meals or dishes planned for your Hanukkah celebration(s)?
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.
Wolpe became the focus of international controversy when he gave a Passover sermon that questioned the historicity of the Exodus from Egypt.
Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York in 1987, Wolpe is a leader in Conservative Judaism.
6 on this year’s list, while Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who are dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, respectively, jointly occupied No. Even as the list commands a good deal of attention — it’s common to see a rabbi’s ranking on a synagogue’s Web site or a book’s author bio block — some are uneasy about (or downright dismissive of) the Newsweek/Daily Beast list.
“We weight the list toward what’s been newsworthy in the last year,” writes Abigail Pogrebin in one of eight disclaimers that serve as an introduction to the list, “because we want to let readers know what’s new in the world of Jewish clergy.” The list’s creators also acknowledge that the list is subjective and not comprehensive, and that it skews male and bicoastal.
Wolpe’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, and he is a columnist for Time.com, he regularly writes for many publications, including The LA Times, the Washington Post’s On Faith website, The Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week.
He has been on television numerous times, including the Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC this Morning, and CBS This Morning.
He has had public debates with Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, Roger Cohen, Richard Dawkins, Matt Ridley, Wolpe has led numerous missions to Israel.