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What We Can REALLY Learn from the Rich and Famous: A Selection of Ponderings, Contemplations, and Inspirations

By Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg

Lifestyle meets life lesson.


What can we learn from the habits of the rich and famous? We watch their every move on social media and often know more about them than our own family and friends. We read all about their stories of love and hate, success and failure, loyalty and deception. But beneath the surface of glitz and glamour lurks a road map into human nature.

Beth Tfiloh Congregation’s Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg applies years of rabbinical sermon and theology to the contemporary trappings of the lifestyles of the rich and famous and the false idols of celebrities, encouraging us to learn from the highs and lows of the influential while keeping our spirits intact. He examines celebrity success through a spiritual lens, including stories with contemporary relevance about identity, the importance of family relationships, words to live by, and lessons we can learn from the rich.

About the Author


Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg has been the spiritual leader of Beth Tfiloh Congregation for the past 40 years, overseeing an unprecedented growth in the synagogue's membership and programming. Beth Tfiloh is the largest Modern Orthodox synagogue in the U.S. Rabbi Wohlberg also serves as the Dean of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, educating over 900 children each year, including a high school that he helped establish in 1986.

Rabbi Wohlberg is known for his warmth, his humor, and his inspiring and insightful sermons, which are read by thousands over the Internet. He is the author of the books, The Un-Haggadah: How to Keep the Conversation and Wine Flowing at Your Seder, Pulpit Power: Meaningful Sermons on Religion and Politics and Life, and the recently published What We Can REALLY Learn from the Rich and Famous: A Selection of Ponderings, Contemplations, and Inspirations, available on Amazon.

Born into a rabbinical family, Rabbi Wohlberg followed his father Rabbi Dr. Harry Wohlbergz”l and two older brothers Rabbis Jeremiah and Saul into the ”family business.” He attended Yeshiva University and was ordained at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Prior to becoming Beth Tfiloh’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Wohlberg served as the assistant rabbi at Beth Shalom Congregation in Potomac. Rabbi Wohlberg will retire as senior rabbi at the end of 2021. He and his wife Sherry have two sons, Andrew and Jonathan, and six grandchildren.
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