Our special guest this week is Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Executive Director of Valley Beit Midrash, founder and President of Urim L'Tzedek, and founder and CEO of the The Shamayim V'aretz Institute. Rabbi Yanklowitz studied at the University of Texas as an undergraduate, Harvard University for a Masters in Leadership and Psychology, Yeshiva University for a second Masters degree in Jewish Philosophy, and at Columbia University for his doctorate in Moral Development and Epistemology. He has taught as an instructor of moral philosophy at Barnard College and at the UCLA Law School. After being ordained as a Rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Rabbi Yanklowitz also received a second rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, and a third rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo of Jerusalem. Rabbi Yanklowitz has served as a congregational rabbi and as a campus Senior Jewish Educator and Hillel Director of Jewish Life.
This week's Torah portion- Parashat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)- features the people of Israel being led out of Egypt by pillars of cloud and fire, the dramatic parting of the Red Sea, the song of Miriam, the bread from heaven, Moses hitting the rock, and Israel's war with Amalek. Our discussion focuses, among other things, on the idea of rejoicing at the downfall of one's enemy.