Jewish Journal

  • Yom Kippur: Expanding Our Communal Roles

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    September 23, 2012 | 7:05 pm

    The Jewish community at large is struggling to find common spaces where all can be together. After all, where can we be united as 21st-century Jews? In religious belief? On Israel? In Jewish education? On some type of mitzvah day or day of learning? Only a small fraction of the... read on

  • Runaway Slaves in the Torah and Today!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    September 21, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    What would you do if an escaped slave showed up on your doorstep in Canaan in 1400 B.C.E., or in Memphis in 1810, or in Tel Aviv in 2012? The problem of the runaway slave is both ancient and modern.

    Slavery plagued America for more than two centuries, beginning with its evolution... read on

  • The Mitzvah of Hakhel and A Call for Universal Education!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    September 21, 2012 | 4:00 am

    Over the last several years I have had the opportunity to teach in classrooms in villages around the world, from Central America to Southeast Asia, and from Africa to the former Soviet Union. One unexpected and saddening phenomenon I have encountered in several poorer countries is... read on

  • Where Are You? Keeping our Dreams Alive!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    September 21, 2012 | 3:30 am

    Jews (and the 3,300 year-old project of Judaism) are pretty meshugana! We believe in the most radical way that everything we do matters and that we can and must change the world. Even though there are only about 13 million of us, we believe that every one of us matters in our... read on




Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Executive Director of the Valley Beit Midrash, the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz...

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