Jewish Journal

  • The newly revealed health benefits of circumcision

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 10, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Since Abraham’s circumcision at the ripe age of 99 (Genesis 17:7), Jews have maintained the holy covenant by circumcising their infant boys. Beyond the traditional aspect, circumcision has a solid moral purpose: it serves as a physical reminder of Jewish responsibility and our... read on

  • The Virtues of Compromise

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 16, 2014 | 10:40 am

    One might think that absolutism is a sign of strength. If one has “moral clarity” then they shouldn’t budge an inch on their position. Judaism takes a very different approach, arguing that compromise is the approach of the wise:

    Rabbi Yehoshua ben Karcha says, It is a mitzvah to... read on

  • Creating Change: The Long Haul

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 10, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Change requires consistent commitment. Quick fixes often become mere stopgap measures that mask a problem until it becomes an emergency. On the other hand, sustainability is usually behind real change.

    The best Jewish example of this notion was the venerable Rabbi Akiva.... read on

  • Geckos Play the Angles: The Art of Adaptation!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 6, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    I was carrying my daughter into the house when a gecko that was hanging on the door jumped into the house. He dashed behind the garbage, then behind the fridge, then down the hall. I chased him, and was amazed at its speed and ability to camouflage itself.

    It turns out geckos are... read on

  • Domestic Abuse & Child Abuse: What Is Our Response?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    September 17, 2014 | 10:31 am

    In recent weeks, the American public has been inundated with horrifying reports surrounding the actions of players in the National Football League. As one of the most lucrative sports enterprises in the world, a sui generis phenomenon among American athletics, the NFL is acclimated... read on

  • Where Do We Learn Right from Wrong?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    September 15, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    How does one learn right from wrong? The answer for Jews seems easy: the Torah, our Tree of Life. In actuality, it’s not so easy. The Ramban taught:

    It is impossible to mention in the Torah every detail of a person’s conduct with his neighbors and friends, all of his business... read on

  • What grade would you give the United Nations?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    August 18, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Tower of Babel was destroyed forever and any similar body acting as a global centralized authority will inevitably burn to ashes as well. However, ignoring the necessary collective efforts of our evolving complex global world is not an option.

    The world is immersed in... read on

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