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  • The Lost Art of Small Talk

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 25, 2012 | 5:01 pm

    During airplane travel, not only do I fail in limiting my consumption of bags of airplane peanuts, I’ve also never quite mastered the art of how to successfully avoid long conversations with talkative strangers sitting next to me on the plane. Sometimes these conversations can be... read on

  • Microfinance, Kiva, and Uri L’Tzedek

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 24, 2012 | 3:28 am

    Jewish tradition focuses heavily on the importance of gemilut chasadim, or charity. One way today’s globalized world engages in large-scale charity is through microfinancing, a way of offering financial services to the poor or those without access to typical bank lending. The... read on

  • Fighting for the Innocent!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 23, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    We all agree that a stable society must have a strong, punitive justice system that maintains order and security. One flaw in every justice system, however, is the perpetual possibility of mistakenly punishing the innocent. Unfortunately, in our justice system, this happens too... read on

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  • Putting Ethics into our Celebrations: The Launch of “Just Simchas!”

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 21, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Jewish celebrations are not merely about throwing a party but rather can be transformational events that express our core values. For this reason, Uri L’Tzedek, the Orthodox Social Justice Movement, has launched Just Simchas to educate, inspire, and empower others to include more... read on

  • The Assault on Rabbi Rosenberg: Ignoring Sex Abuse

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 20, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg is a refreshingly bold advocate against child sexual abuse which occurs in the ultra-Orthodox world. He works within his own Satmar Hasidic and other communities across the ultra-Orthodox spectrum, publicizing claims of sexual abuse and providing victims with... read on

  • Levinas: On Ritual and Justice

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 15, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    The great French Jewish philosopher and Talmudist Emmanuel Levinas, in his Difficult Freedom (pp. 176-177), taught about the power of Jewish ritual to inform and inspire our work to make the world more just, which is of paramount importance. He wrote: “The Justice rendered to the... read on

  • What Is Fair Taxation?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 12, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    If one listened only to the avalanche of political ads during the recent election campaign, one might believe that Americans were being crushed under the heaviest federal tax burden ever, and that raising taxes on the wealthy (the “job creators”) was tantamount to national economic... read on

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