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  • Is Haman alive today? Purim & Happiness!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 22, 2013 | 11:02 am

    The Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins tonight, is a joyous time of celebration. The story of the Book of Esther is familiar: In the 4th century BCE, the Persian King Ahasuerus fell under the influence of his evil prime minister Haman, who resented the Jews who refused to bow... read on

  • The Force of the Orthodox Union

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 21, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    The Orthodox Union (OU) is the leading organization supporting and building the American Orthodox community. Its teen and young adult engagement efforts stretch across North America through NCSY and JLIC; its lay and rabbinic community building efforts are significant, with its... read on

  • Combatting Sloth!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 21, 2013 | 3:06 pm

    Classically, the vice of sloth (laziness) had two components:

    1. acedia – a lack of caring or indifference
    2. tristtitia – sadness, sorrow, or despair   

    I would argue that the negative aspect of individualism that exists today in 21st century is furthered by acedia. The... read on

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  • Activisms of Love and Hate

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 20, 2013 | 9:35 pm

    Should we fight for justice with hearts full of love or hearts full of anger? Which is more rewarding? Which is more productive? Which must we cultivate as religious activists?

    Rav Soloveitchik argued (A Theory of Emotions, 183):

    Of course, love is a great and noble emotion,... read on

  • The mitzvah of Adoption, Denied Orphans in Russia, and The Baal Shem Tov

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 19, 2013 | 8:08 am

    A Chabad family in Nepal recently made a great public Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of G-d’s name) by adopting a starving child. While definitions for these terms vary, what is clear is that there are millions of orphans around the world and we must all do our part.


    What... read on

  • Mamie Currie Hughes and Today’s Civil Rights Struggle

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 14, 2013 | 8:41 pm

    I am a hero junkie. I look to meet heroes to learn about what they have done and what makes them tick. I am very blessed when they accept my invitation to become activist partners and soul-friends. This morning, I had coffee with my new friend Mamie Currie Hughes, an 83-year-old... read on

  • Justice in this World!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 14, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Where do we look for justice?


    The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, the 19th century work of Jewish law by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried, teaches that “it is prohibited for a person to appeal for judgment from Heaven (i.e., Divine retribution) against his fellow who wronged him. This prohibition... read on

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