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  • Jewish Social Justice Activists: You are doing Mitzvot!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 22, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    Jewish Social Justice Activists: You are doing Mitzvot!

    Supporting Israel, helping the Jewish poor, funding Jewish day school: there are an infinite number of Jewish concerns and needs today. How can one justify giving time to broader universalistic social justice issues?

    ... read on
  • Asher Yatzar: A Blessing of Radical Consciousness!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 22, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    There is a traditional Jewish blessing that I recite every time I come out of the bathroom (asher yatzar). In this blessing, we celebrate that our bodies are miraculously working, expressing gratitude for this fact, but also protesting our forgetfulness that God is keeping us... read on

  • Innovations in the U.S. Meat Industry: Were Animals Created for Humans?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 21, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Sows forced to reproduce beyond the natural-rate, roll over and crush their squealing piglets in a cold, metal pen. Ewes made to give birth in open fields and in larger numbers then they can bear. Overburdened and tired, their unattended young are felled by neglect, pneumonia, and... read on

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  • Is it Time We Pay Slave Reparations?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 19, 2015 | 12:35 pm

    Today, on MLK Day, we are able to reflect as individuals and as a nation on whether or not we have gone far enough to repair the great injustices in the history of our nation.

    Jewish law teaches that we are not excused from our past debts. In this way, America has never... read on

  • The White Fire: Tending to our State of Being!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 16, 2015 | 10:06 am

    Only in the dark do we begin to see.  Focusing merely upon our actions, thoughts, and words is not enough to navigate this darkness. All of these are deeply influenced by our state of being. We must tend to that deeper state that is often kept in the dark. We should dare not let... read on

  • Need Spiritual Bravery? Transforming Fear to Joy!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 14, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    Once we can identify and understand our emotions we can transform our inner world.

    We all have to face adversity in our lives. Sometimes it makes us, sometimes it breaks us. The Kotzker Rebbe explained that Abraham “never came off the mountain” after the binding of Isaac. This is... read on

  • Volunteering: Giving Ourselves!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 11, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    Even though humans share 99.9 percent of our DNA with one another, we find the smallest differences to divide us. When we hide away in cocoons of our own making, we risk becoming afraid of others, distanced from the realities that others live with every day. In this more complex... read on

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