Jewish Journal

  • Apocalypse? Building a New World!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 6, 2012 | 9:51 pm

    This week, a reporter from the Kansas City Star called me not to ask about Israel, the Presidential Election, or anything of immediate local or global relevance. Rather, she asked me about the Jewish perspective on heaven.  I, of course, reinforced for her that the Jewish tradition... read on

  • The Clouds of Glory and Human Responsibility!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 4, 2012 | 2:38 am

    After the spiritual intimacy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we subversively break from the walls of institutions and the comforts of home into our modest sukkot (outdoor huts). It is in these huts that we rediscover the religious foundation of our human responsibility.

    The... read on

  • All Jews in One Sukkah!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 3, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    Rabbi Avi Weiss often tells his students that one of the most important traits to be an upstanding Jew, and certainly a Rabbi, is to have a deep sense of “Ahavat Yisrael,” love for our fellow Jew. For many, this can be challenging. To cultivate a love for the values of the Torah,... read on

  • Yom Kippur: An Encounter with Death & Life!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    September 25, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    “Mitah v’Yom HaKippurim Michaprin.” The two ways to truly atone are Death and Yom Kippur. But are the two really so different? On Yom Kippur, we reject food and drink, similar to one close to death. We say vidui (our confessions) just like someone preparing to die. Many wear white... read on

  • 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

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