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  • 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

  • A Reflection on the Actualization of Human Potential

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 13, 2013 | 8:16 pm

    Our work is never done! This is what makes Jewish activism so intimidating and also so invigorating. We never complete the larger goals. We are never whole. Until the day that we pass from the earth, we are unable to fully step back and “throw the towel in.” The Maharal M’Prague... read on

  • A Reflection on the Pursuit of G-d in Justice

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 12, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with beings divine and human and have prevailed,” (Bereshit 32:29). Yaakov Avinu is blessed with a new name only once he has struggled both with G-d and humanity together. The Jewish people are named Israel only... read on

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  • A Reflection on Messianic Yearning

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 12, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Religious Jews are taught at a young age to yearn for the geulah (redemption). With sophistication, the student comes to learn that messianism is not just about seeking an end but is also a worldview, a process of living with a vision and with a dream. What is one to do if they... read on

  • A Reflection on the Pace of Life: Patience vs. Alacrity

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 11, 2013 | 9:03 pm

    Activism requires a very calculated and sensitive balance between patience and alacrity. On the one hand, one must have the patience for teaching and engaging the apathetic and the uninformed. On the other hand, one must also have the alacrity to respond to crises and injustices at... read on

  • A Reflection on Humility

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 10, 2013 | 9:06 pm

    Anivut (humility) has a very special priority in Jewish positive self-development. Rav Kook wrote (The Moral Principles, page 174) that “Humility is associated with spiritual perfection. When humility effects depression it is defective, when it is genuine it inspires joy, courage,... read on

  • A Reflection on Responsibility

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 10, 2013 | 6:36 pm

    Responsibility is one of the most important midot (character traits) to cultivate in one’s soul. Acharayut (responsibility in Hebrew) comes from the root “acher” (other). To take responsibility means to cultivate the “ability” for response” to an “other.” This responsibility to... read on

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