Jewish Journal

  • Volunteering: Giving Ourselves!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    3 weeks ago

    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

  • Was Daniel a Prophet? A Model for Each of Us in these Times of Turmoil

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    3 weeks ago

    Today, the world is remarkably chaotic and ever evolving as the daily feed delivers news that often shocks and terrifies. In a prophet-less age, we rarely know where to turn for models of salvation.

    In the biblical figure of Daniel, we are shown that we need not be prophets or... read on

  • Can we Build a Healing Society?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 30, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    Many of us do not know of our own illnesses whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. For those of us that know, we often, rightfully, look to experts among us: physicians, therapists, and clergy. But there are many barriers to getting what we need since experts are often... read on

  • The newly revealed health benefits of circumcision

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    December 10, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Since Abraham’s circumcision at the ripe age of 99 (Genesis 17:7), Jews have maintained the holy covenant by circumcising their infant boys. Beyond the traditional aspect, circumcision has a solid moral purpose: it serves as a physical reminder of Jewish responsibility and our... read on

  • The Virtues of Compromise

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 16, 2014 | 10:40 am

    One might think that absolutism is a sign of strength. If one has “moral clarity” then they shouldn’t budge an inch on their position. Judaism takes a very different approach, arguing that compromise is the approach of the wise:

    Rabbi Yehoshua ben Karcha says, It is a mitzvah to... read on

  • Creating Change: The Long Haul

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 10, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Change requires consistent commitment. Quick fixes often become mere stopgap measures that mask a problem until it becomes an emergency. On the other hand, sustainability is usually behind real change.

    The best Jewish example of this notion was the venerable Rabbi Akiva.... read on

  • Geckos Play the Angles: The Art of Adaptation!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 6, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    I was carrying my daughter into the house when a gecko that was hanging on the door jumped into the house. He dashed behind the garbage, then behind the fridge, then down the hall. I chased him, and was amazed at its speed and ability to camouflage itself.

    It turns out geckos are... read on

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Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Executive Director of the Valley Beit Midrash, the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz...

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