Jewish Journal

  • The Five Most Foundational Jewish Teachings

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    1 week ago

    While all of the Jewish tradition is powerful, I believe the essence of the tradition can be summed up in 5 theological and moral concepts.

    1. Bereishit (Creation) – We learn that there is only One Creator and that each human being has been created b’tzelim Elokim (in the image... read on

  • The 4 Spiritual Dimensions of Humans

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 23, 2014 | 12:40 pm

    Which level of your soul have you accessed today?

    Those with a nuanced sense of spiritual introspection and self-awareness know that there are multiple dimensions to their inner world. When we invest in inner exploration, we can discover worlds within worlds. The many spiritual... read on

  • Should I Claim All My Rights?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 11, 2013 | 4:21 am

    The origin of human rights has long been debated. Many argue human rights come from G-d. Others believe governments grant human rights. Some argue that they have emerged as a collective social acceptance. Alexander Hamilton wrote in 1775:

    The sacred rights of mankind are not... read on

  • On Free Will & Revelation

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 30, 2013 | 5:50 am

    The rabbis taught that free will was suspended at the time of revelation. "The Holy One held the mountain over them like a bucket and warned them: If you accept the Torah — good. And if not — here you will be buried” (Shabbat 88a). There is an interesting Talmudic debate regarding... read on

  • Tevilat Keilim: Transforming our Consumption

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 20, 2013 | 4:32 am

    There is a mitzvah to take one’s new cooking utensils to the mikvah (spiritual bath) to give them a spiritual dip (Numbers 31:23). What is the purpose of such a ritual?

    The Torah is about transformation. It is about transforming the self (mind, body, soul); it is about... read on

  • Discrimination in the Workplace: How do you Judge?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 2, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    The Torah teaches that G-d does not show favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17). G-d does not discriminate, and we are asked to emulate that example. This command is made explicit (Deuteronomy 16:19): People are to be treated equally. When it comes to procedural justice, all (even the... read on

  • Core Values for Strong 21st-Century Jewish Leadership

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    August 26, 2013 | 4:59 am

    There are many different kinds of leaders, different leadership traits, and different processes of leadership. Ultimately, one must be authentic to their values, personality, and social change philosophy. These core principles outlined here helped to motivate me and help me... read on

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