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  • 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,...

  • Is our Labor System Broken? A Jewish Call for Minimum Wage Increases!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 11, 2012 | 6:31 am

    Lessening the gap between the rich and the poor is one of the most crucial moral issues to address in America today. Much of the problem has to do with fair wages. Some progress has been made. At the beginning of 2012, eight states raised their minimum wage, yet the federal wage...

  • Orthodox group’s ethical seal gains ground

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 18, 2012 | 11:51 am

    Before Gilberto Escobar, the head baker at Bibi’s Bakery and Cafe, starts preparing the pita, cinnamon rolls, challah or anything else that comes out of the kosher bakery’s ovens, first he has to get through what he called the hardest part of his job.

    “Levantarme” (getting...

  • The Revolutions of Chabad and AJWS!

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 4, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    This is the story of two Jewish organizations. Neither receives the proper credit they deserve for the global diaspora revolutions they are inspiring.

    Chabad-Lubavitch is politically right-wing, religiously ultra-Orthodox, and prizes Jewish ritual above all else, working to raise...

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  • AMIA and Minority Insecurity: How Do We Attack Corruption?

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 29, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    A few days ago, I took my students to visit AMIA, the Jewish community center of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that was bombed in 1994, leaving 85 killed and hundreds injured. It was heart-wrenching to hear the personal stories only a few days after the attack at the school in Toulouse.

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  • Living and Leading with Soul

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 27, 2012 | 4:56 pm

    Since the beginning of time, humans have sought to discover the essence and location of the soul, the Divine essence constitutive of our humanity. Some scientists today claim that le siege de l’ame (the seat of the soul) is in the temporal lobe of the human brain (“the God spot”),...

  • The Transformative Power of Ritual

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 26, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    I wake up to an inbox full of dozens of emails, global news demanding reaction, and a daily agenda triple the size of what will prove achievable. How am I to pause to turn inward? When I put on my tefillin each morning, I consider what I need to become liberated from in order to...

  • Is Prayer for Activists?

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 22, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Our basic premise as activists is human responsibility. We, not someone else, must step up to create change in the world. To turn to others before ourselves is for cynics and critics not change makers. What about prayer? Is it a cop out? I would suggest that prayer offers us three...

  • A life without limbs, a life without limits: Special Report from the World Economic Forum

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 27, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    In this exciting conversation in the snowy Alps, where does a humble man with no arms or legs fit into this conversation about speed, power, innovation, wealth, and the global future?

    Today, I had the great privilege of introducing Nick Vujicic, the founder of Life Without Limbs,...

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