Episode 19: Celebrating Freedom and Passover w/Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash (Jewish pluralistic adult learning & leadership), the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek (Jewish Social Justice), the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim Institute (Jewish animal advocacy), the Founder and President of YATOM, (Jewish foster and adoption network), and the author of sixteen books on Jewish ethics. Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews.
We began our conversation by discussing the urgent situation on the southern American border. As migrant children that are fleeing violence are being placed in cages and are separated from their families, concerned Americans from all walks of life are stepping up to do something about it. Rabbi Shmuly says that the question he gets asked most often about his work on behalf of alleviating the suffering of migrants is: “how can I help.. how can I join” in the struggle to liberate those that are confined? As Mister Rogers famously said: during times of distress look for those that are helping. You are never alone in the work of Tikkun Olam - of making the world a better place.
We also discussed the decline in the conditions faced by those in the American prison system. Rabbi Shmuly has been working on behalf of criminal justice reform for over a decade. You can see the passion and drive that Rabbi Shmuly has for creating a more just and peaceful world in the PBS documentary entitled “The Calling” below.
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