Narrow, judgmental perspectives continue to drive Jewish youth away from practicing. It’s time to realize that Orthodox Judaism can be simultaneously religious and inclusive.
Rabbi Yehoshua Looks
Rabbi Yehoshua Looks made aliyah with his family in 1996. He has an MBA from Harvard with 20 years senior management experience in the United States. Yehoshua is the COO of Ayeka, a philanthropic adviser, and consultant to non-profit educational organizations. He is also a student and teacher of Torah.
Yehoshua Looks is a contributing blogger for Haaretz Jewish World.
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