‘Faith Is A Movement Celebrating Truth’: An Interview with Father Dennis Yesalonia

This week, Rabbi Mosbacher goes in depth with Father Dennis Yesalonia, of New York City’s St. Ignatius Loyola. Among many topics, Father Yesalonia explains how the Christian season of Lent doesn’t actually call the faithful to give things up, but instead to do more, and to relate to the suffering of society’s marginalized people, including the displaced, the homeless, migrants, and immigrants. Father Yesalonia also explains why he believes Easter is not just about egg hunts and candies, but about refugees at the American border, lack of access to healthcare in our country, the degradation of people because of their faith, the lack of consideration of people because of their gender identification, and so much more.

Please Note: This episode was recorded before the onset of the pandemic, so it does not address the issue directly. However, our previous two Special Edition episodes of Commuting with the Rabbi do address COVID-19. We encourage you to have a listen, particularly to our informative interview with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos.

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Rabbi Joel Mosbacher interviews special guests, explores the current cultural conversation, discusses engaging upcoming events, and leaves you with a compelling, reflective thought or challenge – all at the intersection of inclusive, progressive, social-justice-minded Reform Judaism.

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