Rabbi Adam Morris – Rabbi Mo – has been a rabbi for 23 years, and he’s currently at Temple Micah in Denver. On this week’s show, we talk about how he came to be a rabbi, how the public speaking butterflies have become his friends, what it means to be a part of some of the most seminal moments in people’s lives, and a ton more of the types of conversations you’ve come to expect from the Jon of All Trades Podcast.
In the second half of this week’s show, which I didn’t intend on being quite so topical as Rabbi Morris and I worked for a few months getting our schedules to line up, we talk about the re-emergence of Nazis in America. With Charlottesville fresh in everyone’s minds, it seems only timely to address the Nazi marches in the streets where chants of “Jews will not replace us!” and “Blood and soil!” bellow loudly.
Rabbi Morris addresses the historical persecution of Jewish people, speculates as to why that hostility has been renewed, and how we overcome it. It’s exactly the type of conversation I love to have with my guests, although I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how sad it makes me that our current cultural milieu makes this type of engagement even more vital, and even more necessary.
Because as I’ve said many times before, if this show exists for one reason – it’s to build empathy in the world. If we can understand each other even a little bit better, then this show is worthy of existing. And I’m intensely grateful there are people like Rabbi Mo willing to sit down and share his experience and insight with me. If it weren’t for people like him, this show couldn’t exist at all. He has my highest respect and deepest gratitude.