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Rabbi Sharon Brous on Saying 'Amen' to Each Other's Joy and Pain

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Sharon Brous's new book is called "The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World." (Photos courtesy of Sharon Brous)

The human longing for connection – to be heard and understood – is what Rabbi Sharon Brous calls the “amen effect.” It’s the idea that we can awaken our shared humanity when we learn to talk across differences with curiosity and empathy. Rabbi Brous has for decades been ministering to members of IKAR, shepherding the Los Angeles Jewish community she co-founded as they navigate celebration and sorrow, both personal and collective. We talk to Rabbi Brous about spirituality, community and how she is grappling with the war between Israel and Hamas. Her new book is “The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World.”


Sharon Brous, senior rabbi and co-founder, IKAR; author, "The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World"


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