Goat Yoga is a Poor Substitute for Religious Observance
By: Ben Shapiro Source: National Review
Conservative political commentator @BenShapiro responded to the WSJ article about outreach to a new generation (and Goat Yoga Avodah on Yom Kippur) in the National Review. A Los Angelean, he is officially invited to Open Temple’s “Shabbat Take Me Higher” to experience our love of Torah. Hey, Ben, stay in our guest house in Venice with your family for Shabbat, and I’ll invite David Suissa over as well and the three of us can daven at PJC for Shacharit together. B’Emet and with love, Rabbi Lori Shapiro
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