Ruth Messinger

Listen with a Loving Heart: a Recipe to Heal the World

Teaching in English from Chicago, IL, USA | Presented by American Jewish World Service

Jewish tradition urges us to listen and act based on what we hear. The Sh’ma, the bedrock Jewish prayer, commands us to listen because listening anchors our lives with compassion, interconnection, and a shared commitment to justice. Only when we truly pay attention to the Other – people who are silenced, disempowered, or rendered invisible – can we begin the work of repairing the world. Learn how the Jewish prayer, the Sh’ma, commands us to listen, and how when we do so with loving, open hearts we hear a call to respond to injustice worldwide.

Download the sourcesheet: Sh’ma Text

messingerRuth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world. Ruth came to AJWS in 1998, after a 20-year career in public service in New York City. As a leading activist for human rights around the globe, Ruth lectures widely and holds leadership roles in the faith-based advocacy arena. She currently sits on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and co-chairs the Sub-Working Group on Social Justice. Ruth has been honored by many national Jewish organizations and has been named on lists of the world’s most influential Jews and religious leaders by The Jewish Daily Forward, The Jerusalem Post and The Huffington Post.