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Times Square Rabbi Helps America's Runaway Kids

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My guest today is Yehudah Fine. He is best known as the "Times Square Rabbi" and he wrote a book by the same name whose subtitle is:
Finding the Hope in Lost Kids' Lives. Welcome to OpEdNews, Yehudah. You've been in this line of work for a long time. How did you get started seeking out kids who otherwise would fall through the cracks?

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Decades ago, a phone call came into my unlisted line around 3 AM. It was a mother in desperate circumstance. Her daughter had gone missing. She suspected she had 'gone street' in NYC. She begged me to help. Back then, I had a rule. You find my private line and I deal myself in. It means a parent is working back channels to find me. I got up, hit the 'D' Train to Manhattan, and started my search at Covenant House, New York. I walked in and my life changed forever. I looked around and there were hundreds of kids having breakfast.

I asked one question, "How many kids come through your place every year?"

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The answer, "We take in around 22, 000 kids through intake every year."

My soul spoke and said to me, "Deal me in."

Look. You have to understand: fate is what happens to everyone, but destiny is what you do with it. I am not a side-liner.

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From there, the road got heavy. I have been shot at and had to fight for my life out on the streets. I have been stalked and threatened. It only made me tougher. I do not walk away from anyone in trouble. Period.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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