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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?"

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.

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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