Author Archives: Rabbi Juan Mejia

Rabbi Juan Mejia

About Rabbi Juan Mejia

was born in Bogotá, Colombia. After discovering the Jewish roots of his family, he embarked on a spiritual journey that lead him back to the religion and the people of his ancestors. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia and a summa cum laude Master´s Degree in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in NY. He plans to devote his life to the Torah education of both Jews and descendants of anusim wherever they may be. He lives with his wife and daughter in Oklahoma City, OK. He was recently appointed as the coordinator for the Southwest for the Jewish non-profit organization Bechol Lashon.

Therapeutic Dialectic

Rabbi Juan Mejia
April 1, 2012

In the tendentious and acrimonious debates that polarize us today, Western culture, in general, and Western Jewish culture, in particular, have forgotten their roots. For it was these two cultures (Greek and Jewish) that discovered one of the most precious legacies to human kind, which have aided their progress and has been present in every More »

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“Towards a Perpetual Peace”

Rabbi Juan Mejia
November 3, 2011

One of the most difficult texts I had to encounter as a Philosophy undergrad in my native Colombia was Immanuel Kant´s “Towards a Perpetual Peace”:  the Prussian philosopher´s master plan for a cosmopolitan league of republics that would, in time, guarantee universal understanding, hospitality and friendship.  As with most political utopias, Kant then goes ahead More »

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The Power of the Global Pushke

Rabbi Juan Mejia
October 12, 2011

Rabbi Yehuda Hannasi said in Pirke Avot:  “Be careful in performing a light mitzvah as a weighty one, for you know not the reward of each mitzvah.” In the area of philanthropy we could render his thought thusly: “Be mindful of small gifts as well as of big gifts, for you know not the impact More »

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