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What I learned about teshuvah (and the internet) when I sat down with a repentant white supremacist


November 20, 2020

Rabbi Avram Mlotek (r) interviewed Benjamin Hoss Mcdowell, a repentant white supremacist, who was planning a violent attack against a Jewish community in South Carolina.

(JTA) - Before I met him, I saw Benjamin McDowell's name in the news. Inspired by Dylann Roof, the notorious shooter responsible for the Charleston church massacre, he planned an attack on a synagogue that was thwarted by FBI agents.

No lives were lost. No lasting physical harm was done, though the synagogue members certainly felt threatened and terrified. I read the news item online and, though I didn't yet know the word, doomscrolled onward.

I probably wouldn't have thought much about McDowell again had I not seen a video of him in my Facebook feed three years later. Rabba Karpov, the rab...

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