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Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman

“All children are like human magnets. If they feel that you love them and you’re helping them light the way, they’re ready to give themselves to you.”

Rabbi Grossman is part saint, part social innovator, and the guiding light behind Migdal Ohr, Hebrew for Tower of Light. The rabbi’s remarkable nonprofit gives love and care to 7,000 at-risk youth on a sprawling campus in Migdal Ha’Emek. The poor northern Israeli town had become a center of crime when Grossman arrived there as a young man, so he decided to prevent a new generation from winding up in jail. He began by caring for 18 boys from broken homes but dreamed of leading a tribe of children to the promised land of success. Today his vision has taken the form of a day care center, an elementary school, libraries, computer facilities, and dorms. There are hundreds of teachers and counselors, but the kids still turn to Grossman for guidance and unconditional love. “All children are like human magnets,” Grossman says. “If they feel that you love them and you’re helping them light the way, they’re ready to give themselves to you.”