Rep. Ritchie Torres on
“What Jerusalem Means To Me”

The Democratic congressman explains why he’s become such a resolute
defender of the Jewish state.

What Jerusalem Means To Me” is a project of Rabbi Meir Soloveichik’s new daily podcast, Jerusalem 365.
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Rep. Ritchie Torres joins Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

On September 6, 2022, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik launched a new daily podcast, Jerusalem 365, in which he tells the 4,000-year history of the most interesting, spiritually dynamic city in the world.

To mark this momentous occasion, Tikvah has convened a series of conversations between Rabbi Soloveichik and important public leaders, to discuss their unique connections to the Holy City—“What Jerusalem Means To Me.” Through these wide-ranging discussions, we’ll come to learn what makes Jerusalem so important to people of all walks of life, and understand why a podcast like Jerusalem 365 is so essential right now.

In this video, Rabbi Soloveichik speaks with Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY). Elected in 2020, Rep. Torres has quickly become one of the leading pro-Israel voices in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Democratic party. In this conversation, he discusses the diversity of Jerusalem and Israel, his three trips to the Jewish state, and why he’s supported Israel so fervently, despite many of his progressive colleagues now turning way from it.