Sophia Lee

Sophia is a features reporter for WORLD Magazine. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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Remembering the homeless this Thanksgiving

Homelessness | Meeting deep needs calls for more than a soup line
by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/22/17, 02:40 pm

Something I’ve noticed in my travels: Homelessness in America looks very different from homelessness in other countries. Two years ago I was in Batam, Indonesia, where I visited a homeless couple who lived in a “hut” made of trash. They lay on a wooden plank with their two young daughters and toddler son, surrounded by flies and hoping to find enough rice in the dumpsters.

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Kings and politics

Books | History: The view from the Prophet Samuel’s front-row seat
by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/21/17, 08:20 pm

More than 3,000 years ago, the people of Israel crowned a human king against God’s warnings. Before then, Israel stood apart from other ancient kingdoms by recognizing God’s exclusive kingship. Then, Israelites got the king they demanded—and saw every warning come true.

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Breaking bread with Jews

Religion | A Sabbath meal with an Orthodox rabbi’s family
by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/13/17, 04:19 pm

When a Jew invites you to Shabbat, never say no. I’m lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, which has one of the largest Jewish populations in America, and I’ve never said no to anyone who invited me to a Shabbat—be it a lesbian “spiritual” couple or an ultra-Orthodox rabbi.

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