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May 6, 2021  

Behar-Bechukotai: The Sabbatical Year and Giving Up Control

The Biblical institution of Sabbatical and Jubilee year - in which the land lies fallow and all debts are forgiven - have a powerful lesson to teach about partnership and relationship, and what happens when we stop trying to control the world around us. An interview with Rabbi Michael Satz.

April 29, 2021  

Emor: The Corners of Your Face/Field

The Torah's strange prohibition against shaving the corners of your face is an opportunity to talk about holiness and about the relationship between ritual and ethics.

#Judaism #Podcasts #JewishLearning #SocialJustice

April 22, 2021  

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: Love Your Neighbour As Yourself

An interview with Rabbi Evon Yakar of Lake Tahoe, California, about the ethical idea that sits at the centre (both literally and figuratively) of the Torah. Is there anything specifically Jewish about "Love your neighbour?" What does it mean to fulfil those words as a Jew?


#Judaism #JewishLearning #JewishPodcast #LoveYourNeighbour #BeingHuman

April 15, 2021  

Tazria-Metzora: A Ritual of Gratitude

The Torah's "ickiest" portion has a lot to teach about life and death, contagion and purity, and about gratitude.


#Gratitude #Torah #ParashatHaShavua #JewishPodcast #Judaism #JewishLearning

April 8, 2021  

Shemini: Making Mindful Choices

This week's parashah tells two very different stories: one about the death of two priests and one about the rules of keeping kosher. What do these mysterious accounts have to teach us about mindfulness and about thoughtful living?

#Judaism #JewishLearning #Podcast #Mindfulness #Kosher #Jewish

April 1, 2021  

Pesach: When a song is more than just a song

The Torah portion for the 7th day of Pesach is probably Judaism's oldest song. It has not only a beautiful melody but an important lesson to teach about gratitude and social justice.


#Passover #Pesach #Judaism #JewishLearning #SocialJustice #Justice #Rabbi

March 26, 2021  

Tzav: Why did the matzah cross the road?

This week's parashah teaches some surprising things about unleavened bread and about human nature. Pertinent to the Pesach holiday, and to our everyday lives. Plus, my best matzah jokes!

March 18, 2021  

Vayikra: Of Temples, Prayers, and Pandemics

A conversation with Rabbi Joel Simon of Congregation Schaarei Zedek in Tampa, Florida, about sacrifice and prayer, how the synagogue saved Judaism, and what it all has to do with Covid.


#JewishLearning #Covid19 #Judaism #Rabbi #TorahPortion #ParashatHashavua #JewishPrayer

March 12, 2021  

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Holy Space and Holy Actions

Is the sanctuary holy because God is there, or is it the other way around? (Hint: it's about what YOU do.) Plus, a brief explanation of some of the intricacies of the Jewish calendar.

March 4, 2021  

Ki Tisa: The Only Thing We Have to Fear….

The story of the Golden Calf is a story of the dangers of acting out of fear. Our fears can bring out the worst in us, but they can also impel us to be our best. We quote the research of Dr. Kelly McGonigal about stress and wellness.

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