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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.

February 12, 2021  

Mishpatim: Our Responsibility for the Vulnerable

By reminding us that we were once slaves in Egypt, the Torah teaches that we are responsible to care for the vulnerable in society.


#Torah #JewishLearning #Podcast #SocialJustice

February 5, 2021  

Yitro: Our Own Sinai Moments

Did God hand down 10 Commandments on stone tablets at Mount Sinai? When we stop reading the Torah so literally, we can see that it is actually about us and our own lives.


#Judaism #Torah #TenCommandments #JewishPodcast

January 28, 2021  

B’shallach: Taking the long way to the Promised Land

The Torah says that the Israelites took the long route through the wilderness to the Promised Land. A perfect metaphor for our own journeys.

#Torah #Podcast #Judaism #Transformation #BestSelf #Wellness

January 22, 2021  

Bo: Hardening Our Hearts; Opening our Minds

This week's parashah tells us that God "hardened Pharaoh's heart." It sounds like either a fairy tail or a weird/problematic rejection of free will. But it's actually a lesson about open-mindedness and what it takes to be our best selves.

Shout out to President Joe Biden, who quoted this portion in his inaugural address.

#Torah #Podcast #Unity #JewishLearning

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