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Ep. 85 Creating Real Change – Positive Teshuva

This past week I asked close to 50 people to think of something that they want to improve at over this coming year. A whopping 100% (!!!) thought of something that they’re really bad at and is extremely difficult for them. This is often how we think. We know what we’re bad at and want…

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Ep. 84 The High Holidays – A Time To Pause and Think

Do you find yourself approaching the High Holidays the same way every year? Thinking about the same things you want to improve on that you said last year? With so much busyness in life, how can we make a real change? Join me as we look to our forefather Abraham, and his journey of finding…

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Ep. 83 Physician Assisted Suicide In Jewish Law

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon, then (2014) one of only four states with legalized physician assisted suicide. She was a big activist for legalizing suicide for terminal patients, allowing them to “die on their own terms”. In this class, we take a deep dive into the traditional sources on…

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Ep. 82 Why Don’t We Have An Immersive Spiritual Center Today?

Wouldn’t life be simpler if we could just walk into a building and experience God? Would it not answer so many questions and doubts? Would it not provide such clarity of purpose and mission? A long time ago, when the Temple stood in Jerusalem it provided just that. Entering the temple was a transcendent experience…

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Ep. 81 The Deeper Meaning Of Modeh Ani

The first words a Jew says when he or she wakes up is š˜”š˜°š˜„š˜¦š˜© š˜ˆš˜Æš˜Ŗ, a prayer expressing thanks to God for another day. Jewish law desires one to say this prayer so immediately upon waking that the prayer doesn’t contain the name of God in it, so one can say it even before they…

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Ep. 80 A Deeper Look At The Three Weeks

This coming weekend begins the saddest part of the Jewish calendar. Occurring across a three week period, between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av, this time period has held the most terrible tragedies for the Jewish nation. What were those tragedies? What’s the history behind these ominous days? What’s the message for…

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Ep. 79 Genetics In Torah Law

In this episode we look into the concept of genetics in Torah law. When are we developing the world and using the resources God gave us and when are we playing God? Is it ethical to pick the gender of a child? What about their height/eye color? What if it impacts their health? Does that…

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Ep. 78 Personal Autonomy and Medical Coercion In Jewish Law – The Case of Cassandra C. vs. State of Connecticut

In this episode we take a look at the fascinating case of Cassandra C. In September 2014, Cassandra C., then 17 years old, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After lying to the courts and running away from chemo, she was placed under the custody of the Connecticut Dept. of Children and Families. She was then…

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Ep. 77 Disconnect To Reconnect

Have you ever felt trapped in a certain behavior pattern and struggled to break out? Often when we approach our behaviors head on, we lose badly. How can the Torah guide us in this aspect? In Numbers chapter 6 the Torah discusses the Nazirite, one who accepts upon himself to separate from certain physical pleasures…

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Ep. 76 Flags & Unity: Individuality Within The Community

While traveling in the desert, God commands Moses to set up the Jews in very specific formation; three tribes in each direction and the tabernacle in the center. The Torah also teaches that each encampment had its own flag, as well as each tribe had its own flag. What was the role of these flags…

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