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Out of the Box Judaism Podcast

Out of the Box Judaism Podcast by Esther Goldenberg

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This podcast is for people who are interested in Out-of-the-Box Judaism -- whether Jewish or not. What does out of the box mean? Out-of-the-Box can mean… thinking outside the box. Many people have an impression or idea of what it means to be Jewish or what you have to do to be Jewish or what you have to believe to be Jewish. Out-of-the-Box can mean thinking outside the box of preconceived notions and creating the Jewish experience that is right for you. Out-of-the-Box can mean… being outside ...
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How To Be

Rory O'Toole & Matthew Schultz

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The podcast where we discuss ancient wisdom, modern hacks, paperback self-help books, and pithy platitudes in the hope of figuring out the best way to live this one precious and wild life.
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"Talk Jewish To Me" is hosted by LaDerryl and Danielle Hart (House of Lev). The Harts are based in Southern California and currently in the process of converting to Judaism. On the podcast, they discuss important issues like Jewish identity, spiritual growth, raising a Jewish family, and more, from the unique perspective of their journey with others who can shed light and add something meaningful to the conversation. "Talk Jewish To Me" is a project of Aish, whose aim is to conduct meaningfu ...
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Struggling With God

Rabbi Yonasan Bender LCSW, Psychotherapist

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What is morality, faith, and our place in the world? Not easy questions. Many look to religion to answer these questions. Religion certainly does provide answers but not in the way we're used to. The answers we're given are really only starting points to help guide us on a path to greater wisdom. That path is a difficult one because it demands us to be present. To think outside the box. It demands us to struggle with God as opposed to thoughtlessly receive "the answer." In the struggle and t ...
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Lots of kids are into sports but few get to live out their dreams as an NFL beat reporter for ESPN. This week's guest, New York Giants beat reporter Jordan Raanan, is one of those lucky few. Don't miss this far reaching conversation about what it is like to travel the country with an NFL team, the importance of relationships in the pursuit of your …
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Last month Rabbi Pont's daughter Emma graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. As was reported across many news outlets, U of M's graduation ceremony was one of many that was disrupted by protestors. A replay of a recent sermon, this episode features Rabbi Pont as he shares his experience in Ann Arbor from the perspective of a p…
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On this Yom HaShoah, the Day of Remembrance, we recall the six million who died at the hands of the Nazis. Among them was Greta Grunberg, a mother of two young boys who befriended a young German girl named Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Greta lived in the same building, had breakfast together nearly every day and lit Shabbat candles, even after it was ma…
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What happens when a working single mom from D.C. has the opportunity to live out her dream in the midst of a pandemic? She buys a farm in rural North Carolina! That's the story of Wendy Rhein, owner of Chutzpah Hollow, a self-made homesteader who is part of a growing movement of Jewish farmers. This week Wendy took some time to chat with Rabbi Pont…
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On Yom Kippur 2023 Rabbi Pont delivered a sermon commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. In late September, it was widely viewed as one of the worst wars that Israel has had to fight in its 75 year history. We had no idea that the Jewish world was about to be changed forever. This week you can listen to this same sermon, knowing n…
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Ever wonder how the Conservative movement came to allow driving to Synagogue on Shabbat? Or whether it feels differently about driving electric cars on Shabbat? Or how it was decided that a livestreamed minyan was OK during the COVID-19 pandemic? This week Rabbi Pont talks to Rabbi David Fine of Ridgewood, New Jersey who sits on the Halacha Committ…
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In the early morning hours of October 7th, Hamas stormed Kibbutz Holit, a small kibbutz in southern Israel. As the terrorists went house to house, Adi Kaploun Vital hid with her two small children while her father hid two houses away. Adi’s actions on that fateful morning saved the lives of her father and her children, Sadly, Adi was murdered by Ha…
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Part of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Marlboro Jewish Center is doing an act of chesed, or kindness, for those less fortunate than you are. Every year, our 7th graders find new and exciting projects that are special to them and use those projects to give back to their community. This week Rabbi Pont gave our 7th graders the chance to tell you, t…
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Do you like to follow the leader? Are you a sucker for a man in uniform? If so, join us as we discuss Authority. Sources: Authority | Definition, Types & Uses | Britannica Milgram's Experiment on Obedience to Authority "Siren" by Etgar Keret Ungroundable | South ParkBy Rory O'Toole & Matthew Schultz
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What is the best way to leave a legacy? Inspired by wanting to make sure that his daughter always knew the family from which she came, Jeff started writing down the memories of his childhood and the family myths that had been passed down through the generations. Those stories turned into a great new book, The Black Hole Pastrami and Other Short Sto…
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In the Conservative Jewish world, few Rabbis have their fingers on pulse like Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal. Rabbi Blumenthal serves concurrently as the CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Rabbinical Assembly through a strategic alignment between the two organizations. This week, Rabbis Pont and Blumenthal have a wide ranging organ…
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For more than three months, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has been engaged in a war with Hamas that feels like a defining moment for the present and future of the state of Israel. Few can offer the perspective of today's guest Aaron Cooper, an American who made moved to Israel after high school, joined the IDF, was in the West Bank on October 7th…
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When it comes to life is it quality or quantity that matters? Is mortality a natural part of the human experience or an enemy to be defeated? Join us as we discuss longevity. Subtopics include the Obama girls, mood lighting, and Interview with the Vampire. Sources: Live to 100: The Secrets of Blue Zones Not Waiting to Say Goodbye The Man Who Thinks…
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By day, Sam Levine is a music teacher at Lloyd Road School in Matawan, New Jersey. At Marlboro Jewish Center, Sam Levine is a talented musician who leads Tot Shabbat and plays in the Shabbat Unplugged Band. On October 2023 he added another title to his name, Wheel of Fortune contestant. On this episode Rabbi Pont explores what led Sam to the Wheel …
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What is the best gift you've ever given? It probably doesn't top what Chrissy Esptein, a young mother of two beautiful daughters, gave to her friend Kieran this past September when she donated her left kidney to save his life. Shaped by the loss of her father on September 11th, 2001, Chrissy always knew that organ donation was something she wanted …
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This week Rabbi Pont is joined by Rabbis Lindsey Healey-Pollack and Andrew Pepperstone, hosts of the podcast Sacred Realms. Sacred Realms discusses the intersection between Judaism and a wide range of sci-fi and fantasy books, movies, and television shows. Each episode, Rabbi Lindsey and Rabbi Andrew discuss what they have been watching or reading …
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Few movements in the Jewish religion have been as successful as that of Jewish camping. Each year thousands of Jewish children participate in an immersive Jewish experience that brings them closer to their religion and builds a lasting Jewish identity that is unmatched by any other youth program. This week Rabbi Pont talks to Rachel Wisniewski, a p…
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On this week's episode, Rabbi Pont welcomes Dr. Stacy Gallin back to the podcast. Dr. Gallin is the founder of The Ferencz Institute for Human Rights, Ethics and the Holocaust, a non-profit organization doing the important work of using the lessons of the Holocaust to rid our world of hate of all kinds. Dr. Gallin's current projects include Athlete…
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Six days ago our world was shattered. For nearly a week we have all tried to make sense of the horror that Hamas brought upon Israel last Shabbat. In the wake of the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust, this week's episode couldn't be more prescient. In an interview recorded prior to October 7th, Rabbi Pont speaks with Dan Rozet…
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Antisemitism is on the rise. There may be no more alarming statistic for American Jews than the reality than six in ten religious hate crimes happen to Jewish people and/or organizations. A shocking statistic for a people that make up less than 2.5% of the population. Fortunately we have people like this week's guest on For the Love of Judaism, Sop…
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This week's episode features Dumisani Washington, the founder and CEO of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI). Washington is a North Carolina-based Christian pastor and author of Zionism & the Black Church: Why Standing with Israel Will be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century. His work focuses on reaffirming…
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Danielle and LaDerryl interview Reyna Simnegar, a Venezuelan native with family history dating back to the Spanish Inquisition. When Simnegar first moved to New York City with her future husband, her future mother-in-law worried her son would starve, and insisted on sharing her family secrets and recipes. Those lessons later evolved into the cookbo…
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The Harts have an amazing conversation with Dr. Yehudah Pryce, DSW, MSW. Dr. Pryce retells his life story: how he grew up surrounded by gangs and violence, becoming a gang member and going to prison for 16 years, and his search for meaning that inspired his transformation and conversion to Judaism. Dr. Pryce shares how Judaism and Torah have impact…
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This week on Talk Jewish to Me, the Harts talk with comedian and podcast host, Daniel Lobell. They discuss the small animal farm Lobell operates with his wife in Los Angeles, his relationship with Judaism—and how that's evolved as he's grown and matured—as well as his thoughts about podcasting, comedy, and contemporary Jewish life. Watch the full v…
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The Harts interview the charismatic Zechariah Yishai Oluwabankole Levine AKA Bounce Pass Bankole BKA L’Chaim OG. Zechariah's story starts with losing his right eye due to retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye), followed by a record-setting football career and is now an entreprenuer and would release his first project entitled “What’s the Hechsher" foll…
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Richard Michelson is an award-winning author, poet and artist who is well known for his contributions to the cannon of Jewish writing. His newest collection, Sleeping As Fast As I Can is a four-part book of poetry that is equal parts political and personal as it explores everything from gun violence and social justice, to his relationship with Juda…
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Throughout history Jews have been the victims of persecution and discrimination that has forced them from the places they've called home. While the stories associated with the Holocaust are often-told, the stories of the Jewish people in Cuba during the 1950s and 1960s are not as well known. And still, these stories are among the most harrowing, es…
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This week on Talk Jewish to Me, the Harts interview the charismatic Kylie Ora Lobell, writer and president of KOL Digital Marketing. They talk about the mini-farm Kylie and her family take care of, and how she got started in the digital marketing industry. She shares her journey growing into Judaism on her own and then continue building it with her…
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Breast cancer awareness is one of the most highly visible fundraising campaigns around. Most of us think that breast cancer is curable and so prevention is the key research priority. And yet, tens of thousands of people will die from breast cancer every year. 98% of those deaths are at the hands of metastatic breast cancer And yet, this MBC receive…
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