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The Wildescast

Manhattan Jewish Experience

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Jewish education and inspiration courtesy of Rabbi Mark N. Wildes, Founder of the Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE). Founded in 1998, MJE is a warm and open community where millennial men and women in their 20s/30s can explore Jewish life and meet new people.
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00:00 Introduction 1:28 Welcome 2:24 War With Iran 6:23 Elimination Hamas 7:56 United States Pushback 11:45 Voting in the US 17:26 Relations in the Middle East 22:55 Reminding our Enemies 26:02 Justifying October 7 28:15 Fear in American Jews 30:49 Giving Hope 34:57 Youth in America 37:07 Gaza Casualties Misconception 38:20 Challenges Faced by the …
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0:00 Introduction 2:18 Exodus Story 5:46 Impact of Progressivism 10:42 Lack of Jewish History Education in the US 16:30 Political Divide For Jews in America 22:47 Tikkun Olam 24:58 Inspiration & Motivation 27:43 Saving the Diaspora 31:22 Judaism & Medicine 34:06 Exposure & Media Platform 37:24 Physical Violence & Self Defense 43:26 First Generation…
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In this insightful conversation, Rabbi Wildes and Hillel Fuld dissect key points shaping Israel's trajectory, shedding light on the geopolitical landscape and societal dynamics. They navigate through the intersections of technology, innovation, and advocacy, offering profound insights into how these forces have influenced Israel's narrative and glo…
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On January 3rd, Rabbi Mark Wildes taught an insightful class titled "The Blame Game: Taking Responsibility For Our Lives," listeners are encouraged to shift their perspective on life's challenges. Rabbi Wildes delves into the concept of not externalizing failures and struggles but instead taking ownership and responsibility for one's life.…
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In this compelling episode of the Wildescast, Rabbi Mark Wildes engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Yahya Mahamid, an extraordinary guest who defies expectations as an Arab Muslim IDF soldier. Raised in an anti-zionist Arab community in Israel, Yahya shares his remarkable journey of self-discovery and the transformative experiences tha…
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In this gripping and emotionally charged episode, Rabbi Mark Wildes sits down with a truly extraordinary guest, Maya Parizer. Join us as Maya bravely shares her harrowing experience at the Nova Music Festival in Israel on October 7th. On that fateful day, as the festival was underway, Hamas unleashed an unthinkable act of violence, resulting in the…
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Welcome back to the Wildescast, Rabbi Wildes and his student, Daniel Wallach, passionately discuss the resilience and strength of being a Jew in America post the October 7th attack on Israel. This powerful episode, the third in their "Rabbi and the Student" series, sheds light on the challenges faced by the Jewish community while emphasizing their …
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Rabbi Wildes leads a dynamic live panel at MJE, delving into the effective strategies for addressing antisemitism on college campuses. Joining the discussion are distinguished panelists, including Professor Shai Davidai from Columbia Business School, Adela Cojab, a passionate Jewish activist and graduate of NYU/Cardozo, Talia Lerner representing th…
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Welcome to the Wildescast. This episode is from the finale of Rabbi Mark Wildes's 3 part class series on Israel. In this class Rabbi Wildes discusses all of the differing views on Zionism and answers all the questions you have on this incredibly complex topic! This is not an episode that you will want to want to miss! Take a listen!…
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Welcome to the Wildescast! On this episode we delve into Rena Quint's journey through the horrors of the Holocaust is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. She will recount her experiences, the challenges she faced, and the indomitable human spirit that carried her through those tumultuous times. Her story is a testament to the enduring power of hope…
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On October 25th as part of the ISRAEL: The History. The Philosophy. The Conflict. Series Rabbi Wildes shares four key talking points essential for advocating for Israel and countering misinformation. In this talk Rabbi Wildes presents the historical and political information important for all of us to know and to engage in informed discussions. Whe…
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As we await the next steps in Israel's war against Hamas, Rabbi Wildes is joined by activist, filmmaker, and IDF reservist Rudy Rochman from an undisclosed location to discuss whether this war is going to end differently than past wars with the final destruction of Hamas, whether the Palestinian civilians are truly innocent, how Diaspora Jews can f…
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On Wednesday October 11th, Rabbi Wildes hosted a class at MJe entitled "Israel... The Real Story | From 1948 To Today." This event was not just an educational experience, but a powerful tribute to our brothers and sisters in Israel, who are currently enduring the perils of war and conflict.Rabbi Wildes' passionate lecture delved into the resilient …
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Today Rabbi Wildes speaks about the story of Guy Madar. Each day during this time where our brothers and sisters in Israel are defending the Jewish people. Rabbi Wildes will be giving daily talks and words of Torah in his Whatsapp group. Feel free to join!Am Yisrael Chai!Join Whatsapp: https://chat.whatsapp.com/LM0bsDb4sV3FmESMyauFaw…
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MJE Stands With Israel: You can help make a difference by donating to Magen David Adom at https://afmda.org/donate/ Or United Hatzalah at https://israelrescue.org/campaign/israel-under-attack/ Our Father in Heaven, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the first manifestation of the approach of our redemption. Shield it with Your …
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In this thought-provoking podcast episode with Rabbi Wildes, we dive deep into the complexities of Israel's ongoing conflicts, featuring the esteemed Dr. Daniel Gordis as our guest. Dr. Gordis provides a comprehensive analysis of the multifaceted issues plaguing Israel, from the judicial reform protests shaking the nation to the intricacies of the …
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Take a listen to Rabbi Mark Wildes Class on Understanding The Prayers of The High Holidays. People come to synagogue and say prayers but don’t know who wrote them or what them mean, we tackle them in this class!Understanding the key prayers of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services is so important, and it is important to realize that we can gain…
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In this fascinating podcast, we delve into the extraordinary journey of two brilliant minds, who happen to be rabbis and scientists , as they embark on an intellectual exploration that bridges the realms of science and spirituality. Join us as we follow these visionary rabbis on their groundbreaking quest to uncover the profound connections between…
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Join Rabbi Mark Wildes, deeply rooted in Torah values, and Erin Davis, the renowned "Wingwoman" of the modern dating scene, and a live studio audience in a thought-provoking conversation on the interaction of modern dating/marriage realities and how they intersect (or don't) with Torah values. They delve into diverse topics, exploring the efficacy …
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Aleeza Ben-Shalom of Netflix's "Jewish Matchmaking" joins Rabbi Wildes to discuss the positives and negatives of her experience making the show including Rabbi Wildes' issues with the production and casting choices, whether men and women can really be "just friends", the tricky balance of being too picky vs. settling for someone, the Jewish view of…
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Rabbi Wildes is joined by Emmy award winning TV writer David Sacks to discuss his path from Hollywood (The Simpsons, Third Rock From The Sun) to spiritual leader in the Los Angeles community. In the first half of the podcast David discusses the challenges he faced as an Orthodox Jew in the secular world of Hollywood which leads into the second half…
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Rabbi Wildes is joined by Rabbi Dr. Jason Weiner, Senior Rabbi and Executive Director of the Spiritual Care Department at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, where he is responsible for the chaplaincy team and all aspects of spiritual care throughout the health system.Being an expert in Jewish medical ethics, pastoral care, and health and wellness, Rabbi …
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Rabbi Wildes is joined by Dan Grunfeld - former professional basketball player and author of the fantastic book, "By the Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream" to discuss his family legacy of Jewish basketball players including his father Ernie who played 9 seasons in the NBA and is the only play…
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Daniel Wallach seeks guidance from Rabbi Wildes as he grapples with the challenges of his spiritual journey. Having recently returned from the spiritual heights of Israel, Daniel opens up about his struggle to maintain inspiration in a world dominated by materialism and monotony. In their conversation, Daniel seeks Rabbi Wildes' counsel on various …
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In this thought-provoking episode, Rabbi Wildes is joined by Charlie Harary to delve into the power of Torah wisdom to help us unlock our best selves. Charlie shares his personal journey of discovering the Torah and how it has helped him initiate personal growth, find meaning, and discover his identity and purpose.We explore the spiritual and physi…
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Rabbi Wildes recently rejoined the Orthodox Conundrum Podcast with Scott Kahn to discuss the complicated relationship Diaspora Jewry has with the State of Israel. In Scott's own words:With the terrible and heartbreaking news that came out of Israel over the course of Pesach – a mother and two children murdered by terrorists, a car ramming in Tel Av…
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How can we make sure our kids stay Jewish and uphold the values we have worked so hard to instill in them?Hint: it's not just about talking the talk, but walking the walk. Rabbi Wildes delves into the text of the Torah, revealing the power of leading by example and how displaying your love for the Torah and its Mitzvot can make all the difference. …
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Rabbi Wildes celebrates Yom Haatzmaut (Israel's 75th birthday) by sitting down with the fascinating Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel who is a teacher, a farmer, and a pioneering entrepreneur. He is also a retired decorated IDF soldier, an author, a musician, and one of Israel's premiere Jewish media personalities.He is the founder of the Land of Israel Network,…
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Rabbi Wildes celebrates Israel's 75th birthday by focusing on Judaism's focus on life in this world as opposed to what happens in the next world and displays how the modern State of Israel has incorporated the Torah's message of living in the here and now.Join MJE for Yom Haatzmaut as we commemorate fallen IDF soldiers for Yom Hazikaron with an ins…
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Rabbi Wildes interviews Holocaust survivor Manny Korman at MJE in front of a packed audience to commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The event concluded with some inspiring words from Israel's Minister of Aliyah and Integration and member of the Knesset Ofir Sofer and a stirring rendition of The Hatikvah.Manny Korman was born on Dec…
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Rabbi Joey Rosenfeld is world-renowned for his incredible podcasts which intersect contemporary issues of trauma, anxiety, and addiction with the ancient texts of Torah, Kabbalah, and Chassidut. Rabbi Wildes speaks with Rabbi Rosenfeld about how those who enjoy yoga and meditation can find those experiences within the Jewish tradition, reframing th…
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It is our responsibility to answer those who don’t have the knowledge or interest to ask about their Judaism, but miraculously are. At our 24th Annual Dinner I was honored to address close to 350 people who take our mission of reconnecting our Jewish brothers and sisters seriously. Thank you to all who came and donated. It was a magical night that …
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"I'm spiritual but not religious." You hear this statement more and more these days but is there any validity to it? Take a journey with Rabbi Wildes through the mountains of India to an Allman Brothers concert in New York City and find out.We are hosting our 24th Annual Dinner on March 21st where we raise the majority of our donations, so please c…
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Rabbi Mark Wildes joins the Judaism Demystified podcast for a wide-ranging conversation on the current state of Jewish outreach. Rabbi Wildes shares his journey in Kiruv and delves into the reasons behind the lack of engagement of many Jews with Judaism. Is there a place for both a rationalist and mystical approach to outreach? Is blind faith a Jew…
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What is the connection between the holiday of Purim and the series of Parshas that we are currently reading detailing the building of the Tabernacle? The answer reveals the solution to a significant issue currently facing the Jewish community - is Judaism about the practice of mitzvot, or the philosophy behind them?To watch the video version of thi…
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In the final part of our series on the divinity and authenticity of the Torah, Rabbi Wildes sits down with Rabbi/Dr. Jeremy England. Dr. England has been called the next Charles Darwin by various respected scientists in his field due to his research on the spontaneous emergence of life. Despite this background which on the surface would seem to run…
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WOW! What a conversation. In Part 2 of our series on the authenticity and divinity of the Torah, Rabbi Wildes speaks with Rabhi Avraham Arieh Trugman - a Rennaisance Rabbi who has written over 20 books and has produced 9 albums of original music - about the incomprehensible depth of the text of the Torah. Rabbi Trugman specializes in utilizing the …
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It is difficult not to get envious of what other people have in a world where everything is shared on social media. Here are 3 steps rooted in our ancient tradition that you can take not to feel that horrible feeling of jealousy when you see others people in your life succeed.Follow Rabbi Mark Wildes:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RabbiMarkWild…
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