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Judaism Unbound

Institute for the Next Jewish Future

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Listen in as Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg analyze pressing issues for 21st century American Judaism. Mixing their own analysis with interviews of leading thinkers, practitioners, and even "regular Jews," Dan and Lex look to push past the bounds of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. You can support Judaism Unbound at www.JudaismUnbound.com/donate.
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Overstressed, overworked, overstimulated? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and tune in. In each episode Rabbi Josh Feigelson will guide with ancient wisdom and modern mindfulness practices to help center your soul and ease you into your week. Soulful Jewish Living: Mindful Practices for Every Day is a production of Unpacked, a division of OpenDor Media, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
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Jewish Meditation for Everyone

Institute for Jewish Spirituality

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Pause in the midst of your busy day to renew your body, heart, mind and spirit with a Jewishly-framed mindfulness meditation from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In each episode, hosted by Rabbi Marc Margolius, an expert Jewish meditation instructor guides you through a brief teaching and meditation for relaxing your body, reconnecting with your authentic self, and connecting you with deep Jewish wisdom. Opening and closing music: “Baby Bird Niggun,” by Aly Halpert, used with permission.
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Pardes from Jerusalem

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

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Join Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield and guests each week for a thoughtful and engaging podcast discussion of the weekly Torah portion. Each week, Zvi will be joined by a guest for a deep dive into the text, unraveling the wisdom nestled within each Torah portion, exploring its timeless relevance, and uncovering contemporary insights. Whether you’re a seasoned Torah scholar, an inquisitive seeker of knowledge, or simply someone looking for inspiration and wisdom, Pardes from Jerusalem provides you wit ...
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It's Who You Know! The Podcast

Michelle W. Malkin: Nonprofit Jewish Professional

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Bridging the gap between Jewish leaders and those who follow them.Michelle W. Malkin interviews leaders in the North American Jewish community about working in Jewish organizations and congregations, philanthropy, the changing landscape of the community, recent research, philanthropy, youth, education, social action, and more!
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Welcome to “Open My Heart: Living Jewish Prayer” from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Each weekday people associated with the Institute will offer a short prayer-practice, inviting you to join them. From one day to the next, the practice, the content, the words, and the voices will be different. No one presenter, and no one prayer, will necessarily work for everyone. But, our hope (and expectation) is that over time, joining in these prayers will lead you to find your own authentic an ...
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Chatting with Rabbi Mike

Chatting with Rabbi Mike

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Rabbi Michael E. Harvey of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2015. He earned a Master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion & a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University. Throughout his tenure at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Harvey served congregations, small & large, in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, & Texas.Certified as a Prepare & Enrich marital & p ...
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As a rabbi, Matthew Ponak knows the significance of community in the good times and the bad. We’re in this Shift Together explores the meeting place between ancient spiritual teachings, cutting-edge research and innovation, and the needs of our era. The conversations cover insights and experiences that improve our world and give us hope during these tumultuous times. In our secular society, millions of people are dedicating themselves to the work of innovation. Simultaneously, camps of tradi ...
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What do you do when reality falls short of high expectations? In this episode, Rabbi Tzvi Hirschfield and Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy delve into the Parsha of Shlach, highlighting the challenges and disappointments faced by the Jewish people on the … Read the rest The post Shlach 5784: Unexpected Twists first appeared on Elmad Online Learning. Co…
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Sharoni Sibony is a multi-talented Jewish educator, and the artist behind an exhibition entitled My Body’s Keeper: Provocations and Possibilities. Sibony joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about Jewish ritual technologies, art, disability Torah, and more. This episode is the 7th in an ongoing series of Judaism Unbound episodes exploring Disabilit…
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Mark and I discuss his work in examining and highlighting staff engagement in Jewish organizations, helping to focus job hunters on finding their next position with an organization that cares about the satisfaction of its staff. JCCA - Mark S. Young Bless Our Workforce: Changing The Way We Manage Our People by Mark S. Young Don’t Salaries Matter? O…
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Do you have any teachers who made a great impact on your life? In this episode, Rabbi Josh Feigelson remembers some of his great teachers and the lessons of humility that he learned from them. He draws parallels between his teachers, Moshe Rabeinu, and the lessons of humility found in the Torah portion Beha’alotcha. ~~~~ Soulful Jewish Living: Mind…
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How do ancient trumpets teach us about modern journeys and transitions? In this episode, Rabbi Tzvi Hirschfield and Rabbi Rafael Polisuk delve into Parshat Behalotcha, highlighting the themes of journey and transition within the Torah portion. They discuss the creation … Read the rest The post Beha’alotcha 5784: Trumpets and Transitions first appea…
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Tales of the Unbound is a new addition to the Judaism Unbound family of podcasts! This new series follows the spiritual journeys of folks who leave one way of being for another, claiming agency as they embrace revolutionary Jewish innovation. They build circles of belonging and imagine new ways to engage with their emergent communities. With every …
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This week, Rabbi Feigelson delves into the stress of airports, recounting a nerve-wracking customs experience that spiraled into wild anxiety about sinus rinse bottles. Using insights from the Torah portion of Naso, he highlights how our minds can quickly become a maze of stress and shares a quick meditation to keep calm, even in moments of interna…
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Jay and I discuss how to have a growth mindset during a time of transition. There are many tools for self discovery and realization that could help not only with your search but your success in your next role. Jay Strear EOS Worldwide SMART Goals SWOT Analysis Kolbe Assessment Listen to all IWYK episodes on our website: https://itswhoyouknowthepodc…
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How does our unique role strengthen the Jewish communities? In this episode, Rabbi Tzvi Hirschfield and Rabbi Michael Hatton delve into Parshat Naso, highlighting the importance of each person’s contributions to the community. They discuss how the counting of the … Read the rest The post Naso 5784: Counting on Each Other first appeared on Elmad Onl…
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It’s almost time… for Shavuot! Dan, Lex, and Miriam come together for a conversation about what Shavuot will look like this year at Judaism Unbound. They explore the connections between Shavuot and conversion, renewing our commitment to Judaism through ritual, and how we can meaningfully experience Shavuot in new and ancient ways. Click HERE to reg…
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Eva Kolta and I discuss her experience finding her way into HR, how her team develops their talent, and some great tips when looking for a new place to call home in your career. Range By David Epstein Clifton Strengths Finder Saboteurs Assessment Leading Edge's "Do I Want This Job? A Rubric for Jewish Nonprofit CEO Candidates" Across Fortune 500 co…
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Sure, Torah is part of Judaism, but does it really feel important to your life? Join Rabbi Josh Feigelson as he celebrates his bar mitzvah anniversary by sharing insights on writing a dvar Torah, making meaningful connections in Jewish tradition, and cultivating mindfulness this Shavuot. Tune in for practical tips and inspiring reflections! ~~~~ So…
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How does the Jewish people’s journey through the desert shape our approach to Torah? In this week’s episode, Rabbi Leon Morris and Rabbi Tzvi Hirschfield explore the theme of openness in Torah study, using the wilderness in the Midbar as … Read the rest The post Bamidbar 5784: Embracing the Wilderness first appeared on Elmad Online Learning. Contin…
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Shai Held, one of the most influential Jewish thinkers and leaders in America, is president and dean of the Hadar Institute in New York City. Held received the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the most influential rabbis in America and to the Forward's list of the…
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If your life has been impacted by the trillions of cicadas swarming the U.S. this summer you aren't alone. In this engaging episode, Rabbi Josh Feigelson dives into the fascinating world of cicadas and how their massive emergence this year has impacted daily life in Illinois. Their disruption serves as a springboard for a deeper discussion on mindf…
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Can we approach the Torah as a rational guide for living wisely while allowing space for genuine emotional and spiritual experiences? In this week’s episode, Rabbi Dr. Elisha Ancselovits and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield delve into the concept of reward and … Read the rest The post Bechukotai 5784: Between Philosophy and Spirituality first appeared on Elma…
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Elliot Kukla (he/they) is a rabbi, author, and activist. Elliot has worked at the intersection of justice and spiritual care to those who are ill, dying and bereaved since 2007. They are currently on the faculty of SVARA, where they also direct the Collective Loss Adaptation Project (CLAP). Elliot joins Lex Rofeberg and Dan Libenson for a conversat…
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We all have that memory living rent free inside of our mind where, instead of thinking things through, we totally lost it. Maybe it was with a family member, a frustrating classmate, or maybe it was at... a Philharmonic concerts in Jerusalem? Join Rabbi Josh Feigleson as he explores the importance of taking a beat, resting our minds, and embracing …
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This bonus episode of Judaism Unbound is presented in partnership with Theatre Dybbuk. We are proud to feature their fourth season's fourth episode as a bonus episode here on Judaism Unbound's feed. In each episode, they bring poems, plays, and other creative texts from throughout history to life, all while revealing their relationships to issues s…
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Follow Michelle W. Malkin as she explores the world of job hunting while making her own job transition this year. Hear her story and background as she engages her network on the topic of job transitions. Listen to all IWYK episodes on our website: https://itswhoyouknowthepodcast.buzzsprout.com Look for new live streamed episodes on our new YouTube …
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Why is Mount Sinai mentioned in connection with the laws of Shmitta (Sabbatical year) and Yovel (Jubilee year)? In this thought-provoking episode, Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield and Rachel Friedrichs delve into the profound significance of this week’s Torah portion of Behar … Read the rest The post Behar 5784: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Mountain first …
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Jess Belasco is the founder and director of The Disability Justice Torah Circle, a space in which Jews with disabilities can build community around Torah, engage Jewish text through a disability justice lens, and nurture and amplify their voices to impact the broader Jewish community. They join Lex Rofeberg and Dan Libenson for a conversation about…
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The meditation featured in this episode originally took place on May 13, 2024 during Shevet: A Mindfulness Community for Young Adults, a weekly sit offered by IJS specifically for those in their 20s and 30s. To join these FREE weekly meditations live, sign up here. Visit jewishspirituality.org to learn more about the Institute for Jewish Spirituali…
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Ever find yourself powerless in front of a big bowl of candy? Rabbi Josh Feigleson draws parallels between food and willpower and the broader Jewish teachings on mindfulness and consumption. He guides listeners through a mindful eating exercise, emphasizing the importance of presence and appreciation in everyday acts like eating, and linking these …
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How do we approach texts in our traditions that seem to discriminate against or exclude certain groups of people? In this thought-provoking discussion, Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield and Rabbi Haim Shalom wrestle with the disqualification of kohanim (priests) with physical deformities … Read the rest The post Emor 5784: The Perfection Paradox first appeared…
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Chava Shapiro is the founder of the Jewish Zine Archive, an archival collection of Jewish zines and a digital Jewish cultural space. They join Lex Rofeberg and Dan Libenson for a conversation related to their upcoming UnYeshiva mini-course, Unraveling Jewish Zines: From Rashi to the Haggadah to Instagram, which will explore the intersection of Jewi…
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The Peleton and Kedoshim might have more in common than you thought. In this episode, Rabbi Josh Feigelson draws a parallel between personalized fitness and the concept of kedusha (holiness) in the Torah portion Kedoshim. Tune in for practical insights on cultivating kavvanah and embodying holiness in your own distinct way. ~~~~ Soulful Jewish Livi…
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In a world rife with conflict and oversimplified narratives about “the other,” how can we embody true holiness by cultivating empathy, humility, and deeper human connection? Rabbi Brent Spodek joins our host Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield this week for a thought-provoking … Read the rest The post Kedoshim 5784: Empathy in a Divided World first appeared on E…
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Dalia Marx, an author, teacher, and activist who promotes liberal Judaism in Israel, is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. Her book, From Time to Time: Journeys in the Jewish Calendar, uses a progressive approach to explore each Hebrew month and its holidays alongside art and literature.…
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How can the Jewish people maintain a sense of unity and connection as a nation despite geographical separation and divergent experiences between the Diaspora and Israel? In this week’s episode, Rabba Shani Gross joins us from afar for a discussion … Read the rest The post Acharei Mot 5784: A People Apart first appeared on Elmad Online Learning. Con…
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What do Yom Kippur and Zen monks have in common? In this episode, Rabbi Josh Feigelson explores the profound lesson of letting go, drawing from a classic Zen tale and the Yom Kippur scapegoat ritual to illustrate how Judaism teaches the importance of releasing burdens. Join him for a guided meditation that invites you to practice forgiveness and li…
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Eli and I discuss some of the ways volunteers step-up the support the democratic process during voting season. Learn how Repair The World is partnering with A More Perfect Union to promote and encourage volunteerism around the election. Repair The World This episode is part of a collaboration with A More Perfect Union, The Jewish Partnership for De…
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