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From ancient history to current events, take yourself on a journey through the story of the Jewish People, from someone who has led hundreds of Jewish young professionals on trips throughout Israel. From the beginning of creation to modern Israel, each short episode is geared to appeal both to someone looking for the Jewish 101, as well as to those looking to go a bit beyond the basic story they already know. Check out the website at https://jewoughtaknow.com/. Enjoy!
 
Ryan Metcalfe (not a Jew) and Gilli Apter (pretty Jewish) attempt to break down stereotypes about Jewish culture, trying to understand why they exist at all. It's everything you always wanted to know about modern Jewry but were too afraid to ask. From big noses to the money thing to bacon - what's the deal there really? No stone is left unturned. Getting to Know Jew is published weekly.
 
Rabbi Louis Ginzberg was one of the outstanding Talmudists of the twentieth century. He was born on November 28, 1873, in Kovno, Lithuania; he died on November 11, 1953, in New York City. Ginzberg taught at the Jewish Theological seminary from 1903 to 1953. For 50 years, he trained two generations of Conservative Rabbis.The Legends of the Jews is an epic 7-volume compilation of traditional Jewish stories loosely related to the Bible. Volumes 1-4 contain the stories, while volumes 5-7 contain ...
 
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Rabbi E in 3

Rabbi Yosef Edelstein

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We all could use a dose of inspiration and insight in our daily lives, especially as we try to navigate these confusing times. The Rabbi E in 3 Podcast will deliver a powerful, safe and effective dose of "spiritual medicine," in a friendly and casual way! My name is Rabbi Yosef Edelstein ("Rabbi E" for short), and I have been a Jewish educator for many years....only coming to this completely unexpected career after growing up a Reform Jew in West Hartford, CT, going to Harvard (where I major ...
 
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Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Simeon Cohen looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 28. Can one sharpen a knife on a Festival? If so, what are the stipulations which dictate how the sharpening can be performed? This daf uses these questions as a means to explore the idea that it is significant to change your behavior on a Festival; eve…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Simeon Cohen looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 27. This episode deals with the question of what to do if an animal dies on יום טוב. Can it be cut up? Can the carcass be moved? And to what degree are the answers to the questions contingent upon whether or not the animal was sick before the Festival b…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Simeon Cohen looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 26. This daf deals with the question of what to do if a first-born animal, a בכור, falls into a בור on a Festival. Is it permitted to descend to save it? Can one examine it for blemishes? And how does the principle of צער בעלי חיים, which deals with pre…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Abby Sosland looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 24. Which is more important: the details of Talmudic debate or the mystical quest for holiness? An interaction on our daf suggests that one may lead to the other. The opening and closing music for this podcast is Ufros from The Epichorus album One…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Abby Sosland looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 23. Creating a day that is a taste of eternity takes attention to detail and careful planning. Perhaps this is the reason the Gemara brings so many debates about what constitutes Melacha (prohibited work) on Shabbat and Yom Tov. The opening and cl…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Abby Sosland looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 22. The principle of Marit Ayin (for the sake of appearance) has its origins in Talmudic thinking. What we are seen doing can influence the actions of others, and the rabbis remind us that we need to be careful about how we are seen. The opening a…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Abby Sosland looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 20. In trying to understand the debate between Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel from yesterday’s mishnah, the Talmud presents a sampler of different types of argument. Each one offers us the opportunity to access the excitement –and the holiness– of T…
 
The exile in Babylon upended the essential pillars of Israelite religion: king, god, temple, and land. The Israelites responded with immense theological creativity, reimagining these core tenets to preserve their ethnic identity. Prophets, priests, and scribes wrote new ideas and rituals that pointed to a new theology: monotheism. What we today cal…
 
The Korean peninsula is a grassroots church - as it grew without any direct clerical influence for many years. A diplomat brought back the books of the Italian Jesuit Missionary from Beijing, which explained how Christianity was complementary to Confucianism, Now South Korea is the country that sends out the most missionaries around the world (afte…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Abby Sosland looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 19. Which is more central to the Chag, the celebration with family and friends or the connection that we make with God? According to Beit Hillel, both are essential. Moadim l’Simcha! The opening and closing music for this podcast is Ufros from The…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Ethan Linden looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 18. “I been out riding fences, for so long now.” Unbeknownst to many, that classic Eagles’ lyric from the song Desperado is not a metaphor for loneliness or heartbreak, but instead a subtle allusion to the rabbinic practice of making gezerot, rabb…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Ethan Linden looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 17. Which holiness is most holy: the people of Israel, Shabbat, or perhaps the Festivals? A seemingly picayune question about the wording of the blessing for the Amidah inspires some far reaching thinking on the subject. The opening and closing mu…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Ethan Linden looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 16. How much can we count on God’s blessing? Should we follow Shammai the Elder and set aside that which has been given us in preparation for the lean times, or should we say, with Hillel the Elder, “Blessed is the Lord, day by day”? As usual in t…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Ethan Linden looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 15. Do our lives belong to God, to us, or can the life we live be divided between the two? This fundamental question is asked, but only after the lecture goes on too long. The opening and closing music for this podcast is Ufros from The Epichorus …
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Ethan Linden looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 14. How do we create community when the rules we follow may differ from those of our neighbors or our families? How do I know if I can eat pearl barley in the house of the Exilarch? These questions turn out to be more connected than you might thin…
 
Yom Kippur is an unbelievable gift to the Jewish people, a day not to grumble about how hungry we may be (or think about how our stomachs are grumbling from the fast!)...but to rejoice at the opportunity to RETURN to our deepest selves and to REGAIN our inner purity and freedom. Not to mention the blessing of restoring love and harmony between ours…
 
Shmuel Rosner and Donald M.Lewis discuss his book: "A Short History of Christian Zionism: From the Reformation to the Twenty-First Century" (available to purchase on amazon). Don Lewis is an alumnus of Regent College who went on to do doctoral work at Oxford University before coming back to Regent as a faculty member. Don Lewis is a specialist in t…
 
The final novel of Dostoevsky is possibly his most famous - the Brothers Karamazov. Wrought out of terrible grief and struggles with faith after the death of his three year old son Aloysha. One of Russia's greatest novelists has produced on of the greatest novels of all time. Charting the tumultuous transition of Russia from feudalism, the devoutly…
 
Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Ethan Linden looks at Masechet Beitza Daf 12. How much of a distinction do we make between Shabbat and Festivals? Does the permission given for certain activities on a festival day constitute a blanket allowance, or need we be more careful. Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai discuss, and we hav…
 
Bishop Richard Challoner has been called the most influential English Catholic of the 18th Century. It was an uneasy time before Catholic Emancipation laws and least safe in London. The Catholic Church was still illegal after Queen Elizabeth's Act of Uniformity and there were sporadic riots against Catholics. Challoners' life is a case study of suc…
 
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