18Forty Podcast
18Forty Podcast
Nov 2, 2020
Rav Moshe Weinberger: Can Mysticism Become a Community? [Mysticism 3/3]
Play • 1 hr 12 min
In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down with Rav Moshe Weinberger, rabbi and educator, to discuss the role of mysticism in modern-day Judaism.

Rav Weinberger grew up Modern Orthodox and became attracted to Chassidus at a young age. Though he is a fan of the yeshiva system and believes that Halakha cannot be compromised, he has long watched with anguish as countless products of the system have been turned off by the dry, inhumane version of Yiddishkeit taught to them. Rav Weinberger believes that Jewish education must evolve over time, and that Chassidus is as good an approach as any for the current generation.

-How can one go about strengthening their connection to Hashem?
-What are the educational challenges of today’s generation?
-Where does the modern-day yeshiva system succeed, and where does it fail its students?
-And how can we attempt to tweak the system to suit everyone’s needs?

Tune in to hear Rav Moshe Weinberger discuss the challenges that he sees facing today’s generation of young Jews.

For more, visit https://18forty.org/mysticism/#weinberger.
Behind the Bima
Behind the Bima
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
January 20, 2021: Special Guest: Sivan Meir-Rahav
Rabbis Efrem Goldberg, Philip Moskowitz, and Josh Broide, from Boca Raton Synagogue, shmooze about contemporary issues. Every week features an unscripted and lively discussion, special guests, and a behind-the-scenes look at leading a large and dynamic Jewish community. Connect with Rabbi Efrem Goldberg: Website: https://rabbiefremgoldberg.org/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/efrem.goldberg Twitter: http://twitter.com/rabbigoldberg Special Guest: Sivan Meir-Rahav, is an Israeli journalist, lecturer, and World Mizrachi Shlicha to North America. Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), a rapidly-growing congregation of over 800 families and over 1,000 children in Boca Raton, Florida. BRS is the largest Orthodox Synagogue in the Southeast United States. Rabbi Goldberg's warm and welcoming personality has helped attract people of diverse backgrounds and ages to feel part of the BRS community, reinforcing the BRS credo of 'Valuing Diversity and Celebrating Unity. Rabbi Philip Moskowitz serves as Associate Rabbi at Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), where he helps lead a rapidly growing congregation of over 850 families including over 1,000 children. His warm personality and dynamic, positive spirit make people of all backgrounds and ages feel a part of the BRS community. Rabbi Moskowitz officiates at life cycle events, provides pastoral counseling, and serves as halachic advisor and close confidante to hundreds of members. Beyond the engaging and relevant Shabbat morning sermons, delivered to multiple, diverse minyanim, and the numerous regular classes and shiurim in the Shul, Rabbi Moskowitz regularly teaches Torah in private homes, local day schools, and the community at large. Rabbi Josh Broide is the Director of the Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement (CJE), a Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. He is also the Founder and Director of the Boca Raton Jewish Experience (BRJE), a rapidly growing outreach and engagement program in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition he also works as the Outreach Rabbi at Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), one of the largest Modern Orthodox Synagogues in North America.
1 hr 4 min
MyLife: Chassidus Applied
MyLife: Chassidus Applied
Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Ep. 341: Can We Be Angry at G-d When Our Friends and Community Members Die of Covid?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus Applied to Tu B’shevat and Beshalach  What do you do when you’re stuck?  What is the secret to success?  Lessons we learn from the time when the Jews were stuck between the sea before them and the pursuing Egyptians behind them  What do we learn from trees?  Bitachon in face of challenges  Can we be angry at G-d when our friends and community members die of Covid?  How do we explain bitachon and emunah when they apparently don't bring the intended results?  What can I do to change my negative feelings and lack of trust in G-d due to my life challenges?  Parents and Children  How do I get over very harsh words my mother told me?  Children’s Apathy to Judaism  How would you deal with teens who are apathetic towards Yiddishkeit?  What is an appropriate response to my 11-year old son who confided in me that he fears that he won’t be religious when he grows up?  Chassidus question: Is dirah b’tachtonim a reason for creation that emerged only in later generations?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 12th Place winners:  Essay English: “They didn’t change their names, their language or their dress” -- Staying strong to who we are despite our surroundings, Mushka Cohen, 16, Student, Beth Rivkah, Montreal, Canada  Essay Hebrew (men): פיזור הנפש, Mr. Meir Ha’Itan, Jerusalem, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): בנין החינוך - עסק משפחתי מצליח, Chana’le Gufchi, Educator, Kiryat Malachi, Israel  Creative: Infusion (painting. Creative Art Piece. Oil on Canvas), Rivky Taichman, 20, Shlucha at Machon Alte Tzfat. Crown Heights, NY
1 hr 5 min
Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Michelle Cohen Farber
Pesachim 66 - January 26, 13 Shvat
Study Guide Pesachim 66 Today’s Daf is sponsored by Erica Kolatch in commemoration of the 24th yahrtzeit of her father, Richard Glube, Hillel ben Yosef Calman z"l. "Although he had very little Jewish education or practice, when I became observant he took it as a challenge to make me always feel welcome at home. He believed in forging your own path, and would be very proud that his daughter and granddaughter are learning gemara and keeping up with Daf Yomi." The discussion between R. Eliezer and R. Akiva continues - is it possible to override Shabbat in order to sacrifice the Passover sacrifice regarding actions have been done the previous day? The gemara quotes a braita in which it is told that Hillel ascended to the presidency (became a Nasi) because the Bnei Bateira forgot the halakha regarding Pesach, which fell on Shabbat and they did not know whether bringing the sacrifice overrode Shabbat or not. When Hillel knew the answer, he was appointed to be the Nasi. Later that day, he began to belittle the Bnei Bateira for not knowing the halakha and not learning from Shemaya and Avtalion. Their response was to ask Hillel a question regarding one who forgot to bring the knife to slaughter the Pesach sacrifice on Shabbat, could he bring it? Hillel then said he forgot the halakhah and the way to learn it was to see what the people are doing as if they are not prophets, they are the sons of prophets. The story describes what the people did. Then the gemara raises various questions on details of the braita. The Gemara learns from the story and other characters not to be arrogant as Hillel did and not to be angry. How do we know that the Tamid and the Pesach can be brought if the majority of the people or the kohanim are impure?
46 min
Neshamos.org Podcast: Stories of Hope and Healing
Neshamos.org Podcast: Stories of Hope and Healing
I Experienced Sexual Assault (feat. Rochel Spangenthal)
Rochel Spangenthal is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and writer from North Carolina. At a young age, Rochel’s family made the transition to a religious lifestyle, becoming Baalei Teshuva and joining the Chabad community. Rochel took her religious responsibilities seriously, determined to be the perfect daughter and student and aspired toward a relationship with a man befitting her religious status. She was scrupulous in her Torah observance, carefully maintaining her distance from men as she sought a “good” shidduch (match). As an adult, Rochel experienced sexual assault and began questioning everything: herself, her relationship with G-d, her status as a religious Jew, her future and any future relationships. She believed she was “ruined.” Rochel was told she had to hide her story and be ashamed of what had happened to her so that it wouldn’t impact her reputation and her shidduch chances.  In this episode, Rochel relates how her experience launched the beginning of her journey toward growth and healing. She talks about how she shared her story with others, and the reactions she received as a result. Now, Rochel has integrated her story into who she is today and uses it to drive herself forward. She has learned that she has an untouchable, innate purity regardless of her circumstances. “Bad things happen and we can’t go back, but we can choose how we go forward,” she concludes. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/neshamos-podcast/support
54 min
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