Never Again! The Life & Times of Rabbi Meir Kahane Part I
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One of the most complex characters of post war Jewish history was undoubtedly Meir Kahane (1932-1990). Controversial yet lover of the Jewish people, provocative yet charismatic, endorsed violence yet known for his brilliance and sense of humor, yeshiva educated talmid chacham yet trained Jewish militias to patrol the streets of New York, author of endless articles on Jewish activism yet also a sportswriter and Yankees fan. So many facets and even contradictions. His problematic legacy continues to hover over Jewish society till today. Born into a rabbinic and Zionist family and educated at Mir Brooklyn, he went to a short stint in the rabbinate in Queens. He later went on to found the Jewish Defense League (JDL), a controversial organization that was outspoken about combating anti Semitism and active in other Jewish causes as well.    Subscribe To Our Podcast on:   PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/  

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18Forty Podcast
18Forty Podcast
18Forty
Rabbanit Rachelle Fraenkel: How Can God be Found After Trauma? [God 3/3]
In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down with Rabbanit Rachelle Fraenkel—speaker, educator, and yoetzet halacha— about the effects of tragedy on emunah. In 2014, Rabbanit Rachelle Fraenkel’s son Naftali was kidnapped and murdered in a tragic terror attack. The week before the world learned of his fate was sad but hopeful, leaving many feeling crushed by the outcome. Despite this impossible situation, Rachelle was lauded as displaying emunah, faith, in Hashem, remaining optimistic but devoid of expectation. -How did or didn’t Rachelle’s tragedy impact her emunah in God? -What expectations can people have of God when they pray? -What expectations can people not have of themselves when they pray? -What should our relationship with God be during difficult times? -And how should we console those who are themselves going through difficult times? Tune in to hear Rachelle talk about emunah in the face of tragedy, and how one can blend optimism and realism. References: Yosl Rakover Talks to God by Zvi Kolitz The Blessing of a Broken Heart by Sherri Mandell Scholarly Mentions: Emmanuel Levinas For more, visit https://18forty.org/topics/god. Rabbanit Rachelle Fraenkel is a teacher of Torah at Nishmat and the director of Matan’s Hilchata Institute. After her son Naftali was kidnapped and killed along with Gilad Sha’er and Eyal Yifrah in 2014, Rachelle became an international speaker and teacher. Rachelle speaks from the sharpest edges of human experience and her words are marked by a deep wisdom. Listen to Rachelle to hear from a profoundly learned and experienced teacher of Torah and life.
1 hr 23 min
Behind the Bima
Behind the Bima
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
February 24, 2021: Special Guests: The Bluefelds and Rick Smith Jr.
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. BRS + (https://www.brsonline.org/global) is not a subscription service, it is a global community of learners, with shared vision and shared values. Be part of the BRS global community and join our countless learning opportunities, programs, panel discussions, outreach efforts, Israel advocacy and more. Be part of a diverse global community representing different age groups, backgrounds, countries, all united in a commitment to reaching in, reaching out, and reaching up! Connect with Rabbi Efrem Goldberg: Website: https://rabbiefremgoldberg.org/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/efrem.goldberg Twitter: http://twitter.com/rabbigoldberg Special Guests: The Bluefelds who first met when they were 16 years old, are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary. Richard Smith Jr. is a professional illusionist and card thrower from Cleveland, Ohio. Smith is best known for his numerous nationally televised performances as well as his three world records for throwing a playing card the greatest distance, greatest height, and most accurately Sponsor: The mission of DailyGiving (www.dailygiving.org) is to enable every Jew to easily perform the mitzvah of tzedaka every single day, and to disperse those funds to deserving Jewish non-profit organizations around the world on a daily basis. Sponsor: The mission of BeeperMD is to make an awesome service that beats covid. Therefore, what we are doing is making at home-covid testing service and enabling people to conquer covid. 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 5 min
Jewish History Matters
Jewish History Matters
Jason Lustig
63: The Scholems: Considering German Jewry’s History and Legacy with Jay Geller
Jay Geller reflects on the history and legacy of German Jewry as a whole through the lens of the history of a single bourgeois family, the Scholems, which is the topic of his recent book The Scholems: A Story of the German-Jewish Bourgeoisie from Emancipation to Destruction. Purchase The Scholems on Amazon The book offers a fascinating look at the history of an entire society through the lens of one family. We can see how each of the four Scholem brothers grew up in the same middle-class German Jewish culture but charted their own political and historical path through the contours of German Jewish history and its diaspora. Gerhard or Gershom Scholem, the Zionist, immigrated to Palestine in 1924 and is most widely known for his scholarship on Jewish mysticism; his brother Werner, who became a leading figure in the German Communist party in the 1920s, was murdered by the Nazis at Buchenwald, and Reinhold and Erich, respectively a nationalist and liberal, made their way to Australia in the 1930s. The Scholem family is simultaneously an eminent middle-class Jewish Berlin family, and it is at the same time also distinctly everyday, showcasing through this microcosm the whole story of Jews in Germany as a whole in the lead-up to the second world war and the Holocaust. We're so excited to discuss share this conversation about the the Scholems and German Jewish history in the largest terms. Listen in as we think through both the history of Jews in Germany, as well as the legacy of German Jewish culture. Jay Geller is the Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University’s Department of History. In addition to The Scholems, his most recent book, he has also written ‌Jews in Post-Holocaust Germany, 1945-1953.
55 min
MyLife: Chassidus Applied
MyLife: Chassidus Applied
Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Ep 345: Is There Spiritual Significance to the Landing on Mars and the General Exploration of Space?
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson, or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Lessons from 9 Adar and Tetzaveh        o What is the significance of the Frierdiker Rebbe's arrival to the “lower hemisphere?         o What can we learn from this about battling the godless “communists” of our time?        o Why is Moshe’s name not mentioned in this parsha?  • Chassidus Applied to Purim        o What is the significance of the mitzvah of eradicating Amalek?         o Why would G-d create evil people and then command us to obliterate them?        o Why don’t we hoot when King Saul’s name is mentioned?        o Why does the Megillah start with a party that happened years before the main part of the story?        o Why are Pesachia and Hadassah called by their secular Persian names, Mordechai and Esther?        o What ever happened to Vashti?        o What happened to Achashverosh after the Purim story in the Megillah?         o Did Haman work in a barber shop before getting a job in Achashverosh's court?        o Why is there a custom to wear masks on Purim?        o Is there a connection to Covid masks?        o Why did the Rebbe not wear a costume on Purim if that is the custom?  • What is special about the month of Adar? Should one push off a court case to this month?  • Is there spiritual significance to the landing on Mars and the general exploration of space?  • Follow-up: Bizbuz ha’otzros  • Chassidus question: How do we explain the statement cited in Chassidus that Yom Kippurim is only like Purim?  MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of the human experience. The objective of the program is to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. MyLife demonstrates how Chassidus provides us with a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche as a microcosm of the cosmos, and offers us all the guidance we need to live the healthiest possible life and build nurturing homes and families, bringing up the healthiest possible children, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. MyLife is brought to you by the Meaningful Life Center as a public service, free of charge.
1 hr 14 min
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