Take One Daf Yomi
Take One Daf Yomi
Jan 26, 2021
Take One: Pesachim 66
Play • 10 min

Today’s Daf Yomi page, Pesachim 66, tells a story of a great rabbi humbled and delivers a crucial lesson about what to do when you have no idea what to do. Shira Telushkin joins us to deliver some insight about why Jews are prophets or the sons of prophets, and what this means for each and every single one of us. Why should we never feel embarrassed about not knowing enough about our faith and tradition? Listen and find out.

Tablet Magazine
Reimagining Purim: Ep. 264
This week on Unorthodox, we’re celebrating Purim and breaking the mold. First, Stephanie welcomes her special Purim co-hosts, friends of the show Kylie Unell and Abigail Pogrebin, who help her tell the story of Purim and offer their takes on some of the holiday’s larger themes. Next, Stephanie is joined by Anna Solomon, author of The Book of V., a fictionalized redefining of the story of Vashti. She explains that the binaries we’ve been taught — “that Vashti is wanton, wicked, selfish; and Esther virtuous, brave, selfless” — don't match up with what we actually find in The Book of Esther. From Vashti to Esther: Liel sits down with English professor Shaina Trapedo, who wrote about Purim-inspired beauty pageants for Esther in America, a new collection edited by former Unorthodox guest Stuart Halpern. She tells us about the surprising history of Jewish beauty pageants in America, and explains why the Esther aesthetic is more complex than it may seem. And finally, Mark checks in with former guest Shay Khatiri to find out what it’s like to be named after Ahasuerus. There’s just one week left to enter our Jewish Name of the Year bracket! Do you have a great Jewish name or know someone with a great Jewish name? Email your suggestions to unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Join us Tuesday, March 2 at 2 p.m. EST for Zibby Owen’s next virtual book club. Stephanie will be joining Zibby to talk to Melissa Gould about her memoir Widow-ish, her story of young widowhood, grief, and finding love again. Sign up at zibbyowens.com/virtualbookclub. As always, let us know what you think of the show. Send us comments and questions at unorthodox@tabletmag.com, or leave us a voicemail at (914) 570-4869. You can also record a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us. We’ve got virtual events! Tuesday, March 2: Stephanie will be discussing Tablet's first book, The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List, at the Springfield JCC at 7 p.m. EST; Register here. Wednesday, March 10: Mark, Stephanie, and Liel will be returning to the Washington Hebrew Congregation virtually to discuss The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia at 8 p.m. EST. Register here. Thursday, March 11: Stephanie and Mark will be discussing The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia as part of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches' Book Festival at 7:30 p.m. EST. Register here. Thursday, March 25: Stephanie Butnick will be interviewing Menachem Kaiser about his new book, Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, at 7 p.m. EST. Register here. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our recording sessions on our YouTube channel! Join our Facebook group, and follow Unorthodox on Twitter and Instagram. Get your Unorthodox T-shirts, mugs, and baby onesies at bit.ly/unorthoshirt. Want to book us for a live show? Email producer Josh Kross at jkross@tabletmag.com. Check out all of Tablet’s podcasts at tabletmag.com/podcasts. Sponsors: Kol Foods has everything you need to create a kosher, ethical, sustainably-sourced Passover Seder spread, from delicious briskets to 100% grass-fed lamb shank bones. Use promo code UNORTHODOXPESACH for 10% of your entire Passover order at KOLFoods.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
55 min
18Forty Podcast
18Forty Podcast
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
Jewish History Matters
Jewish History Matters
Jason Lustig
64: A Hebrew Infusion: Hebrew at American Jewish Summer Camps with Sharon Avni, Sarah Bunin Benor, and Jonathan Krasner
Sharon Avni, Sarah Bunin Benor, and Jonathan Krasner join us to talk about talk about their recent book Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps, and the big issues it raises about the role of Hebrew in American Jewish culture and history. Hebrew Infusion combines sociological, historical, and linguistic approaches to thinking about what our guests term Camp Hebraized English. But while it may seem to be focused on a very specific cultural and linguistic development at a very specific time and place—at camps in the summer—it speaks to broad issues about the changes that have taken place in American Jewish culture, and what it means for there to be an infusion of Hebrew and other aspects of Jewish culture in camp and also different spheres of Jewish life. Thanks for listening in for this fascinating conversation about how language functions in Jewish culture. Sharon Avni is Associate Professor of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at CUNY, the City University of New York. Her research has examined how ideologies of language, heritage, diaspora and peoplehood are constructed and negotiated through educational practices and policies in formal and experiential educational sites for Jewish American urban youth. Sarah Bunin Benor is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. In addition to Hebrew Infusion, which we’re talking about today, she is also the author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism, which was awarded the 2013 Sami Rohr Choice Award for Jewish Literature. Jonathan Krasner is the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Associate Professor on Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University. He is the author of The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education, which was awarded the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies.
1 hr 11 min
Unpacking Israeli History
Unpacking Israeli History
Unpacked Media
Gush Katif: When Jews expelled Jews
In the final episode of the season, Noam Weissman delves into one of the most divisive events in Israel’s history — the disengagement from the Gaza Strip. He looks at the historical context, the political and religious debate leading up to the pull-out, the trauma it caused for Israelis, the effect that the disengagement had on the peace process and whether the results were worth the suffering it caused. ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry Gill This episode is sponsored by Dr. Neil and Pam Weissman ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/ Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/israels-disengagement-from-gaza/ ~~~~ Sources * https://www.haaretz.com/1.4682702 * https://www.jewishhistory.org/sinai-again/ * http://www.itamarrabinovich.tau.ac.il/publications/127-bold-decisions-three-israeli-prime-ministers-who-went-against-their-grain.html * https://www.haaretz.com/1.4682702 * http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/5347 * https://www.jta.org/1978/09/27/archive/behind-the-headlines-the-fate-of-yamit * https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Former-chief-of-staff-Ariel-Sharon-designed-Gaza-disengagement-to-save-West-Bank-settlements-412213 * https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Former-chief-of-staff-Ariel-Sharon-designed-Gaza-disengagement-to-save-West-Bank-settlements-412213 * https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/gaza-disengagement/ * https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gz.html * https://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/18536/ * https://history.state.gov/milestones/1993-2000/oslo * https://imeu.org/article/what-is-the-palestinian-authority * https://www.counterpunch.org/2005/07/09/the-war-of-the-colors-in-israel/ * https://reason.com/archives/2005/07/08/israels-color-war * https://www.timesofisrael.com/housing-prices-continue-upward-climb-state-report-shows/ * https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/12/29/507377617/seven-things-to-know-about-israeli-settlements * https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ariel-Sharon * https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/jcs/article/view/220/378 * https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/dec/10/israel * http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Peace/MFADocuments/Pages/Disengagement%20Plan%20-%20General%20Outline.aspx * https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-gaza-disengagement-insight/shadow-of-israels-pullout-from-gaza-hangs-heavy-10-years-on-idUSKCN0QF1QQ20150810 * https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/a-decade-later-israelis-see-gaza-pullout-as-big-mistake/2015/08/14/21c06518-3480-11e5-b835-61ddaa99c73e_story.html * https://www.timesofisrael.com/ten-years-of-limbo-gush-katif-evacuees-still-in-trailers/ * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxqHStC9hMI * https://forward.com/news/israel/318228/gaza-withdrawal-10-years-later/ ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
27 min
Jewish History Soundbites
Jewish History Soundbites
Yehuda Geberer
Myths & More: Deciphering the Haskalah
The Haskala movement, was a Jewish movement of the 18th and 19th centuries which sought to implement changes in Jewish life and society. Often discussed yet just as often misunderstood, it is intriguing as it is confusing. Was the haskala the Jewish Enlightenment? When was this movement? Where did it take place? Can it even be classified as a 'movement'? How so? Who were its primary personalities? How did they impact Jewish life? Is the rise of Jewish nationalism at the end of the 19th century related to haskala movement of the earlier decades? When did the haskala end? If there is one unifying characteristic of this very dispersed 'movement', it is the use of the written word as the primary mechanism and tool to get their message across. The rise in maskilic literature took the form of newspapers, journals, poetry, novels, short stories and satire. The haskala movement sought to bring change to Jewish life in the modern world, and it played a significant role in the Jewish history of the 19th century. Test your Jewish History trivia with the For the Record Purim quiz of Mishpacha Magazine: https://mishpacha.com/quiz-for-the-record/ For sponsorship opportunities about your favorite topics of Jewish history contact Yehuda at: yehuda@yehudageberer.com Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @Jsoundbites You can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com
37 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.
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