Judaism Unbound
Judaism Unbound
Jan 15, 2021
Episode 257: Jewish Liberation Fund - Joanna Ware, Nadav David
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Joanna Ware and Nadav David, Director and Steering Committee member, respectively, of Jewish Liberation Fund (JLF), join Dan and Lex for a conversation about organizing money on the Jewish left. They ask identify gaps in our Jewish philanthropic systems (especially around Jews of Color and Israel-Palestine), and they advocate for shifts to some conventional philanthropic practices that could yield a brighter, more liberated future.

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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
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
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
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
Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Michelle Cohen Farber
Pesachim 100 - March 1, 17 Adar
Study Guide Pesachim 100 Today's Daf is sponsored by Carol Robinson and Art Gould "in gratitude to HaShem who safeguarded Carol through last week’s surgery, and who enabled Carol’s doctors to care for her, and who grants wisdom to scientists everywhere, as both of us are now vaccinated. Also in gratitude to our friend and teacher Rabbanit Farber and the Hadran Zoom mishpacha who have showered us with such overwhelming warmth, support and affection." The gemara determines that the mishna is only according to Rabbi Yosi, as per Rav Huna's answer. According to that, Rabbi Yosi agrees with Rabbi Yehuda on erev Pesach one is not allowed to eat from a half an hour before mincha. The gemara raises a question against that from a statement that makes it seem like Rabbi Yossi and Rabbi Yehuda disagree also regarding erev Pesach. The gemara responds by explaining that that statement was referring to a different issue - one who began a meal during the day and it extended to after the beginning of Shabbat/Chag - does one need to stop, finish the meal and begin again with kiddush or does one finish one's meal and only after that, make kiddush. The halakha was determined to be like Rabbi Yosi, in an interesting story where it was suggested to be stringent like Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbi Yosi strongly objected. Shmuel ruled differently - that one puts a cloth over the food on the table when Shabbat comes in and makes kiddush. He rules the same regarding havdala. The issue of covering is relevant even for one beginning a one's meal - one should not bring other food to the table until after kiddush, but if it is there, it should be covered. From here the custom developed to cover the challot (at least this is one of the reasons). The gemara brings two braitot relating to the debate between Rabbi Yosi and Rabbi Yehuda regarding eating on erev Pesach and explains what each braita is referring to.
40 min
The Podcast by KevinMD
The Podcast by KevinMD
Kevin Pho, MD
Samuel Shem, MD on how can we put the connection back into medicine
"There is a frenzy of trying to use technology to re-establish the healing human connection in the doctor-patient interaction. These efforts range from advanced transcription of voice-to-record, scribes who do the data recording during a patient encounter, and so on. The IT department at NYU Grossman Medical School, where I teach, worked with the dominant and much-loathed electronic medical record to create a patient-focused dashboard for each doctor. The dashboard both improved quality of outcomes and reduced costs. These attempts are useful, but they don’t address the root cause of this inhuman encounter: billing, the link of patient data to cash. In each of these tech improvements, the doctor is still forced by the money-people to massage the bill for the highest private insurance payments. There is a war across the screen — and like all wars, it’s about money. On one side, doctors are forced by the accountants to bill the most. On the other side, insurance people are striving to pay the least. No 'program' or 'bot' could do this job. It’s trapping doctors in the epidemic called burnout, moral injury, or just plain abuse. Forcing us to lie, to provide maximum payment. So long Hippocratic Oath. I think the solution is obvious. Why are VA hospitals’ electronic medical record systems widely preferred to any of the other ones out there? Because they are not-for-profit billing machines. All across the U.S., each VA diagnosis and treatment has approximately the same reimbursement. No war across the screen. No Hippocratic hypocrisy." Samuel Shem is a psychiatrist. He shares his story and discusses his books, the House of God (https://amzn.to/3cVEOZc) and Man’s 4th Best Hospital. (https://amzn.to/3rFUhAH)
32 min
Simply Tax
Simply Tax
Damien R. Martin, CPA
2021 Tax Filing Season Begins! #118
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Tax Policy & Advocacy Team and volunteer members continually monitor and advocate on legislative, regulatory, and administrative tax matters. The team has been off to an active 2021, following a remarkably busy 2020. Guests Amy Wang and Alex Scott of the AICPA Tax Policy & Advocacy Team join host Damien Martin to share updates and provide insight into the current areas the team is closely watching and working in. Here’s what’s covered: * [03:20] Update on virtual currency-related tax issues and the AICPA comment letter on IRS virtual currency guidance (February 28, 2020) * [07:45] Insights on partnership tax basis capital reporting and the AICPA comment letter on Notice 2020-43 regarding tax capital reporting (September 15, 2020) * [16:07] Form 1065 instruction updates and the AICPA comment letter on the draft Form 1065 instructions (December 7, 2020) * [17:47] The latest on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) digital tax developments and AICPA advocacy efforts * AICPA policy paper: Taxation of the digitized economy(Revised May 2019) * AICPA comment letter on key elements essential to modification of the international tax system (May 2019) * AICPA comment letter on Pillar One and income allocations between jurisdictions (October 2019) * [22:33] Forms 5471 and 5472 penalty issues * [26:14] Section 163(j) guidance and AICPA advocacy efforts * AICPA comment letter on final and proposed regulations – pass-through issues (December 21, 2020) * AICPA comment letter on Section 163(j) international and exempt organization issues (December 21, 2020) * [36:20] Advice on the 2021 tax filing season Learn more about our guests and get additional resources here. GET MORE “SIMPLY TAX” We’re excited to also provide video content to strengthen your tax mind! Check it out on our YouTube channel. A complete archive of our episodes is available on our website and YouTube playlist. We’d love to hear from you! Email feedback and questions to SimplyTax@bkd.com. Connect with Damien on social media! LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
43 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
NZ Everyday Investor
NZ Everyday Investor
Podcasts NZ / WorldPodcasts.com / Gorilla Voice Media
Sam Stubbs / Challenging the Status Quo/ Ep 139
The first question - _why are floating rate mortgages so expensive in NZ??_ Currently with the main banks, you can get fixed rate loan in the low 2% area, but floating rates with these same banks are between 3-4%. In a world now where it seems that interest rates are at no risk of increasing, and in fact, may still decrease further, a floating rate loan gives borrowers a tremendous amount of flexibility over fixed rates. Unfortunately to get this benefit though, you have to pay a hefty premium for it. Through Simplicity you may also qualify with them for a mortgage rate which is pretty much the same as the other banks in the low 2’s currently – but the interesting part is that it’s a floating mortgage. How is this possible is one question, then the next question becomes, why aren’t mainstream banks doing this already? Now on to the second question - we’re talking about the NZX -_ is the new Zealand stock exchange functioning in a way that is beneficial for stakeholders, not just shareholders?_ In recent years, we’ve witnessed more than one high profile company opt to list on the Australian stock exchange over the NZX – Why is this? The NZX is evolving, but is it moving in a direction that will help investors, other fund managers, and the bright spark business in NZ that ultimately want to stay here? Well Sam has an opinion on this also - enjoy! Check out the previous episode with Sam here: https://nzeverydayinvestor.simplecast.com/episodes/7bf5bbaa __________________________________________________________________ Like what you’ve heard? You can really help with the success of the NZ Everyday Investor by doing the following: 1- Tell your friends! 2- Write a review on Facebook, or your favourite podcast player 3- Help support the mission of our show on Patreon by contributing here 4- To catch the live episodes, please ensure you have subscribed to us on Youtube: 5- Sign up to our newsletter here NZ Everyday Investor is on a mission to increase financial literacy and make investing more accessible for the everyday person! Please ensure that you act independently from any of the content provided in these episodes - it should not be considered personalised financial advice for you. This means, you should either do your own research taking on board a broad range of opinions, or ideally, consult and engage an authorised financial adviser to provide guidance around your specific goals and objectives. If you would like to enquire around working with Darcy (an authorised financial adviser), you can schedule in a free 15 min conversation just click on this link _____________________________________________________________________________
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