Creating a Web of Community in a Crisis? TT020



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss Judaism as a guidepost to navigate coronavirus.

We discuss:

  • Culture wars and personal values
  • How a crisis transforms our worldview
  • How Judaism can be a guidepost for our behavior in a crisis
  • Why we want purpose and meaning in a world where chaos is constantly emerging

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What If We All Get Too Used to Cyber-Judaism? TT019



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss the impact of coronavirus on Judaism and our lives

We discuss:

  • How COVID-19 social isolation may impact the way we celebrate Passover
  • How Passover themes relate to our current disruption and uncertainty
  • How the image of Noah in the ark may help us
  • What we imagine our lives will be like when social distancing restrictions start to be lifted

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You, Too, Must Befriend the Stranger TT018



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we have a conversation with an immigrant about her experiences coming to and growing up in America and becoming Jewish.

We discuss:

  • Coming to America
  • Hiding who you are
  • Assimilation
  • Choosing to be Jewish

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Why History Matters TT017



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we have a wide ranging discussion on the meaning of history within the frame of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and Black History month.

We discuss:

  • History through a critical lens
  • Why we tell the story beginning with Passover
  • How history always has a point of view
  • The challenge of action in the face of history

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No Hate No Fear TT016



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we find ourselves at a crossroad at the beginning of a new decade.

We discuss:

  • The toxic nature of indifference
  • Anti-Semitism and its resurgence
  • How to respect differences in others
  • Identifying our commonalities
  • Grappling with what we can do to make a difference

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Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself, If Not Now, When TT015



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we look at “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” (Leviticus 19:18) and “If I am not for myself, who am I, and if I am only for myself, what am I, and if not now, when?”(Pirkei Avot 1:14),

We discuss:

  • What does it mean to love yourself even as you are changing?
  • Does it mean you have to like everything about your neighbor?
  • Do we treasure that which is unique about ourselves?
  • How do we deal with obstacles?
  • What is the danger of doing things too quickly?
  • Uncoupling Thanks and Giving

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Two Creation Stories, Harmonizing Two Perspectives TT014



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss the beginning of the Torah and the relevance of the two creation stories

We discuss:

  • Unpacking the two creation stories
  • The role of the first creation story in our liturgy
  • Seeing imminence and transcendence from the very beginning
  • The importance of being allowed to fail
  • Was the story of Adam and Eve a set up?

 

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Seeing Blessing in the Everyday –Preparing for the High Holidays TT013



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we read The Art of Blessing the Day, by Marge Piercy, as a jumping off point to talk about blessing and the upcoming High Holidays

We discuss:

  • Seeing blessing in the every day
  • The challenge of appreciating and being in the moment
  • Looking to young people for inspiration to act in the world
  • Challenges of modern communication as it relates to missing the mark in the way we communicate, in particular in relation to Yom Kippur

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Grappling With our Responsibility to the Earth: TT012



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we say hello to new members of our conversation, Helena and Bernie. We continue to hear the voice of Julian.

We discuss:

  • The connection between Jewish values and agriculture
  • Balance between economics and ethics
  • Awareness of the interplay between humans and the environment
  • The importance of taking small steps

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Growing up in an Interfaith Family: TT011



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we say goodbye to our rabbinic intern Jay Stanton as he leads a conversation about growing up in an Interfaith family. We also welcome Gideon, age 9, to the conversation with our regulars Julian and Jasmine.

We discuss:

  • What it means to embrace your Jewish identity
  • Having multiple identities
  • How having a background that cannot be neatly defined is an asset, allowing access to the complexity of the world
  • Breaking out of defined boxes, challenging norms
  • How to own one’s identity

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