End of Year Reflections



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss:

  • Our reflections on 2020, as we conclude the book of Genesis and the calendar year
  • Where we feel most compelled to invest our energy and resources in the next year
  • What we have learned about what is important to us
  • What we want to hold onto from the past year
  • Our hope for the coming year

 

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Hanukkah Can Light the Way Forward



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss:

  • What comes to mind when we think of Hanukkah
  • How Hanukkah might be different during the pandemic
  • How the meaning and imagery of Hanukkah help us with our current challenges
  • How we can bring light into our community
  • Why light and darkness are powerful for humans
  • Some of the Hanukkah traditions that we follow
  • Our acts of kindness and our wishes for Hanukkah

 

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Creating Community in the Time of COVID



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss:

  • Our experiences and feelings about online High Holiday services
  • Some of the tools that we developed to enhance our online services
  • Our reflections about Kristallnacht in the context of current world events
  • The power of speech and how it affects our behavior

 

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Pursuing Justice During the Pandemic



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss the recent demonstrations, racism and our role as Jews and as people in pursuing justice.

We discuss:

  • How are teens are coping during the pandemic
  • Our views about justice
  • How to create real change
  • Our responsibility as Jews to pursue justice

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Creating a Web of Community in a Crisis?



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?



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



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



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



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



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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