In this month's episode we learn from Betzy Lunch, CEO of the San Diego Jewish Community Center. Betzy teaches us a Hasidic story about humility and pride, and we discuss the challenges of building community - in general, and in our COVID era.
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Rabbi Richard Agler: The Tragedy Test
40:00In this episode, Rabbi Richard Agler discusses his book "The Tragedy Test" - a theology he developed after the tragic loss of his young adult daughter.
Zalmen Mlotek, Brothers in Pain
48:52This month, Ali and I learn from Zalmen Mlotek. Zalmen is an internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music as well as a leading figure in the Jewish theatre and concert worlds. He is the Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. His vision brought the critically acclaimed award-winning Fidler Afn Dakh (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish ) directed by Joel Grey, for which he served as music director, to Broadway. The link to Chana Gonshor's beautiful rendition of Zalmen's text can be found here.
Betzy Lynch: The Two Pockets
40:50In this month's episode we learn from Betzy Lunch, CEO of the San Diego Jewish Community Center. Betzy teaches us a Hasidic story about humility and pride, and we discuss the challenges of building community - in general, and in our COVID era.
Heidi Gantwerk: Wisdom, Happiness, and Wealth
47:36Welcome back to the second season of Hevruta: Jewish texts and their influence on our lives. This month we learn from Heidi Gantwerk, Interim President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, and board President of the San Diego Jewish Academy. Heidi takes us through a text from Pirkei Avot offering radical understandings of wisdom, happiness, and wealth.
Rabbi David Frank: Everything Has Its Place
43:05In this episode, Ali and I learn with Rabbi David Frank, former Senior Rabbi at Temple Solel in Cardiff, and Chief Jewish Officer at the San Diego Jewish Academy.
Smashing Barriers with Todd Salovey
51:00This month we learn with theatre director Todd Salovey, associate artistic director of the San Diego Repertory Theatre, and founding director of the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival. Todd teaches us S. Anksy's masterpiece "The Dybbuk," as well as some Talmud.
Notes from the Narrow Place
47:02In this episode, Ali and Phil interview each other about our (current) favorite Jewish texts. We discuss Tony Kushner, Bob Dylan, Psalms, and the Narrow Place.
Charlene Seidle: Don't Make Yourself Afraid
41:57Ali and Phil interview Charlene Seidle, Executive Vice President of the Leichtag Foundation, and one of the most interesting, influential, and innovative Jewish leaders in America. Charlene teaches us a famous phrase from Rebbe Nahman of Bratzlav.
SDJA Head of School Zvi Weiss
44:08New SDJA Head of School Zvi Weiss joins Ali and Phil, and teaches a text about transmitting the tradition. Special treat: original music by Yale Strom!
Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz: Justice, Justice
58:27Ali and Phil interview klezmer superstars Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz from Hot Pstromi. They teach us their favorite texts and discuss their brilliant music, concerts, films and books.