I listened to Telepathy and spirituality on livingwithgod on my daily one hour commute to work. I didn't really like it. His logic was hard for me to follow, and I found his voice to be hard to understand. I wouldn't necessarily be against listening to another Jewish Podcast, but I don't think I really clicked with this one.
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I listened to the podcast about Lashon Hara at this link: http://stuffjewsshouldknow.com/gossip/
I learned that there is much more to lashon hara than just not spreading gossip and rumors. Lashon hara literally means "evil tongue" and refers to not talking to or about others in a negative way. This includes not using offensive nicknames, not lying to people or conning them, and not even complimenting people if you don't mean it. I think this podcast taught me a lot of things that can be applied in everyday life. In my opinion, the lesson behind abstaining from lashon hara is to just be a kind person and treat others as you would wish to be treated. I found this podcast interesting and would definitely listen to others by these podcasters.
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The Most Astounding Fact
A bit confused by this video and what it had to do with Judaism..
Not really sure how accurate this video was in the message. The music was good...
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I listened to The Magic touch -- A Jewish Approach to Relationships by Gila Manolson. http://www.simpletoremember.com/media/a/Gila_Manolson-The-Magic-Touch/
Before I begin, I want to state that the title is very misleading -- as if to say that the approach she presents is THE [Orthodox] Jewish approach and not one of many possible approaches that might align with Jewish values. There are enough Apps these days like Jdate, Jswype, etc. that clearly are not oriented toward her approach.
That said, while I don't agree with much of her approach, I did find it interesting. I find it interesting that she considers kissing someone before marriage as rendering oneself damaged goods -- like getting a used car. She cites the Midrash (I think) saying that two divorcees on their wedding night have four people in the bed. I get it -- individuals bring their past experiences with them to new relationships -- but I find this metaphor and more so the philosophy behind it to be only suitable for those who subscribe to the construct of marriage as a spiritual relationship embedded in Judaism -- and subscribe to it from a young age, at that, as any transgression compromises the whole experience, it would seem. While there is something to be said for waiting until marriage (for everything), as it makes the final act with a single person all the more special, there is also something to be said for learning from past relationships and even practicing sexual acts so that one gets better at them. Sure, those who go into marriage as virgins in all senses have no frame of reference, but that deprives them of the experiential knowledge of how to please one's partner. Of course there are now ways around this -- modern day equivalents of the Kama Sutra -- but nothing takes the place of actual experience. This only matters, however, if each partner in the relationship views it as a spiritual relationship rather or more so than a social partnership.
But most importantly, of all the listeners of this podcast, what percentage have already experienced acts that the speaker admonishes? The vast majority, by far, I would think. So where does that leave us? We can't subscribe to a system that doesn't include us, so now we're left with a new-found need to know what alternative approaches to relationships are there condoned in Judaism?
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I listened to the podcast "The Real Story of Christmas" by Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen. http://www.simpletoremember.com/media/a/Real-Story-of-X-mas-and-New-Years-b/
While I was familiar with the pagan origins of Christmas and and the appropriation of other cultural traditions in what became codified as Christmas tradition, I had no idea how heinous, decadent, and anti-Jewish some of these practices were. At the 26-minute mark, Rabbi Kelemen makes the very apt comparison to Hitler Day, celebrated on 4/20 in some parts of the world. How would the audience like it, he said, if generations from now their children's children's children had cute little dolls with Hitler mustaches, etc. and celebrated the day in frivolity without much if any knowledge of the true origin of the holiday. This hypothetical scenario speaks profoundly to how Christmas is celebrated in modernity -- without much if any knowledge of its true origins and the dastardly history associated with the commodifcation of the holiday.
Listening to this podcast was timely, as I just had a conversation with my girlfriend last night who, in exploring the possibility of a long-term relationship, said that she wants her kids to celebrate the same traditions that she did. I asked her why and she said because they are fun and have cute elements to them. This is exactly the problem that the rabbi speaks of and I will share this podcast with her toward having a more informed conversation on the matter.
I listened to the podcast "Why do People Hate the Jews?" by Ken Spiro. http://www.simpletoremember.com/media/a/Ken_Spiro-AntiSemitism/
This was a much better podcast than anything I listened to in the Stuff Jews Should Know series. The speaker gets right to the point, is thorough, and even humorous at times.
I listened to this podcast because the subject matter has always befuddled me. Having studied religion in school, I've heard all the tropes from blood libel to economic domination to deicide, as well as the (allegedly) historical events that led to each accusation. What I found helpful and insightful in Spiro's podcast was how he broke each down into being an excuse to hate Jews vs. a legitimate reason. While this might seem subjective, he substantiates the nature of an excuse being that if the ascribed reasons is removed, then the animosity toward Jews should stop. Spiro then breaks down each allegation against the Jews, citing historical episodes in which the formal cause of each no longer becomes the case and the Antisemitism continues. If each was truly the case, then having the allegation disproved should disabuse the hatred. However, co-morbidity may a factor there, as I don't think Spiro mentioned any episode in which all the allegations were disabused from a given population, but all from separation populations. Anti-Semites would likely attribute exception to those populations that do not fit their mold, maintaining that it's still more true than not. Even so, I doubt it would make a difference if one population was able to disprove all the allegations against Jews. Blind hatred is blind hatred irrespective of rationalizations for it.
This podcast is empowering for responding to accusations against Jews by asking the accusers if one of their accusations could be disproved, would it make a difference? Knowing that all the accusations are excuses and not founded in truth is helpful so long as the accuser is logical and open to being disabused. If not, then there is really nothing we can do except arm ourselves with the knowledge that anti-Semitic accusations are baseless.
I listened to Conversion to Judaism in the What Jews Should Know podcast. After kibitzing for the first 12 minutes and then touching on some biblical narrative (Book of Ruth) for the next 10, the speakers finally started talking about modern conversion with 5 minutes left in the podcast. The only thing of note here was the commentary that Jews are taught to give more respect to converts, as they are to widows and orphans, though the rationale for this was not extrapolated. Once You convert, you cannot un-convert, they said, as you have joined the Nation of Israel and not just a religion. Lastly, one of the speakers said that to convert, although it takes two years at a minimum, does not require learning everything. There are some basics -- such as tenets and prayers -- but it's not as intensive as people make it out to be. I'm not sure I believe this and would have liked more information on what it actually entails. I really don't care for this podcast series. Way too much time wasted off topic.
The video was about how to resist temptation which I am sure everyone can relate to .
Interesting look on temptations and immediate pleasure or longer term success. Immediate is hard to resist (true!).
Overcome temptation by making the future more rewarding. I liked his story about studying and junk food.
Jewish identity..we all have temptations especially during passover or fasting on yom kippur! Rationalise the benefit of the short term vs long term of keeping passover or the fast
I watched the video "The Rise of the Jewish Question" at this link: http://goldharschool.com/session-20-the-rise-of-the-jewish-question/
I learned about how the Jewish people were treated prior to the Enlightenment: they paid special taxes, had to wear identifying badges, they lived in isolated communities, and practice of their faith was restricted. After the Enlightenment, the "Jewish Question" was raised, which basically asked if Jews should be granted full citizenship and be treated equally, or given a separate, inferior status.
I've always known that the Jews have faced persecution and mistreatment throughout their history, but this video made me truly think about what that means for my Jewish identity. It's hard to imagine living in a time such as prior to the Enlightenment or during the Holocaust when our people were attacked solely for their religion. Because of my ancestor's fight and tenacity, it makes me proud to be Jewish. We have overcome so much oppression but I'm still here, a Jew in the year 2016.
I really liked the message about CONSTRUCTIVE criticism and it being important in growth.
I liked his 5 things to consider. They were very good.
Timing, check yourself, use a straw man, actions not people, don't share your feedback until you need to. I liked her message about everything around you growing. I am not sure anything altered my jewish identify per se but I liked the message of a bigger purpose and the point of constructive criticism with timing and purpose
I have washed my hands before bread in the past.. I enjoy doing it because when I wash my hands before a meal containing bread I'm fulfilling the ritual and is a connection to Jewish people.
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I have said the blessing before. One of my favorite memories was the first time I ever learned about this prayer. I loved that no one spoke, that everyone would hum and sing in between washing their hands and waiting to break the bread. I wish I did this on a more regular basis.
I went to Beth Ami with my Aunt Colleen in Santa Clarita with Rabbi Mark Blazer. My aunt teaches at the Jewish Day school there and invited me to a women's prayer service. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though it was a women's group the subjects were universal to anyone. Plus it was great to spend time with my aunt. I would definetly go again.
I had schnitzel nuggets at schnitzi schnitzel bar. They were not as good as the schnitzel I had in Israel but a close second.
Had a hamburger at prime burger in Brooklyn. Already ate the burger before I took the picture haha it was good. Not my favorite but the fries were delicious!
I visited Sushi Tokyo and got this California roll. It was alright, not sure I'd have it again but it was a good.
I visited Carlos and Gabbys which is a Mexican kosher Grill. I had the steak tacos with a friend. It was delicious and I would recommend it to anyone!
I went to Jerusalem pizza in Brooklyn. The pizza was good! My friend and I just had plain slices but it was delicious, would definitely recommend for a friend.
At Cafe K waiting for some mozzarella sticks.. drinking a strawberry mint lemonade. Not sure I would recommend. This place was cute abs the food was good, but it was very small and crowded
Stopped at the bakery for some rugallah! Would definitely go here again! This bakery was fantastic!
I lit the Shabbat candles with my best friends mother. She's been in my life since elementary school and is like my own mother. I chose to light them with her because growing up she and I lit Shabbat candles and went to Shul on many many Shabbats.
We always have Rosh Hashanah dinner at my grandparents house in Long Beach. Its great because the whole family comes! Lots of food. We do have honey and make a blessing. I find the most meaningful part to be being around family.
I love yom kippur! My family all goes together. My little sister has a shofar she got for her Bat Mitzvah that she brings with. I do fast, but I brush my teeth in the morning. I also drink water...I just don't eat. This year I broke my fast on a brownie!
My brother, Shmuel, hosted the shabbat meal with a few people from his temple and invited me to attend. I really enjoyed the sense of community I felt while there and I was able to surround myself with other Jewish religious people. I already know my brother, but it was nice to get to meet a few of his shuel-mates.
I shared the meal with a few of my closest friends so they could learn about the tradition. I served schnitzel and pita bread. I loved hosting a shabbat meal because it reminded me of the shuel hosted shabbat meals I had growing up. The most enjoyable part was the desert which was cinnamon raisin pull away bread which I picked up from ostrovitskys bakery in Brooklyn. I would absolutely host a shabbat dinner again because my friends loved it too!
I attended Shabbat Dinner at an old friend of mine, Airez. I told him about the challenge I was doing and how long it had been since I went to a Shabbat dinner and he invited me to come and have shabbat with his family! It was lovely and I will definitely be doing it again.
I want to ask from G-d that he helps me to make better decisions and stick with them in the upcoming year. That he surround me with people who uplift me and help to keep me on the right course. That he enable me to help others and be healthy to help others be the same.
Spiritually I am across the board. I am inconsistent at best. My Jewish identity is based on my cultural identification as a Jew and my relationship with G-d. I would like to grow that I felt I didn't get caught up daily in the material side of the world. I would like to feel that I constantly am making decisions from a spiritual place. As opposed to one of surrvival, or competition.
I did not really like the beginning as I was sitting here thinking whether a 5 year old has the capacity to understand they are only 5. I questioned the conversation the son had with the father and wondered where this video was going and then the video made a point. I liked the middle of the video where he says that we all want something more meaningful. We want a connection and sometimes life gets in the way. Too many distractions and too much to do. High-holidays are a time to connect and cleanup (no pun intended). We ask for forgiveness on yom kippur and we feel we are not good enough. We cannot fully clean ourselves. I really like Charlie Harary's videos. Yom Kippur is essentially about connecting with god and god wants the same. Yom Kippur has always passed but I may bookmark this for the future.
I do not have any family or jewish friends where I live (UK). I remember I bought an apple and some honey. It was actually quite depressing as I usually have a family dinner or a dinner with very close friends and their family. It was meaningful in the fact that I tried to do *something* making me realise I wish I had Jewish friends to actually celebrate the occasion.
There are no synagogues where I live so I fasted and went to work. I remember everyone asking me why I was fasting and I simply told them I do it once a year. I apologised to a friend that I had not spoken to in 4 months and she responded and apologised herself. It was meaningful because I had never really been in that situation; to ask someone for forgiveness and truly mean it. I broke my fast on a burrito that looked better than it tasted.
I watched the video Israel Is Just a Dream on www.aish.com. I chose this video because the name intrigued me. When I began watching it, I was confused and began to feel angry at what it was saying. Once I heard the end, I realized the whole point is that Israel is not just a dream and it is a choice to support and believe in Israel.
I watched the video Israel: Small Country, Big Idea- How Israel is making a world of difference from www.aish.com. I chose this video because I know a lot about Israel but I had no idea Israel was so environmentally friendly.
I watched the video just-15-kilometres-north-of-tel-aviv-a-beautiful-secret-very-few-people-know-about. The link for this video is http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/just-15-kilometres-north-of-tel-aviv-a-beautiful-secret-very-few-people-know-about/ I chose this video initially for the title. Once I watched it, I loved it because our home is so beautiful and even still, we're finding things about this land we didn't know before. Israel is so beautiful and it's history amazes me.
I applied to Masa Israel because they offer a 10 month program at an affordable cost with other benefits, such as trips around Israel. I really want to experience life in Israel and make a difference. This program is to teach English to children which would allow me the opportunity to do both.
I chose to like this organization because I am interested in their programs and learning about the different opportunities they offer.
Masa Israel gives young folks a chance to go back to Israel, or even to go for a gap year. Really cool that it extends all the way to 30 year olds, I could even do it for two more years....
What a cool idea! I not only liked it, I signed up. So cool that it helps hook you up with a Shabbat dinner, really great. Im going to tell my sister about it.
I introduced myself and said hi to fellow participants, however the picture isnt uploading
here is the link
I liked the fb page for hasbara fellowships because I've been interested in participating in other programs in Israel.
I liked the fb page our soldiers speak because it's important to stay informed and to support Israeli soldiers.
Jswipe is an App I was already aware of through family members who were already trying it out. I never thought I would give it a try but I did and I have to say i enjoy it very much. I have yet to meet with anyone I have met on it but I look at it everyday and am just waiting to build up to courage to go on a date through the site. I would definitely recommend it to my friends, especially the ones already using dating apps.
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On my birthright trip to Israel I was lucky enough to have had a Bar Mitzvah on the top of Masada. I was given the name Dov which means bear. In the bible Dov is a reference to strength which is fitting for me due to my larger then normal size and strength that i have.
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The Habits of Happiness film series was one of my favorite courses that I had the privilege of taking do to the nature of it being a more physiological and motivating course but also all the interesting things I was able to learn and apply to my everyday life. I learned a lot from the course but there were three things that stuck out to me the most and that was because of how close these three topics intertwined with each other. The first thing that I learned was positive psychology. I learned that by just putting more effort into focusing on the positives, rather then thinking about all the negatives that could go wrong, situations in my everyday life had a more positive outcome. When I would think more negative I felt like my day would become more negative vs if I thought more positive thoughts the more positive my day became. The second thing I learned was that happiness has a lot to do with self-esteem as well as from values that we acquire in our own life. This can be as simple as making new friends like I did on my birthright trip or to achieving life set goals that you’ve had set for a long time. One of my goals when I was younger which I recently achieved was to graduate from college. Lastly I learned how important is it to remain close to those who are important in your life such as your family and friends. On days where I feel more down having that close bond with a friend or family member that you can easily call just to talk to for a few minutes can have a huge positive impact on your day. I talk to my dad everyday on the phone sometimes about random things just to keep in touch and other times about more serious problems going on whether that be at work or school but just having someone there to help and voice their opinion makes a huge difference.
The Impact: Make Your Mark film series was a very informative and eye opening course that I enjoyed from start to finish. I learned a lot from the course but there were three things that stuck out to me the most. The first thing that I learned was the ABCs of Jewish Leadership. They are Ahava, which is love of everyone not in spite of differences, but because of their differences, Bitachon which is Trust in G-d, and Confidence in your abilities as a Jewish Leader. The second thing that I learned was what it truly means to be Jewish and connect my Jewish values and routes to achieve anything I set out to do in life. The third thing I learned which was pretty cool to me was some of the few ways others have implemented their Jewish values into their everyday lives. An example of that was from Matt Bar who brought Judaism into his passion of Hip Hop. Matt created a Bible Raps, which is used today to teach Jewish traditions, values, and ethics to a younger crowd but in a more fun and entertaining way to engage people in the learning process
I watched this movie with a friend of mine who is also Jewish and we both really enjoyed it. What stood out most to me was the focus on memories. Being Jewish it is important to remember our past and everything our people have been through. For me this film made me think about what it means to remember and made me reflect on my life. I appreciate the extended thought that I encountered after watching this film.
This past Yom Kippur was the first time I had fasted in a few years. I definitely believe that my recent trip to Israel was the reason for that. For the first half of my day I would say my thoughts were focused on the hunger and the thirst I was feeling. As the day went on I began to adjust to that feeling and my thoughts shifted to why I was fasting. I thought that this fast could act as a cleanse for me and that is exactly what it did. I was able to think openly and worry about things other than food and water. I remember my last thought before the day began was that I didn't think I would make it the whole day. I thought that I would cheat but I am happy to say that I completed the fast and that I plan on taking part in this tradition for years to come.
I watched the 8:40 showing of 10 Things you didn't know about Tisha B'av. Rabbi Jack Melul was the speaker and the Organization was Akiva on Campus. It was a very interesting and informative session that I enjoyed very much. The Rabbi was sure to make the connection between this day of fast and the mourning period before.
I am a student midwife and this is a rough design for my "labia menorah" that I plan on making out of clay over the holidays. This connects me to judaism because it is a pun based on my ethnicity and my career.
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I chose to watch this film because my best friend is Muslim and we grew close as children because of how much we had in common. I learned from the film that it is possible to be at seemingly two ends of the spectrum but in reality your lives really aren't that polarized. I learned that the tradition of arranged marriage is actively practiced in a progressive place like Brooklyn. This film has affirmed my Jewish identity because I have always felt a connection to those of Muslim faith, and it made me really miss my friend. I would definitely recommend this film!
Inside Out is largely about memory and how it shapes every human being. Riley (and every other human character in the movie) have personified emotions who curate their psyche in the form of a massive labyrinth of "memory balls."
At the start of Inside Out, Joy is a bit overzealous about prioritizing Riley's joyful memories above all others. She is dismissive of Riley's other emotions, particularly Sadness. But when Riley runs away from her new home, Joy is forced on an adventure with Sadness, and when Sadness ultimately saves the day, Joy comes to understand Sadness's value.
The preservation of ALL kinds of memories is important, both for individuals like Riley, and for entire races (like we Jews).
We can't flush away all of our sad "memory balls" and forget all our tragedies or we will be doomed to repeat them, and we can't let Sadness take over without spiraling into crippling depression. Likewise, we can't allow ourselves to be defined solely by Anger, Disgust, or Fear either.
The Jewish people have a long, storied history, and to preserve our identity, we need to remember as much of it as possible, regardless of whether it inspires disgust, sadness, anger, fear or joy.
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