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How to Fix a Soul in 30 Days

Today it's time for Kylie to put humility and submission to a higher power into action. She returns to the practice of Hitbodedut, a Jewish form of prayer that takes her out into nature.  The Jewish tradition of counting the Omer, or Sefirat Haomer, marks the 49 days between the second night of Passover and the start of Shavuot. It is a time of introspection and an opportunity for spiritual challenge and growth.   In this 7-week series, Kylie Unell invites you on her daily journey to make meaning out of this age-old tradition. Each week of the Omer corresponds to a different attribute of God. On each episode, airing weekdays, Kylie explores these various attributes by talking, reading, doing, speaking, and reflecting.  49 Days to Stretch My Soul is a production of Tablet Studios. The show is hosted by Kylie Unell, and is produced and edited by Darone Ruskay, Josh Kross, Quinn Waller, Robert Scaramuccia and Sara Fredman Aeder. Our team includes Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, Mark Oppenheimer, and Tanya Singer.  Please rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. It really helps other people discover the show.   You can follow @kylieunell on Instagram. Write to us at podcasts@tabletmag.com. Read more of Tablet's Omer coverage here.  For more information about all of Tablet's podcasts, visit Tabletmag.com/podcasts. 

Midnight Train Podcast
What Happened to the Sodder Children?

Midnight Train Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 113:28


Welcome aboard for another crazy episode! Today on the train we step into a familiar world…or should we say .. Worlds? A couple episodes ago we did some mass disappearances and you know we love some true crime so today we sort  of combine the two. You see, for the mass disappearances episode there was one case that kept popping up. Now this was interesting to us because we've had that particular case on our list of shows to do for some time now. We figured this would be a good time to go ahead and finally do it. Today we are talking about the disappearance of the Sodder children.  The incident happened on Christmas Eve in 1945 in Fayetteville, West Virginia. George and Jenny Sodder lived with 9 of their 10 children. At the time, the oldest son was off fighting in WW2. The night of the incident, Jennie was awoken three times.   First, at 12:30 a.m., she was awoken by a phone call during which she could hear a woman's voice she didnt recognize asking for a name she didn't know, as well as glasses clinking in the background. Jennie told the caller she had reached the wrong number, later recalling the woman's "weird laugh". As she did, she noticed that some of the lights were still on and the curtains hadn't been closed, two things the children normally did when they stayed up later than their parents. Marion had fallen asleep on the living room couch, so Jennie assumed the other children ,who had stayed up later, had gone back up to the attic where they slept. She closed the curtains, turned out the lights, and returned to bed. She then went back to bed only to be startled by a loud bang and a rolling noise on the roof. She soon dozed off again and finally awoke an hour later at around 130, to see the house engulfed in smoke. She found that the room George used for his office was on fire, around the telephone line and fuse box.   Those are pretty much the facts that can be proven for the most part. Everything else…well it's strange to say the least.   George and Jennie made it out of that fire, as did Sylvia, just a toddler at the time. Also two of their teenage children, Marion and George Jr, made it out. 23 year old John rounded out the kids that made it out alive. Or did he? John said in his first police interview after the fire that he went up to the attic to alert his siblings sleeping there, though he later changed his story to say that he only called up there and did not actually see them. The children remaining inside were Maurice 14 , Martha 12, Louis 9, Jennie 8, and Betty 5. According to accounts, Marion, ran to the neighbors house to call the fire department because their phone was not working. A driver on the nearby road had also seen the flames and called from a nearby tavern; they too were unsuccessful either because they could not reach the operator or because the phone there turned out to be broken. It was Christmas Eve and I've read that the police chief sent everyone home to their families. She couldn't get an answer so another neighbor went to find the fire chief and let him know what was happening.    While this was going on, George, who climbed an outside wall, barefoot, to get to the attic and Jennie tried desperately to save their other children. This is where some of the strange things happen. First off neither of the Sodders trucks would start, despite having worked perfectly during the previous day.. Then their ladder was found to be mysteriously missing. Because of the family not being able to get help from the neighbor and their trucks oddly not starting when they tried to leave to look for the fire chief, help didn't arrive until 8am, almost 7 hours later. The fire department is just 2 miles from the home. The fire department was low on manpower due to the war and relying on individual firefighters to call each other. Chief F.J. Morris said the next day that the already slow response was further hampered by his inability to drive the fire truck, requiring that he wait until someone who could drive was available. Because he was fucking drunk; partying at a local pub, celebrating Christmas Eve. Oh, and one of the firefighters was Jennie's brother, their children's uncle.   The fire was initially blamed on faulty wiring, even though the Sodders claim there had never been any kind of issues with the electrical wiring before. In fact, A visitor to the house, seeking work, went around to the back of the house and warned George that a pair of fuse boxes would "cause a fire someday." George was puzzled by the observation, since he had just had the house rewired when an electric stove was installed, and the local electric company had said afterwards it was safe.   During the investigation something happened that makes this case the crazy thing that we are talking about. 5 of the Sodder children allegedly perished in the fire but the body's were never found. The fire chief told them the fire had cremated the bodies. Jennie asked a crematorium worker if that was possible, the worker told Jennie that bones remain even after bodies are burned at 2,000 degrees for two hours. The Sodder home only took 45 minutes to burn to the ground. So we did a little fact checking about this and there is a lot of argument about whether a house fire can burn bones to ash, but, it seems like those who have degrees and a bunch of letters after their name all agree that a house fire typically will not burn hot enough to get rid of bones. Also another thing we found is that even during cremations bones do not actually turn to dust. In fact after being incinerated at usually between 1800-2000°f, for about 2 hours, the bones are the only thing left. Now, the bones are not the same, granted, as with all the heat, it destroys the structure of the bone but does not turn it to ash. The ashes you receive are actually the bones of the deceased that have been put into what is essentially a big mixer, to pulverize them into dust. So enjoy that thought.    At any rate, due to what the experts said, the family did not believe that the other children simply burned up in the fire. They believed something else happened to the kids. But what else could have happened?   What else would lead one to think something possibly nefarious happened? Well according to some reports, some strange things happened in the lead up to the fire. One strange thing that happened was that in the months before the fire a "ominous drifter, hinted at doom '' We're assuming it was like Friday the 13th…the guy just points and goes…you're all dooooooomed, doomed! Whatever happened it sounds funny.    A few weeks earlier, not too far out from the incident, an angry insurance salesman berated George, telling him that his house was going to go up in smoke and his children would be destroyed as a retaliation for his criticisms of Mussolini in the mostly Italian immigrant community. Actually he said "the dirty remarks you have been making about Mussolini." If it was a sales tactic, it definitely needs work, otherwise, it's oddly specific! Also a bus driver came forward and spoke of how she saw "fireballs" being thrown into the roof of the house, could that be the noise she heard?   In the weeks before Christmas that year, George's older sons had also noticed a strange car parked along the main highway through town, its occupants watching the younger Sodder children as they returned from school.   What about the man who cut off the telephone lines at the Sodder residence? Someone witnessed him taking away a block and tackle used to remove car engines during the fire. He admitted to the theft but answered that he had no part in starting the fire; he had just wanted to cut off the power lines but instead clipped the telephone line. He was let go, and no records exist identifying him or questioning why he wanted to cut lines to steal a block and tackle.    Then on top of that you have the incidents on the night of the fire. There was the phone call and then the noise on the roof and she woke up to smoke in the house. Put all that together, and one could see where people may start to form some theories that this was more than just a tragic house fire.  You know we love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next folks…well at least Moody does.    Not only that, sightings of the children started almost immediately. For starters, locals reported seeing the 5 children in a car that was driving past and watching the fire. Then the next morning a woman operating a truck stop claimed she saw the children come in for breakfast with 4 Italian speaking adults.  Once pictures began to circulate, more sightings came in. a woman said that she saw four of the children (where was the fifth?) in the company of four adults at a hotel in South Carolina.  Which could lend credence to the truck stop story, which also mentioned 4 adults.    Armed with all these facts, George and Jennie went back to the police and demanded to have the fire further investigated. But the police refused, claiming that the coroner's inquiry determined that no crime had been committed.   This is when George and Jennie decided they would continue the search on their own.   George would constantly go and dig through the rubble trying to find something. At one point his searching seemed to find the first evidence of the children. He found what appeared to be an internal organ and also some small pieces of bone. They were sent for testing and the tests revealed that the "organ" was a cow's liver, and that the bones were from someone older than any of the missing children. The small bone fragments that were unearthed were determined to have been human vertebrae. The bone fragments were sent to Marshall T. Newman, a specialist at the Smithsonian Institution. They were confirmed to be lumbar vertebrae, all from the same person. "Since the transverse recesses are fused, the age of this individual at death should have been 16 or 17 years", Newman's report said. "The top limit of age should be about 22 since the centra, which normally fuse at 23, are still unfused". Thus, given this age range, it was not very likely that these bones were from any of the five missing children, since the oldest, Maurice, had been 14 at the time (although the report allowed that vertebrae of a boy his age sometimes were advanced enough to appear to be at the lower end of the range). Also the bones show no sign of being affected in any way by the fire. It was speculated that the bone fragments were mixed in with some dirt brought in to help fill in the basement. Later, Tinsley supposedly confirmed that the bone fragments had come from a cemetery in nearby Mount Hope, but could not explain why they had been taken from there or how they came to be at the fire site. The Smithsonian returned the bone fragments to George in September 1949, according to its records; their current location is unknown.  As far as the liver, it is said that a private investigator found out that the liver was put there by the fire chief at some point in hopes the family would find it and accept the idea that the kids perished in the fire.  George sometimes made his own sightings. On one occasion, George saw a magazine photo of a group of young ballet dancers in New York City, one of whom looked like his missing daughter Betty. He drove all the way to the girl's school, where his repeated demands to see the girl himself were refused.   The investigation and its findings attracted national attention, and the West Virginia Legislature held two hearings on the case in 1950. Afterwards, however, Governor Okey L. Patteson and state police superintendent W.E. Burchett told the Sodders the case was "hopeless" and closed it at the state level. The FBI decided it had jurisdiction as a possible interstate kidnapping, but dropped the case after two years of following fruitless leads.   After this second official investigation ended, George and Jennie continued their search.   George followed up on many leads on his own including heading to St Louis where a woman claimed Martha was being held in a convent but nothing came of that. Another woman in Texas claimed that she overheard two other patrons making incriminating remarks about a fire that happened on Christmas Eve in West Virginia several years before. Again nothing here proved significant.    At one point George heard that a relative of Jennies who lived in Florida had children that looked exactly like his had. He went down there to check it out and only when the relative was able to prove the children were his that George would leave it alone.         In 1967, George went to the Houston area to investigate another tip. A woman there had written to the family, saying that Louis had revealed his true identity to her one night after having too much to drink. She believed that he and Maurice were both living in Texas somewhere. However, George and his son-in-law, Grover Paxton, were unable to speak with her. Police there were able to help them find the two men she had indicated, but they denied being the missing sons. Paxton said years later that doubts about that denial lingered in George's mind for the rest of his life.   That same year the family would receive something pretty crazy. A photo showed up in the mail one day. The photo showed a man that appeared to be around his early 30s with strikingly similar features as their son Louis had had.    Written on the back of the photo was this:               Louis Sodder I love brother Frankie Ilil boys A90132 or 35   Interesting…. Very interesting.    The photo was in an envelope postmarked central city Kentucky. There was no return address.    The Sodders hired a private detective to go to Central city and try and track down where this letter came from and follow this lead. The private detective headed to Central city and guess what he fucking found….. well no one will ever know because after he left he was never heard from again. He never reported back to the Sodders and they were unable to ever locate him. Did he disappear with their money or was he made to sleep with the fishes?   Unfortunately, this took a pretty heavy toll on George. He said in an interview the following year that the lack of information had been "like hitting a rock wall—we can't go any further". "Time is running out for us", he admitted in another interview around that time. "But we only want to know. If they did die in the fire, we want to be convinced. Otherwise, we want to know what happened to them".   George would pass a year later in 1969 believing that his children were never killed in that fire and they were still out there someplace.    After this the rest of the family would continue to search and publicize the case. The only one that would not get involved was John. John believed that the family should accept what happened and all move on with their lives. Jennie stayed in the family home and built a fence around it and added rooms. She wore black for the mourning for the rest of her life and tended the garden at the site of the former house.    These are basically the facts as we know them. Since there's not much in the way of actual forensic evidence in this case, there's no way of telling for sure what happened as far as the children's bodies being burned. Obviously the investigation was quick, taking only 2 hours, and there wasn't a ton of forensic detective work back then. Plus DNA testing wasn't a thing. And just in general investigating wasn't generally as thorough as it is these days.   The surviving Sodder children, joined by their own children, along with older Fayetteville residents, have theorized that the Sicilian Mafia was trying to extort money from George and the children may have been taken by someone who knew about the planned arson and said they would be safe if they left the house. They were possibly taken back to Italy. If the children had survived all those years and were aware that their parents and siblings had survived too, the family believes, they may have avoided contact in order to keep them from harm.   Sylvia Sodder Paxton, the youngest of the surviving Sodder siblings, died in 2021. She was in the house on the night of the fire, which she said was her earliest memory. "I was the last one of the kids to leave home", she told the Gazette-Mail in 2013. She and her father would stay up late, talking about what might have happened. "I experienced their grief for a long time". She believed that her siblings survived that night, and assisted with efforts to find them and publicize the case. Her daughter said in 2006: "She promised my grandparents she wouldn't let the story die, that she would do everything she could".   George and Jennie passed out flyers and put up a billboard on route 16 in Fayetteville. The Sodders purchased the billboard in 1952. It featured black-and-white photographs of each missing child and an account of the fire with a $5000 reward that was increased to $10,000. It was taken down shortly after Jennie's death in 1989. It read:  “After thirty years, it's not too late to investigate. So what happened to the children if they didn't die in the fire? Well there's a few  theories but nothing solid.   One of the biggest questions is how someone could abduct 5 children with nobody being woken up. Well truecrimefiles.com say of that question:             "One of the most puzzling questions is how the actual alleged abduction took place. How did the kidnapper(s) get the five children out of the house, considering that the eldest sister was asleep on the sofa in the living room and the parents were asleep in a bedroom less than 20 feet away? Surely at least one of the children would have made some noise had a stranger (or even someone known to the family) come into the house and taken them away. There is at least one scenario that may have happened that would solve this specific puzzle. One of the chores the two boys were told to do was to attend to the family's handful of farm animals.”   On a side note, Marion, the oldest daughter, had been working at a dime store in downtown Fayetteville, and she surprised three of her younger sisters—Martha, Jennie, and Betty—with new toys she had bought for them. The younger children were so excited that they asked their mother if they could stay up past what would have been their usual bedtime.   At 10 p.m., Jennie told them they could stay up a little later, as long as the two oldest boys who were still awake, 14-year-old Maurice and his 9-year-old brother Louis, remembered to put the cows in and feed the chickens before going to bed themselves.    ”It is possible that all five of the children left the house to perform these chores (the three girls went along to watch) and were taken once they were outside and away from the house."   But an even bigger question would be why would someone do this. Many people believe that it had to do with George's and his background.    George immigrated from Italy and changed his last name from Soddu to Sodder upon arrival. Nobody really knows why he came to America or the circumstances behind his immigration. He would never discuss the issues and whenever it was brought up he would change the conversation. So that's kind of strange. Also George owned a coal trucking business, and at that time the coal industry was under a lot of pressure from the mafia. That plus his little known about past, have lead many people to speculate about mafia involvement in the crime.    Another theory suggests the kids were abducted by an illegal child-selling agency similar to Georgia Tann's with help from the local police. And remember that insurance guy George argued with, the guy that warned that their house would burn and the children would vanish. He was also a member of the coroner's jury which ruled the fire accidental. Leading many to suspect foul play.   For those of you wondering, For more than 20 years, Georgia Tann ran the Tennessee Children's Home Society, where she and an elaborate network of co-conspirators kidnapped and abused children to sell them off to wealthy adoptive parents at a steep profit. This is too crazy a story to not talk about a little here because if there was a network similar to this operating in that area, it seemed like another plausible theory.    Beulah George "Georgia" Tann was born in 1891 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Named for her father, a powerful judge, she hoped to follow in his footsteps and practice law. Instead, her domineering father forbade it, and she instead pursued a career in social work — one of the few socially acceptable positions for a woman of her means.   She first went to work in Mississippi, but she was soon fired for inappropriately removing children from impoverished homes without cause. She made her way to Texas, where it's believed she adopted her daughter, June, in 1922. Later, in 1923, she adopted Ann Atwood Hollinsworth, a woman believed to be Tann's longtime same-sex partner. It was common at the time for same-sex couples to use adult adoption as a means of transferring property or inheritances.   Tann then moved on to Memphis, where her father used his political connections to secure a new job for her as executive secretary at the Memphis branch of the Tennessee Children's Home Society in 1922.   By 1929, she had staged a takeover and named herself executive director.   Tann's scheme coincided with a sharp increase in families looking to adopt kids In the 1900s and 1910s, formalized adoptions were fairly rare, but in the 1920s adoption began to be marketed as a shortcut to societal improvement. According to one ad from the National Home Finding Society, adopting would "reduce divorces, banditry, murder, and control births, fill all the churches and do real missionary work at home and abroad, exchanging immigrants for Americans and stopping some of the road leading to war."   At the time, the theory of eugenics — that is, the controlling of the reproduction of genetically "inferior" people through sterilization — was popular. The movement claimed that people of better genetic endowment were subject to greater infertility. It became important in adoption not just to get babies but to get the best babies. A campaign to explain the superiority of adoption was launched.   This new outlook, along with the popularization of baby formula, helped Tann's baby-trafficking business grow. Suddenly, nonnursing mothers could easily and affordably feed their babies. The demand for adoptable infants rose, especially among busy, successful women.   Tann was calculated in her approach and targeted the rich and famous, who paid premium prices for their adopted children. Actors, authors, and entertainers, including Dick Powell and June Allyson, Lana Turner, Pearl S. Buck, Smiley Burnette, and New York Gov. Herbert Lehman, all adopted Tann babies. In 1947, Joan Crawford adopted twins, Cathy and Cindy, from Tann.   Stealing children wasn't a small side business. During the 21 years Tann ran the Children's Home Society, it's believed she made more than $1 million from taking and selling children — about $11 million in today's money. And she didn't do it alone.   Tann's extensive child-trafficking operation required connections, and she quickly linked up with E.H. "Boss" Crump, who ran a powerful Tennessee political machine. Crump offered Tann protections in exchange for kickbacks.   To kidnap and traffic her victims, Tann paid off a network of social workers, police officers, doctors, and lawyers. Some kidnapped children from preschools, churches, and playgrounds for her. Kidnappers preyed on poor children and families who didn't have the means to fight back. Tann's coconspirators were authority figures — people not to be contradicted — so children often went with them willingly. Sometimes, Tann would approach families and offer medical or other help. Tann would tell parents she could get their children into a clinic at no cost, but if they came along as well they'd be charged a large bill.   In the era before internet and with few phones, Tann relied on her network of spotters. They alerted Tann to children on riverbanks, in shantytowns, or walking home from school. She drove up in her big black car and offered them rides.   Tann was also in cahoots with a local judge who helped procure children, specifically from impoverished single or widowed mothers. One of her most high profile coconspirators was Judge Camille Kelley, who presided over the juvenile court in Shelby County, Tennessee, for 30 years.   "She had a stooge down in the welfare department when someone would apply for assistance, this person would get their name, and get in touch with Camille Kelley," Robert Taylor, an investigator, said in a 1992 interview with "60 Minutes."   In 1950, Taylor, a local lawyer, was asked by newly elected Gov. Gordon Browning to do an in-depth investigation into Children's Home Society and Tann. "Camille Kelley would send a deputy out to pick them up and award custody to Georgia Tann," he added.   Tennessee law required children to be adopted in state for a fee of $7, about $75 in today's money. But Tann moved her "merchandise" at $1,000 per head — $10,000 today. When the state finally investigated, the report on the Children's Home Society, the Browning report, found that Tann conducted "private" adoptions and pocketed up to 90% of the fee. She would gouge prospective parents on everything from travel costs, to home visits, and attorney's fees.   The report also detailed how children were then spirited away from the Home Society in the middle of the night to avoid detection by authorities who weren't in the know or others who might ask too many questions. Her "nurses" had regular circuits to New York and California, though she shipped to all US states and Great Britain.   Elaborate backstories were added to stolen children's files to make them more "marketable." Their files said they came from "good homes" with "very attractive" young mothers. Fathers were described as "intelligent" and often in medical school.   Tann also knew how to capitalize on opportunities in the adoption market. Few agencies adopted to Jewish families, and Tann saw her chance. A few pen strokes turned a Southern Baptist child into a baby from a "good Jewish" family. As the Children's Home Society scandal was exposed, the scenario played out in the adoption records over and over again.   If parents, biological or adoptive, asked too many questions about children, Tann threatened to have them arrested or the child removed. She was known for "repossessing" children whose adoptive parents couldn't make full payments on time. And she wasn't above blackmailing customers for more money later.   Often she would return to adoptive parents months later and say relatives of the child had come around asking for a baby's return. But for a hefty fee she had lawyers who could make the situation go away.   Homes for unwed mothers, welfare hospitals, and prisons were targeted. Doctors, working with Tann, told new mothers their babies had died during birth. Those children were "buried" at no cost to the families.   Other mothers were coerced into signing their children away while still under sedation from labor. Tann preyed on women's desperation, their poverty, and their sense of shame.   "If they were unsedated and tried to hold on to the babies after the baby was born, then Georgia Tann would step in and say, 'Well, you don't want people in your home town to know about [your pregnancy], do you?'" Robert Taylor, a lawyer who investigated the Tennessee Children's Home Society scandal for Gov. Gordon Browning, said in his 1992 "60 Minutes" interview.   By the 1930s, as a result of Tann's scam, Memphis had the highest infant mortality rate in the US.   Archives at the Benjamin Hooks Library, in Memphis, reveal some of the cruelties children were subjected to. Babies were kept in sweltering conditions, and some children were drugged to keep them quiet until they were sold. Other children were hung in dark closets, beaten, or put on starvation rations for weeks at a time. Drug addicts and pedophiles were hired to watch over them.   According to "The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption," sexual abuse was a common occurrence at the home.   Tann was brutally unsparing in her cruelty. Former Home Society employees revealed to Taylor that if an infant was deemed too weak, it might be left in the sun to die. If a child had a congenital disability or was considered "too ugly" or "old" to be of use, Tann had people get rid of them. Many were buried on the property, though about 20 children were buried in an unmarked plot of land within Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.   In the 1940s, Tann developed a new publicity stunt.   "They would raffle 20 or 30 babies off every year in the 'Christmas Baby Give Away' in the newspaper," Wingate said. "How did anyone ever think that was all right?"   For $25 a ticket — about $350 today — purchasers could buy as many raffle tickets as they liked.   Tann pocketed thousands of dollars that ticket holders assumed went to the Home Society, and had to give away just a fraction of her "merchandise" in the process.   Tann's baby-selling scheme carried on unabated for over two decades. But in 1949 things took a turn. Tennessee elected a new governor, Gordon Browning. Weakened, E.H. Crump, Tann's crony, lost his hold on Memphis politics.   On September 12, 1950, Gov. Browning held a press conference during which he revealed Tann and her network managed to amass more than $1 million from her child-selling scheme — again, nearly $11 million in today's money.   But Tann was never held accountable. Three days later, she died at home after slipping into a mysterious coma from untreated uterine cancer.   On November 11, 1950, Judge Camille Kelley, who had worked so closely with Tann, quietly resigned. It took until late November or early December to find safe homes for the remaining children. Somewhere in the waning days of 1950, the doors to the Tennessee Children's Home Society were closed for good.   No one was ever prosecuted for their roles in the black-market baby ring.   Holy fuck…. So we know that was a tangent but you got a 2 fer here with that crazy tale, and again the reason we went into the  details on this are because there is speculation that the Sodder children could have been victims of a similar scheme. I mean.. If it happened on that scale in one place who's to say it didn't happen here as well. https://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-kidnapping/ranker-film

Beyond the Darkness
TCT: The Last Jewish Gangster w/ David S. Larson

Beyond the Darkness

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 78:54


True Crime Tuesday presents The Last Jewish Gangster: The Early Years with Author, David S. Larson! In 1944 Brooklyn, newborn Michael J. Hardy is rejected by his mother so she can run with gangster Bugsy Siegel, Hardy's godfather. Shirley Rook rose to the top of the criminal ranks. As the Queen of New York City crime, she laundered Mob money, ran the city's largest bookmaking operation, and handed payouts to dirty cops, politicians, and judges. To win his mother's love and respect, Hardy became a fearless gangster. Throughout his career as a criminal, he robbed banks and drug dealers alike, ran a kidnapping ring, and even became a hired gun. At his lowest, he ended up doing time for his mother's counterfeiting operation in Mexico's most dangerous prison. David S. Larson joins TCT today to tell us about Hardy's unbelievable early years, and about what kept him tethered to his humanity as he plunged headlong into hell! Get the book, The Last Jewish Gangster, The Early Years, Here: https://amzn.to/3wwRIoB See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Text Talk
Hebrews 3: Repeating the Sins of the Fathers

Text Talk

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 15:50


Hebrews 3:7-15Andrew and Edwin discuss the use of Psalm 95 in Hebrews 3. The author is telling his readers to beware of falling into the sins of their Jewish ancestors.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here.    Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.org.    Join the Facebook community and join the conversation by clicking here. We'd love to meet you. Be a guest among the Christians who meet on Livingston Avenue. Click here to find out more. Michael Eldridge sang all four parts of our theme song. Find more from him by clicking here.   Thanks for talking about the text with us today.________________________________________________If the hyperlinks do not work, copy the following addresses and paste them into the URL bar of your web browser: Daily Written Devo: https://readthebiblemakedisciples.wordpress.com/?p=9710The Christians Who Meet on Livingston Avenue: http://www.christiansmeethere.org/Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TalkAboutTheTextFacebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/texttalkMichael Eldridge: https://acapeldridge.com/ 

How to Fix a Soul in 30 Days

Today, to get a better understanding of humility and submission to a higher power, Kylie reflects on a portion of Letters to a Young Poet by German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.  The Jewish tradition of counting the Omer, or Sefirat Haomer, marks the 49 days between the second night of Passover and the start of Shavuot. It is a time of introspection and an opportunity for spiritual challenge and growth.   In this 7-week series, Kylie Unell invites you on her daily journey to make meaning out of this age-old tradition. Each week of the Omer corresponds to a different attribute of God. On each episode, airing weekdays, Kylie explores these various attributes by talking, reading, doing, speaking, and reflecting.  49 Days to Stretch My Soul is a production of Tablet Studios. The show is hosted by Kylie Unell, and is produced and edited by Darone Ruskay, Josh Kross, Quinn Waller, Robert Scaramuccia and Sara Fredman Aeder. Our team includes Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, Mark Oppenheimer, and Tanya Singer.  Please rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. It really helps other people discover the show.   You can follow @kylieunell on Instagram. Write to us at podcasts@tabletmag.com. Read more of Tablet's Omer coverage here.  For more information about all of Tablet's podcasts, visit Tabletmag.com/podcasts. 

Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
(42) ‘The Surrendered Wife' and Marital Intimacy: Hierarchal Power Dynamics Versus Equal and Mutual Partnership

Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 54:43


Last month, Orthodox Jewish journalist Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt published an article in The Atlantic highlighting the popularity of Laura Doyle's 2001 New York Times bestseller, ‘The Surrendered Wife,' among Orthodox Jewish women. Doyle's book provides a practical guide to marital bliss and harmony, suggesting that women  stop being critical and demanding of their husbands, respect and trust them, and regularly engage in self-care and “be vulnerable.”    Many would consider this to be sound advice, and Doyle's devotees on social media have reported that their marriages underwent a complete transformation after reading the book and applying its principles. In some Orthodox circles, the book's principles are considered to be in line with Jewish values. Yet, the book, which advises women to relinquish control of all finances to their husbands, refrain from negative comments,  and “pretend to believe in him even when you don't” has triggered very negative reactions, and concern that these potentially disempowering  messages can leave women vulnerable to abuse. Join Rabbi Scott Kahn and Talli Rosenbaum in a discussion of this book in the context of healthy marital dynamics.

The Folklore Podcast
BOOK CLUB 24: Parallel Hells

The Folklore Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 27:53


In this episode of The Folklore Podcast Book Club, guest reviewer Carly Tremayne chats with author Leon Craig about her collection of queer gothic horror stories 'Parallel Hells', which was published in 2022 by Sceptre Books. Leon discusses her inspirations, aspects of Jewish folklore in her writing and the ways in which some of her stories, written over a seven year period, tie together.To support the work of The Folklore Podcast in collecting and preserving our folkloric heritage for the future, please visit www.thefolklorepodcast.com/support where you can join our Patreon, make a one-off donation and find out more.

Stacy on the Right
Episode 780: Angela Morabito: Former Press Secretary, Dept. Of Education, Spokesperson for Defense of Freedom Institute

Stacy on the Right

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 20:54


Today Angela and I discussed how charter schools are under an unprecedented threat from the Biden admin, which has proposed a rule that could effectively halt any new charter school from being established. They plan to issue a rule that would block charter schools from $440 million in new federal grants unless they jump through punishing regulatory hoops, including getting the approval of local government-run schools - essentially blocking new any charter schools from existence unless the teachers unions approve it. Also big news from the Supreme Court as they consider Affirmative Action in College Admissions. SCOTUS will hear Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard which alleges that colleges give unfair advantages to celebs, and children of ppowerful people using a "Deans Interest List" to admit famous kids over more qualified students who lack clout. PLEASE RATE THE PODCAST on Apple Podcasts!!! Buy my first book available where ever books are sold, _Eternally Cancel Proof _in paperback, or Kindle on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Eternally-Cancel-Proof-Courageous-Battlefront/dp/B09VWWTQFS/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1647986511&sr=8-1) or buy directly from me at my website Stacy on the Right!! (https://www.stacyontheright.com/eternallycancelproof/) ​ Thank you for listening! ​ We are live Monday through Friday from 9p to midnight eastern on SiriusXM the Patriot channel 125!!! ​ Donate to support the show here: paypal.me/stacyontheright Or join our Patreon: patreon.com/stacyontheright ​ Thanks and God Bless you!! ​ -- Encouragement-- Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” JOHN 18:36 NIV ​ -- Stacy's Stash! -- For links to the articles and material referenced in this week's episode check out this week's page from our podcast dashboard! -- Get More Stacy -- ​ Stacy's Blog (http://www.stacyontheright.com) Download previous episodes, and more with Stacy! Contact Stacy stacy [at] stacyontheright.com

JEDucation - Conversations in Parenting and Jewish Education
26. Teaming Up With Your Teen with Rabbi Micah Greenland

JEDucation - Conversations in Parenting and Jewish Education

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 68:20


Adolescence. Maturation. Emotional Turbulence. Family Values. And Much More. JEDucation gets into the teenage mind with Rabbi Micah Greenland, the International Director of NCSY is here. "It's really about recognizing that each teen is on their own journey and appreciating and recognizing that" Rabbi Micah Greenland is the International Director of NCSY, a position he assumed in 2013, after serving for twelve years as Regional Director of Midwest NCSY. During his tenure as International Director, NCSY has dramatically increased its reach and impact, nearly doubling the numbers of participants in weekly events and summer programs, as well as doubling the organization's fundraising revenue. Rabbi Greenland is an alumnus of Fasman Yeshiva High School/Skokie Yeshiva, of Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, and of Yeshiva University. He holds rabbinic ordination from RIETS, as well as a Master's degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School, and he is a sought after speaker on a variety of Jewish topics, especially in the fields of outreach and informal Jewish education. His vision and integrity in leading NCSY have earned him the respect of the staff and the lay leadership of the movement, and he has additional ambitious goals for the organization moving forward. In addition to his professional work in NCSY, Rabbi Greenland serves on the Board of Education of Arie Crown Hebrew Day School in Chicago and is past president of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. Check out Rabbi Greenland's Op-Ed in USA Today that he mentioned in the episode here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/10/04/faith-based-teen-engagement-can-foster-better-relationships/5944518001/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jeducation/support

Knowledge on the Deeper Side
IJA's Jewish Book Club - The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Knowledge on the Deeper Side

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 66:55


Jewish Book Club A Monthly Discussion Group for Fans of Great Jewish Writing Led by Ariela Rich (Recorded live at the Intown Jewish Academy on May 15, 2022) The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman IJA's Jewish Book Club features the most captivating and exhilarating new Jewish literature. Join the club and take part in lively monthly online discussions led by Book Club expert Ariela Rich.

Knowledge on the Deeper Side
Overcoming Folly - 60 - Bitter/Sweet

Knowledge on the Deeper Side

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 64:06


Overcoming Folly - Part 60 "Bitter/Sweet" With Rabbi Ari Sollish (Recorded live at the Intown Jewish Academy on May 15, 2022) Where does flavor come from? What makes an apple sweet and a grapefruit bitter? Is it the seed? The soil? Another factor? Also, why do we refer to kind, thoughtful gestures as "sweet," and angry, resentful actions as "bitter"? Do they actually have a taste? What's the deeper reason behind the taste/behavior connection? In this multisensory edition of Kabbalah & Coffee, we study Jewish mystical wisdom on the origin and philosophy of flavor. We trace the spiritual source of sweet and bitter and discover the shocking truth about the interconnectedness of multiple universes.

FRDH Podcast with Michael Goldfarb
FRDH on the BBC: Emancipation, Assimilation & Jewish Identity

FRDH Podcast with Michael Goldfarb

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 27:51


This FRDH podcast originally broadcast on the BBC World Service looks at the story of Jewish Emancipation and how it changed Jewish identity through attempts at assimilation. This is done through conversations with three prominent Jews each representing a very different strand of post-war Jewish experience ... plus lots of music. A podcast that has resonance for all minority groups trying to assimilate into societies where they are not completely welcome.

Come Follow Me with David Ridges
What do stories of failure in the Bible teach us? Judges with Lori Denning

Come Follow Me with David Ridges

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 58:18


This lesson is for the week of May 30-June 5. With Host Lynda Cherry and Co-host Lori Denning.http://www.cedarfort.comLori Denning is a scripture nerd. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University where she studied Hebrew and the Bible and was awarded the highest honors. She holds a Masters in Theology from Gonzaga University. Sister Denning has taught classes from Gospel Doctrine, as well as the Church Educational System. She has a popular vlog "The Bible Brief" introducing books of the Bible to a wide audience. She also hosts a podcast, The :20 Minute Scriptorian, covering the Come, Follow Me Curriculum. Her passion is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through His scriptures.Lynda Cherry, the author of “The Redemption of the Bride: God's Redeeming Love for His Covenant People,” has been a devoted student of the doctrines of Christ for more than 40 years, a scholar of the Old Testament, and of all things related to covenant. She has made a life-time study of Israelite culture and symbolism, and has just completed a book about the ancient feast days and their symbolic significance, both ancient and modern: “The Feasts and Festivals of the Messiah.”Lynda has taught BYU Continuing Education, Institute, Seminary and Adult Education classes, as well as Gospel Doctrine for more than 30 years. She has been a guest lecturer at BYU Education Week, B'Nai Shalom, and many firesides. She has led tour groups to the Holy Lands of Egypt, Jordan and Israel.As a convert of more than forty years, Lynda brings with her a rich heritage and understanding. With her background of evangelistic Christianity, combined with her love of the Jewish people, and her desire to bring all into the family of covenant Israel, Lynda brings a unique perspective to her work, seeking to build bridges of connection, unity and understanding between the different faith groups, as well as demonstrate the fulfillment of covenant promises through the Restoration.Members of the church believe in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The book of Mormon is another testament to Jesus Christ and chronicles the history of Jesus visiting the Natives in North America in ancient times. The book of Mormon was translated with priesthood power by Joseph Smith Jr. who was martyred as the prophet of the Church in 1844. The Church has grown to 16.6 million members worldwide, who love Jesus Christ and his restored gospel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Conscious(ly) with Menachem Poznanski
#128 Light Revealed (5) Jon Ostrofsky - Sfiras Hod

Conscious(ly) with Menachem Poznanski

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 44:48


Our next great series; Light Revealed! which focuses on  revealing the light of passion that young people have to share. The first 6 episodes in the series will correlate to the time of Sfiras HaOmer. Each week we will explore the kabbalistic theme of that week of sfirah (see the first of the series here  for further background into the sfirah of each week) and then we will pair that theme with an interview of a remarkable young person which truly captures the essence of that weeks theme.In this fifth episode Menachem introduces the Sfriah of Hod and we are joined by Jon Ostrofsky. Jon is a proud member of both the Jewish and recovering communities. He currently works on the business side of the behavioral health industry, with a strong interest in the therapeutic and clinical aspect of behavioral health and personal development. His roots stem from sunny South Africa, but Jon's path has him to the Big apple!For more information on Sfiras Ha'Omer and the themes of each day and week you can also check out our Sfiras HaOmer companion, here sites.google.com/tlrfamily.org/receiving-light/sefira-companionFor more information on our future plans @The Light Revealed please join this whatsapp group (admin post only) Light Revealed Updates(https://chat.whatsapp.com/Khox4pFJEstAgFMYqJwQJc)Consciously The Podcast  is a project of The Light Revealed. The Light Revealed is an organization and media publishing platform which focuses on building community for Jewish people seeking spiritual growth.We welcome your feedback and questions and hope to utilize those questions for future episodes.EmailTheLightRevealed@TLRFamily.orgFacebookhttps://www.facebook.com/thelightrevealed/Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/thelightrevealed/The Conscious(ly) teamHost: Menachem PoznanskiAssistant Producer: Mordy SchwartzCo-producer emeritus: Chaim KohnAssistant to the Regional Co-Host: Shmaya HonickmanArtwork: Tani PoznanskiSocial Media: Tehila Nissanian & Zoe PoznanskiMusic: Music by Eitan Katz F/t Zusha

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine
ZABAR'S by Lori Zabar, Julia Moskin [Fore.], read by Erin Bennett

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 5:49


Erin Bennett narrates the late Lori Zabar's insider history of a New York institution with the right blend of appreciation and conviction. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss this fascinating history of the famed Jewish deli Zabar's—and its recipes. Lori Zabar, who was the granddaughter of immigrant founders Lou and Lilly, shares the past, warts and all. This engaging audiobook leaves the listener hungry for a toasted bagel with Nova and a schmear. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business. Visit penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/audiofile now to start listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Talking Talmud
Yevamot 70: Disqualifying Kohanim from Terumah

Talking Talmud

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 16:29


Closing the 7th chapter... On a strange situation where the difficult status grandson permits the grandmother to eat terumah, but the kohen gadol grandson disqualifies her, bringing some emotion into the scenarios. Chapter 8: An uncircumcised kohen cannot eat terumah, nor those who are ritually impure. A kohen who has injuries to his genitalia, but after circumcision, can eat from terumah, but they do not permit their wives from eating terumah, because they aren't supposed to be marrying Jewish women. Though the nature of this disqualification is not entirely clear at this time. Plus, a deeper dive on gezerah shavah.

YUTORAH: R' Moshe Taragin -- Recent Shiurim
Rabbi Sacks and The Four Jewish Lessons For Modern Society

YUTORAH: R' Moshe Taragin -- Recent Shiurim

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 41:42


Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Yevamot 70 - May 16, 15 Iyar

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 46:30


Study Guide Yevamot 70 There is a second version of the debate between Rava and Abaye in how to understand the debate between Rav and Shmuel regarding an engaged woman who has a child. In what case do we assume it belongs to the husband and in what case would the child be a mamzer/shtuki? Rava holds that if the man admits that he had relations with his fiancé, then the child is considered his, even if she is rumored to have been with other men. But if she is not rumored to have been with him and only with other men, the child is a mamzer, according to Rav. Abaye disagrees and if she is suspected of being with him and other men, we have to assume the child is a mamzer. Only if there are no rumors about her at all, and the man admits the child is his, then we can assume he is the father. Sources are brought to explain from where we learn the laws regarding one who has a grandson who is a slave, mamzer or kohen gadol that were mentioned in the Mishna. The Mishna had mentioned a case where the offspring born from a union of a Jewish woman and a gentile/slave is a mamzer and the Gemara tries to establish according to whose opinion the Mishna was stated. An uncircumcised or impure kohen can’t eat truma but their wives and slaves can. One with crushed testicles or his organ is severed – he and his slaves can eat truma but his wife cannot as he is not permitted to marry. The Mishna discusses details of these categories. From where do we derive that an uncircumcised man can’t eat truma? These laws are derived from Pesach as the same words are used in each “toshav” and “sachir.” This only works as one of the mentions of these words are unnecessary. Why are these words used specifically to teach about someone uncircumcised and not other possible laws that could have been derived from here?

Torah for your soul
Lehisvada Yevamos 70

Torah for your soul

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 13:29


A Jewish slave eating Terumah. Daf yomi Yevamos 70. איסור אכילת תרומה בעבד עברי. דף היומי יבמות ע --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yisroel/support

Take One Daf Yomi
Take One: Yevamot 69 and 70

Take One Daf Yomi

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 8:46


Today's pages of Talmud, Yevamot 69 and 70, remind us that we're all converts to Judaism, which means that even if we come from the most pristine lineage we still have to choose and do Jewish, rather than merely be Jewish, a choice we're asked to make again and again every day. What does that teach us about being kind to others, and about forgiving ourselves? Listen and find out. Like the show? Send us a note at takeone@tabletmag.com. Follow us on Twitter at @takeonedafyomi and join the conversation in the Take One Facebook group. Take One is a Tablet Studios production. The show is hosted by Liel Leibovitz, and is produced and edited by Darone Ruskay and Quinn Waller. Our team also includes Stephanie Butnick, Josh Kross, Mark Oppenheimer, Sara Fredman Aeder, Robert Scaramuccia, and Tanya Singer.  Check out all of Tablet's podcasts at tabletmag.com/podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

How to Fix a Soul in 30 Days
Understanding Hod

How to Fix a Soul in 30 Days

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 10:47


Kylie is trying to get a better understanding of this week's theme, Hod, or humility and submission to a higher power. Dassi Zar, co-director of Chabad House Bowery's young professional's branch, Kehilas Atid, returns to the show as our guide to understanding each weekly attribute.   The Jewish tradition of counting the Omer, or Sefirat Haomer, marks the 49 days between the second night of Passover and the start of Shavuot. It is a time of introspection and an opportunity for spiritual challenge and growth.   In this 7-week series, Kylie Unell invites you on her daily journey to make meaning out of this age-old tradition. Each week of the Omer corresponds to a different attribute of God. On each episode, airing weekdays, Kylie explores these various attributes by talking, reading, doing, speaking, and reflecting.  49 Days to Stretch My Soul is a production of Tablet Studios. The show is hosted by Kylie Unell, and is produced and edited by Darone Ruskay, Josh Kross, Quinn Waller, Robert Scaramuccia and Sara Fredman Aeder. Our team includes Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, Mark Oppenheimer, and Tanya Singer.  Please rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. It really helps other people discover the show.   You can follow @kylieunell on Instagram. Write to us at podcasts@tabletmag.com. Read more of Tablet's Omer coverage here.  For more information about all of Tablet's podcasts, visit Tabletmag.com/podcasts. 

Positively Gotham Gal
Ep 171: Celebrating Jewish Mexican Heritage Through Food - Fanny Gerson

Positively Gotham Gal

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 37:24


Fanny Gerson is a chef, consultant, speaker, and cookbook author known for a unique approach to food that deeply respects her Mexican-Jewish heritage while also innovating by offering her very own personal and modern twist. She is also the owner of Fan Fan Doughnut, a Mexican-inspired American doughnut shop, and La Newyorkins, a Mexican ice cream shop. We talked about her entrepreneurial journey, and the challenges she faced in the food industry at large as a Latina woman.

Conversations
Anita Jacoby uncovers painful secrets hidden by her loving father

Conversations

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 50:22


Anita Jacoby has spent decades uncovering the truth about other people, but when she turned the lens on her own father, she was shocked

Jazz Focus
Eddie South Transcription recordings - 1933

Jazz Focus

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 62:49


These recordings were made for a radio program in Los Angeles in the early 1930's by his "International Orchestra" including Milt Hinton, Antonia Spaulding, Clifford King, George Barnes and Jimmy Bertrand - quite a mix of jazz, tango, rhumba, German, Jewish and Latin music! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-clark49/support

Orthodox Conundrum: Challenges in Jewish Orthodoxy
Yoatzot Halacha and Women's Roles in Learning and Leadership (111)

Orthodox Conundrum: Challenges in Jewish Orthodoxy

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 50:47


This episode continues our conversations about the roles of Jewish women in Orthodoxy. Scott speaks to the individual who created one of the most important innovations we've seen so far - Rabbanit Chana Henkin, the founder of Nishmat and the force behind the Yoatzot Halacha. Yoatzot halacha, or halachic advisors, have studied in order to become experts in the laws of Nidah or Taharat Hamishpacha. It's likely that yoatzot halacha are at least as qualified, and often far more qualified, to talk about hilchot nidah than the average rabbi. And given their training in women's health as well as other areas that are unknown by most rabbis, they maintain a unique position - and fill a huge role - in the halachic scene today. The conversation includes questions about yoatzot halacha, what they can and cannot do, the criticisms Rabbanit Henkin has received, and much more. Please listen to and share this podcast, and let us know what you think on the Orthodox Conundrum Discussion Group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/432020081498108). Thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers, who have access to bonus JCH podcasts, merch, and more - we appreciate your help, and hope you really enjoy the extras! Visit the JCH Patreon site at https://www.patreon.com/jewishcoffeehouse. Check out https://jewishcoffeehouse.com/ for the Orthodox Conundrum and other great podcasts, and remember to subscribe to them on your favorite podcast provider. Also visit https://www.jchpodcasts.com/ to learn all about creating your own podcast. Music: "Happy Rock" by bensound.com

Jewish Inspiration Podcast · Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe
Way 10 - Get Yourself a Teacher

Jewish Inspiration Podcast · Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 13:52


The 49 days we count between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot are an exciting time for powerful and impactful change. The Mishna (Avot 6:6) teaches us 48 masterful tools and ways to maximize life and get the most out of each day. In this episode, Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe talks about Way 10: Serve the Wise, and shares great insights, stories and lessons from the teaching of our sages on the importance of having a teacher, a mentor to seek guidance from. Living in our own little box can limit our greatness and potential. Have a Rabbi, Teacher, who can give you objective guidance and help you grow to your fullest potential. To watch video and/or listen to the podcasts of Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe: https://linktr.ee/ariwol Please send your questions, comments and even your stories relating to this trait to awolbe@torchweb.org. Please visit www.torchweb.org to see a full listing of our Jewish outreach and educational resources available in the Greater Houston area and please consider sponsoring a podcast by making a donation to help support our global outreach at https://www.torchweb.org/support.php. Thank you! For a full listing of podcasts available by TORCH at www.TORCHpodcasts.com Recorded in TORCH Centre - Studio B on May 6, 2022, in Houston, Texas. Released as Podcast on May 15, 2022

IKAR Los Angeles
SERMON "I am a private person." - Rabbi David Kasher

IKAR Los Angeles

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 14:30


A Jewish response to the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion intending to overturn Roe v. Wade. Find the transcript on our website: https://ikar.org/sermons/im-a-private-person

Jews You Should Know
The Former Goldman Sachs CTO, Communal Activist, and Son of a Legend: A Conversation with Elisha Wiesel

Jews You Should Know

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 54:24


ABOUT THIS EPISODE Elisha Wiesel is not just the only son of legendary Holocaust Survivor Eli Wiesel, but a remarkable individual in his own right. Elisha was a long-time executive at Goldman Sachs, concluding his tenure there as Chief Technology Officer. All throughout, he has also been engaged in many aspects of communal life. In this episode, Elisha shares honestly about his own circuitous Jewish journey, growing up in the “shadow” of world-renowned figures, and his efforts to unify the community in summer 2021 through the “NO FEAR: Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People.” -------------- ABOUT THIS PODCAST Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know. The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (www.meormd.org), a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at www.meor.org. Please visit www.JewsYouShouldKnow.com, follow us on Twitter @JewsUShouldKnow or on Facebook. Have feedback for the show, or suggestions for future guests? E-mail us at JewsYouShouldKnow@gmail.com. Want to support this podcast? Visit Patreon.com/JewsYouShouldKnow. A small monthly contribution goes a long way!! A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.

Center Point Assembly
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet - PDF

Center Point Assembly

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022


Sunday, May 15, 2022 – The message today is about the “Parable of the Wedding Banquet”. This is one a few parables that Jesus spoke specifically to the Jewish people and leaders of his day calling them into a relationship with Him as the promised Messiah. It’s unfortunate that they repeatedly refused His invitation and thankfully Jesus extended that invitation to the gentiles. For this reason, this parable and others speak directly to us today. There are some really important elements that we discuss. One is the willful refusal is one of personal choice. It’s not that the invited couldn’t accept the invitation, it’s simply that they wouldn’t. Another is the importance of accepting and wearing the “wedding garments” that the king provides. We will see that the garments represent the righteousness that comes from the forgiveness of our sin. I pray you listen in and worship and study with us. Be blessed…

Center Point Assembly
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet - Audio

Center Point Assembly

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 51:01


Sunday, May 15, 2022 – The message today is about the “Parable of the Wedding Banquet”. This is one a few parables that Jesus spoke specifically to the Jewish people and leaders of his day calling them into a relationship with Him as the promised Messiah. It’s unfortunate that they repeatedly refused His invitation and thankfully Jesus extended that invitation to the gentiles. For this reason, this parable and others speak directly to us today. There are some really important elements that we discuss. One is the willful refusal is one of personal choice. It’s not that the invited couldn’t accept the invitation, it’s simply that they wouldn’t. Another is the importance of accepting and wearing the “wedding garments” that the king provides. We will see that the garments represent the righteousness that comes from the forgiveness of our sin. I pray you listen in and worship and study with us. Be blessed…

All Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe Podcasts
Parsha: Parshas Behar (Rebroadcast)

All Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 58:55


At Mount Sinai, the Almighty instructed Moshe to convey a series of laws to the Jewish people. The first is the mitzvah of Shemittah, the prohibition of engaging in any agricultural work every seven years. What is the lesson inherent in this mitzvah and what are the consequences of transgressing it? – – – – […]

Parsha Podcast - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
Parshas Behar (Rebroadcast)

Parsha Podcast - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 58:55


At Mount Sinai, the Almighty instructed Moshe to convey a series of laws to the Jewish people. The first is the mitzvah of Shemittah, the prohibition of engaging in any agricultural work every seven years. What is the lesson inherent in this mitzvah and what are the consequences of transgressing it? – – – – […]

AskAlli: Self-Publishing Advice Podcast
Inspirational Indie Author Interview #109. Jennifer Helfand: After a Childhood of 'Not Fitting In,' She Helps Her Readers Find Their Way

AskAlli: Self-Publishing Advice Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 14:58


My guest this episode is Jennifer Helfand, who writes under the pen name Jordana Chana Mayim. Jennifer specializes in writing stories for children and adults about people who don't quite fit in, who long for something more in their lives. It's a subject she knows well because she spent a childhood not really fitting in, herself, until she found travel, writing, and indie publishing. Jennifer hopes that her books help others find where they can fit in, too. I'll let Jennifer tell her story. ALLi's Inspirational Indie Author interviews are sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, a global, independent ebook and audiobook publishing platform that empowers authors with a quick and easy publishing process and unique promotional opportunities. To reach a wide readership, create your account today! Thank you, Kobo, for your support of this podcast. Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: https://selfpublishingadvice.org, with a huge archive of 2,000+ blog posts, and a handy search box to find key info on the topic you need. We invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally, if you haven't already. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org. About the Host Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and now amplifies the voices of independent author-publishers and  works with authors as a developmental editor. Howard is also a freelance writer specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears regularly in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and Longreads. Find Howard at howardlovy.com, LinkedIn and Twitter.

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible
May 15: Psalm 134; Numbers 15; Isaiah 54; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–16

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 10:58


Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 134 Psalm 134 (Listen) Come, Bless the Lord A Song of Ascents. 134   Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,    who stand by night in the house of the LORD!2   Lift up your hands to the holy place    and bless the LORD! 3   May the LORD bless you from Zion,    he who made heaven and earth! (ESV) Pentateuch and History: Numbers 15 Numbers 15 (Listen) Laws About Sacrifices 15 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving you, 3 and you offer to the LORD from the herd or from the flock a food offering1 or a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or at your appointed feasts, to make a pleasing aroma to the LORD, 4 then he who brings his offering shall offer to the LORD a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah2 of fine flour, mixed with a quarter of a hin3 of oil; 5 and you shall offer with the burnt offering, or for the sacrifice, a quarter of a hin of wine for the drink offering for each lamb. 6 Or for a ram, you shall offer for a grain offering two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with a third of a hin of oil. 7 And for the drink offering you shall offer a third of a hin of wine, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 8 And when you offer a bull as a burnt offering or sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or for peace offerings to the LORD, 9 then one shall offer with the bull a grain offering of three tenths of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with half a hin of oil. 10 And you shall offer for the drink offering half a hin of wine, as a food offering, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 11 “Thus it shall be done for each bull or ram, or for each lamb or young goat. 12 As many as you offer, so shall you do with each one, as many as there are. 13 Every native Israelite shall do these things in this way, in offering a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 14 And if a stranger is sojourning with you, or anyone is living permanently among you, and he wishes to offer a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD, he shall do as you do. 15 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the LORD. 16 One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.” 17 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land to which I bring you 19 and when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall present a contribution to the LORD. 20 Of the first of your dough you shall present a loaf as a contribution; like a contribution from the threshing floor, so shall you present it. 21 Some of the first of your dough you shall give to the LORD as a contribution throughout your generations. Laws About Unintentional Sins 22 “But if you sin unintentionally,4 and do not observe all these commandments that the LORD has spoken to Moses, 23 all that the LORD has commanded you by Moses, from the day that the LORD gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations, 24 then if it was done unintentionally without the knowledge of the congregation, all the congregation shall offer one bull from the herd for a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma to the LORD, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the rule, and one male goat for a sin offering. 25 And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the people of Israel, and they shall be forgiven, because it was a mistake, and they have brought their offering, a food offering to the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD for their mistake. 26 And all the congregation of the people of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger who sojourns among them, because the whole population was involved in the mistake. 27 “If one person sins unintentionally, he shall offer a female goat a year old for a sin offering. 28 And the priest shall make atonement before the LORD for the person who makes a mistake, when he sins unintentionally, to make atonement for him, and he shall be forgiven. 29 You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the people of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them. 30 But the person who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native or a sojourner, reviles the LORD, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken his commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be on him.” A Sabbathbreaker Executed 32 While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. 34 They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him. 35 And the LORD said to Moses, “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as the LORD commanded Moses. Tassels on Garments 37 The LORD said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. 39 And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow5 after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. 40 So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. 41 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the LORD your God.” Footnotes [1] 15:3 Or an offering by fire; so throughout Numbers [2] 15:4 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters [3] 15:4 A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters [4] 15:22 Or by mistake; also verses 24, 27, 28, 29 [5] 15:39 Hebrew to spy out (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Isaiah 54 Isaiah 54 (Listen) The Eternal Covenant of Peace 54   “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;    break forth into singing and cry aloud,    you who have not been in labor!  For the children of the desolate one will be more    than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD.2   “Enlarge the place of your tent,    and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;  do not hold back; lengthen your cords    and strengthen your stakes.3   For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,    and your offspring will possess the nations    and will people the desolate cities. 4   “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;    be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;  for you will forget the shame of your youth,    and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.5   For your Maker is your husband,    the LORD of hosts is his name;  and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,    the God of the whole earth he is called.6   For the LORD has called you    like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,  like a wife of youth when she is cast off,    says your God.7   For a brief moment I deserted you,    but with great compassion I will gather you.8   In overflowing anger for a moment    I hid my face from you,  but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”    says the LORD, your Redeemer. 9   “This is like the days of Noah1 to me:    as I swore that the waters of Noah    should no more go over the earth,  so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,    and will not rebuke you.10   For the mountains may depart    and the hills be removed,  but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”    says the LORD, who has compassion on you. 11   “O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted,    behold, I will set your stones in antimony,    and lay your foundations with sapphires.212   I will make your pinnacles of agate,3    your gates of carbuncles,4    and all your wall of precious stones.13   All your children shall be taught by the LORD,    and great shall be the peace of your children.14   In righteousness you shall be established;    you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;    and from terror, for it shall not come near you.15   If anyone stirs up strife,    it is not from me;  whoever stirs up strife with you    shall fall because of you.16   Behold, I have created the smith    who blows the fire of coals    and produces a weapon for its purpose.  I have also created the ravager to destroy;17     no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,    and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD    and their vindication5 from me, declares the LORD.” Footnotes [1] 54:9 Some manuscripts For this is as the waters of Noah [2] 54:11 Or lapis lazuli [3] 54:12 Or jasper, or ruby [4] 54:12 Or crystal [5] 54:17 Or righteousness (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–16 1 Thessalonians 2:1–16 (Listen) Paul's Ministry to the Thessalonians 2 For you yourselves know, brothers,1 that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never came with words of flattery,2 as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle3 among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. 13 And we also thank God constantly4 for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men5 but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,6 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!7 Footnotes [1] 2:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 14, 17 [2] 2:5 Or with a flattering speech [3] 2:7 Some manuscripts infants [4] 2:13 Or without ceasing [5] 2:13 The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women [6] 2:14 The Greek word Ioudaioi can refer to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed the Christian faith in that time [7] 2:16 Or completely, or forever (ESV)

Touching Lives with Dr. James Merritt
When You Back is Against the Wall

Touching Lives with Dr. James Merritt

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 43:20


As we look today in the book of Exodus in chapter 14, we are going to read about the most celebrated event in Jewish history. Two movies have been made concerning this event and two words are all you need to know – The Exodus. If you had been standing where Moses was standing, you would have said, “This is the end of the line. We need to get our affairs in order. It's over.” Normally, I wouldn't spoil the ending by telling you what happens, but most of you already know it. God parts the Red Sea. The children of Israel pass through. He then closes the waters back on the Egyptian army, drowns them, and saves the day. The same God that came through for Moses and the nation of Israel is alive and well and wants to come through for you. In this message, we are going to learn what we need to do when our back is against the wall, just like Moses' was.

New Community Church of Tacoma
Mark 15:1-20 - Jesus in the hands of Pilate, the crowd, and the Roman soldiers

New Community Church of Tacoma

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 27:41


Bo Noonan teaches through Mark 15:1-20 where we find Jesus begin Good Friday. He is handed over the the Roman governor Pilate, who then hands his fate to the Jewish crowd, and ultimately to Roman soldiers to be beaten, mocked, and let to the cross.

The Land of Israel Network
The Jewish Story: Lebanon War, part 5 - End of an Endless War

The Land of Israel Network

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 42:53


Even if you only count until 1985, Lebanon was Israel's longest war and so it's no surprise that it left some of the deepest impressions. The birth of Peace Now, the murder of Emil Gruzweig and the personal struggles of soon-to-be famous Israelis like Avraham Burg and Donniel Hartman all illustrate how far Israel's social fabric was stretched by the conflict. Across the ocean in America Jews like Norman Podhoretz and the rabbis of the CCAR are asking about their support for the Jewish State, and the world media is focused on Lebanon. When this war ends, the story will be far from over.

Seekers of Unity
The Greatest Book of Jewish Philosophy Ever Written

Seekers of Unity

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 20:36


Introducing the greatest work of Jewish philosophy ever written. Moving masterfully through a thousand years of Greek, Jewish and Muslim philosophy, this text grapples profoundly with the problem of evil, the nature of reality and the meaning of life. Culminating with an astonishing re-reading of the Bible, which radically redefines God, religion and humanity in the process. Banned and burned by religious authorities, it continues to stir controversy hundreds of years later, perplexing the guided, and guiding the perplexed… Join us as we explore Moses Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, the Rambam's Moreh Nevuchim. Check out the rest of our “Maimonides and Mysticism” series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_7jcKJs6iwXUKaVOvNJWr5DSLPTYV0j9 00:00 A Guide to the Guide 01:39 Maimonides Series Recap 02:22 Intro, Influence, Controversy 05:22 Overview of the Guide 09:00 Maimonides' Sources 12:35 Maimonides' Puzzle 14:53 The Goal of the Guide Sources and Further Reading • Elliot Wolfson, “Beneath the Wings of the Great Eagle: Maimonides and Thirteenth-Century Kabbalah,” in Moses Maimonides, 2004, p. 213. • Joel Kraemer, “Maimonides and the Spanish Aristotelian School,” in Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, 1999. • Joel Kraemer, Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds, New York: Doubleday, 2008. • Joel Kraemer, Moses Maimonides: An Intellectual Portrait, in The Cambridge Companion to Maimonides, Kenneth Seeskin (ed.), 2005, pp. 40-45. • Joseph Citron, Maimonides and Mysticism, (unpublished), 2005. • Julius Guttmann, “Introduction” in Maimonides, The Guide of The Perplexed, An Abridged Edition, East and West Library New York, 1947. • Leo Strauss, "How To Begin To Study The Guide," in The Guide of the Perplexed, tr. Pines, pp. xiii-xiv. • Mark Daniels, “The Perplexing Nature of the Guide for the Perplexed” in Philosophy Now 50:20-22, 2005. • Menachem Kellner, "Maimonides' Disputed Legacy," in Traditions of Maimonideanism, ed. Carlos Fraenkel (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 245-76. • Moses Maimonides, “Introduction” in The Guide of the Perplexed, translated by Shlomo Pines, 1963. • Moshe Idel, “Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed and the Kabbalah” in Jewish History 18: 197-226, 2004. • Sarah Stroumsa, Maimonides in His World, Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker, 2009. • Shlomo Pines, “Translator's Introduction: The Philosophical Sources of The Guide of the Perplexed.” The Guide of the Perplexed, 1963. Join us: https://facebook.com/seekersofunity https://instagram.com/seekersofunity https://www.twitter.com/seekersofu https://www.seekersofunity.com Thank you to our beloved Patrons: Chezi, Jorge, Andrew, Alexandra, Füsun, Lucas, Andrew, Stian, Ivana, Aédàn, Darjeeling, Astarte, Declan, Gregory, Alex, Charlie, Anonymous, Joshua, Arin, Sage, Marcel, Ahawk, Yehuda, Kevin, Evan, Shahin, Al Alami, Dale, Ethan, Gerr, Effy, Noam, Ron, Shtus, Mendel, Jared, Tim, Mystic Experiment, MM, Lenny, Justin, Joshua, Jorge, Wayne, Jason, Caroline, Yaakov, Daniel, Wodenborn, Steve, Collin, Justin, Mariana, Vic, Shaw, Carlos, Nico, Isaac, Frederick, David, Ben, Rodney, Charley, Jonathan, Chelsea, Curly Joe, Adam and Andre. Join them in supporting us: patreon: https://www.patreon.com/seekers paypal: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=RKCYGQSMJFDRU Tags Guide of the Perplexed Guide for the Perplexed

In Good Faith
Ep. 109 Brian McLaren: Faith After Doubt

In Good Faith

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 31:35


In Good Faith is the place to hear stories and accounts from believers, told in their own words. Our hope is to listen with an open heart, celebrating the power of faith and belief, and what those stories mean to the ones who tell them. Host Steven Kapp Perry talks with believers from all walks of faith—Catholic and Episcopalian, Buddhist and Baptist, Jewish and Hindu, Presbyterian and Seventh Day Adventist, Muslim and Latter-day Saint—in other words, human beings and believers, sharing their personal experience with the sacred and the divine. Sundays on BYUradio—and be sure to subscribe to the podcast!

Finding Favorites with Leah Jones
Christine Marie Eberle asks, ”what prompts you to prayer?”

Finding Favorites with Leah Jones

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 73:48


Author Christine Marie Eberle joined Leah to discuss her new book Finding God Abiding and how she has built her personal practice of prayer. We dive into the Ignatian traditions, volunteer fire departments, and the Leah shares some ideas from Jewish prayer. Follow Christine online and pre-order a signed book from her neighborhood bookstore. https://christine-marie-eberle.com/ Goodreads Instagram Facebook Show Notes The Jewish prayer that never lets me down Three ways to pray Ignatian Ignatian Year Cause of SIDS discovered

Unorthodox
49 Days: Week 4, Netzach

Unorthodox

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 37:34


Today we are sharing a special weekly edition of Kylie Unell's podcast miniseries, 49 Days to Stretch My Soul. Kylie is putting her own spin on the Jewish tradition of counting the Omer—the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot—with a daily practice that includes everything from exploring the lyrics of Steven Sondheim, interviewing a ballet dancer, immersing herself in nature, and more. This fourth week is all about Netzach, or endurance and perseverance.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Q & A with Rabbi Breitowitz Podcast
Q&A- Marrying Jewish, Financial Support & Pro-Life Arguments

The Q & A with Rabbi Breitowitz Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 103:07


Would you like to sponsor an episode? A series?   We'd love to hear from you : podcasts@ohr.edu   https://podcasts.ohr.edu/   00:00 Correction of nekudos from last week regarding Megillah.    01:03 How do we answer someone that asks “why should I marry a Jew?”?   5:30 Why do we have to repeat Shemona Esrei when we miss even one phrase or bracha?    10:29 Why are we not encouraged to put on tefillin at other times besides Shacharis?    15:45 Why can we kill things that are made through Chazal's definition of spontaneous generation?    26:09 How do we understand Rashbi's notion of 18,000 or 2 righteous people in Gemara Succah?   31:04 How do we navigate the Israel kashrus system compared to the American one (or otherwise)?   33:43 Why did Hashem create a man in the way he did with guilt of getting a free ride?   38:52 What are the different opinions about giving up land in order to make peace with Arabs and Palestinians?   47:53 What should a BT refer to himself as haskafically? Can I not just say shomer Torah mitzvos? Or do I have to say Haredi, etc? Am I locking myself out of tents? Would a certain girl avoid me due to a label?   51:09 Do we hold by ״we want Mashiach now”?    55:26 What is the source and halachic basis of married women wearing a headband as a head covering?   1:03:20 What is the level of Shmiras Eynaim according to Halacha today?   1:05:35 Why are there some Aramaic words that end up in the Chumash?   1:07:14 Where does the Sefer HaMitzvis Katzar get the age of 25 to not get married if a Bachur can't afford that life?   1:10:31 When learning all day how does one transfer his learning from Binah to Da'as?    1:19:14 Regarding gilgul, is it possible for a kohen soul to be reincarnated to other tribes?   1:21:40 How does one maximize remembering the Torah they have learned?   1:23:40 Is the idea that 80% of the Jews died in the plague of darkness a universal teaching?   1:26:13 What is the rebbe's opinion on Bnei Torah being supported by in-laws or parents?   1:34:48 In terms of the blessings and curses of the Torah, are we to view these as cause and effect or as reward in the actions themselves?   1:38:58 Does a Jew have an obligation to protest on the side of pro-life in the abortion argument?   Visit us @ ohr.edu   

Temple Beth Am Podcasts
Shabbat Teaching: Hartman Learning Series Part II - "Faith and Blessing"

Temple Beth Am Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 28:59


Rabbi Rebecca Schatz and Rabbinic Resident David Kaplinsky's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, May 14, 2022. (Youtube/Zoom) Special Guest: Rabbinic Resident David Kaplinsky.

Woman's Hour
Weekend Woman's Hour: Emeli Sandé, Abi Morgan, Sophie Willan

Woman's Hour

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 55:35


Emeli Sandé is one of Britain's most successful songwriters - with 19 million singles sold; including three number one singles, six million albums and four BRIT awards. Emeli joins Emma to discuss her music and career. How are disabled children being affected by the war in Ukraine? There are claims that thousands have been forgotten and abandoned in institutions unable to look after them. The human rights organisation, Disability Rights International, has carried out an investigation. Their Ukraine Office Director, Halyna Kurylo joins Emma. ‘Alice's Book' by Karina Urbach tells the story of Karina's grandmother Alice Urbach. Before the Second World War Alice wrote a cookbook called Cooking the Viennese Way! - but when books by Jewish authors couldn't be distributed, Alice was taken off it. Karina talks about her family history, intellectual theft by the Nazis and her mission to restore Alice Urbach's name to her cookbook. Abi Morgan is a BAFTA and Emmy-award winning playwright and screenwriter whose credits include The Iron Lady, Suffragette and The Hour. She has now written her first book - This Is Not A Pity Memoir - about an extraordinarily tumultuous period in her and her family's life. Last weekend the Baftas saw Sophie Willan, the actress and creator of Alma's Not Normal, take home an award for best female performance in comedy. The sitcom is based on Sophie's own experience of growing up in care, and focuses on her relationship with the women in her family. Sophie dedicated her win to her grandmother, Denise Willan, who sadly passed away half-way through filming the show. Watching Eurovision tonight? Two hundred million people are expected to watch it, live from Turin. Representing the UK this year is Sam Ryder. He's doing well at the moment and is second favourite to win behind Ukraine. The UK really hasn't done very well over recent years, but twenty-five years ago we won it with Katrina and The Waves and Love Shine a Light. Katrina joins Anita.

ESV: Read through the Bible
May 14: 2 Kings 9–11; John 5:1–24

ESV: Read through the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 19:44


Morning: 2 Kings 9–11 2 Kings 9–11 (Listen) Jehu Anointed King of Israel 9 Then Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, “Tie up your garments, and take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead. 2 And when you arrive, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi. And go in and have him rise from among his fellows, and lead him to an inner chamber. 3 Then take the flask of oil and pour it on his head and say, ‘Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.' Then open the door and flee; do not linger.” 4 So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. 5 And when he came, behold, the commanders of the army were in council. And he said, “I have a word for you, O commander.” And Jehu said, “To which of us all?” And he said, “To you, O commander.” 6 So he arose and went into the house. And the young man poured the oil on his head, saying to him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, I anoint you king over the people of the LORD, over Israel. 7 And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. 9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. 10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.” Then he opened the door and fled. 11 When Jehu came out to the servants of his master, they said to him, “Is all well? Why did this mad fellow come to you?” And he said to them, “You know the fellow and his talk.” 12 And they said, “That is not true; tell us now.” And he said, “Thus and so he spoke to me, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.'” 13 Then in haste every man of them took his garment and put it under him on the bare1 steps, and they blew the trumpet and proclaimed, “Jehu is king.” Jehu Assassinates Joram and Ahaziah 14 Thus Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram with all Israel had been on guard at Ramoth-gilead against Hazael king of Syria, 15 but King Joram had returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) So Jehu said, “If this is your decision, then let no one slip out of the city to go and tell the news in Jezreel.” 16 Then Jehu mounted his chariot and went to Jezreel, for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah had come down to visit Joram. 17 Now the watchman was standing on the tower in Jezreel, and he saw the company of Jehu as he came and said, “I see a company.” And Joram said, “Take a horseman and send to meet them, and let him say, ‘Is it peace?'” 18 So a man on horseback went to meet him and said, “Thus says the king, ‘Is it peace?'” And Jehu said, “What do you have to do with peace? Turn around and ride behind me.” And the watchman reported, saying, “The messenger reached them, but he is not coming back.” 19 Then he sent out a second horseman, who came to them and said, “Thus the king has said, ‘Is it peace?'” And Jehu answered, “What do you have to do with peace? Turn around and ride behind me.” 20 Again the watchman reported, “He reached them, but he is not coming back. And the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously.” 21 Joram said, “Make ready.” And they made ready his chariot. Then Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah set out, each in his chariot, and went to meet Jehu, and met him at the property of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22 And when Joram saw Jehu, he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” He answered, “What peace can there be, so long as the whorings and the sorceries of your mother Jezebel are so many?” 23 Then Joram reined about and fled, saying to Ahaziah, “Treachery, O Ahaziah!” 24 And Jehu drew his bow with his full strength, and shot Joram between the shoulders, so that the arrow pierced his heart, and he sank in his chariot. 25 Jehu said to Bidkar his aide, “Take him up and throw him on the plot of ground belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. For remember, when you and I rode side by side behind Ahab his father, how the LORD made this pronouncement against him: 26 ‘As surely as I saw yesterday the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons—declares the LORD—I will repay you on this plot of ground.' Now therefore take him up and throw him on the plot of ground, in accordance with the word of the LORD.” 27 When Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled in the direction of Beth-haggan. And Jehu pursued him and said, “Shoot him also.” And they shot him2 in the chariot at the ascent of Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo and died there. 28 His servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his tomb with his fathers in the city of David. 29 In the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab, Ahaziah began to reign over Judah. Jehu Executes Jezebel 30 When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window. 31 And as Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, you Zimri, murderer of your master?” 32 And he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. 33 He said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down. And some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses, and they trampled on her. 34 Then he went in and ate and drank. And he said, “See now to this cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king's daughter.” 35 But when they went to bury her, they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. 36 When they came back and told him, he said, “This is the word of the LORD, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite: ‘In the territory of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel, 37 and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the territory of Jezreel, so that no one can say, This is Jezebel.'” Jehu Slaughters Ahab's Descendants 10 Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria, to the rulers of the city,3 to the elders, and to the guardians of the sons4 of Ahab, saying, 2 “Now then, as soon as this letter comes to you, seeing your master's sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, fortified cities also, and weapons, 3 select the best and fittest of your master's sons and set him on his father's throne and fight for your master's house.” 4 But they were exceedingly afraid and said, “Behold, the two kings could not stand before him. How then can we stand?” 5 So he who was over the palace, and he who was over the city, together with the elders and the guardians, sent to Jehu, saying, “We are your servants, and we will do all that you tell us. We will not make anyone king. Do whatever is good in your eyes.” 6 Then he wrote to them a second letter, saying, “If you are on my side, and if you are ready to obey me, take the heads of your master's sons and come to me at Jezreel tomorrow at this time.” Now the king's sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who were bringing them up. 7 And as soon as the letter came to them, they took the king's sons and slaughtered them, seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets and sent them to him at Jezreel. 8 When the messenger came and told him, “They have brought the heads of the king's sons,” he said, “Lay them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until the morning.” 9 Then in the morning, when he went out, he stood and said to all the people, “You are innocent. It was I who conspired against my master and killed him, but who struck down all these? 10 Know then that there shall fall to the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spoke concerning the house of Ahab, for the LORD has done what he said by his servant Elijah.” 11 So Jehu struck down all who remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, all his great men and his close friends and his priests, until he left him none remaining. 12 Then he set out and went to Samaria. On the way, when he was at Beth-eked of the Shepherds, 13 Jehu met the relatives of Ahaziah king of Judah, and he said, “Who are you?” And they answered, “We are the relatives of Ahaziah, and we came down to visit the royal princes and the sons of the queen mother.” 14 He said, “Take them alive.” And they took them alive and slaughtered them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two persons, and he spared none of them. 15 And when he departed from there, he met Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him. And he greeted him and said to him, “Is your heart true to my heart as mine is to yours?” And Jehonadab answered, “It is.” Jehu said,5 “If it is, give me your hand.” So he gave him his hand. And Jehu took him up with him into the chariot. 16 And he said, “Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD.” So he6 had him ride in his chariot. 17 And when he came to Samaria, he struck down all who remained to Ahab in Samaria, till he had wiped them out, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke to Elijah. Jehu Strikes Down the Prophets of Baal 18 Then Jehu assembled all the people and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little, but Jehu will serve him much. 19 Now therefore call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his worshipers and all his priests. Let none be missing, for I have a great sacrifice to offer to Baal. Whoever is missing shall not live.” But Jehu did it with cunning in order to destroy the worshipers of Baal. 20 And Jehu ordered, “Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal.” So they proclaimed it. 21 And Jehu sent throughout all Israel, and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. And they entered the house of Baal, and the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other. 22 He said to him who was in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out the vestments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out the vestments for them. 23 Then Jehu went into the house of Baal with Jehonadab the son of Rechab, and he said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search, and see that there is no servant of the LORD here among you, but only the worshipers of Baal.” 24 Then they7 went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had stationed eighty men outside and said, “The man who allows any of those whom I give into your hands to escape shall forfeit his life.” 25 So as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guard and to the officers, “Go in and strike them down; let not a man escape.” So when they put them to the sword, the guard and the officers cast them out and went into the inner room of the house of Baal, 26 and they brought out the pillar that was in the house of Baal and burned it. 27 And they demolished the pillar of Baal, and demolished the house of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day. Jehu Reigns in Israel 28 Thus Jehu wiped out Baal from Israel. 29 But Jehu did not turn aside from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin—that is, the golden calves that were in Bethel and in Dan. 30 And the LORD said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” 31 But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin. 32 In those days the LORD began to cut off parts of Israel. Hazael defeated them throughout the territory of Israel: 33 from the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the Valley of the Arnon, that is, Gilead and Bashan. 34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 35 So Jehu slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his place. 36 The time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years. Athaliah Reigns in Judah 11 Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family. 2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the king's sons who were being put to death, and she put8 him and his nurse in a bedroom. Thus they9 hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not put to death. 3 And he remained with her six years, hidden in the house of the LORD, while Athaliah reigned over the land. Joash Anointed King in Judah 4 But in the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of the Carites and of the guards, and had them come to him in the house of the LORD. And he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of the LORD, and he showed them the king's son. 5 And he commanded them, “This is the thing that you shall do: one third of you, those who come off duty on the Sabbath and guard the king's house 6 (another third being at the gate Sur and a third at the gate behind the guards) shall guard the palace.10 7 And the two divisions of you, which come on duty in force on the Sabbath and guard the house of the LORD on behalf of the king, 8 shall surround the king, each with his weapons in his hand. And whoever approaches the ranks is to be put to death. Be with the king when he goes out and when he comes in.” 9 The captains did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and they each brought his men who were to go off duty on the Sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the Sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. 10 And the priest gave to the captains the spears and shields that had been King David's, which were in the house of the LORD. 11 And the guards stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around the altar and the house on behalf of the king. 12 Then he brought out the king's son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony. And they proclaimed him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!” 13 When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she went into the house of the LORD to the people. 14 And when she looked, there was the king standing by the pillar, according to the custom, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets. And Athaliah tore her clothes and cried, “Treason! Treason!” 15 Then Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains who were set over the army, “Bring her out between the ranks, and put to death with the sword anyone who follows her.” For the priest said, “Let her not be put to death in the house of the LORD.” 16 So they laid hands on her; and she went through the horses' entrance to the king's house, and there she was put to death. 17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people, that they should be the LORD's people, and also between the king and the people. 18 Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and tore it down; his altars and his images they broke in pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest posted watchmen over the house of the LORD. 19 And he took the captains, the Carites, the guards, and all the people of the land, and they brought the king down from the house of the LORD, marching through the gate of the guards to the king's house. And he took his seat on the throne of the kings. 20 So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet after Athaliah had been put to death with the sword at the king's house. 11 Jehoash Reigns in Judah 21 Jehoash12 was seven years old when he began to reign. Footnotes [1] 9:13 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain [2] 9:27 Syriac, Vulgate (compare Septuagint); Hebrew lacks and they shot him [3] 10:1 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew rulers of Jezreel [4] 10:1 Hebrew lacks of the sons [5] 10:15 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks Jehu said [6] 10:16 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew they [7] 10:24 Septuagint he (compare verse 25) [8] 11:2 Compare 2 Chronicles 22:11; Hebrew lacks and she put [9] 11:2 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate (compare 2 Chronicles 22:11) she [10] 11:6 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain [11] 11:20 Ch 12:1 in Hebrew [12] 11:21 Jehoash is an alternate spelling of Joash (son of Ahaziah) as in verse 2 (ESV) Evening: John 5:1–24 John 5:1–24 (Listen) The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath 5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic1 called Bethesda,2 which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.3 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews4 said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.'” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk'?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” Jesus Is Equal with God 18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. The Authority of the Son 19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father5 does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Footnotes [1] 5:2 Or Hebrew [2] 5:2 Some manuscripts Bethsaida [3] 5:3 Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had [4] 5:10 The Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed Jesus in that time; also verses 15, 16, 18 [5] 5:19 Greek he (ESV)