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Stories We Tell: Why Noah Chose the Dove
As the Great Flood was approaching, animals lined up to make their case to Noah about why they should get a spot on the ark: strength, size, cleverness, skill… listen to this story by Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro to see why Noah chose the Dove.
Wholly Jewish: Everlyn: Bring Your Whole Self to Everything
In this episode: Meet Everlyn Hunter, a west-coast psychologist who is insightful and honest, refreshingly real, and ready to stand-up and claim all of her "ands".
Stories We Tell: The Laughing Rabbi
Have you ever been so overwhelmed with a feeling that you just have to laugh? Have you ever experienced a situation where you thought you knew what was happening, and then realized you didn’t? Listen to this story by Michelle Shapiro Abraham to find out why the rabbi laughed, and what his students learned.
Stories We Tell: The Two Who Studied Torah
Aaron and David love studying Torah, and even want it to be their livelihood. But a truth-telling rabbi may send them down a different path. Join Rabbi Leora Kaye as she tells a story which reminds us that we can sometimes reach our dream destination by traversing an unexpected path.
Stories We Tell: How To Fix The World
We all want to make the world a little better, but as it turns out, it’s not always easy. Join Aliza Greenberg, as she tells the tale of Abigail and Ella, two women who try, try and try again, to make the world perfect, in their own eyes.
Stories We Tell: The Window Box
A woman, walking with her wife around Manhattan, hears a cricket. How could she have heard a cricket among all of the New York City noise? Cantor Rosalie Boxt, URJ Director of Worship tells the story. For a written version of this story, by Rabbi David E. Stern, read Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories edited by Laney Katz Becker.
Stories We Tell: Two Visits to the Palace
How do you see beauty? Rabbi Leora Kaye tells the story of Adam and Joshua’s visit to the palace. While they each see something special and amazing in their individual experiences, it’s what they learn to see, through each other’s eyes, that’s truly beautiful
Stories We Tell: A Family's Gift
A treasured gift, wrapped in more than just love, is passed down through Yoesel's family, from generation to generation. Listen in as Michelle Shapiro Abraham tells the story of the gift and what happens when it's finally revealed.
Stories We Tell: The Feather Pillow
What’s the difference between a story and gossip? Sometimes all it takes is a clever rabbi and an open window to find the answer. Join Ari Mosbacher as they share the tale of a man, a rumor and The Feather Pillow.
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah: Suspicious Minds: The “Errant” Woman - Parashat Naso
What happens when the Me Too Movement meets Parashat Naso? This week’s complicated Torah portion about unfair trials and jealous men is a reminder that we must call out inequitable practices and right past wrongs – even (and especially) our own. Rabbi Rick Jacobs invokes Elizabeth Cady Stanton, as he reminds us that repairing that which is not whole or just isn’t always easy, but it is always right.