Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayetzei

In this week’s Torah portion of “Vayetzei”, we find a Jacob who is so focused on his journey to find himself a wife that he nearly misses an encounter with God. In what ways are we, too, like Jacob hurtling towards our future goals at the expense of missing out on the present?

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy these short weekly insights into the torah portion! This week we dive deep into the Parshah of Vayetzei. Continue reading “Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayetzei”

Weekly Torah Portion – Toldot

This weeks torah portion of “Toldot”, we find an Isaac that is both innovator and also traditionalist. As he is travelling, Isaac discovers the wells dug by his father Abraham. He re-opens them and maintains the names that his father had given them. He then goes on to dig three new wells of his own.

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy these short weekly insights into the torah portion! This week we dive deep into the Parshah of Toldot. Continue reading “Weekly Torah Portion – Toldot”

Weekly Torah Portion – Chayei Sarah

This weeks torah portion of “Chayei Sarah” opens with the death of Sarah and concludes with the death of Abraham. Ishmael, the forgotten son, reunites with Isaac to bury their father. The Jewish tradition seems to despise figures like Ishmael and Esau. Why?

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy these short weekly insights into the torah portion! This week we dive deep into the Parshah of Chayei Sarah. Continue reading “Weekly Torah Portion – Chayei Sarah”

Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayera

What are the connections between laughing and crying? It’s all just air and water.. shortness of breath in our lungs and tears in our eyes. This weeks Torah portion of “Vayera” has two pivotal stories involving these actions. A reminder of the importance of showing how we are feeling.

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy these short weekly insights into the torah portion! This week we dive deep into the Parshah of Vayera. Continue reading “Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayera”

Weekly Parshah Reflections – Lech Lecha

This week, we look at the parshah of Lech Lecha – of Abraham’s journey to the land that God will show him. This section raises interesting questions about ownership of land.. but perhaps that is the wrong question.

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy these short weekly insights into the torah portion! This week we dive deep into the Parshah of Lech Lecha. Continue reading “Weekly Parshah Reflections – Lech Lecha”

Premier of Season Two of the ‘Raising Holy Sparks’ Podcast

In this opening episode of Season 2 of the ‘Raising Holy Sparks’ podcast, we begin our adventure into the weekly torah portions with the first parshah of Beresheit from the Book of Genesis.

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy the short weekly insights into the torah portion! Continue reading “Premier of Season Two of the ‘Raising Holy Sparks’ Podcast”

Episode 42: Fighting the Erasure of Women in Judaism w/Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll

Episode 42: Fighting the Erasure of Women in Judaism w/Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll

In my work – I don’t fight Torah… I fight FOR Torah. That’s really important to me to make that distinction.”

– Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll

Raised in Lakewood, NJ, Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll now lives in Israel with her family. She raises awareness of issues that plague the Jewish and world community. Topics she takes on include child sex abuse, women in Judaism, Israel-Arab conflict, and general human stupidity. She is a founding member of Chochmat Nashim, a organization dedicated to positive change in the Jewish community. Professionally, as co founder of REACH3K, she brands and writes for some of Israel’s best nonprofits & businesses.

Shoshanna also writes for The Jerusalem Post and blogs for the Times of Israel, The 5%Club and Reach3K. Continue reading “Episode 42: Fighting the Erasure of Women in Judaism w/Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll”

Episode 41: Joining The Tribe w/Rabbi Adam Greenwald

Episode 41: Joining The Tribe w/Rabbi Adam Greenwald

The only thing truly within our power, may be whether or not we will behave in each moment with arrogance or reverence.”

– Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Rabbi Adam Greenwald is the Director of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University, the largest learning program for those exploring conversion to Judaism in North America. He also serves as Lecturer in Rabbinics at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. In 2014, Rabbi Greenwald was named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by the Jewish Daily Forward. In 2016, Rabbi Greenwald received the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize in Jewish Education.

Rabbi Greenwald is the editor of On One Foot, an introduction to Judaism textbook and curriculum, in wide use across the US and Canada. He is a Fellow with the National Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL)’s “Rabbis Without Borders” initiative and speaks and teaches nationwide on issues of conversion, inclusion, and engagement of Jewish millennials. His writings have also appeared in the Washington Post, and he is a regular contributor to the Ziegler School’s widely distributed “Today’s Torah” and Jewish Values Online.

Prior to coming to the Intro Program, he served as Revson Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR, one of America’s most innovative spiritual communities. He received his BA in History from UCLA and his MA and ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2011. He is married to Anne Hromadka, an art curator and consultant. Continue reading “Episode 41: Joining The Tribe w/Rabbi Adam Greenwald”

Episode 40: Life After Addiction and Recovery w/Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Episode 40: Life After Addiction and Recovery w/Rabbi Ilan Glazer

The day you were born is the day God decided the world could not exist without you.”

– Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

Rabbi Ilan Glazer is a freelance rabbi, speaker, and transformation coach. He hosts the Torah of Life podcast . Rabbi Ilan has worked with many Jewish environmental and social justice organizations.

He recently published “And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds, and Unleash Your Inner Freedom.”

Rabbi Ilan has brought his unique blend of Torah, humor, music, and insights from the disciplines of storytelling, personal growth and public speaking to synagogues, schools, JCC’s, retreat centers, and army bases throughout the Jewish world.

Rabbi Ilan was ordained in 2012 by ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He has a B.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the City College of New York. He also studied at Pardes and with Nava Tehila in Jerusalem. He completed trainings in the art of Sacred Hebrew Chant with Rabbi Shefa Gold, in ritual theatre with Storahtelling, and was ordained as a Maggid, a Jewish inspirational storyteller, by Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum, and is also a Distinguished Toastmaster. Continue reading “Episode 40: Life After Addiction and Recovery w/Rabbi Ilan Glazer”