In an earlier episode of the podcast, Rabbi Dobrusin discussed the symbolism of windows which remind us to be cognizant of changes in the world which we might miss if we lock ourselves into religious tradition. In this episode, he comments on the Jewish tradition that one should only play in a room which has windows. What can this mean for our houses of worship as we return to gathering as communities?
In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin continues the discussion on the holiday of Shavuot, identified by the Talmudic rabbis as the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Why do we need a second Torah holiday? And, how can one tradition of the game of baseball help us to understand a critical aspect of Torah study?
In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin considers the origin of the holiday of Shavuot and discusses one of the traditional texts concerning the festival. This text which describes one part of the ancient ritual of the bringing the first fruits during the time of the Temple has implications for aspects of our lives today.
The reality of systemic racism in our country is an issue which must concern us deeply and motivate us to change. In this light, Rabbi Dobrusin answers a question he has often been asked about the statement "Black Lives Matter": Given our quest for true equality in this nation, does the statement itself conflict with a fundamental Jewish principle?