Wrestling and Dreaming: Engaging Discussions on Judaism
Episode 75: Public and Private

Episode 75: Public and Private

December 2, 2021

How does one of the rituals of the Jewish wedding ceremony reflect the importance of two different aspects of a Jewish home? And, how can this relate specifically to this Shabbat on our calendar? Rabbi Dobrusin answers these questions in this episode of the podcast. 

Episode 74: Thanksgiving

Episode 74: Thanksgiving

November 23, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin shares thoughts on the meaning of a familiar and beautiful blessing: the Shehecheeyanu. 

Episode 73: Miracles. Then and Now?

Episode 73: Miracles. Then and Now?

November 18, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, Rabbi Dobrusin discusses the 2nd of the 3 Hanukkah blessings. How has the meaning of the blessing been changed by the addition of one simple Hebrew letter? 

Episode 72: A Significant Question

Episode 72: A Significant Question

November 11, 2021

In this, the first of 3 episodes leading up to Hanukkah, Rabbi Dobrusin shares a question from the Talmud about one of the rituals of Hanukkah. This simply phrased question leads to a discussion of the role of the commandments in Jewish tradition. 

Episode 71:A Lesson from theTalmud

Episode 71:A Lesson from theTalmud

November 4, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin shares a critical life lesson from the text of the Talmud, discussing both the lesson itself and the fascinating way that the Talmudic rabbis deduced the lesson from the text of the Torah. 

Episode 70:Coming Back to Community

Episode 70:Coming Back to Community

October 28, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, Rabbi Dobrusin presents thoughts on rituals of mourning in Jewish tradition. 

Episode 69: The Wisdom of Isaac

Episode 69: The Wisdom of Isaac

October 21, 2021

How did Isaac react to being brought up to the altar to be sacrificed by his father at God's command? Rabbi Dobrusin shares a rabbinic legends which describes Isaac's conversation with his father before being bound on the altar. What can we learn about parents and children from this legend? 

Episode 68: Who was Abraham?

Episode 68: Who was Abraham?

October 14, 2021

In this week's episode, Rabbi Dobrusin shares three classic rabbinic stories about Abraham. Who was this man whom God chose to be the patriarch of the people? 

Episode 67: Twice A Hero

Episode 67: Twice A Hero

October 7, 2021

Rabbi Dobrusin shares excerpts from a sermon he delivered on Parashat Noach in 1998. The sermon concerned a significant accomplishment by one of his childhood heroes who provided a critical lesson for us all. 

Episode 66:Singing Torah

Episode 66:Singing Torah

September 30, 2021

What  can an incident at a World Series game teach us about how we relate to Torah? Rabbi Dobrusin answers this question in this episode of the podcast. 

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