Wrestling and Dreaming: Engaging Discussions on Judaism
Episode 48: Looking Out Our Windows: A Second Look

Episode 48: Looking Out Our Windows: A Second Look

May 27, 2021

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? 

Episode 47: Jerusalem

Episode 47: Jerusalem

May 19, 2021

We read in Psalm 122: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin addresses the subject of the city of Jerusalem and what the city has meant and what it could mean for the future. 

Episode 46:Z’man Matan Torataynu: The Time of the Giving of the Torah

Episode 46:Z’man Matan Torataynu: The Time of the Giving of the Torah

May 14, 2021

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? 

Episode 45:Praying for Peace

Episode 45:Praying for Peace

May 11, 2021

A special edition of the podcast with prayers for peace and calm in Israel. 

Episode 44: Bringing the First Fruits

Episode 44: Bringing the First Fruits

May 6, 2021

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. 

Episode 43: “Black Lives Matter”

Episode 43: “Black Lives Matter”

April 29, 2021

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? 

Episode 42: Leviticus 19:18

Episode 42: Leviticus 19:18

April 22, 2021

Rabbi Dobrusin discusses one of the best known and most important verses in the Torah. How are we to understand: "Love your neighbor as yourself"? 

Episode 41: Sinners or Victims

Episode 41: Sinners or Victims

April 15, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin discusses a difficult Torah story and shares an unusual interpretation which has ramifications for contemporary issues. 

Episode 40: Remembering

Episode 40: Remembering

April 8, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin shares thoughts on Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Memorial Day from a very personal perspective. 

Episode 39: A Light in the Forest

Episode 39: A Light in the Forest

March 31, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin responds to an essay written by an Asian-American author about the current persecution faced by Asian Americans. How does the issue the author raises reflect our thoughts during the holiday of Pesach?

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