Wrestling and Dreaming: Engaging Discussions on Judaism
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?

Episode 38: Reclining Around the Table

Episode 38: Reclining Around the Table

March 24, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin gives some final thoughts before Pesach. The discussion is based on one of the most beloved sections of the Seder: the 4 Questions. 

Episode 37: Opening the Door

Episode 37: Opening the Door

March 17, 2021

Continuing with a series of episodes on the Pesach Seder, Rabbi Dobrusin explores the connection between the Haggadah's statement of welcome to guests and the tradition of opening the door for Elijah the prophet. How are these two related and what can each tradition teach us? 

Episode 36: We Were Slaves…

Episode 36: We Were Slaves…

March 11, 2021

This is the first of a series of episodes discussing texts from the Haggadah and traditions of the Seder. In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin shares an alternative version of a familiar Haggadah text which can inspire us to wrestle with a critical aspect of the Seder experience. 

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