Wrestling and Dreaming: Engaging Discussions on Judaism
Episode 55: The significance of Bar and Bat Mitzvah:

Episode 55: The significance of Bar and Bat Mitzvah:

July 15, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin continues the discussion about the tradition of Bar and Bat Mitzvah by discussing the meaning that the milestone and the rituals can have for adolescents and for their parents and families. 

Episode 54: Two Very Familiar Terms

Episode 54: Two Very Familiar Terms

July 8, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin begins a series of podcasts on life cycle events as viewed by Jewish tradition. This is the first of a two part podcast episode on the tradition of Bar and Bat Mitzvah. What do these words actually mean and how should they be used? 

Episode 53: Of Rights and Obligations

Episode 53: Of Rights and Obligations

July 1, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin discusses the difficult issue of abortion from the perspective of Jewish law and thought. 

Episode 52: A Lesson in Leadership

Episode 52: A Lesson in Leadership

June 23, 2021

Aaron, Moses' brother, is a central figure in the Torah. While he is best known as the first High Priest, the rabbinic tradition saw Aaron as a critical figure in the life of the people for a different reason. In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin speaks about this characteristic of Aaron which is critical for us in our lives as leaders. 

Episode 51: The End of an Era

Episode 51: The End of an Era

June 17, 2021

In this week's episode, Rabbi Dobrusin shares some insights  as we prepare to read the story of the sin which effectively ended Moses' leadership of the people. 

Episode 50: Lessons From a Spy Story

Episode 50: Lessons From a Spy Story

June 9, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin discusses two traditional rabbinic commentaries on a story in the book of Numbers. The commentaries show how this Torah story has relevance for our lives today. 

Episode 49: Two Critical Issues

Episode 49: Two Critical Issues

June 3, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Dobrusin shares his thoughts on two issues prominent in the minds of American Jews today: the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic actions in our country and our connection with the State of Israel. 

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? 

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