Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was affected by the tragedy at Mount Meron on Lag BaOmer last week. In times like this, those in the diaspora may feel especially helpless regarding their fellow Jews on the other side of the world. While prayer always helps, some also want to contribute financiallyContinue reading “Lending a Helping Hand”
This week on the show we’ll be discussing the role of belief in Judaism, guided by the Rambam’s 13 Principles of Faith. The 13 Principles are the most popular statement of Jewish faith ever conceived, but have not been without controversy. We’ll discuss why on the show. In the meantime, if you want to readContinue reading “Principles of Faith”
This week on the show we’ll be discussing the commandment to honor our parents. One of the difficult parts of keeping this mitzvah is finding ways to honor parents who are, quite frankly, just bad at parenting. While we will discuss this on the show, Rabbi Manis Friedman has also put out a good videoContinue reading “Honoring Our Parents”
The season of Pesach is upon us, and this week we’ll look at one of the most enduring symbols of the holiday. Much is made of the lamb and the use of its blood in the Passover story. But what’s the point of it all? Is this just one of these weird Bible stories thatContinue reading “The Passover Lamb”
While it’s normal for everyone to feel worried once in a while, anxiety has spread like wildfire throughout North America, and it seems to be disproportionately affecting teenagers and young adults. For the next two weeks we will be discussing the role that anxiety has come to play in modern life, the possible reasons forContinue reading “High Anxiety”
Happy Purim to everyone! Just like last year, there are still concerns about public gatherings to hear the Megillah. You can always read it aloud yourself (without giving a blessing), and Chabad still has a free printable version that anyone can use. Several shuls nationwide, such as Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, Adas IsraelContinue reading “Chag Purim Sameach!”
In a belated Valentine’s episode, this week we will be discussing the romance between Rabbi Akiva and his wife, Rachel. The two’s marriage weathered most unusual circumstances, which has since become the subject of books as well as a dedicated passage in the Talmud. Tune in Thursday to hear the story of how these twoContinue reading “The Love Life of Rabbi Akiva”
This week we say goodbye to another great mind of the Jewish world, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, who passed away in Jerusalem on January 31. In addition to being a noted rabbi from a prestigious Hasidic dynasty, Rabbi Twerski was also a well-respected psychiatrist who contributed much to our understanding of addiction and self-esteem. JoinContinue reading “In Memoriam: Rabbi Abraham Twerski (1930-2021)”
If you did not hear, the website now has a References tab. Here you can find many of the references used for the show, and use them to enhance your own Torah study. If you haven’t seen it yet, go have a look!
It’s almost over now, but hopefully everyone has been having a joyful Hanukkah season in spite of the unusual circumstances. We still have one more week left of Hanukkah music on Set Apart, so if you’re in the mood for it, tune in to KEOS 89.1 FM on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.!