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 Israel in D.C., and Beth Yeshurun in Houston have conducted live readings online. However, also check with your local synagogue to see if they are holding outdoor or socially-distanced readings.
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 two came to be, and what we can learn from their devotion to Torah and each other.
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. Join us this week as we take a few minutes to remember the life and passions of Rabbi Twerski.
If you are unfamiliar with his work, or simply want to recall some of his wisdom, there is a great playlist on YouTube featuring many of his short clips speaking about a variety of common challenges in life.
This week we remember Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, a tremendous spiritual leader of our time, who passed away on November 7.
Rabbi Sacks is perhaps best known as the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth (UK), a role in which he served for 22 years, as well as for his numerous books and lectures. Join us this week as we discuss his life and the incredible example he set for us all.
If you’re not familiar with Rabbi Sacks’ work, or you just want to hear some of his words of wisdom, I suggest checking out some of these short videos: