High Anxiety

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 for it, and tips for just chilling out.

Check out the show’s YouTube page to hear parts one and two.

Chag Purim Sameach!

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 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 the meantime, tune in to the show today at 4:30 p.m. for some music to get you in the mood!

The Love Life of Rabbi Akiva

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.

In Memoriam: Rabbi Abraham Twerski (1930-2021)

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.

In Memoriam: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020)

This week we remember Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, a tremendous spiritual leader of our time, who passed away on November 7.

Image: Jewish Journal

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:

On Doubt
On Daily Life
On Finding Purpose
On a Responsible Life

I also highly recommend one of my favorites of his recent talks, An Unforgiving Age.

Might as well face it, you’re addicted to rage

We get it: You’re angry. Seems like everyone is these days, about nearly everything. But is this anger justified, or just an addiction?

This week we’ll discuss the hold that anger has come to have over many of our lives, as well as some advice from the Shulchan Aruch about why you should make fixing it a top priority.

To get started, here’s some advice from Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley veteran, about why social media is ruining your life:

Keeping it relevant: Lanier is Jewish.