The Straw Hat

The Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation Podcast, hosted by Rabbi David Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie Guy.

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Devarim 5781: The Words of Moshe

Thursday Jul 15, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie discuss the unique perspective of Sefer Devarim, which begins this week. Rabbi Wolkenfeld also shares some of the insights from his Shabbat afternoon shiur on Gesher Hachaim by Rabbi Tucazinsky, and Rabbanit Goldie relates her experience doing chaplaincy work in a hospital and how that has affected her. Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Pinchas 5781: Boundless Generosity

Wednesday Jun 30, 2021

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie discuss the Three Weeks and explore how the messages of unity and coming together during this time can be at odds with the way we’ve been living during the pandemic. They discuss how a generosity of spirit can help get us back into the habit of communal life and help us work through the pain and baggage we all bring with us. Rabbanit Goldie also shares some of her recent research as part of the Jewish Women Scholars’ Writing Fellowship and its relevance to our own ASBI Community Standards.Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Korach 5781: Chosenness

Wednesday Jun 09, 2021

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie discuss Parshat Korach and explore the question of if every Jew is inherently holy or if holiness is the product of Mitzvot. They also discuss the art of drasha writing and share an update on some of the exciting ways that things are re-opening at the shul. Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Bamidbar 5781: The Definition of Antisemitism

Wednesday May 12, 2021

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie share some Torah relating to our current moment as we begin to reopen and increase our in-person capacity on Shabbat. Rabbi Wolkenfeld also speaks with ASBI Members Joel Braunold and Dr. Sara Hirschhorn about the official definition of antisemitism, if antisemitism needs an official definition, and what that definition should entail.Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Shmini 5781: 1 Mitzvah or 49 Mitzvot?

Wednesday Apr 07, 2021

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie reflect on Pesach and look ahead to spring and the excitement of welcoming back more people in our community to davening. They also discuss Sefirat HaOmer and some of the Halakhic questions it raises. Rabbanit Goldie also interviews ASBI Members Devorah Kaplowitz and Talia Seidner—the creators of “Colorful Crayons Camp”!Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Tzav 5781: Consciously Rebuilding

Wednesday Mar 24, 2021

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie discuss Pesach 5781 – some of the solutions to conundrums caused by Passover beginning on Shabbat and the exciting prospect of extending hospitality. They also talk about some of the other things happening at ASBI, including the weekly Parsha class and the start of a new tractate in Daf Yomi. Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Wednesday Mar 10, 2021

Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie are back after a podcast hiatus! They reflect on the past year as this week marks the one-year anniversary of the shul shutting down at the beginning of the pandemic. They also talk about the exciting work happening in the shul to help those eligible get vaccinated. Rabbanit Goldie shares about the unique experience of having a Purim Seudah on a Friday night, just as we look ahead to another unique calendrical occurrence for Pesach this year and what that will mean. Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Vayeshev 5781: Religious Freedom & Public Safety

Wednesday Dec 09, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie share some of their different perspectives on the upcoming holiday of Hanukkah. Rabbi Wolkenfeld also speaks with Professor Avi Helfand, Professor of Law at the Caruso School of Law and an expert on religious law and religious liberty, about the recent Supreme Court decision barring certain restrictions on religious services in New York. Professor Helfand also sheds light on some of the difficult questions that have arisen during the pandemic regarding the balance of religious freedom and public safety.   Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Vayetzei 5781: Recognizing & Giving Thanks

Wednesday Nov 25, 2020

This week Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie talk about the conclusion of Tractate Eruvim in Daf Yomi and the recent presentation about our eruv by ASBI Member Ann Levenson at Hadran’s Siyum Masechet Eruvin. They discuss (and answer) the question of “can I make Sushi on Shabbat?” and also offer some advice gleaned from celebrating the Jewish holidays during the pandemic for our Chicago neighbors just entering their holiday season. Lastly, just in time for Thanksgiving, they talk about some lessons on gratitude found in this week’s parsha.   Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Chayei Sara 5781: Shaping the Culture

Wednesday Nov 11, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie reflect on the legacy and impact of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a”h, in the wake of his passing. They also examine a question that has recently arisen of how we define a city through the lens of Halakha versus the lens of urban planning and discuss some of the compelling questions that will be explored in upcoming learning opportunities at ASBI.Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

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