Archive for the '5780' Category

This week, Rabbanit Sarna and Rabbi Wolkenfeld start off with a discussion of Tefillah, exploring what parts of the service must be said and what parts might be about saying less but with more intention. They then examine some of the complexities of Shabbat observance when traveling, followed by an interview with Molly Jaret, ASBI Member and Yeladeinu leader who recently completed all of the Babylonian Talmud with the last Daf Yomi cycle.

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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This week, Rabbanit Sarna and Rabbi Wolkenfeld discuss Parshat Vayigash and an exciting recent interpretation. They also talk about Tractate Niddah which will be completed this Shabbat and interview our Gabbai, Dr. Josh Ehrlich. 

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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Vayeshev 5780: The Daf Yomi Episode

This week, Rabbanit Sarna and Rabbi Wolkenfeld welcome special guest Rabbanit Sara Wolkenfeld to discuss the upcoming holiday of Hanukkah. Next, they shift focus towards Daf Yomi in advance of the renewal of the 7.5-year cycle on January 5. They also interview Caroline Musin Berkowitz, one of ASBI’s regular Daf Yomi learners.

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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This week, Rabbanit Sarna and Rabbi Wolkenfeld reflect on some of the ideas shared by our recent Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff, particularly about denominational titles within Orthodoxy. Next, based on a conference Rabbanit Sarna recently attended, they discuss the Jewish domestic space and the history of Jewish home life in 17th century Prague. They also interview ASBI alumni Tali Arbit Winkler and Dr. Jon Eskreis-Winkler.

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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This week, Rabbanit Sarna and Rabbi Wolkenfeld have a parsha-themed discussion about tefilat mincha (and share why you should come to Mincha/Ma’ariv at ASBI!), followed by an exciting announcement that our shul has decided upon which Siddur we will be purchasing. Learn why they're so thrilled about the decision and hear from Rabbi Aaron Katchen, ASBI’s Koren Publishers sales representative.

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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This week, Rabbanit Sarna and Rabbi Wolkenfeld explain something called “The Cholent Effect” as it relates to this week’s parsha, Parshat Lech Lecha and discuss some of the medical halacha questions raised by assisted reproductive technologies. They also interview Anna Rubin, a Community Organizer at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

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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The Straw Hat is back! With the chagim behind us, Rabbanit Sarna and Rabbi Wolkenfeld share some of the exciting things that will be happening at ASBI in the coming weeks and months. They also discuss this week’s parsha, Parshat Bereshit, with a particular focus on the curses of Adam and Eve, followed by an interview with Rabbanit Sarna’s husband, Ethan Schwartz, who shares some of his expertise as a doctoral student in Hebrew Bible.

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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