The Straw Hat

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

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Lech Lecha 5781: Touchstones from our Ancestors

Wednesday Oct 28, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld shares the story of a package the shul recently received that held insights into our congregation’s history. He and Rabbanit Goldie also preview our upcoming Beit Midrash Wednesday class series and discuss some of the topics that will be covered. Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Bereshit 5781: After the Chaggim

Thursday Oct 15, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie reflect on the highlights of this unusual High Holiday year at ASBI. They also discuss the concept of breira that has come up in Daf Yomi recently and explore why it is both captivating and confusing and talk about Parshat Bereshit.Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5780: Small Moments of Connection

Friday Sep 11, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie discuss this week’s double parsha and one of its themes – gathering together. They share some of the upcoming opportunities to gather together safely in person at shul and also offer some practical advice for the holidays and some of the resources the shul is making available for the high holidays.   Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Ki Teitzei 5780: Mitigating Harm

Friday Aug 28, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld and Rabbanit Goldie discuss Parshat Ki Teitzei, with a particular focus on Rashi’s commentary. They also look ahead to ASBI’s plans for the holidays and talk about some of the upcoming programing we have in store.Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Re’eh 5780: Look Over Here!

Thursday Aug 13, 2020

This week, we welcome Rabbanit Goldie Guy to ASBI and to The Straw Hat! She and Rabbi Wolkenfeld discuss this week’s parsha, Parshat Re’eh, and also begin to look ahead to the High Holidays.Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Vaetchanan 5780: A Farewell to Rabbanit Sarna

Wednesday Jul 29, 2020

This week, we wish a fond farewell to Rabbanit Sarna, whose time at ASBI has come to an end. She offers reflections on her work at ASBI, what she loves about our community, and what she hopes for our congregation in the future.   Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Matot-Masei 5780: Striving for Moments of Community

Wednesday Jul 15, 2020

This week, Rabbanit Sarna and Rabbi Wolkenfeld talk about the challenges of welcoming newcomers to Lakeview this summer; the Three Weeks (and some things that may be a little different this year); and have a discussion about vows, as pertains to this week’s parsha and looking ahead to Kol Nidre. Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Chukat-Balak 5780: Brush Your Teeth Before Wearing Your Mask

Wednesday Jul 01, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld welcomes Rabbanit Sarna back to The Straw Hat! They discuss the return of in-person Minyan at ASBI and what that looks like. They also speak briefly about this week's Parsha, and we hear from Rabbanit Sarna about the experience of having a baby during a pandemic. Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Nasso 5780: The Poetry of Torah

Friday Jun 05, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld is joined by guest Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm who shares some of his memories and the legacy of his grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, a”h, including the art of the drasha and his thoughts on how the Torah’s message should be made relevant to all of us. To read some of Rabbi Norman Lamm’s sermons referenced in this episode, visit the following links: “Confessions of a Confused Rabbi” and “Notes of An Unrepentant Darshan”. Music credit: “Three” from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. 

Bamidbar 5780: More Shavuot Than Ever

Thursday May 21, 2020

This week, Rabbi Wolkenfeld is joined by guest co-host Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier who shares some insights from his recent writing and teaching on coronavirus-related issues. They also look ahead to Shavuot and think about the holiday's meaning when we're isolated from our community. 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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