Goodbye for now to family and friends in Johannesburg: Will the year be, merely, business-as-usual or can we experience deeper, more meaningful relationships and personal growth? And why doesn't Andrea wear tefillin/phylacteries? All this and more as we celebrate the beginning of a new year!
Why are we letting Linda Sarsour, Roger Waters and enemies of Torah dictate morality in the public sphere?
Does the expected blood-moon lunar eclipse spell an end to the world as we know it?
What is it about Jews and the Jewish state that riles up the rest of the world? What does it take to be a 'tzaddik', i.e., a righteous individual? Are some of us simply beyond redemption? Humor, introspection and mayhem dominate this week's show.
Powerful insights regarding music, failure, optimism and the beauty of 'silence'.
The Diaspora's relationship with Israel does not bode well.
Driving on the wrong side of the road and coming home.
Israel commemorates her dead warriors. . .
"We share a heritage; but that doesn't mean we're alike," says the directors of Jewish Federation of North America's General Assembly. Imposing values that are NOT authentically Jewish, the Diaspora-Israel dialogue becomes even more fractured. Are we still one nation under G-d? Or is there a new religion called Jew-Ish?
Farmers plant before they reap and we, too, "cultivate" our faith and commitment to God.
As the Day of Judgement looms, the ancient question begs: "What direction should a Jew follow? Must he be the one to reconcile or is the onus on G-d?"
What is your reaction to the latest terror attack?
It is getting ugly out there and for Jews, it's getting downright dangerous. An 'open season' for anti-Jewish/anti-Israel hate speech and unexpected violence. What can individuals do to make the world safer, kinder and less strident? Hints abound in both this weeks Torah portion and the retelling of the powerful story of the Chanukah miracles.
Planning a visit to the capital city? Joanna shares up-to-the-minute information about activities, attractions and events along with happenings so new that they have yet to be announced! All this and more on 'Pull Up A Chair' with Host Andrea Simantov!!
A call to unity.
How much effort should be expended in quelling Jew-hatred?
Andrea's new segment called “My Jewish Hero”.
Why are we still fasting on the 10th of Tevet?
In the "You Gotta Meet" segment, author/activist Zahava Englard Shapiro blows the March of the Living out of the water and tells us why we should NEVER send our precious children on tours of blood-soaked Poland.
Kay Wilson is an amazing woman who barely survived a ferocious machete attack by Arab terrorists.
Vashti, Esther and Zeresh. Passionate cast of female characters who helped pave the path - intentional or not.
Is the concept of 'refuge city' outmoded in a society where unpopular opinions result in shunning, proclamations of irrelevance or worse? What does Judaism say about protecting the environment, wife-carrying competitions, tattooed preachers, saving Kenya's and more...
Attitudes about end-of-life treatment.
There's more to Chanukah dreidels and donuts! The tribe of Yehudah makes tough choices, the same week as Yehudah the Maccabee faces down the despotic Achashverous. Coinciding episodes that altered the trajectory of Jewish history!!!
As usual, the world points a collective finger at Israel.