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Soul Talk – The Art of Living in the Now! [audio]

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Time is one of those factors that we are all aware of as a reality in our life, but how much do we really understand it? Is time real or a perception? Why is it that sometimes that time seems to pass so quickly, at other times so slowly? How does the Torah explain the concept of time? Finally, within my day to day life, how can I more fully live in the now instead of getting stuck in the past or thinking to much about the future? Join Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel on Soul Talk to get learn the art of living in the NOW! We welcome your questions and e-mails: soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

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Soul Talk – Falling in Love, Staying in Love [audio]

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

As people, we change over the years. I am not the same person I was five or ten year ago. Hopefully I can say that and be happier with who I am today. What can one do when one feels that their spouse has changed over time in a way that negatively effects their marriage? When you hear yourself say “This is not the person I thought I married!”, how can you still make your marriage work and flourish?

It can be easy to fall in love, but staying in love takes work and commitment.

Join Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel to get a better understanding of foundational aspects of a relationship that are the keys to make it last!

We welcome your thoughts and questions. Please e-mail us at soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Soul Talk 11Sept2016 – PODCAST

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BULLETPROOF – Let’s Talk About a Two State Solution! [audio]

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Oh yes, there IS Illegal building in Judea and Samaria, but you will not believe by whom! Today’s guest on the show: Josh Hasten who runs the international desk of Regavim. This was an AWESOME show!


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Soul Talk – Forget About Reward and Punishment: The Path of True Empowerment [audio]

Monday, September 5th, 2016

There are certain basic life concepts that we think we understand, but in reality need to be updated from time to time. The Torah’s concept of Reward and Punishment can be easily misunderstood if we are still thinking about these concepts as we did when a child.

What does it mean that G-d rewards and punishes us? How does our understanding of these concepts effect our understanding of G-d? How does the proper understanding of these concepts have a practical effect on my day to day life?

Join Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel on Soul Talk where you will get a better understanding of the central concept of reward and punishment.

We would love to hear from you. Please send us your thoughts and questions to soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Soul Talk 04Sept2016 – PODCAST

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Soul Talk With Rabbi David Aaron & Leora Mandel – For G-d’s Sake: When Religion Inspires Evil [audio]

Monday, August 29th, 2016

How can we comprehend evil done in the name of G-d? We hear about this too often in the news. Evil acts are committed preceded by the call “G-d is Great.” Do we believe in the same G-d that is inspiring so many murders and acts of hatred? What does G-d really want from us?

Listen to Soul Talk with Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel to get a better understanding of evil done in the name of G-d, how we should think about it and what we should do about it.

We welcome your questions. Send us an e-mail at Soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com.

Soul Talk 28Aug – PODCAST

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Let’s Talk Responsibly About Suicide

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

There is a tendency in some circles to take a tragic event or series of events and try to turn it into a trend that reflects poorly on religious Jews.

There has been a wave of people going public in recent years with memoirs about their rebellion against religious life and the unfortunate misery they endured while forced to adhere to a lifestyle they did not value.

Jewish and secular media are constantly on the lookout for validation or elevation of the concept that the more strictly Orthodox a Jew’s upbringing, the more likely he or she is to be dysfunctional and unhappy – unless they are fortunate enough to escape and write a bestseller about it.

Do not misunderstand me. As president of Our Place, a non-profit organization that provides support, shelter, and counseling for our troubled youth, I will not for a moment dismiss the urgent need for such people to find their comfort level and be true to who they are at heart.

It has been one of my life’s missions to help individuals on that path find peace. I have seen far too many tragic outcomes when drugs and conflict take hold and hope is extinguished, along with a young life that held enormous value and promise.

But perspective is important, and perspective is very elusive when it comes to the media. One life – one single precious life – that is snuffed out because suicide seemed the only remedy is a thousand times too high a price to pay. And it is not one life, it is many.

But in recent months, following a few high profile suicides, numbers have been thrown around that strain credibility and present a far more frightening picture than what I and others know actually exists.

I do not believe that more than 70 frum Jews have committed suicide since last Rosh Hashanah, as some have recently asserted in the media. This fits into the narrative of an increasingly dysfunctional community that some would like to see, but it is at odds with the evidence. I pressed one individual who was linked to that figure in a media report, and he assured me it did not come from him.

What’s at stake here is not just pride and accuracy and indignation at media mistreatment. Human lives are at stake because of this irresponsible talk. Because suicide is a disease – and it’s contagious.

Just as unstable people sometimes commit copycat crimes based on what they’ve seen on TV or read about in a newspaper or magazine, so can troubled individuals contemplate suicide when they see the level of attention it draws in its aftermath.

Perhaps some of those using the 70-plus figure are including drug overdoses in their total. In many cases, perhaps most, such deaths are unintentional, the result of unexpectedly potent drugs or inexperience with dosages. In many cases I have seen, such people, while troubled enough to be drawn to drugs, did not intend to end their lives.

Drug abuse can be cured, the toll of an overdose reversed. But suicide is irrevocable.

The Centers for Disease Control recognized copycat suicides as a dangerous phenomenon as far back as 1989, when a workshop was held to address the issue of “media-related suicide contagion.”

Experts agree that the reporting of drug overdoses can be beneficial to the public if it helps publicize the availability of programs such as hotlines and prevention and support groups like Our Place or The Living Room. But it can be detrimental and promote copycats if the coverage focuses on the method of suicide, the outpouring of love for the deceased at the funeral or memorial service, and all the positive attributes of the deceased without also mentioning that the person was deeply troubled.

The attachment of suicide to the idea of “escaping” a religious community is also highly dangerous, especially if it is depicted as a phenomenon larger than it really is. For example, the suicide rate in the general population, according to the American Society for Suicide Prevention, is 12.93 per every 100,000 people. With about 600,000 Orthodox Jews in the New York tri-state area, 70-plus suicides would amount to more than 15 people per 100,000.

I would never ask media outlets to stifle news of an actual tragedy, nor should anyone expect this. What I would ask for is more of the kind of skepticism we see when politicians or corporate leaders make public statements that are often less than truthful and/or self-serving.

Let’s have a smart dialogue about suicide that leaves behind hurtful and dangerous narratives and focuses where it counts most – on extending a compassionate hand to those who need one.

Eli Verschleiser

Putin, Netanyahu, Talk Peace Process on Phone

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service reported, adding that the conversation was initiated by Israel.

“The leaders exchanged opinions on Middle East settlement issues and topical aspects of the general situation in the region. They agreed to continue active Russian-Israeli contacts at different levels,” the report said.

On Wednesday August 17, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Putin’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, discussed prospects for advancing Palestinian-Israeli peace talks with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Amman. Bogdanov also delivered a personal message from Putin to Abbas.

The Russian Foreign Ministry later issued a statement saying “the talks were meaningful and trustful. The sides considered prospects for advancing the Palestinian-Israeli settlement in strict compliance with the principles of international law. They also discussed the restoration of Palestinian national unity along the PLO’s political platform designed to create an independent Palestinian state, which would live in peace and security with its neighbors, including Israel.”

To be clear, in its current situation, the PA only has two neighbors: Israel and Jordan, so it’s a relief to read that it plans to live in peace with both. This considering the fact that Hamas, in the Gaza Strip, also has only two neighbors, Israel and Egypt, and it is maintaining a perpetual state of war with both.


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