Transcending Malaise – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Can moments of despair spur an individual to greatness? In a world beset with near-hysteria and uncertainty, does the story of Yaakov reveal light at the end of the Covid-tunnel?

Nature or Nurture? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

What happens when terrific parents have challenging children? Does Heaven play a role? Difficult questions for difficult days . . . . . .

Small Steps, Big Rewards – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

The legacy of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (ztl) will endure for generations, despite his untimely death. He found commonality with people from every corner of society.

The Roar of Silence – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

How many of us can claim to have heard the voice of God? And is God interested in actually conversing with us? Today we explore opportunities for increased holiness at a time when spirituality seems out of reach for many among us.

Avraham, Rebellious & Real – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Is 'honesty' a defiant trait? If so, Avraham embodies truth, humility and unwavering faith. A most fitting father for the Jewish people!

Boatloads of Blessing – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Why is the story of Noah relevant? And what does a rainbow really mean? Stay dry and ponder!!!

Starting Over – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Is the story of the Garden of Eden a children's tale or, in fact, a powerful and Heavenly blueprint for us to build-upon?

Fresh Canvas: Start Painting! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Closing days of the Jewish new year give offer unprecedented opportunities for (re)creating a world rife with love, acceptance and miraculous adventure. Are we ready for the challenge?

Happy, Holy & Homeless – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Dwelling in a flimsy booth for eight days instills helps us better appreciate God benevolence, reassess values and forge solidarity with those less fortunate than ourselves. A quintessential celebration of brotherhood!

Happiest Day of the Year! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Forget about 'deprivation': Yom Kippur is all about personal potential, myriad opportunities and God's belief that we are worthy of redemption.

Renewing the Contract – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

The Talmud says, “In the way in which a person wants to go, that is the way in which he will be led.” As we inch toward Rosh HaShanah, we’re gifted with an opportunity to partner with God and ‘build’ the world anew. Now’s the time to decide on some of goals, assess our potential ‘contributions’ and partner-up with Heaven!

‘Tomorrow’ is Today: What’s the Plan? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

The Talmud says, "In the way in which a person wants to go, that is the way in which he will be led." As we inch toward Rosh HaShanah, we're gifted with an opportunity to partner with God and 'build' the world anew. Now's the time to decide on some of goals, assess our potential 'contributions' and partner-up with Heaven!

Inching Toward “Awe” – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Despite Covid, it's all good or, indeed, as good as we make it! With the High Holy Days in sight, Andrea visits tales of goodness, outreach and where/what/how we can tether our aspirations to tomorrow's blessings.

Threshhold of Atonement – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Despite Covid, Elul has arrived and once again anticipate blessing in the year ahead. What simple steps can we take to better position ourselves meritoriously?

Peace in Our Time: Hope or Hoax? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Israel and the UAE have inked agreements, ushering in - perhaps - a new era of regional cooperation and friendship. Is there a hidden cost to this "dream-come-true"? Where does this leave the forever whimpering, finger-pointing Palestinian Authority?

Walking Quietly With Big Sticks – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

What does it take to oversee the well-being of a nation? 117 years after his death, we remember Menachem Begin (ztl) and compare his legacy to a new and more fickle populace. As hindsight is 20/20, both the Torah portion and the daily headlines draw comparison to heroism vs. obscurity.

Choices: Weddings, Protests, Netflix – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

With no end in sight to the pandemic, Israelis are torn about summer activity options. Should they defy the Health Authority and attend weddings? March in protest against a beleaguered leadership that appears unable to address the unbearable fiscal burdens that the populace is suffering? Or stay home and channel surf, hoping for numbing distraction on another, tedious day?

Sanity vs. Fear – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Corona wages war and we, the "sitting ducks", can't even identify the weapons in our arsenal! With no end in sight, how many of us are beginning to go mad with fear? And who among us are still gloaming onto moments of light and laughter?

Not Okay? That’s Okay. – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Because no one is. We're all experiencing mild/moderate/acute grief, as liberties and expectations that were once taken for granted evaporate into a Corona abyss. Can grief give birth to hope?

Walking Into Walls – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

In a Corona world, work, schools. celebrations, camps, restaurants and travel remain paralyzed. The world we've known has changed. And the new normal remains shrouded in mystery. What, pray tell, do we do in the meantime?

Pandering Jews – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

How far will some Jews kowtow to be part of the crowd, even when said crowd calls for a Judenrein society as well as the destruction of the Jewish state? Void of the accompanying dignity that comes with observance and continual study, Jewish lemmings race headfirst into a sea of sycophancy.

Grazing With the Herd – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Today we explore challenge the racially-fueled explosions that currently envelop American and, consequently, the rest of the world. What does the Torah say about following popular opinion in lieu of Heavenly dictates?

As Heaven Weeps – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Has conferring wide-brush status of "Victim" upon the Have Nots elevated their status and diminished initiative and accountability? And what does the Torah have to say about the connections between 'word' and 'deed'?

Becoming a Nation! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

On Shavuous we re-commit, re- 'convert' and re-receive the Torah. The ultimate marriage of both custom and commandment and a deeper understanding of the Book of Ruth. Whew!

Jerusalem Day Reflections – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

"The Temple Mount is in our hands!" Saluting the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Andrea reflects upon Jerusalem's reunification.

Man’s Worth – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Are all human beings born equal? What role does circumstance, economy, intelligence play in this sojourn called 'Life'?

Come Home. Because. – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Does one have to be rich, religious, nationalistic and/or educated to come home to Israel? Aliyah is for ALL Jews from ALL lands. Rough-hewn and flawed, Israel is only 72 years young and waiting for YOU to come home and be counted.

Back to Normal? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

With loosening restrictions, many non-essential business owners are opening shop. Does the government know something the population doesn't? Or are we playing Russian Roulette for the sake of a teetering economy?

Lockdown Lessons – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Staying inside has been mandated but attitude is all about choice. How we endure our respective quarantines reveals much about how we'll'reemerge' at the end of the ordeal. Whom among us will hold on to disappointments and expectations and who will dedicate their lives to joy and outreach?

Corona Seder – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Why will this night be different than all other nights? Celebrating the Exodus while quarantined presents both challenges and great opportunities!

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