Do people have the right to 'pull the plug' on life? Andrea Simantov goes into an emotional rant on our values and our playing G-d.
Will BDS-babes block her entrance to the semi-finals of Eurovision? Let them try! Andrea takes on the Harvard Lampoon, silly Hanan Ashrawi and discusses the magical combination of power and humility as illustrated in this weeks Torah portion.
The modern state of Israel is 71 years old; a land of magic, miracles, promise and endless opportunity. Andrea sings the praises of the only Jewish country in the world and invites the rest of the world to grab a 'seat at the table.'
The ultimate pull-no-punches show: Andrea begs the question of how American Jews defend living in a land that no longer offers security, equality or a future. Uncomfortable questions for too-comfortable Jews. Also, who is holy? The answer might surprise you!
Visiting American family, Andrea connects to her inner Yankee Doodle and breaks matzah with Diaspora kin. How does it feel to be an Israeli fish out of Middle-Eastern waters? Also on tap, hard questions about Sri Lanka, New Zealand, perpetrators of evil and those who enable them.
Upbeat, inspirational thoughts to help make the holiday more meaningful. Peppered, of course, with healthy doses of irreverence and humor!
In this week's show, Ross and Jono share their thoughts on the recent Israeli elections, Bibi's win, and rumors about the contents of the long-awaited peace plan being called the "Deal of the Century." Bibi's opponents aren't the only losers covered in this week's show. Iran is mad that the U.S. listed its Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group, Airbnb is forced to eat their antisemitic stand, and a drunk woman goes to trial for being belligerent on a flight. BDS supporters are probably disappointed that Madonna will be singing in Tel Aviv, and Israel lands on the moon. Didn't someone predict that the Messiah would appear before the Israeli elections? Don't miss Moon Landings, Madonna, and the Missing Messiah.
The people of Israel have spoken and the new prime minister is the old prime minister. Despite facing serious opposition, the new Knesset will lean heavily right and appears to be more unified than in previous terms.
Whether we sit right or left of the respective aisle, can we have different views on some topics than our co-lemmings? Can one support gay marriage, protect the environment, despise-or-love gun control and still oppose abortion on demand? The dumbing-down of independent thought has increased stridency to the point of severing friendships and compromising jobs and relationships. What does the Torah say about the sanctity of human life before, during and even AFTER death? An uncomfortable show for those who are brave enough to utter the words, "I. Don't Know."
Even under siege, we have controls in our lives. Keeping relationships holy/refined; selecting the moral high-ground in business and interpersonal arenas present abundant opportunity to profoundly alter the uncertain events that unfold daily.
Are the lessons of Purim still relevant? Can one be a 'man of the world' and a Jew in private? Today's show blends mirth, madness and a thing or twelve to consider!
Our enemies have their skewered-facts in order. How can the Jewish state and friends of Israel present our case when we remain ignorant of our heritage and history? Also, the Torah has much to say about fiscal transparency and the centrality of family.
Definition of chutzpah? Poland demands Israeli apology for suggesting they were complicit in the Holocaust! Plus, the power of holy Jewish women around the world, working toward the Redemption. And Shutting-Down While Rising Up: Shabbos before all else.
Have Jews - both in Israel and the Diaspora - lost their moral compass? Worshiping at the feet of those who abhor traditional values, too many scurry for acceptance in lieu of Torah's eternal blueprint for ethical, meaningful existence.
How should Jews respond to indescribable ugliness/violence perpetrated by adherents to the 'religious of peace'? The Torah compares our holiness to pure olive oil in the same week that Israelis haggle over whether or not to impose the death penalty.
Vicious, anti-semitic cheers from Dutch soccer fans: Harmless or a warning?; Untimely passing of Rabbi Yehiel Eckstein (ztl);of International Fellowship of Christians & Jews; To Tithe or Not to Tithe: That Is the Question.
Who are we if not for our compassion? "World Emunah" assays to providing life-altering parenting/vocational training for thousands trapped in cycles of poverty, violence and hopelessness. Parsha Mishpatim addresses how we treat those who need our benevolence.
Can the average-Joe part-the-waters for the future of one's family, beliefs and, indeed, all of mankind? Andrea visits stories of fortitude and and defying popular culture in pursuit of a better world. (Plus and laugh or three!)
"Deal of the Century"? Worth less than the paper upon which it was written, the American president joins the conga-line of do-gooders who aspire to appease unappeasable Arabs; Also, Mahmoud Abbas named Chairman of UN Group 77 & China, largest bloc of member states. As the nations of the world trip over one-another in a frantic effort to whitewash evil, master terrorist Abbas receives his crown and scepter; Lessons from the parsha speak of kindness and being grateful for our Heavenly lot.
Not everything is bleak in this corner of the Middle East! Abundant winter rains, friendly - and secret - visits from "enemies", terror victims that refuse to 'play victim' and more a Torah portion that celebrates our unfolding journey toward people-hood and redemption.
Interesting parallels drawn between today's Jewish complacency and that of Hebrew slaves who shunned the promise of freedom for the Devil they knew! First show of the secular new year: Is change-for-the-better even possible or are we destined for more of the 'same old'?
What is happening? Do we fiddle while Rome burns? Andrea looks at the enviable status of Israeli Arabs as compared to those in the rest of the Muslim world, on-line grocery shopping and critically relevant lessons from Sinai.Pull Up a Chair 27DEC2018 - PODCAST
Disharmony, conflict, estrangement from Jewish causes and core values hold the Redemption at bay. What can individuals and community do to fulfill the Messianic Destiny as described by Jacob on his deathbed?
They kill.They maim. They act with impunity while timid Israel - more concerned with the sensitivities of the European Parliament than holy Jews who inhabit this land - ties the hands of an IDF that KNOWS how to handle those who wish us dead. A 'morning after' show includes discussion of the heartbreakingly short life of Amiad Yisroel - son/grandson of giants! - and a call to increasing action to put an end to the scourge which infects the Land.
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!!!