Forgot the Words But Singing! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

What connects us to the Egyptian exodus so many thousands of years after the actual event? Even when we forget the words, the "Song of Songs" continues to thread music and cadence within the Jewish soul.

The “We” Legacy – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

How much influence do we have on young people? The imparting of our personal histories and celebrating both the foibles and accomplishments of those who came before us imparts feelings of connection, continuity and pride.

This Incredible Life – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Do good times, healthy relationships, bright outlooks and abundant faith just "happen" or are we the authors of our respective life journeys? Also, must one descend from royalty to be an effective leader? These questions and so much more!

Erev Shabbos Shmooze – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Andrea and best buddy Simon Anstey kick back and solve all of the world's problems. Israeli culture, political unrest, aliyah and international relations are just of few of the hot-button topics they touch upon, peppered with gales of laughter, of course!

A Sliver of Light – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

A tiny flame yields enough power to span the universe. Candle by candle, Canukah allows us to reflect upon the miracles that brought us to today and those lay ahead.

Why a Ladder? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

A ladder with two feet on the ground that ascends to Heaven symbolizes the situation of all of us. The challenge of constantly climbing the spiritual ladder relies on motivation to reach greater levels of holiness and oneness with God.

Nature, Nurture & Terror – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Where do our choices lay when navigating fragile issues of parenting, nationalism, safety and faith? This week we tackle the gritty reality of Israeli life along with the ever-present question of "What does God want?"

Conditional Friendship – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Israel's voters - religious, secular, sephardic, ashkenazi, and non-Jews - did not overwhelmingly elect the new government out of naivete or hubris. Perhaps it is time for 'friends' who do not live our reality to question their own motives before chastising those who lay their lives on the line for the continued existence of the Jewish state.

Labels: Lazy and Lopsided – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Israel's recent election campaign provided plenty of fodder for name calling, biased assumptions and fear mongering.

Morning Has Broken! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

The Israeli public has expressed, by majority vote, a call for bringing Jewish values, Jewish identity and Jewish tradition to the fore.

Why a Rainbow? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Judaism confers unique obligations regarding "nature." Is a rainbow merely a rainbow or something more profound?

Today, Today, Today! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Reward, redemption and forgiveness await all who take the first step. Yom Kippur allows us to replace fear with expectation in return for sincere efforts toward bettering ourselves.

Standing at the Gate – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

The Redemption depends on awareness, clarity and action. No one among us is exempt!

Fresh-Slate Countdown! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

What do 'First Fruits' teach us about Jewish practice and outlook? And what weighs more: Repentance out of fear or repentance born of love?

Law & Order in a Perfect World – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

The Torah commands us to "create justice". Is this even possible when each man possesses different biases, strengths, deficits and status? Tzedek, tzedek! Justice is not an 'end game' but a perpetual work in progress. No one - individual or society - is exempt!

ELUL: A Love Story – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

This traditional time of personal stock-taking - chesbon nefesh - has gotten a bad rap! Let's embrace this period to both repair and deepen our relationship with God.

“Let Me See the Good Land!” – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Negative, jaded observations about people and places is fashionable and easy. However, looking beyond the 'outer' and into the souls of both human beings and the holy land of Israel frequently requires loftier, Heaven-centered vision.

Ninth of Av: The Choice – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Brick-by-brick, Mitzvah-by-mitzvah and kindness-by-kindness, we all have a part in the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdash - the Holy Temple.

Unfathomable Mourning – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

What 'Temple'??? How can we yearn for something we can't remember? The Three Weeks offer time for much reflection as well as honing our compassion for/connection to others.

Who Has Your Back? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Historically, Jews have looked out for one another. Has anything changed?

The High Cost of Zealotry! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

It has been said that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones or, instead, 'Zealots Beware!' Today we reflect, remember and rejoice!

Blind Faith – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Are some mysteries better left hidden? Listen to Andrea and her good buddy Simon Anstey tussle over the state of affairs in the world. Lots of schmooze, news and laughing with Jews!

Vigilance – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Social media has proven to be dangerous on many levels. The struggle to remain both informed and relevant requires iron-clad vigilance. Still, is vigilance enough when insidious forces work tirelessly to destroy all that we hold sacred?

A Link in the Chain – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

What are YOU doing to ensure the safety - physical, spiritual, moral - of those who are connected to you?

Wanted: Leaders! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

A truly good leader cannot rest on his laurels but must always exercise the same level of dedication and commitment today as he did the day before.

Learning In The Desert – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

The Torah is eternal and the lessons transcend time, circumstance and location.

It’s All Good! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Is human existence determined by random events that are pieced together by fate? Today's show discusses the roles that choice, values and Heaven play in our lives.

At the Foot of the Mountain – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Mount Sinai is not the Matterhorn but, instead, a slope that is achievable for those who undertake the trek.

WE. ARE. HERE! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Celebrating 74 years of modern nationhood is even more astounding because, despite the best efforts of myriad enemies of the Jews, the nation of Israel survives and THRIVES! Is there a secret to the inexplicable existence of the Chosen People?

That “Ethics” Thing – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

We are not exempt from the task He lays before us! Are we created 'equally' holy?

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