With the firing of US Security Advisor John Bolton and Bibi's anemic promise of post-election sovereignty over the Jordon Valley, friends of Israeli might ask themselves, "Who's being played?" Also, do good fences make good neighbors and when is it permissible to wage war?
The days of Elul, leading up to the High Holy Days, fill the Israeli air with optimism, trepidation and deeper comaraderie. From locker rooms to shuk stalls, the repentance and renewal vibe is pumping throughout the land!
Commitment, honesty, candor and kindness. Do we hold different standards of expectation for ourselves and God? Given choices, holiness can be practiced by all!
What does the Torah say about treating one-another shabbily? There ARE options! Andrea discusses choices and how to bring the Redemption, one loving deed at a time.
Akiva Fuld talks with Andrea about reaching out to others in need, the inspiration, drive and lack of sleep that fuels his passion.
A deeper look into the tragedies that befell the Ninth of Av and what we can do to hasten the Redemption.
Is 'nostalgia' all it's cracked up to be? Were the Jews of yesterday so much better? Also, the beauty of Israel's magical North and the special boys and girls who take care of the country's children with special needs.
Must differences - political, levels of religious observance, outer appearance - divide us or can we find areas of commonality that propel a holy Jewish narrative? What does Israel owe - if anything - the Diaspora?
Too much noise in our lives.
Do wearing rose-colored glasses and speaking kindly have the power to change people and even nations? Are all prophets created equal? Laughter, Torah, fish-and-chips and more!
July 4th show, Andrea revisits the long-ago aliyah experience; also, how-to guide for achieving holiness!
Andrea visiting family in Jo'burg, overeating, over-celebrating and, again, over-thinking: Are people fundamentally good or deceitful? Does political correctness ensure a better or bleaker future? Get the answers to these questions and more!
Can one fine peace with others if he is at war within himself? Forgiveness, kindness, lemons-to-lemonade and the report of the spies make for a most passionate and reflective show!
The Torah has much to say about protecting the environment and eating healthily. Nevertheless, many observant Jews seem unaware of the mind/body/soul connection. Andrea explores her favorite questions regarding the non-exclusivity of Torah and health.
Shavuot Special: Is there a difference between a hug and a kiss? During this holiday of kindness and humility, both customs and law blend into a rich tapestry called 'Tradition'.
Elections AGAIN? Unprecedented and expensive, Liberman and Netanyahu have taken off the gloves and the Israel public will - surprise! -be the pummeled and bloodied victim. Plus, cushy Israeli prisons reward Arab violence and what does the Torah say about Jewish population growth?
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.