Fine Tuning ‘Attitude’ – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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!

From Flags to Felafel – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

July 4th show, Andrea revisits the long-ago aliyah experience; also, how-to guide for achieving holiness!

Good News from the Bottom of the World – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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!

Bringing Heaven to Earth – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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!

Holistic Overlap – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

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

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'.

Back to the Polls! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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?

You Have a Choice Between Right and Wrong – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

Eurovision & Me – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

Cottage Cheese & Privilege – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.'

Jews Under Siege – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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!

Matzah, Madness & Me! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

Passover Hope & Light – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Upbeat, inspirational thoughts to help make the holiday more meaningful. Peppered, of course, with healthy doses of irreverence and humor!

Moon Landings, Madonna, and the Missing Messiah – Israel on My Mind [audio]

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 Morning After – Pull Up a Chair

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.

Uncomfortable Truths: Turning a Blind Eye – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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."

Taking ‘Control’! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

Still Sober: Purim in Jerusalem – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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!

Jewish Pride: Know Thyself – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

We’re Not Your Toy! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

How to Dump A Golden Calf – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

When Words Can’t Suffice – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

Opting In/Opting Out – What Kind of Jew Am I? – Pull Up a...

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.

Strengthening Families – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

What Makes a Hero? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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!)

“Peace Plans” & Other Non-News – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

"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.

Good News from the Good Land – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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.

Resolutions – Or Not??? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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'?

Burning Bush: Earth Beneath My Feet – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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

Moshiach Now? Our Decision! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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?


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