Why will this night be different than all other nights? Celebrating the Exodus while quarantined presents both challenges and great opportunities!
Has Coronavirus rendered us helpless? Must we play victim, hoping to dodge the dreaded "bullet" or do we have controls about how to live? A special exploration of the mind-body-soul connections.
Making quarantine meaningful: COVID-19 is virulent and deadly. So why are people - especially the young - behaving with impunity, risking the lives of others?
Concern re insidious Coronavirus is everywhere and no one is, apparently, immune from myriad aspects of the infection.The impact on daily routines previously taken for granted, is immeasurable. And the economic impact on a such small country as Israel, where the gross national product relies heavily on tourism is, in fact, astronomical.
Investing more of ourselves into the betterment of society, one thing is certain: You can't get it wrong! The Torah agrees! Everyone wants to be thought of kindly and by exercising the art of giving - money, time, provisions - everyone wins.
The Mitzvah of caring for your parents is a gift.
Helping Mom move to an independent-living residence has proved both challenging and cathartic. Still, saying good-bye to belongings doesn't mean saying good-bye to a lifetime of memories. Finding 'balance' in transition offers laughter, reflection and an eye on the future!
When leaders behave like brats and celebrity icons declare that "filth is fine," can parents take to regain control and impart values or should they throw in the towel and let MTV raise the kids? And does the Torah have anything to say about Super Bowl Sunday and other miracles?
Is patience no longer a virtue?
If your enemy says he wants to kill you, believe him! And, yet, many Jews are drawn to causes and leaders who aspire to destroy both Jews and the Jewish state. And why was Moses - modest, speech-impeded, identifiably Egyptian - drawn to fight for the underdog? What does it take to defy authority and, indeed, 'become' a Moses?
Jews in the U.S. are being targeted daily, assaulted in broad daylight by myriad anti-Semites and the secular Jewish establishment remains, remarkably, silent. Is there a reason for the disunity?
Can a Chanukah menorah and Christmas tree co-exist under the same roof? What makes a miracle a miracle? And can single-men carrying air-fryers find love on the steaming streets of Tel Aviv? This and more on the Festival of Lights show!
America burns while Israel fiddles! President Trump signs Executive Order designed to criminalize campus brutality against Jewish students and, on cue, the American left, right, plebeians and pundits weigh in on ethnicity, loyalty and likelihood of the next War Against the Jews.
Israel continues to create, invent, heal and soar despite reports of imminent doom. What enables the Jewish nation to determinedly prosper despite endless attempts to ensure her demise? Perhaps the answer(s) are found in the Torah itself!
American-Israelis celebrate Thanksgiving with their state-side brethren. Ethiopian-Israelis observe Sigd by rededicating themselves to God and Torah. And in a most complex parsha, Jacob and Esau receive very different blessings with everlasting consequences.
Once again, the mandate to form a government returns and Israel plods along like a motherless ship. New elections loom on the horizon while the left-and-right duke it out. Kingmaker-apparent, Avigdor Liberman, addsfuel to the fire of verbal fisticuffs.
In response to the targeted killing of arch-terrorist Baha Abu Al-Atta, Arab militants besieged the Jewish state with over 500 missiles in less than 72 hours. School closings, industrial paralysis, traumatized children hovering in bomb shelters and relentless wails of air raid sirens have defined the past week in the Jewish State.
The Jewish nation is blessed with holy individuals, dedicated to promoting God's vision of human worth and potential. Andrea speaks with Uri Schwartz, Development Director of Shaare Tzedek Medical Center about the past, present and future of a most remarkable institution. PLUS: the eternal relevance of Avraham Avinu - the father of nations - on living a most purposeful life.
Is humankind more or less unified than the generation of The Flood? Does the Tower of Babel hold any relevance in this era of Internet and NASA Exploration? Shaky questions for shaky times!
Celebrating her 100th show, Andrea shares insights from the Torah portion, Bereishit, first of the Five Books! In keeping with the 'newness' theme, ideas of how to keep the fresh feelings from the High Holy Days alive in our day-to-day dealings and thoughts.
Eating, touring, cooking, praying and eating some more, Andrea shares some of the lofty and not-so lofty aspects the holiday that, in fact, exemplifies the character of the Jewish people.
After a powerful Day of Atonement, how do we offer thanks for the promise of a fruitful, blessed year ahead? By moving outdoors into increasingly inclement weather and taking up residence in Sukkahs (booths) to acknowledge that our existence is fragile, temporary, and dependent on His kindness. Ecology, unconditional giving and a bit of mayhem feature on this post-Yom Kippur show.
So much to do and so little time! Is Yom Kippur a time of bleakness and fear or rife with expectation and happiness? 'Confession' and 'intention' are the themes we explore, correlating the death of Moshe with Day of Judgement.
With only a few days before the start of the Days of Awe - Yomim Noarim - what thoughts and actions may ensure that the upcoming year is a good one? Playing the 'victim card' is inconsistent with Torah; Celebrating individual and communal potential while striving for meaningful repentance are some of the topics discussed on today's reflective program.
A neck-and-neck race for the Israel's Premiership results in more posturing and confusion, deepening concerns of an already angst-filled nation. Is a "unity-government" Heaven-sent or an ugly result born of communal disconnect?
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.