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?

The Inner Cleanse – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Soul-scrubbing ranks even higher than discarding bagels and pasta! Is there more to Passover cleaning than rooting out leavened breadstuffs?

The Eighth Day – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

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

Salt of the Earth – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

In a world gone mad, are we powerless to create change? The entire dynamic of civilization can, indeed, shift over the modest dinner table! The choice is ours.

Front Line: Integrity! – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

When world events spiral out of control, must we sit and cower? The Jewish Blueprint, i.e., 'Torah,' clearly spells out the source of human strength, resilience and fortitude. It's called Integrity.

Broken and Blessed – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Sometimes the greatest gifts arise from nearly losing that which is most precious!

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

Are miracles few, far between and undeniable? Or is EVERYTHING miraculous? Serious thoughts for serious times . . . . .

Loneliness. Love and Looking Forward – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

The pandemic shows no sign of abating. What can we do, individually, to increase autonomy and celebrate shared values and an optimistic outlook for the year ahead?

Willing Blindness – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

In the blink of an eye, the Children of Israel plummeted from the highest echelons of Egyptian society to the depths of abject despair. What parallels might today's Jews consider?

Fate & Favoritism – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Yaakov uses his final hours to impart blessings on his offspring while, curiously, challenging the status quo. Also, beware of "friends" who don the clothing of a sheep . . . .

Shades of Gray – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Does holding fast to opinions or belief systems denote confidence or insecurity? Can I be "right" when an adversary's point of view is accurate? Letting go of disappointments can open pathways to discovery and (gasp) joy!

The Menorah Within – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Each one of us possesses a quiet spark that, once ignited, releases joy, wisdom and allows us to experience deeper connectedness to HaShem. That inner-menorah serves as a sparkling GPS for those who grab onto the spiritual steering-wheel!

Thanks in Giving – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Is there a Jewish/Torah link to the undisputedly American holiday? Emphatically, Andrea says, "Yes!"

Wrestling With Angels – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Speaking up, speaking out and choosing our battles. What price, resolution? Is "closure" a recipe for peace or endless conflict? Also, discover a Jerusalem gem called Yad L'Kashish!

The Most Important Thing – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

It is never too late to make changes - small or large - when it comes to healing rifts between family members. Also, what does the Torah say about Black Friday and the dumbing-down of values? All that and more!

Drowing in “Stuff” – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Do we own or are we owned by our possessions? Storage is one of the largest businesses, a result of man's inability to live with less. Decluttering expert Rebekah Chaifetz Salzman weighs in on the 'stuff' addition and offers sage advice.

Duplicity or Friendship? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Once again, missionary efforts aimed at Israeli Jews steps up their creative efforts. Deliberately secretive and cloaked, filmmakers - working under direct agency of Christian Broadcast Network - lure wanna-be actors to appear in myriad biblical films with a undeniable messianic messages. Insidious and deliberately non-transparent forces are at work. Again.

News or Blues? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

How much news is too much news? Anxiety, arthritis and cardiovascular disease are recently linked to a steady diet of typically distressing information. Also, Abraham teaches us that people who need people ARE the luckiest people in the world!

Over the Rainbow – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Kudos to Noach? What does political-correctness have to do with the flood and the destruction of the world? Also: Snapping back to routine after a month of holiness!

Perfectly Flawed – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Starting Over: The creation of the world and resulting conflicts between Designer and staff. Both 'hope' and 'blessings' spring eternal!

Sweet vs. Good – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Not everything that is good for us feels sweet; not everything that seems sweet is good for us. The proffered blessing of "A Sweet, New Year" is profound in its entreaty that we merit wholeness and abundant blessings from Heaven. The final, piercing blasts of the shofar promise that a world of opportunity lies before us. . . . .

Returning to ‘Good’ – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Repentance might come from fear of or love of HaShem. Which form of atonement trumps the other? And is there something our inner-child can teach us about faith and gratitude?

How Much Do You Weigh??? – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

There is a simplicity to repentance because there is no End Goal. "How may I improve myself?" is the first step toward bettering our relationship with God and availing ourselves of the optimism of the season.

“Harnessing Good” – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Wending our way toward Rosh HaShanah, do we quake with fear or enjoy the confidence of knowing that all will be well?

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

The season of blessings is about to commence. Are you opting in-or-out? Fence-straddlers not welcome!

Mitzvot & Mirth – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Finding the happiness while observing God's law? Eighty-seven tired and brave South Africans arrive to begin adventurous new lives in the Holy Land; Olympic-worthy gestures abound, whether via athletics or acts of kindness; Self-proclaimed food critic Shimshon Leshinsky is Jerusalem's most unexpected anti-hero!

Countdown to Blessings – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

Covid has knocked the world into a malaise. Tisha B'Av dealt us an additional whammy! Andrea maintains that August is a perfect time to begin the mind, heart and soul work necessary to for the upcoming Season of Healing.

Two Boats & a Helicopter – Pull Up a Chair [audio]

On the Ninth of Av (Tisha B'Av), both the book of Eicha and the Torah align and lament, "How?" How are we not saving ourselves as cities burn? How can we ignore the targeting of Jews while our blood-soaked history implores, "How don't you hear? How don't you act?"

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