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.
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!