July 4th show, Andrea revisits the long-ago aliyah experience; also, how-to guide for achieving holiness!
In the Nine Days that precede the weighty Tisha B'Av commemoration, much time is spent on remorse and reflection. But is there light at the end of the bleak tunnel, illuminating our path toward greater redemption?
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. . . . .
How far will some Jews kowtow to be part of the crowd, even when said crowd calls for a Judenrein society as well as the destruction of the Jewish state? Void of the accompanying dignity that comes with observance and continual study, Jewish lemmings race headfirst into a sea of sycophancy.
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!
The Torah is eternal and the lessons transcend time, circumstance and location.
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.
As 2020 comes to a close, it will forever be remembered as the Year of Covid. Will we emerge better than before or damaged beyond recognition?
We do not give into despair! Resilience in the face of darkness defines the Eternal Nation. The people of Israel live, tethered to Heaven's unbreakable promise. And despite myriad travails, we've been chosen to spread light and holiness throughout the world. Chanukah Samayach!
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?
Why will this night be different than all other nights? Celebrating the Exodus while quarantined presents both challenges and great opportunities!
Silence is no longer an option (was it ever?)
Is life comprised of days lining up against one another until we breathe our last? Why are we here?
What happens when terrific parents have challenging children? Does Heaven play a role? Difficult questions for difficult days . . . . . .
The real truth you can find from the bonfire inside of you!
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!
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.
In this most poignant and powerful week leading up to Israel's Independence Day, we reflect on the inestimable cost of living as free Jews in our own country.
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?
Andrea and best buddy Simon Anstey kick back and solve all of the world's problems. Israeli culture, political unrest, aliyah and international relations are just of few of the hot-button topics they touch upon, peppered with gales of laughter, of course!
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.
In a Corona world, work, schools. celebrations, camps, restaurants and travel remain paralyzed. The world we've known has changed. And the new normal remains shrouded in mystery. What, pray tell, do we do in the meantime?
Standing at the cusp of a new year, what are we praying for? These days are precious and mustn't be squandered with a 'Business as Usual' attitude. Atonement and forgiveness are only one side of the 'Faith' coin: Expectations, hope and awaiting miracles fill are certainly on-tap, but only if we open our hands, hearts and souls in expectation of His belief in and blessings for us.
Smarter Israeli Banking.
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.
Jew hatred is de rigueur, no longer hiding in the shadows. Has your family, yet, had the conversation regarding what - if anything - you will do when those who wish you harm come knocking?
What are YOU doing to ensure the safety - physical, spiritual, moral - of those who are connected to you?
With no end in sight to the pandemic, Israelis are torn about summer activity options. Should they defy the Health Authority and attend weddings? March in protest against a beleaguered leadership that appears unable to address the unbearable fiscal burdens that the populace is suffering? Or stay home and channel surf, hoping for numbing distraction on another, tedious day?
Is human existence determined by random events that are pieced together by fate? Today's show discusses the roles that choice, values and Heaven play in our lives.
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?"