Jewish teachings on resilience

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Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience in challenging times, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.

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  • S3 Ep. 1: Finding Sustenance in Covenantal Community

    December 10th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  29 mins 58 secs

    Rabbi Sid Schwarz has devoted his career to the practice and study of building rich and engaging Jewish communities. In our conversation, we talk about the groundbreaking congregation he built, Adat Shalom, which continues to serve as a laboratory for innovation to this day. And we ask the question: as new platforms for Jewish life and community emerge in the 21st century, what values and practices make a community truly sustaining and meaningful?

  • Season 3 Intro: Resilience Through Community

    December 9th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  6 mins 46 secs

    In this upcoming season of Hashivenu, we’re going to talk to a lot of people who are thinking about and practicing how to create community. Many of them will be talking about synagogues, since that is a primary location of Jewish community, but this isn’t a pitch for synagogues. It’s a pitch for binding relationships, for mutual obligation, for connection, so we’ll also be talking to folks building communities in spaces other than synagogues. I hope you’ll listen with open hearts and will find insights and strategies to fill you up and nourish you on your own journeys.

  • S2 Ep. 8: Halleluyah: Fueling Our Social Activism through Gratitude and Praise

    November 7th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  24 mins 29 secs

    What drives us toward justice? Often, we're driven by a sense of the world's brokenness that keeps us up at night. In our conversation with Rabbi Alex Weissman, we explore an alternative motivation: what gets us up in the morning? In a conversation based on his essay for Evolve, Halleluyah, and his other work around spirituality and activism, we discuss how deeply-felt experiences of gratitude and blessing can move us toward empathetic action.

  • S2 Ep. 7: Discernment and Renewal at the High Holidays

    September 20th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  24 mins 52 secs

    The holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur call us to deeply individual reflection while embedded and connected with community, and to a humility that nevertheless acknowledges that our choices matter. We speak with Rabbi Barbara Penzner about the spiritual dynamics of the High Holiday days, and their power to help us find discernment, connection and renewal.

  • S2 Ep. 6: Portraits of Resilience

    September 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 53 secs

    Daniel Jackson is an MIT professor and award-winning photographer who edited an extraordinary collection: Portraits of Resilience pairs images and first-person accounts of MIT community members who have struggled with mental health issues. We dig deeply into Judaism's powerful psychological and spiritual resources for resilience, particularly for those grappling with the isolation and shame that can come with depression.

  • S2 Ep. 5: Raising Our Voices

    August 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 57 secs

    Dr. Koach Frazier is an audiologist, an activist, a rabbinical student and a powerful musician. We speak about singing and drumming, and explore how music can support us, uplift us, and lead us to transformation personally and collectively.

  • S2 Ep. 4: The Spiritual Activist

    July 1st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 53 secs

    Claudia Horwitz's life's work has focused on integrating spiritual practice with the work of social change. In this conversation, she shares the strains that social justice work can inflict on activists, and articulates the importance of deep inner work in anchoring and sustaining individuals and groups in their work of tikkun olam.

  • S2 Ep. 3: Changing the World from the Inside Out

    June 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 18 secs

    This compelling conversation with Rabbi David Jaffe explores the essential relationship between the pursuit of justice and the spiritual growth that comes from self-knowledge. We discuss his personal experiences of moral and spiritual awakening, as well as the tension between experiencing the brokenness of the world and opening ourselves to the unity of all creation.

  • S2 Ep. 2: Love Received, Love Extended

    April 28th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 22 secs

    This wide-ranging conversation with noted teacher of spirituality Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg begins by recounting the influences that led her toward integrating meditation and yoga into Jewish spirituality. She then digs deeply into the essential interplay between spiritual experience (love received) and spiritually-rooted justice (love extended not only to neighbors, but to strangers, even in the face of trauma and fear.) We conclude by discussing of the transformative practice of spiritual direction.

  • S2 Ep. 1: Trauma, Healing and Resilience

    March 21st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 54 secs

    Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg delves into her deep interest and growing expertise in the varieties of trauma and how trauma has informed Jewish experience on both the individual and the collective level. Equipped with this awareness, we then discuss ways to move beyond trauma and cultivate resilience, and how these approaches inform her development of Reset: Spiritual Practice for Social Justice Organizations.

  • Episode 21: Tikkun Middot

    February 4th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 3 secs

    This conversation with Rabbi Marc Margolius explores the spiritual practice of Tikkun Middot, a mindfulness-based approach to cultivation of character traits.

  • Episode 20: Choosing Life

    December 4th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins

    This special episode was recorded before a live audience at the Reconstructing Judaism convention in November 2018. I interviewed Susan Levine, an extraordinary person and a member of the Board of Governors of Reconstructing Judaism. Trigger Warning: Susan and I discussed resilience in the aftermath of a suicide attempt. Susan is wise and grounded and deeply reflective, both about her attempts to end her life, and about her decision to live with integrity and beauty afterward. We want listeners to be prepared for what's coming.

  • Episode 19: Gratitude

    November 8th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  15 mins 3 secs

    In the aftermath of the recent synagogue shooting attack in Pittsburgh, Rabbi Deborah Waxman shares a personal Jewish practice that sustains her in difficult times.

  • Episode 18: Fitness

    October 16th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  24 mins 32 secs

    What's the connection between marathon training and prayer? Can CrossFit shed light on building meaningful communities? We speak with Rabbi Jason Bonder about the intersection between fitness and spirituality.

  • Episode 17: The High Holiday Season

    September 6th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 16 secs

    The holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur drive us to make sense of what's truly important, and sustain us as we strive to recapture those ideals. In this conversation recorded days before Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi David Teutsch and Rabbi Deborah Waxman share the meaning they find in deep themes of the High Holiday season, and reflect on their own evolving relationship with those ideas.

  • Episode 16: Multifaith Encounters

    July 9th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 35 secs

    Multifaith dialogue has the power not just to build bridges of understanding, but to foster personal spiritual growth and transformation. We speak with Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and Professor Sa'ed Atshan, a Palestinian Quaker Christian, about their experiences in multifaith work.