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Celebrating the beauty in the seemingly mundane. Discovering the extraordinary amidst the "ordinary" in the world around us. So much wonder out there! Let's get started! Reb Misha Clebaner is a passionate educator of Judaism and Spirituality.

Celebrating the beauty in the seemingly mundane. Discovering the extraordinary amidst the "ordinary" in the world around us. So much wonder out there! Let's get started! Reb Misha Clebaner is a passionate educator of Judaism and Spirituality.
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Celebrating the beauty in the seemingly mundane. Discovering the extraordinary amidst the "ordinary" in the world around us. So much wonder out there! Let's get started! Reb Misha Clebaner is a passionate educator of Judaism and Spirituality.

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English


Episodes

Episode 23: Is Instagram The New Go-To Jewish Space? With @Modern_Ritual cofounders Rabbi Samantha Frank and Rena Singer

5/16/2019
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Inspired by a conversation with a group of 7th graders scrolling through the Instagram accounts on their phones, Rabbi Samantha Frank and Rena Singer decided to bring Judaism to where the people are. As a result they have built a vibrant online community.

Duration:00:35:08

Episode 22: Pride In Our People From Pride in Our Food w/Jeffrey Yoskowitz of 'The Gefilteria'

5/10/2019
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What was once a rich and vibrant culture of Ashkenazi Jewish food in the Old World is now often seen as boring and bland. That is, at least, until recent years when the younger generation of Jews has fought to reclaim their proud Ashkenazi heritage.

Duration:00:44:31

Episode 21: Part Two - Tensions within Mussar w/Geoffrey Claussen

5/3/2019
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In part two of the series on the Jewish ethical practice of self-improvement called Mussar, I speak with Professor Geoffrey Claussen of Elon University. We have an honest conversation about this resurgent Jewish philosophy and its strengths and weaknesses

Duration:00:31:19

Episode 20: Two Part Series on Mussar - Deep and Real Communal Change w/Rabbi Marcia Plumb

4/26/2019
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This episode with Rabbi Marcia Plumb is the first in a two-part series on Mussar - the Jewish ethical practice of self-improvement. Usually, Mussar is done on an individual basis, but in this episode, we discuss how it can also transform communities.

Duration:00:32:04

Episode 19: Celebrating Freedom and Passover w/Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

4/18/2019
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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz takes the Passover call to work towards the liberation for all and applies it year-round. Passover it not a holiday, it is a way of life! For the migrant children locked up or for those thrown into for-profit jails - is this just?

Duration:00:22:18

Episode 18: The Invisibility of Russian Speaking Jews w/Alex Zeldin

4/12/2019
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Former Senior Communications Associate at the AJC and current creative thinker and writer, Alexander Zeldin joins me as we unpack the identities of Russian-Speaking Jews. From the USSR to the US, RSJs have seen it - all while enjoying some hot borsht.

Duration:00:44:49

Episode 17: Begging for Change w/Kitchens for Good cofounder Aviva Paley

4/5/2019
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Aviva Paley, co-founder of Kitchens for Good, saw the crises of food waste, mass incarceration, and the vast amount of Americans that go hungry every day and so she helped build an organization that addresses all three of those issues.

Duration:00:39:45

Episode 16: A Jewish Mysticism of Time and Space w/Hadar Cohen

3/29/2019
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Hadar Cohen, a community organizer, poet, and educator joins me in conversation and spells out the importance of noticing the universe and how the lessons learned there can help us grow. We also discussed Silicon Valley and a new culture for the 21st cent

Duration:00:42:34

Episode 15: Celebrating Life and Purim; on Drug and Alcohol Abuse w/Rabbi Mark Borovitz

3/20/2019
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Rabbi Mark Borovitz describes his transition to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse as though he was "struck sober". Nowadays Rabbi Mark as the CEO of Beit T'Shuva, a Jewish addiction treatment center, helps to facilitate similar healing for others.

Duration:00:37:15

Episode 14: Starting a Brick and Mortar in the Tech Age of Apps w/Emily Weisberg

3/14/2019
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Do you love pastries? If you said yes and even if you said no you will still love this latest episode as I speak with Moss Café founder Emily Weisberg. We chat about her journey from rural Wisconsin to the Bronx and how food has always been at the core.

Duration:00:36:28

Episode 13: Breaking The Mold, Creating New Ways To Be and Do Jewish w/Roey Kruvi

3/8/2019
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If you are part of an organization that is seeking to attract young adults to come through its front doors then this episode is mandatory listening. Senior Director of Immersive Experiences at Moishe House, Roey Kruvi, shares all the latest best practices

Duration:00:49:05

Episode 12: Just A Dash of Orange Blossom Water with cookbook author Sara Gardner

2/28/2019
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From expert tips on food photography all the way to editing and publishing a cookbook, Sara Gardner walks us through her journey in putting together the Rosh Hashanah Seder Cookbook: Stories and Recipes from the Reform Jewish community of Madrid.

Duration:01:02:14

Episode 11: Creativity To Get You On Stage In Front Of 10k w/Andrew Lustig

2/21/2019
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Spoken word artist Andrew Lustig has had his poetry reach millions in viral videos and has presented in hundreds of live performances. In this episode I speak with Andrew about nervousness before speaking in front of large groups, creativity and much more

Duration:00:48:29

Episode 10: Inviting All To Participate; Inclusion and Disability Advocacy w/Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

2/15/2019
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In this episode I speak with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, the first blind women to ever enter the rabbinate. We discuss the elements from her childhood that made her feel welcome, double standards around accommodations, and making holidays sensory experiences.

Duration:00:55:39

Episode 9: How to Tackle Huge Projects; On The Talmud and Haiku creation w/Rabbi Avi Strausberg

2/8/2019
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A Haiku: we discuss talmud, and studying the whole thing, and writing haikus. If that's not 17 syllables feel free to email me at hello@mishaclebaner.com. I speak with Rabbi Avi Strausberg about her 7.5 years of reading and writing her way through talmud.

Duration:01:22:31

Episode 8: Travel and Global Jewish Communities w/Rabbi Elie Lehmann

1/31/2019
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Did you know that there is a Jewish community in Uganda? Guess how big it is! Tune in to find it. We also discuss diversity in American Jewish spaces. We chat logistics for getting ready to travel, and what it means to feel at "home".

Duration:00:59:51

Episode 7: The Bravery Needed to Lead As Your Authentic Self w/Rachel 'Bluth' Rosenbluth

1/25/2019
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A community builder, artist, and pioneer. Rachel "Bluth" Rosenbluth is a student at Yeshivat Har-El, an Orthodox Rabbinical program. From leading Shabbat services on the beaches of TLV to getting into the thick of peacework, she's there with a full heart.

Duration:00:50:21

Episode 6: Discussing Depression, Growth and Surviving Suicide Loss w/Dr. Natalya Bogopolskaya

1/18/2019
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Coping with loss after the passing of a loved one or struggling with depression - what are the tools that we can use to grow? Dr Natalya Bogopolskaya touches on the well-known PTSD but also introduces the relatively newer concept of post-traumatic growth.

Duration:00:56:32

Episode 5: The Power of Habits in Business and Religion w/Jevin Eagle

1/11/2019
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Once the CEO of DavidsTea and a senior executive at Staples, Jevin Eagle left behind a successful career in business to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a Rabbi, Jevin shares with us his journey from the boardroom to the study hall.

Duration:00:35:59

Episode 4: The Struggles of Being Religious

12/13/2018
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In this episode I talk about the moments in my life where I doubted everything. I kept asking myself why bother continue going forward with.. prayer if it doesn't help me feel, with Torah if it isn't historically true, etc. Have you had moments like this?

Duration:00:33:30