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Exploring the lives, backgrounds, worries, aspirations, of Jewish students at Hamilton College, an elite liberal arts college in Clinton, NY. Join the host, Rabbi Didy Waks, as you meet a new student every week and hear their unique perspective on what it means to be a Jew at an American college today, what it means to be a Jew more broadly, and how they relate to their own Jewish identity.

Exploring the lives, backgrounds, worries, aspirations, of Jewish students at Hamilton College, an elite liberal arts college in Clinton, NY. Join the host, Rabbi Didy Waks, as you meet a new student every week and hear their unique perspective on what it means to be a Jew at an American college today, what it means to be a Jew more broadly, and how they relate to their own Jewish identity.
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Exploring the lives, backgrounds, worries, aspirations, of Jewish students at Hamilton College, an elite liberal arts college in Clinton, NY. Join the host, Rabbi Didy Waks, as you meet a new student every week and hear their unique perspective on what it means to be a Jew at an American college today, what it means to be a Jew more broadly, and how they relate to their own Jewish identity.

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@rabbididy

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English

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Episodes

Episode 12 | Erin Schwartz

11/26/2019
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In this episode Erin Schwartz '20 talks about growing up in a very Jewish place (right outside of Cleveland) and why her commitment to her Jewish identity is so strong. She shares some interesting stories and perspectives. Pull over a chair and listen to the conversation.

Duration:00:33:29

Episode 11 | Olivia Wenzel

11/19/2019
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In this week's episode, you'll hear what it was like growing up in a suburb of Boston and facing blatant antisemitism in the classroom. Olivia Wenzel '21 shares her story and feelings about Jewish life and why she got more active in Jewish life at Hamilton than any previous time in her life.

Duration:00:34:13

Episode 10 | Jon Jobling

11/9/2019
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Jon Jobling, Hamilton College class of 2020, talks about growing up as a Reform Jew in Pittsford, NY; and why he got so involved in Chabad in his second semester at Hamilton. His mom is Jewish, dad is not, but he still says he wants to marry Jewish and raise a Jewish family. Why? Listen and learn!

Duration:00:34:11

Episode 9 | Ruthie Schmidt

11/4/2019
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Rabbi Didy and Ruthie Schmidt, Hamilton College class of 2020, discuss all things Jewish. Thanks to Ruthie's Jewish day school background in Philadelphia, PA, they discuss some of the questions she's had since childhood, like, how could G-d "harden Pharaoh's heart" and then punish him for sinning? Also discussed is how important community is to Ruthie and why she got involved as a student leader while in college.

Duration:00:35:08

Episode 8 | Jarrod Gerstein

10/28/2019
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Jarrod Gerstein '20 shares thoughts on why he came to Chabad for the first time and why he stayed active his whole time at Hamilton even though he grew up with little religious practice. He also tells how Chabad has brought more spirituality into his life, how Sinai Scholars helped shape his Jewish identity and why he thinks his best friends are Jewish. Lastly, he tells the awesome story of how he found a cousin who attends Hamilton through Chabad's community.

Duration:00:29:24

Episode 7 | Jason Lever

10/11/2019
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Jason Lever '23 talks about why other students should try out Chabad and how his preconceived notions were proven false when he "felt at home" at Chabad's community. He also shares his experience as a youth leader in BBYO (Bnai Brith Youth Organization). To conclude, Jason tells the riveting story of his grandfather's survival during the Holocaust.

Duration:00:36:03

Bonus Track | Special Guest: Mendel Waks

10/6/2019
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Ahead of Yom Kippur, Mendel Waks, oldest of the young Chabad representatives to Clinton, NY, reflects on moving from Palm Beach, FL, to a small college town, and opening up his home to Hamilton College students on a regular basis. He also shares his most ambitious goal he hopes to fulfill before his Bar Mitzvah.

Duration:00:13:22

Episode 6 | Eva Rosenberg

10/2/2019
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Eva Rosenberg '22 and Rabbi Didy have a lively discussion about Judaism and whether or not old traditions should simply be replaced by new ideas. We didn't get to cover all the ideas due to time constraints, but it's a great start to the conversation! Eva's appreciation for Jewish identity and community is really interesting and compelling to listen to her articulate.

Duration:00:32:49

Episode 5 | Ethan Dunn

9/23/2019
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Ethan shares his unique story of being raised in an Orthodox home, even though his biological dad isn't Jewish. He shares the things he likes most about Judaism and how he thinks people can be too sensitive about Jewish humor (and all humor). Another great conversation!

Duration:00:35:20

Episode 4 | Nicole Eisenberg

9/18/2019
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Hear a fascinating discussion with Nicole Eisenberg '21, as she shares her reflections on keeping kosher growing up, antisemitism, being publicly Jewish and other things.

Duration:00:36:36

Episode 3 | Duncan Freeman

9/12/2019
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Duncan Freeman '22 and Rabbi Didy talked about a special exhibition that Duncan and a friend put on at Hamilton College, highlighting contemporary antisemitism. Duncan explained why he so wanted to bring this exhibition from Chabad at Vassar to his college, and how seeing these images might help students to see things a little differently. The conversation then turned to how being involved in Jewish life in college can have adverse effects on one's social standing, and how Duncan deals with...

Duration:00:36:29

Episode 2 | Ellie Silk

9/4/2019
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Ellie Silk '22 joins this week's show to discuss her evolution of Jewish identity as she traveled away from her home in Westchester, to Hamilton College. She and Rabbi Didy discuss about the importance of the Jewish community and how it differs from other religious identities.

Duration:00:34:03

Episode 1 | Ben Katz

8/5/2019
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This week's guest is Ben Katz, a senior at Hamilton College. Ben grew up in NYC, attended a Reform Jewish summer camp which he credits for his suffering Jewish identity. Ben shares what it means to him to be Jewish and how the community aspect is the most compelling aspect. They also ponder the role of theology in Jewish observance.

Duration:00:49:29