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Holiday Episode: Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah is a celebration of rededication. It is time to rededicate ourselves to our priorities. Find out more at

Duration: 00:12:15

010: Miketz - Famine in the Land

Joseph was let out of jail to interpret Pharaoh's dreams. He saved the land from famine and was appointed the second in command as a reward. Not long after, his brothers came to Egypt in search of food. Today’s interview is with Michelle Stuffman of Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger. More information about Mazon, and ways to help, can be found at The story from astoryeveryweek associated with this week’s Torah portion is The Horse. You can find that at...

Duration: 00:52:17

009: Vayeshev - Joseph's Awesome Coat

When Joseph was seventeen, his father gave him a special coat, showing everyone that he was the favorite son. From there it all went downhill - or, down into a pit. Joseph spent time in at least two pits, all because of the clothes he was wearing. Today’s interview is with Rebecca Melsky, co-founder of Princess Awesome, a clothing line that makes dresses with pictures of fire trucks and dinosaurs, and other things that had been previously only found on boys clothing. We talk about the impact...

Duration: 00:48:54

Vayishlach - Complicated Family Relationships

Jacob leaves his uncle's home and heads back to the land that would later be known as Israel. Along the way, he himself gets the name Israel. Jacob reunites with his twin, Esau, and they part again. A prince falls in love with Jacob's daughter Dinah and it doesn't end well for anyone. Today’s interview is with Tamara Arnold, author of My Kid is Driving Me Crazy and The Magical Business Method. We talk about challenging family relationships and finding our tribes. Her books can be found on...

Duration: 00:42:38

Vayetze - Marriage Oaths and Contracts

Jacob starts this Torah portion at a rock and ends it by a hard place. That rock is where he had a vision of angels going up and down a ladder. The Torah portion ends with Jacob at a hard place, specifically a pillar he made to separate himself from his uncle's ways - and a place where he saw angels again. Tune in to hear about Jacob's adventure between this rock and hard place. There's some shepherding, some oaths, some deception, some weddings, and lots of other drama. Today’s interview is...

Duration: 00:45:24

Toldot - Getting to Know the Neighbors

This is the story of Isaac and Rebecca and their twins, Esau and Jacob. A birthright is bought and sold and delivered, food is made, and lives are threatened. And there's also an assumption made about someone that is false and hurtful. Do you sometimes accidentally have preconceived notions about a person, or group of people, before meeting? Today's guest is Matta Adler, a new immigrant living in Tel Aviv. He meets people in Israel from all walks of life, and shares some of the stories from...

Duration: 00:41:15

Chaye Sarah - Into the Cave and Off of the Camel

Every beginning comes from an ending. In this case, the beginning of Abraham settling in The Land was Sarah's death. Abraham bought a burial cave for her - and later for himself. Tune in to hear about how this purchase was made and what happened in Isaac's life between the death of Sarah and the death of Abraham. Today's interview is with Elana Polin Glassman, a cemetarian. She brings important information to discuss with family about burial arrangements. If you want a helping hand in doing...

Duration: 00:28:24

Vayera - Cooking Up New Traditions

Do you host family for the holidays? How do you treat people who come to your home? How are you treated as a guest? Tune in to hear about how Abraham and Sarah, treat their guests, and how Lot treats his. Today's guest is Huppit Bartov Miller, cook and food blogger at Visit her website for the recipes she mentions on the show. The story from #astoryeveryweek associated with this week's Torah portion is What if There's a Monster in the Elevator? Are you planning a bar or bat...

Duration: 00:31:13

Lech Lecha - Daring to Suck

Get up and go! Leave everything behind and go! GO! Can you imagine leaving everything you know to go someplace unnamed? Tune in to the episode to hear what happened when God told Abram to GO! to a land that God would show him. Keri-anne Livingstone is a fun and funny coach and speaker who is daring to suck on her journey in life, and finding that it is bringing her - and others - great authenticity. You can connect with her at and The story from...

Duration: 00:40:32

Noah - Healing Intergenerational Trauma

You may have learned the story of Noah and the Ark as a child. Maybe you even remember a few lines from the song, "The animals they came on, they came on by two-sies, two-sies." Tune in to take a look at the story from a more adult perspective. Today's interview is with Emily Wanderer Cohen, author of From Generation to Generation: Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through Storytelling. Her book can be found on Amazon, or downloaded for free from her website: The...

Duration: 00:38:44

B'reishit: What is Out-of-the-Box?

Let's start at the very beginning. What is this podcast all about? What is this story all about? Listen. Learn. Enjoy. This podcast is for people who are interested in Out-of-the-Box Judaism -- whether Jewish or not. What does out of the box mean? Out-of-the-Box can mean… thinking outside the box. Many people have an impression or idea of what it means to be Jewish or what you have to do to be Jewish or what you have to believe to be Jewish. Out-of-the-Box can mean thinking outside the box...

Duration: 00:05:33