JBC Talk: Ep 3: Making Prayer Real Part 1 – An Interview With Rabbi Mike Comins

Episode Synopsis In this episode of The JBC Talk Podcast, we bring you Part One of our fascinating (and we should add, very long) interview with Rabbi Mike Comins, author of Making Prayer Real – Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices On Why Prayer Is Difficult and What To Do About It , published by Jewish Lights. If you aren’t already familiar with Making Prayer Real, you may want to check out Yair’s recent review of the book, which can be found here. Also, if you would like to have a peek at … [Read more…]

The JBC Podcast Promo

I’m happy to announce that things are moving along quite nicely with the podcast. We’ve already recorded our first interview, which was with Rabbi Bradley Artson of American Jewish University and despite my inexperienced bumbling about, the Rabbi gives an incredibly interesting interview. I’ve had several people give it a listen and provide feedback and the overall response has been extremely positive, so I’m confident people will really enjoy it. Also my co-host Yair and I have recorded a … [Read more…]

Two New Podcasts From Ziegler on Suffering and Knowledge

Shabbat Shalom Y’all I just received word from AJU’s Rabbi Aaron Alexander that two new podcast lectures have been posted to their site. While I haven’t heard them yet myself, I thought I would pass the info along in case anyone was looking to do some pre-Shabbat learning and/or to help get their Oneg on! From Rabbi Alexander’s FB message. Shabbat Shalom, Friends! A few great shiurim have recently gone up… all are at – links at the top of the page. … [Read more…]

Audio: Benjamin Ish-Shalo on the Israeli conversion crisis

This evening Tamara and I attended an excellent lecture on the Israeli conversion crisis by Benjamin Ish-Shalo of Beit Morasha. I had no idea who this man was until this evening. I suppose I could have Googled him but I didn’t and to be honest, I’m glad I didn’t because this way I was able to walk into the room with few preconceptions and an open mind. This was a small invitation only event held in someone’s home and I would say there were about 30 people in attendance. The majority … [Read more…]

Audio: Judith Shulevitz on Making Room for Shabbat

Last night I stumbled across an interesting archived (originally aired back in March) NPR interview with author Judith Shulevitz discussing her latest book “The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time”. Up until last night I had never heard of the author or her book. However, based on the interview write-up/summary on the NPR site, I thought it might be worth checking out. So I did and by the end I was glad that I had. Being something of a Jewish egghead/nerd/wannabe mystic … [Read more…]