The Legacy of Women in Torah: Celebrating History, Learning, and Leadership
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by Rivky Boyarsky
1M ago
How have women shaped the landscape of Torah learning throughout Jewish history? As Shavuos approaches, get ready to be inspired as we welcome Tzivi Greenbaum to share her historical insights on the profound impact women have had in Jewish learning and leadership. Throughout our conversation, we journey through the lives of significant yet often overlooked female figures in Jewish history. We bring their stories to life with vivid anecdotes, underscoring the dedication and influence women have wielded within their communities. Join us as we celebrate the invaluable role women have played in s ..read more
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What Is Humility and Why Do We All Need More Of It?
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by Rivky Boyarsky
1M ago
Have you ever considered that your greatest talents could be your most profound responsibilities? This thought-provoking idea is just one of the many insights shared by our guest, Esti Hecht. Esti sheds new light on humility, not as self-deprecation but as a recognition of our gifts destined for a higher purpose, and how this understanding can transform parenting, dating, and our everyday exchanges with others. We also delve into the broader implications of humility in life's grand tapestry. Whether you're seeking a life partner, setting parenting goals, or striving for personal growth, this ..read more
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Kosher ADHD: Embracing ADHD Within a Frum Lifestyle
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by Rivky Boyarsky
2M ago
Rivky Boyarsky and Dr. Sarah Markowitz, co-author of "Kosher ADHD," sit down for a heart-to-heart on the community-specific details of managing ADHD within the framework of our frum lifestyle. This episode blends personal narratives and professional insight, this episode gives individuals, parents, and educators tools and insight to navigate ADHD while embracing Torah values and hashkafic principles. This groundbreaking book can be used both for neurotypical individuals and those with ADHD.  Dr Markowitz shares the hurdles and hopes of finding the right support for kids with ADHD, and sh ..read more
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Illuminating the Darkness: Mental Health Awareness and Healing in the Jewish Community
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by Rivky Boyarsky
2M ago
When Hadassah Zirkind, founder of A Drop of Light, shared her story with us, the conversation was charged with a raw, transformative energy that only true vulnerability unleashes. We journeyed together through her experiences with self-harm, suicide, and the relentless grip of mental illness—unveiling her unspoken battles with anxiety and depression, magnified by the trials of prenatal and postpartum changes. Hadassah's courage in seeking help and her resolve to foster candid conversations on mental health are paving a path of hope for caregivers, community leaders, and anyone touched by simil ..read more
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Cultivating Connections and Insights from Pirkei Avos
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by Rivky Boyarsky
2M ago
Unlock the secrets to cultivating profound relationships and personal growth as we welcome Gila Ross, a dynamic Jewish educator and leader, to share her transformative insights from Pirkei Avos. Our engaging conversation delves into the essence of Pirkei Avos as a guiding force for nurturing meaningful connections, the core of Gila's book "Living Beautifully" and her podcast "Power Up."  This episode illuminates the timeless value of mentorship through the lens of Jewish philosophy, and emphasizes the importance of surrounding ourselves with positive influences. We also explore the idea ..read more
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Miriam's Triumph Over Eating Disorders through the Healing Power of Chassidus
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by Rivky Boyarsky
3M ago
When Miriam Raskin speaks about her journey, her words carry the weight of lived experience and the lightness of profound healing. Our latest episode is a heartfelt tale of her battle with eating disorders and the spiritual solace she discovered within the teachings of Chassidus. Our guest sheds light on the tightrope walk between maintaining control and succumbing to the chaos of life, which often manifest in one's relationship with food. From the quiet desperation of calorie counting to the academic and social hurdles that accompany such struggles, Miriam shares the details of her daily batt ..read more
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Embracing Pesach: Finding Joy and Spirituality in the Mundane
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by Rivky Boyarsky
3M ago
Have you ever felt the Pesach prep pressure weighing down on you, transforming what should be a season of spiritual renewal into a marathon of stress? Join Rivky Boyarsky, and the ever-insightful Malki Janowski, as we share stories and strategies for turning the tide and claiming back the joy of Yom Tov in our latest episode. Together, we discuss our attitudes towards holiday preparations, and how these can influence not only our own experiences but also those of the next generation.  We tackle the real challenges of juggling the demands of Pesach with little ones in tow, and offer suppo ..read more
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The Essence of Gratitude: Cultivating Joy and Resilience in Jewish Life
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by Sara Loewenthal and Rivky Boyarsky
3M ago
Embark on a transformative journey with Manya Lazaroff, a beacon of wisdom in the Jewish educational sphere, as she unfolds the tapestry of gratitude within our daily lives. Together, we unravel the intimate connection between thankfulness and personal fulfillment, traversing the terrain from familial bonds to the very essence of our purpose. Manya, a mother and seasoned shlucha, illuminates our conversation with heartfelt narratives, illustrating the profound shift in perspective that gratitude can engender, especially within the unique challenges of raising children in isolated environments ..read more
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Faith Under Fire: The Exodus of Yemenite Jewry
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by Sara Loewenthal and Rivky Boyarsky
6M ago
In this episode, Rivky Boyarsky's mother, Etti Hahn, a Yemenite Jew, speaks to us about her childhood and the Yemenite community. We discover how an ancient community clung to their identity, and how each household kept their simple Emunah at the forefront of their existance. The winds of change occurred with Operation Magic Carpet, a mission of both deliverance and upheaval. The journey of nearly 50,000 Yemenite Jews to their new home in Israel, is both a bitter sting of cultural shock and severed family bonds. It's a portrait of resilience too, of women who, though unable to read, were walk ..read more
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Faith Under Fire: Reut Ben-Ishai and the Untold Stories of Resilience in Israeli Society
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by Sara Loewenthal and Rivky Boyarsky
6M ago
As we sat down with Reut Ben-Ishai, a school counselor from Petuel, we were struck by the palpable strength in her voice. With her husband and brother serving in the IDF, she embodies the spirit of an entire community living under the shadow of conflict, yet she shines with faith in Hashem and living for a purpose.  In this episode, we explore the struggles of the wives of Israeli soldiers who light Shabbat candles with trembling hands, as they pray for the soldier's safety. As Reut shares, the individual stories of struggle are interwoven with a larger narrative of unity and hope. Join ..read more
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