Who Are The Jamaican Jews? with Tyler Samuels
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by Mr. Thrive Media
1d ago
The movie, One Love, the Bob Marley biopic, just came out which has people looking closer at the Rastafari culture. Putting the culture into the spotlight, many have noticed the undeniable ties between their religion and Jewish themes. Jewish organizations have jumped onto the trend of asking, and even claiming, that Bob Marley was Jewish. Whether or not this is true is trivial. What's more valuable is the discovery of Jewish and Jamaican ties and how oppression brought them together. As a full-time Jewish advocate, Tyler Samuels sheds light on the little-known history of Jamaican Jews and th ..read more
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What Are The Shabbat Vibes? with Tori Greene
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by Mr. Thrive Media
1w ago
Shabbat, the weekly holiday that Jews practice to break from the everyday grind of life, can change drastically depending on who leads it. Factors that can impact your Shabbat experience can rely on the shull you attended, whose home you're in, the experience of the leader, the cultural background, etc. There are so many experiences that come with Shabbat; One has to ask - What is the right Shabbat vibe? Host of Bad Jew, Chaz Volk, is joined by talented singer and Rabbi-In-Training Tori Greene to get break down the proper 'vibe' of Shabbat. Greene discusses and even sings the niguns and melod ..read more
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What Is Love? with Rabbi Melinda Bernstein
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by Mr. Thrive Media
2w ago
It's Valentine's Day, the day that all people either adore or despise depending on whether or not they are single (or whether or not they're in a good relationship). Love is an abstract concept. There certainly are easy-to-spot actions that lovers take like giving and receiving affection, doing favors for each other, exchanging gifts, and even verbally saying "I love you." But how those feelings develop and how they change over time is an intangible emotion that no one has ever perfectly mastered. Rabbi Melinda Bernstein is a freelance Rabbi who regularly officiates weddings and helps guide t ..read more
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What is a Bad Jew? Part 2 with Igor Milgram
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by Mr. Thrive Media
3w ago
What have we learned after a year? Bad Jew, the podcast has produced content for over a year. 58 episodes later, the show has reached the top 10% of Jewish podcasts by being consistent in Jewish teachings. But has it been consistent in teaching the foundation it was built on? That there is no such thing as a Bad Jew? Igor Milgram, an entrepreneur from the Bay Area of Northern California, had a similar idea. Wanting to connect the forgotten members of the Jewish community, he put together his personal resources to spread the message that there truly is no such thing as a Bad Jew. He does this ..read more
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Why Do Jews Like Trees? with Rabbi Levi Begun (a lesson on TuBishvat)
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by Mr. Thrive Media
1M ago
Have you hugged a tree today? It might be more therapeutic than you think. In one of Judaism's more light-hearted holidays, Tu Bishvat marks a seasonal change full of joy, gratitude, and growth. For humans, it's just another Thursday. For trees, it's their holiest day of the year and/or their new year! With the theme of new beginnings, Jews around the world rejoice in meaningful activity around sweetness and love for nature. Rabbi Levi Begun of Culver City Chabad shares that very appreciation and love for nature. Being that his favorite fruit is the passion fruit and that his favorite animal ..read more
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Do Jews Believe In Astrology? with Lorelai Kude
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by Mr. Thrive Media
1M ago
Do you ever wish you could tell the future? Or have some kind of spiritual mirror that reveals your destiny? Does it ever feel like your life is falling apart because mercury is in retrograde? These are all common expressions and ideas from the secular world; Concepts that mix with Judaism like water and oil, simply having no place in common with Jewish discussion. Then you remember, we do everything off of the lunar calendar. Surely the galaxy is involved somehow which means... it's not a far fetched idea to include astrology into the mix. In this thought-provoking interview with the esteeme ..read more
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How Can I Fight This War? with Shoshanna Stein
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by Mr. Thrive Media
1M ago
The spirit of the Jewish people is challenged by the fact that most of us don't have a direct way to participate in this war. Between that simple fact and the negativity spewing off social media, it's easy to fall into a pit of helplessness. It's completely valid to feel down. However... Shoshanna Stein from @MySoCalledJewishLife is a spiritual warrior. She interviews with the host of Bad Jew, Chaz Volk, to highlight how she fights this war from a pragmatic place. Her passion and efforts are highlighted in her day-to-day as well as in the content she produces. Get inspired by the enlightening ..read more
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Was It Worth Moving To Israel? with Eli Eisenberg
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by Mr. Thrive Media
2M ago
Israel's strength is once again being challenged in a multi-front war. Everyone's willpower has been tested from the top of government to everyday citizens. Once, it was only the South that was at risk. The general consensus among Israeli citizens is that everyone just has to try and do their part and attempt to carry on with daily life. For the most part, this is doable, and from what many are saying, requires little adjustment. However, Israelis from all corners are seasoned with similar conflicts of past. What about the newer citizens who recently made Aliyah? Eli Eisenberg used to reside ..read more
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What is Palestine? with Liel Kopell
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by Mr. Thrive Media
2M ago
Surely you've heard the chant "Free Palestine" but have you asked yourself What is Palestine? It'd be irresponsible not to do your research. Perhaps you'd be surprised to learn it was never a state but rather a land. You may also be surprised to learn that Jews, Christians, and Arabs alike were once called Palestinian. What regional features define the land of Palestine and what are we 'freeing'? Who are we giving the freedom to anyway? These are all such important questions to ask, especially after October 7th brought international attention to the land. Liel Kopell hails from Haifa, Israel t ..read more
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How Do You Find Peace During War? with Devora Goldberg
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by Mr. Thrive Media
2M ago
If you're a Jew, life feels like chaos right now. How can you not spiral into the anxiety-induced environment we're in? If you're like us, you go from your phone (filled with terrible news stories coming out of Israel), to your local supermarket (wondering who's going to scope you out and say something because you're Jewish), only to wind up back home where the normal everyday responsibilities of existing piles up. This is because our identities and the general public are suddenly clashing. Whether we like it or not, we're at war. Just as familiar with this feeling is Devora Golberg, host of ..read more
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