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September 06, 2021 00:33:55
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The Call of the Shofar - Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan

Like all Jewish practices, the complex laws of the shofar blasts are rooted in the Talmud. Go back thousands of years into Jewish legal history to explore the origin of the shofar tradition and trace the way the law developed into the sequences practiced today. ...

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August 30, 2021 01:06:56
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Days of Guilt, or Days of Joy? - Rabbi YY Jacobson

Are the High Holidays a time for guilt, or an opportunity to realize one’s true essence? Why are the confessions sung during the Yom Kippur services instead of being solemnly recited? Join Rabbi YY Jacobson in this fascinating talk about the path to real repentance, and learn how to uncover the greatness and vast potential that lies within each one of us. ...

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August 23, 2021 00:36:19
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The Shabbat Effect- Rabbi Shalom Paltiel

Is Shabbat just about relaxation? Or is there more? Can every day feel like Shabbat, or is that pointless? ...

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August 16, 2021 00:56:55
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Five Words Leading To Happiness - Rabbi Dov Greenberg

Since the time of Freud, psychotherapy has focused on the negative aspects of the human psyche. But recent developments in cognitive psychology, affirm the importance of optimism to enhance the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Using one of the most moving stories in the books of the Prophets, this talk explores the skills that can help break up depression, better develop your potential, and make you happier. It offers simple techniques, how to encourage optimistic behavior at work and in children. This lecture took place at the 10th annual National Jewish Retreat. For more information and to register for the next retreat, visit: Jretreat.com. ...

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August 09, 2021 00:58:16
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Whose Life Is It, Anyway? -Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet

In 1979, conjoined twins were born to a Jewish family in the United States. The drama that followed shocked doctors, challenged the leading halachic minds of the time, and ultimately involved the Supreme Court. This talk will give fascinating insight into Judaism’s approach to some of the hot topics of modern day moral dilemmas. This lecture was delivered at the 8th annual National Jewish Retreat. For more information and to register for the next retreat, visit: Jretreat.com. ...

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August 02, 2021 00:52:46
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Smashing the Myths about Judaism and Feminism - Dr. Lisa Aiken

The feminist revolution in the 1970s aimed to create a better world by making men more like women, and women more like men. Jewish philosophy, however, focuses on the unique and different roles of men and women. Is this a contradiction? Does Judaism believe in gender equality? Join the author of bestseller To Be a Jewish Woman for a deeper look at this contentious issue. This lecture took place at the 10th annual National Jewish Retreat. For more information and to register for the next retreat, visit: Jretreat.com. ...

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