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Rosh Hashana: an invitation to our deep purpose

Published: September 20, 2017. Author: Melanie Landau. Themes: Spirituality.

This sweetness is embodied through our tradition of eating apple with honey. Tasting the sweetness of creation. Sometimes some of us have more easy access to the sweetness because of privilege. Even with privilege, sometimes we need to do work to get to the sweetness. Sometimes we need to chew and chew our experiences until we can extract the sweetness from them.

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Episode Five: Rabbi Jacqui Ninio
Published: August 23, 2017. Themes: .

Rabbi Jacqui Ninio is the third ever Australian-born female Rabbi. She is a passionate, powerful and vital voice for compassion and justice in our community – on topics such as asylum seekers, marriage equality and more. We talked about the impact that gender has on her role as a Rabbi and community leader, and how and when she chooses to speak out on the contentious and controversial issues affecting society and our community. I hope you enjoy listening as much I did interviewing. 

Episode Four: Jarrod White
Published: July 4, 2017. Themes: mental health, psychology, trauma.

In this episode, we chat with Jarrod White about some of the WHYs of life. We talked a lot about why Jarrod thinks that Vince Vaughn would play him in a movie of his life, why remembering our past is vital for our future, why he parties as a means of release from the heavy emotional toll of his job and why and how he builds a tribe around him that allows him to be who he wants to be. Jarrod has just completed his PHD in psychology having written his thesis on how different cultural groups deal with trauma, he’s also an active community leader, pioneering game-changing mental health projects such as Life of Others, which you’ll hear more about in this episode. We had a good laugh but also got deep about some very important topics. Enjoy the episode!

Episode Three: Adina Bankier-Karp
Published: June 15, 2017. Themes: .

In this episode, we chat with Adina Bankier-Karp - an inspiring teacher, and thought-leader. Adina asks incisive questions and passionately encourages critical thinking. She just oozes intelligence and this is clear throughout the episode. You’ll leave this episode inspired to learn more and think deeper and clearer about your own views on a range of issues, including airport security, entertainment for education, organ donation, community vision and how to most effectively teach children about empathy and compassion.

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Equal partners: social justice insights from the Orthodox partnership minyan movement
Published: August 25, 2017. Author: Dr Gávi Ansara. Themes: Social Justice.

Founded initially as spaces for feminist, inclusive Orthodox communal prayer, the partnership minyan movement has evolved to address broader social justice concerns through a combination of community building and activism. Partnership minyanim now attract a diverse range of people, from those who have found formal prayer services alienating to those seeking a comfortable place to pray without having to stay silent about their commitment to social justice.

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On ethical eating
Published: June 2, 2017. Author: Rabbi Jeffrey B Kamins. Themes: Animals.

The more humans see ourselves as separate from animals and our environment, the less conscious and ethical our decisions concerning what we eat will be.

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