Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Rabbi Dr. Kerry Olitzky, One of ’50 Leading Rabbis in North America,’ transitions to authoring children’s books

On this week’s Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Dr. Kerry Olitzky discusses his new experience of authoring a children’s book, Avi and Ahmed Play Football in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park. [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Balak (Numbers 22.2-25.9) Mah Tovu…The Reflected Spiritual Soul

The famous liturgical lyric of the mah tovu is found in this week’s portion. Bilaam, a sort of free-lance priest is hired by Balak to curse the Israelites. In one of the more famous stories of [Read more…]


Post Pandemic Judaism and the Multiple Paths to One’s Truth

I am a believer in the impact of pop culture as an indicator of how things are going and will go in our society. So it was interesting to read a story in the June [Read more…]

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Morris Funk, president and CEO, Beth Sholom – Excellence in Senior Living, Richmond, VA

On this week’s Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Morris Funk, president and chief executive officer of Beth Sholom – Excellence in Senior Living, Richmond, Virginia, discusses elder care issues facing families, including tips on how to evaluate senior living facilities. [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1) Listen to Me, I Am Angry, Let Me Be!

Chukat contains a variety of interesting and challenging passages. We meet the “red cow” (parah adumah) a ritual that was designed, it seems, to purge contamination from someone who encountered a corpse. Again,we seem to see the [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman, leader of “Path with Heart” and “Hineni,” An Online Spiritual Mindfulness Community

Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman creates welcoming, inclusive spiritual experiences that open hearts and build community. In 2011, she founded Path With Heart (formerly the Jewish Mindfulness Network) as well as an online subscription-based community, Hineni: The Mindful Heart Community. [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32) Is It Rebellion To Ask, To Doubt, To Search?

I want to ask you to look at this week’s portion with a different eye. Korach, as you will discuss this Shabbat, showcases a fight for power couched in the form of a rebellion or populist uprising [Read more…]