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Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist

Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist

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Storytelling. Innovation. Jewish Values. Leadership. Midrash. Entrepreneurship. Mixology. Community. Engagement. Torah. This is a podcast about YOU. Each week we invite an incredible guest or two (or more!) to join us in conversation about the values that drive their incredible work and how a tumbler of Torah might make a magnificent mixed drink. We’re shaking—not stirring—things up with a classic twist on a millennia-old tradition. So raise the volume and your glass each week with Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist. L’chayim!
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Ep. 244 - Nitzavim with Maharat Rori Picker Neiss
Can you even STAND it? We might be missing Gabe and Edon this week, but don’t worry—we have an incredible episode with two dynamic debuts! We learn about our own personal power, decision-making, and how we can lift up all voices within our communities from extraordinary friend and guide Maharat Rori Picker Neiss AND we get to gab with our incredible editor Kate Griffin! You’re not going to want to miss out on how YOUR Torah might just pop up in this particular parasha! To continue the conversation: Rori’s Facebook: Rori Picker Neiss Rori’s Twitter: @RoriPN Kate’s Email: kategriffinsound@gmail.com Kate’s Instagram: @SoundsLikeKate Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Edon Valdman
55:38
September 19, 2022
Ep. 243 - Ki Tavo with Jill Zenoff
Jill Zenoff joins us for a delicious (if not overly-cheesy) episode for Parashat Ki Tavo. A friend of farms and food, Jill brings a unique perspective to our conversation about first fruits, blessings, curses, and — of course — cheese. We love cheese. How does the first harvest connect to our world today? How does it connect to Tikkun Olam — repairing the world? We’ll cover all this and more, all with a taste of Torah and — again — cheese. In fact, in a Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist first, Jill pairs our Midrashic Mixology cocktail with a cheese! This episode is brought to you by Lactaid. Ok, not really, but it probably should be. To continue the conversation: Jill’s Instagram: @cheese_camp_director_jill Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
01:03:55
September 12, 2022
Ep. 242 - Ki Teitzei with Jacob Stoehr
When we’ve been wandering in the desert for what seems like forever, when is the right time to check in on our organizational missions and visions, our time management, and our overall cultural design? It’s possible that this week’s guest, ADP Workforce Management Consultant Jacob Stoehr might have a new take on how to find the value and thematic connections on the seventy-four mitzvot that occur in this week’s episode, err, we mean Torah portion! For Parashat Ki Teitzei, Jake talks about the idea of always helping design for people—giving people the solutions that they need to get done everything they can do! As we find ourselves wandering physically, psychologically, or even digitally, Jake believes there’s a way to engage the community on all levels. To continue the conversation: LinkedIn: Jacob Stoehr Twitter: Jacob.Stoehr@adp.com Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
54:22
September 05, 2022
Ep. 241 - Re’eh with Rabbi Ariel Naveh
In this week’s episode, Amanda coins a new term: “nudgecator.” What’s a nudgecator? Let’s ask Rabbi Ariel Naveh! For Parashat Re’eh, Rabbi Ari talks with us about a pursuit of justice for the future by reckoning with our past. Whether it’s passages of Torah or moments in American history, we need to be able to look back and be honest about the darker elements. And, as we say throughout the episode, that can be really hard. So join us as we talk Torah, history, and action for this week’s episode. To continue the conversation: Facebook: Ariel Naveh Twitter: @ActualRabbiAri Instagram: @ArielNaveh Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
46:39
August 22, 2022
Ep. 240 - Eikev with Romina (Romi) Naparstek
“They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat” might be a temporary tagline, but when it comes down to it, food is often the defining factor that helps us bring Judaism to the table. What makes Judaism and food so appetizing? We were lucky to have Early Childhood Academy Director and pastry chef Romina (Romi) Naparstek with us to help us explain the blessings of all of the steps that come in creating a meal. When was the last time you remembered to savor the people around the table? To give thanks for each part (and person) who helped bring the meal together? Romi helps us redefine the concept of mindful eating through a Jewish lens and we think it’d be a great addition to your podcast menu. To continue the conversation: Romi's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laromibakery/ Email: info@laromibakery.com Kickstarter for Romi’s book “The Traveling Alfajor”: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alfajor/the-traveling-alfajor Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
53:48
August 15, 2022
Ep. 239 - Va'etchanan with Sasha Kopp
V’ahavtah, fused glass, early childhood education… What do these things have in common? They’re all main points of conversation in this week’s episode! We had so much fun learning and playing with Sasha Kopp and Aliza Plotkin to talk about Parashat Vaetchanan and learning with the youngest members of our communities. To continue the conversation: The Jewish Education Project: JewishedProject.org Sasha’s Website: SashaKopp.com Sasha’s Glass Art on Instagram: @FusedGlassworksBySasha Aliza’s Instagram: @Aliza131 Additional ECE Resources: https://www.newsweek.com/early-childhood-educators-are-essential-our-economy-our-future-opinion-1560933 Teachers are our Building Blocks: Staffing in Jewish Early Childhood During COVID - https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/teachers-are-our-building-blocks-staffing-in-jewish-early-childhood-during-covid/ PRINCIPLES OF EXPLORING OPEN-ENDED ART - https://www.aju.edu/school-jewish-education-and-leadership/blogs/principles-exploring-open-ended-art It’s Time for All of Us to Vote: Exploring the Democratic Process with Young Children - https://www.naeyc.org/resources/blog/exploring-democratic-process-young-children Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/jewishedproject/rabbi-adina-allen-and-sasha-kopp-art-early-childhood-education?fs=e&s=cl Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
56:30
August 08, 2022
Ep. 238 - Pinchas with Rabbi Naamah Kelman
Would it really be a Year-in-Israel reunion episode without the Dean of the HUC Jerusalem campus Rabbi Naamah Kelman? Absolutely not! All of us have a go-to memory of learning with and being supported by Rabbi Kelman during our Year-in-Israel and we are just a small part of her legacy of teaching current and future Jewish leaders in the field! Speaking of rebellion, restoration, representation, leadership, legacy, and so much more, we are honored to continue the learning—even if it’s on an international scale! We were also thrilled to welcome fifth year nonbinary cantorial student Jordan Goldstein as our Q&A guest (and of course, our honorary roommate). To continue the conversation: Visit the HUC Jerusalem Campus: https://huc.edu/campus-life/taube-family-campus-jerusalem Rabbi Naamah Kelman’s Facebook: Naamah Kelman Jordan’s email: jordan.goldstein@huc.edu Jordan’s Instagram: @jordan.lynn.goldstein Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
01:00:32
July 18, 2022
Ep. 237 - Balak with Eliana Light
While we may need to [legally] acknowledge that Parashat Balak is NOT the same as the Shrek trilogy, we are grateful to have Eliana Light, songleader and prayerground phenomenon helping us find the Jewish joy in this week’s episode. Whether talking about the magic behind Mah Tovu or how we might protest against a prayer practice that is a struggle for us, both Eliana Light and Q&A guest Becky Mann bring forward the idea that music in itself is magical and that we have a lot to look forward to when we’re able to draw a line between liturgy and t’filah. References: God is Not One (by Stephen Prothero): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DRZP82U/ Mi Yodea (by Isaac Sonett-Assor & Becky Mann): https://www.facebook.com/isaac.sonett.assor/videos/4517244893672 To continue the conversation: Eliana’s Website: https://elianalight.com Eliana’s Youtube: Eliana Light The Light Lab Podcast: https://elianalight.com/podcast The Light Lab’s Facebook: thelight.lab The Light Lab’s Instagram: @thelight.lab Becky’s Facebook: Becky Mann Becky’s Instagram: @torahtheexplorah Becky’s Soundcloud: Becky Mann Becky’s YouTube: Becky Mann Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
01:02:13
July 11, 2022
Ep. 236 - Chukat with Amanda K. Weiss and Gabe Snyder
What do you do when decisions that your national community are making are heartbreaking, troubling, and traumatic? You find a way to bring yourself and your issues to the Torah portion of the week. We do this with recent decisions by the US Supreme Court in this week’s episode featuring your co-hosts who had a lot of thoughts and feelings and yes, perspectives that we wanted to share. While we didn’t smash anything physically this week, we took a swing at why the Judaism that we practice has a lot to say on the issues that we’re facing as a nation. For those trying to avoid the political, here are timestamps for the different sections of the episode: Parashat Chukat Distilled Summary: 01:47-05:29 Midrashic Mixology: 23:17-24:10 Some of our textual sources: Exodus 21:22-23 Yevamot 69b:10 Mishnah Niddah 3:7 Gittin 23b:9 Mishnah Oholot 7:6 Sanhedrin 72b Mishneh Torah Murderer and the Preservation of Life 1:9 Responsum L’vushai Mord’khai, 1913 Pew Study (2014): https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/religious-landscape-study/religious-tradition/jewish/views-about-abortion/ To continue the conversation: Facebook: Drinking and Drashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Our website: DrinkingandDrashing.com Our email: drinkingandrashing@gmail.com Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
27:17
July 04, 2022
Ep. 235 - Korach with Andrew Belinfante
Bringing a worldly perspective to Parashat Korach, we are so excited to have on Andrew Belinfante. An organizer and community builder, Andrew travels the world as the Senior Director of Programs and Organizational Development at JDC Entwine. He brings to the show an excellent perspective on leadership, community, and Jewish tradition. We’ll discuss rebellion, reconciliation, and renewal within this Torah portion and beyond. To continue the conversation: Andrew’s Twitter: @AndrewBdotcom Andrew’s Instagram: @AndrewBdotcom Andrew’s email: andrewbelinfante@gmail.com JDC Entwine: jdcentwine.org Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
54:15
June 27, 2022
Ep. 234 - Sh’lach L’cha with Lt. Matt Derenbacher
In Parashat Sh’lach L’cha, the Israelites are getting ready to enter and conquer the Land of Israel. In their preparation, they send out 12 scouts to go through the Land and bring back a report. And grapes. To discuss this mission, we brought in our friends and classmates, Lt. Matt Derenbacher (USAF) and Ensign Laynie Zell (USN), each of whom chose to pursue military chaplaincy during their time at Hebrew Union College. In this episode, we’ll discuss the role of chaplains in the US military, Matt and Laynie’s experiences in their roles so far, and, as always, a good bit of Torah. To continue the conversation: Matt's Instagram: @DBach Jewish Welfare Board: https://jcca.org/what-we-do/jwb/ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
47:22
June 20, 2022
Ep. 233 - Beha'alotcha with Cantor Josh Rosenberg
In the words of this week’s guest, “The role of an educator is to facilitate other’s learning,” and we loved learning with Cantor Josh Rosenberg, educator extraordinaire! Josh talked with us about music, learning, and a love of community, all in light of Parashat B’haalot’cha. How do we balance structure and silliness, formality and freedom? How do we harness the energy of our communities to best bring joy and learning to our work? To continue the conversation: Temple Beth Elohim: TBEWellesley.org Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
46:00
June 13, 2022
Ep. 232 - Nasso with Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D.
What do you talk about when two extraordinary rabbis join you with the gift of their presence? SO MUCH! With Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D. and Rabbi Rachael Pass, we learn how each of us have a gift to bring to the world, especially if we’re willing to be present in the moment. Grappling with our ability to bring ourselves to the reading while struggling with unjust juxtapositions between ancient texts and contemporary issues, we welcome a strong commentary on Nasso through a feminist lens (continuing a strong legacy of women clergy). To continue the conversation: American Values, Religious Voices – 100 Days, 100 Letters: ValuesAndVoices.com HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen: Donate.HUC.edu/SoupKitchen HUC’s website: HUC.edu Rabbi Rachael Pass’s website: RachaelPass.com NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
56:09
June 06, 2022
Ep. 231 - B’midbar with Mariely Luengo
We may be starting a new book, but also a brand new type of episode! We welcome in a difficult look at B’midbar where we talk about data, storytelling, and what happens when the right people are doing the counting (and recording the data!). With two Wonder Women—Mariely Luengo and Rabbi Stacy Schlein taking on the incredible work of this show (#ClevelandRepresent)—we get an insight into how we might be able to push back against a portion (or even a people) that might try to leave certain sections of society out of the story. Who counts? Who does the counting? Perhaps we’re misunderstanding the data and the story we think it’s telling. Listen to find out more! To continue the conversation: Mariely’s Instagram: @MarielyLuengo West Tribe Community Food Co-op: https://jewishcleveland.org/news/blog/the_west_side_community_food_co_op_a_response_to_COVID19/ Rabbi Stacy Schlein’s Facebook: Stacy Schlein Jewish Education Center of Cleveland: JECC.org NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
53:10
May 30, 2022
Ep. 230 - Bechukotai with AKW
We know that this spring’s episodes have been a bit sporadic but we wanted to make sure that we ended Leviticus with a little bit of learning and leaving into our personal and podcast-related challenges and successes! Hear a bit about what’s been going on, some of our proudest wins, and take a bit of Torah with you as we end this book and get ourselves strengthened up to take on another! Enjoy this SHORT episode and we hope that you might help support many more! To continue the conversation: Amanda’s email: Amanda.K.Weiss@huc.edu Our Facebook: Drinking and Drashing NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
04:29
May 23, 2022
Ep. 229 - Behar with Eric Fingerhut
What can the world look like when we take a moment to celebrate the gifts that we have (especially those that come from the ground? Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) reminds us to really embrace those full rest opportunities, celebrate our commonalities, and remember our love of living for liberty. What happens when we as individuals come together to share our strengths as a community? Judaism in the form of a vibrant experiential education. To continue the conversation: Eric’s email: Eric.Fingerhut@jewishfederations.org JFNA Facebook: Jewish Federations of North America NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
50:21
May 16, 2022
Ep. 228 - Kedoshim with Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal
What does it mean to be holy? What is the path to holiness? Can we have different paths within Judaism? On this episode of Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist, Gabe is joined by guest co-host Agnes Valdman, an HUC cantorial student, (newly!) married to Executive Producer Edon Valdman. Together, they have a discussion with educator-extrodinaire Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal, the Director of Youth and Family Education at Central Synagogue in New York City. With Torah and West Wing references abound, this conversation is fun and fruitful! To continue the conversation: Rabbi Rosenthal at Central Synagogue: https://www.centralsynagogue.org/about-us/our-clergy/rebecca-rosenthal Rabbi Rosenthal’s Instagram: @RabbiRebeccaBakes NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
52:17
May 02, 2022
Ep. 227 - A Classic Twist: Revisiting Ep 20.5 (A Zissen Pesach!)
We admit it—we’re taking a bit of a taste of that Passover freedom and giving ourselves a week from recording—BUT we wouldn’t leave you with an afikomen present! Listen to this classic twist on A Zissen Pesach (or what happened the first time we realized we could record without a Torah portion!) and check out any of our Passover-related episodes listed below. A sweet Passover holiday to all of you! Episodes Amanda mentions in her intro: Ep. 212 - Shemot with Rabbi Jessica Minnen Ep. 210 - Vayigash with Liana Wertman Ep. 11 - Va'era with Zach Krauss Ep. 12 - Bo with Gulienne Rollins-Rishon Ep. 213 - Bo with Rabbi Joel Simonds Ep. 214 - Beshalach with Cantor Julia Cadrain and Elana Arian Ep. 13 - Beshalach with Cantor Danielle Rodnizki, Debra Winter, and Happie Hoffman NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Intro edited by Kate Griffin Original episode 20.5 edited by Edon Valdman
32:16
April 11, 2022
Ep. 226 - Metzora with Rachel Weiss
In this episode, Rachel Weiss joins us to discuss how society reacts to illness (sound relevant?) from her perspective as Communications Director at Health and Human Services in the office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. Listen in as we read our current pandemic into the text of Parashat Metzora and, as always, read out some ancient wisdom. To continue the conversation: Rachel Weiss on LinkedIn: Rachel Weiss Justin Spiro on Twitter: @jusrangers NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
54:26
April 04, 2022
Ep. 225 - Tazria with Karly Grossman
While many of us turned to Tazria during the beginning of the pandemic—hoping to find some real wisdom, Karly Grossman—disabled activist, writer, and organizer—shares with us that there’s still so much for us as a society to learn. We engage with Tazria through a disability justice lens and explore what it means to be inside and outside the camp and the ramifications of those labels in modern-day society. We were also so lucky to learn from third-year HUC-JIR rabbinical study Emily Dana who shared her voice and views (and lived experience!) as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Karly’s Instagram: @KarlyGEsq Emily’s website: EmilySDana.com Emily’s email: emilysdana@gmail.com NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
47:08
March 28, 2022
Ep. 224 - Sh’mini with Rabbi David Levin-Kruss
How do we make sense of a Torah portion that is — in Amanda Katherine Weiss’s words — “savage?” I guess we’ll need a good Teacher, one like Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, Director of Jewish Education for JDC Europe and Jewish Learning Director for Yesod Europe. For Parashat Sh’mini, we’re discussing Jewish Education and how we put learning into practice. To continue the conversation: Rabbi Levin-Kruss’s email: dlk@jdc.org NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
55:18
March 21, 2022
Ep. 223 - Tzav (and Purim!) with Shaun Eli
Is there a way to find the laughs in Leviticus? Jewish comedian Shaun Eli is determined to show us that it’s possible! We combine Tzav with Purim with the incredible gifts of candor, comedy, and some tricks of timing from an incredible synagogue comedian. We have the incredible luck of getting two comedians for the price (?) of one and were thrilled to welcome Jeremy Drazner (shout out once again to Camp Ramah of Wisconsin!) as our Q&A guest.  To continue the conversation: Shaun Eli’s websites: BrainChampagne.com / SynagogueComedian.com Ivy League of Comedy (run by Shaun Eli): https://www.ivystandup.com/synagogue-fundraising Jeremy’s Instagram: @JDraz92 / @Pastrami_on_Rye_Comedy Jeremy’s Twitter: @JDraz92 NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
52:52
March 14, 2022
Ep. 222 - Vayikra with Rabbi Leora Kaye
It’s midterms week—so let’s start a new book! We are heading into the book of Leviticus with none other than the incredible Rabbi Leora Kaye—who brings some incredible substance to what people might mistake for a mostly legal tome. In a portion that allows for us to step forward in times of guilt or sorrow, we welcome you to find and encounter the incredible gifts that our conversations have to offer—including in the interfaith and conversion education arenas. We are so pleased to also welcome Cantor Stefano Iacano as our Q&A guest (and forever Kallah Committee Chair). To continue the conversation: Rabbi Leora Kaye’s Facebook: Leora Kaye Cantor Stefano Iacono’s email: cantoriacono@crsnyc.org Cantor Stefano Iacono’s Facebook: Stefano Iacono NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
52:13
March 07, 2022
Ep. 221 - Pekudei with Rabbi Lyle Rothman
We are ending the Book of Exodus, but we couldn’t be further from the finish line! We do love when a good plan turns into great practice and setting the scene for some familiar faces. We are thrilled to welcome back Rabbi Lyle Rothman who is a Pekudei phenomenon (from bar mitzvah to rabbinic sermon to being read this year on his birthday!). Rabbi Lyle has also brought to the Drinking and Drashing set two incredible student filmmakers from the University of Miami, Elinor Howells and Travis Laub, as our Q&A guests, but SURPRISE! He gets to ask them some questions as well! We hope you’re ready for a Hollywood ending for the Book of Exodus because this episode is nothing less than red-carpet ready. To continue the conversation: Rabbi Lyle Rothman’s Instagram: @RebL82 Rabbi Lyle Rothman’s Facebook: Lyle Rothman Elinor’s Instagram: @ElinorHowells Travis’s Instagram: @TravisLaub “Bris Me Goodbye” film: https://vimeo.com/668783295 NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
44:55
February 28, 2022
Ep. 220 - Vayakhel with Maayan Shapurkar
From India to Israel, Maayan Shapurkar is taking us on a global tour of what it looks like to move from plan to implementation. Be it building communities, creating camp programming, inspiring volunteers, reuniting friends virtually, or reminding us that volunteering can actually get you more than you give, Maayan gives us so many insights into how the Jewish community in India works and how it’s okay to take time to be creative and build out what makes you happy! We are also thrilled to welcome HUC-JIR JDC-Entwine India trip alum and erev Rav Jill Rubin as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Maayan’s Instagram: @MaayanShaps Maayan’s Facebook: Maayan Shapurkar Maayan’s LinkedIn: Maayan Shapurkar Jill’s Email: jill.rubin@huc.edu To donate to Soup Kitchen: https://donate.huc.edu/soupkitchen NEW DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/xeeghhpSy3 Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
52:44
February 21, 2022
Ep. 219: Ki Tisa with Rabbi Ben Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe
In times of missing leadership, it’s easy to understand how a crowd could descend into crisis and chaos. When leadership is great and change is understood, a crowd turns into a community, one which is willing to stretch with its leaders, supporting, pivoting, and contributing to the change at hand. We welcomed the brilliance of Rabbi Ben Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe of Congregation Rodeph Sholom as we navigated losing the scarcity mindset, leaning into the benefits of change and constraints, and finding holy moments (even when in hidden clefts). To continue the conversation: Rabbi Spratt’s Email: rabbispratt@crsnyc.org Rabbi Spratt’s Study Phone: 646-454-3027 Cantor De Lowe’s Email: cantordelowe@crsnyc.org Cantor De Lowe’s Study Phone: 646-454-3031 Congregation Rodeph Sholom: RodephSholom.org Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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February 14, 2022
Ep. 218 - Tetzaveh with Rae Antonoff
It is not a stretch to say that the Tabernacle was a piece of art—but so too does that artwork stretch into Tetzaveh as we figure out the “fit” of Judaism. We are so lucky to have micrography artist and Jewish educator Rae Antonoff who teaches us how art can blend into the holy (and vice versa). Blending creativity and craft together, we explore Tetzaveh through an artist’s eye. We also welcome Arielle Stein, third year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR and co-creator of a clerical artist’s beit midrash as a Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Rae’s Website: RaeAnDesigns.com Rae’s Instagram: @RaeAnDesigns Rae’s Facebook: RaeAnDesigns Rae’s Tiktok: @RaeAn.edu Arielle’s Instagram: @RelStein Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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February 07, 2022
Ep. 217 - Terumah with Asher Greenberg
Has the imagining and directions of the Tabernacle ever confused you? Well, apparently steveworks’ Production Manager—Asher Greenberg—is not intimidated! These holy blueprints are a lot more specific than what he’s used to when it comes to designing and building a home where one can dwell. Hear more about the mishkan, sustainable building, and how our gifts (and our communities) can create holy spaces together. To continue the conversation: steveworks Website: steveworks.com steveworks Facebook: @steveworksLLC steveworks Instagram: @steveworksRemodeling Asher’s Email: asher@steveworks.com Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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January 31, 2022
Ep. 216 - Mishpatim with Mike Scheinberg
What can you do with a portion that tends to be a little dry unless you’re into legal tomes? You bring those laws to life and into conversation. This week we’re looking into the one place in the Torah where one might find a rationale for abortion access (in Parashat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:22). Through an incredible conversation with Development Director at Falls Church Healthcare Center of Mike Scheinberg, we talk about abortion rights, abortion access, and reproductive justice—and how each of these can be strongly influenced through a Jewish lens. We also welcome Michaela Brown, third-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Mike’s Twitter: @Mr_Shiny Instagram: @Mr_Shiny Tiktok: @The.Real.Mr.Shiny Who Knows One?: Who Knows One Michaela’s Instagram: @RavStudentMic Michaela’s Tiktok: @RavStudentMic TO DONATE: In Texas: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds National Network of Abortion Funds: https://abortionfunds.org/ LINKS MENTIONED: RePro Shabbat (Jan 28-29 2022): https://rabbisforrepro.org/shabbat We Testify: https://www.wetestify.org/ ShoutYourAbortion: https://shoutyourabortion.com/ The 74: https://www.the74million.org/ Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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January 24, 2022
Ep. 215 - Yitro with Jon Adam Ross
In[heir]ited wisdom isn’t the end all and be all of our knowledge—we learn best when we’re able to share these stories with others and learn from their stories as well. Not only do we learn this from Moses and Yitro in this week’s portion, but we also get the benefit of learning from collaborative creator extraordinaire—JAR!—that is, Jon Adam Ross of the In[HEIR]itance Project. Hear about how we can use collaborative art to create communities, take new ownership of the text, and inspire an individual idea of what makes Torah tick. We also welcome Abi Oshins, second-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: In[HEIR]itance Project: Inheiritance.org In[HEIR]itance Project on Facebook: @InheiritanceProject In[HEIR]itance Project on Instagram: @InheiritanceProject Abi’s Instagram: @AbiOshins Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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January 17, 2022
Ep. 214 - Beshalach with Cantor Julia Cadrain and Elana Arian
Ready to make those good and healing vibrations during an Omicron spread in 2022? So are we! Get ready to raise your timbrels and your glasses with and to Cantor Julia Cadrain and Elana Arian in this incredibly special music-based episode on Beshallach! And surprise—Gabe might have some extra cheer for you during this week’s Midrashic Mixology. Shiru—make some noise! To continue the conversation: Cantor Julia Cadrain’s Facebook: @CantorJuliaCadrain Cantor Julia Cadrain’s Instagram: @CantorJuliaCadrain Temple Israel of Westport: TIWestport.org Elana Arian’s Website: ElanaArian.com Elana Arian’s Facebook: @ElanaArianMusic Elana Arian’s Instagram: @ElanaHope Elana Arian’s Youtube: Elana Arian Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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January 10, 2022
Ep. 213 - Bo with Rabbi Joel Simonds
New Year—new episode! We are bringing it back to Bo and invite you to come along with us as we strongly connect it through a Jewish lens. With founding Executive Director of the Jewish Center for Justice, Rabbi Joel Simonds, we dig into darkness, learn how to see the other, struggle with hardened hearts, and acknowledge the nuance that may just inspire us to move forward. We also welcome Elias Chajet, fourth-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Jewish Center for Justice: JewishCenterforJustice.org Twitter: @JewishCJustice Instagram: @JewishCenterforJustice Facebook: @JewishCenterforJustice Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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January 03, 2022
Ep. 212 - Shemot with Rabbi Jessica Minnen
We are so excited to start a brand new story with both the parasha and Book of Shemot! We hear about our ancestors’ entry to Egypt and are introduced to Moses—baskets, burning bushes, and bringing some awesome women into the story! We’re so excited to have an extraordinary guest with us this week—Rabbi Jessica Minnen—who celebrates some irreverent Torah summaries with us and brings her own spice to the story of Shemot (the first piece of Torah that she had ever studied)! Fun fact: we bring it back to the documentary of The Prince of Egypt. To continue the conversation: Rabbi Minnen’s Email: jessminnen@gmail.com Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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December 20, 2021
Ep. 211 - Vayechi with Rabbi Chaya Bender
When we are facing life-and-death situations, we might be rethinking what our blessings are, or who we want to be remembered as. What happens when those blessings (or identity characteristics) are ascribed to you by someone else who’s on their deathbed? That’s what we deal with in Parashat Vayechi and Rabbi Chaya Bender reminds us about how death (or near-death experiences) might really be an incredible inspiration for how to live a truly meaningful life.  To continue the conversation:  Rabbi Bender’s website: RabbiChayaBender.com Rabbi Bender’s Instagram: @RabbiChayaBender Rabbi Bender’s Facebook: Chaya Bender Bnai Israel Congregation’s Facebook: Bnai Israel Congregation ILM Bnai Israel Congregation’s Instagram: @BnaiIsraelILM  Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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December 13, 2021
Ep. 210 - Vayigash with Liana Wertman
Whether picking up something new or rededicating yourself to something you might have dropped, all it might take is one step forward. That’s how Torah lover and teacher (and creator of The Torah Studio!) Liana Wertman looks at building relationship and dialogue with the Torah. We have the ability to connect to the core and take ownership of the Jewish lives we lead. To continue the conversation: Torah Studio Instagram: @TorahStudio Torah Studio Website: TheTorahStudio.org Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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December 07, 2021
Ep. 209 - Miketz with Jessica Herrmann
Dreams do come true! We had an incredible time deciphering dreams, joking about job titles, and seeking out how service learning and leadership can impact our lives. It was wonderful  to connect with one of our “superfans” Jessica Herrmann, Director of Jewish Service Learning at Moishe House, and to hear how challenging experiences can shape us, even when we’re not entirely sure that we’re ready to face them. Looking to learn more about how you can make a difference? Wondering how service learning opportunities can be found in Moishe House and elsewhere? Well pinch yourself and look no further—this episode helps us wake up to the world around us. We also welcome Leah Nussbaum, 5th year rabbinical student and erev rabbi as our Q&A guest. Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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November 29, 2021
Ep. 208 - Vayeshev with Joseph Levin-Manning
We are positive that listening to this episode will make you want to settle in and listen up! How can we blend Torah, musicals, and human resources? Well, it’s pretty easy when you have a guest like Joe Levin-Manning and a Q&A guest like Jordan Schenker! Focusing in on how to incorporate how Joseph’s job roles might be read into how we might “do work” the right way, Joe and Jordan explain to us some concepts on how to ensure that we see what really might work in the workplace! To continue the conversation: Joe’s Facebook: @JLevinManning Joe’s Instagram: @jlalm1210 Joe’s Email: JLevinManning@gmail.com Jordan’s Facebook: @Jordan.Schenker Jordan’s LinkedIn: @Jordan-Schenker Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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November 22, 2021
Ep. 207 - Vayishlach with Rabbi Sandra Lawson
What might Judaism looked like if we reconstructed it to ensure that all voices were lifted up, that all stories were included? Well, that’s what our incredible featured guest Rabbi Sandra Lawson is trying to do with her anti-racism work with Reconstructing Judaism and with her incredible social media presence! Judaism can look like so many things to so many people and it’s up to everyone to remember that we’re all related through the same divine spark! To continue the conversation: Rabbi Sandra Lawson’s Social Media: https://solo.to/RabbiSandra Rabbi Sandra Lawson’s Youtube: @RabbiSandraLawson Reconstructing Judaism Page: https://www.reconstructingjudaism.org/profile/Rabbi-Sandra-Lawson Rabbi Lawson’s email: SLawson@reconstructingjudaism.org Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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November 15, 2021
Ep. 206 - Vayetzei with Cantor Josh Breitzer
We hope that you’re looking for some major excitement because this is no minor parasha! We’re sure that these two cantors will strike a chord with you about all of the things that cantors can do, including finding holiness, uncovering secrets, or ensuring that music truly reaches all of its listeners in new and exciting ways. We are very grateful to Cantor Josh Breitzer and Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas for letting us start off this week on a high note! #allofthepuns To continue the conversation: Cantor Breitzer’s Instagram: @AuralTorah Cantor Thomas’ Instagram: @MRebeccaT23 Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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November 08, 2021
Ep. 205 - Toldot with Jodi Rudoren
Extra extra! If you’re in for some incredible tale-telling and a whole lot of action, the Toldot’s the above-the-fold parasha for you! We welcome The Forward’s Editor Jodi Rudoren and journalist Bryan Kalbrosky to discuss how journalism’s values align with Judaism, how to deal with difficult stories, and what it looks like to embrace the flaws of some of our favorite characters. You’ll also get to hear Amanda freak out because her senior sermon is so soon! To continue the conversation: The Forward: Forward.com The Bintel Brief Podcast: https://forward.com/a-bintel-brief-podcast/ Jodi’s Email: rudoren@forward.com Jodi’s Twitter: @Rudoren Bryan’s Twitter: @BryanKalbrosky Bryan @ Hoopshype: https://hoopshype.com/author/bryankalbrosky/ Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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November 01, 2021
Ep. 204 - Chayei Sarah with Emily Goodstein
What is strategy? What does “lasuach” mean? What makes a call to action successful? Join us for these questions and more with master digital marketing strategist for the non-profits of the world, Emily Goodstein, founder and CEO of Greater Good Strategy. We’ll chat, laugh, and learn with Emily throughout this delightful camel ride of an episode. To continue the conversation: Emily’s Instagram: @EmilyGoodstein Emily’s Twitter: @EmilyGoodstein Emily’s email: emily@greatergoodstrategy.com Terms: Lasuach: This word is a hapax legomenon, meaning it only appears once in the entire Torah, so we don’t really know what it means. All we know is that Isaac does it in a field. Maybe he’s conversing with God? Praying? Meditating? Practicing yoga? You’re free to create answers of your own. Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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October 25, 2021
Ep. 203 - Lech L'cha with Margarita Korol
You’ve been on this journey with us for a FULL YEAR OF TORAH! (Wow!!!) Join featured rockstar featured guest Margarita Korol for an artistic exploration of Lech L’cha including a lens of grief that we don’t always talk about (it’s hard to leave places and people behind!). Margarita also introduced us to the very special history of Russian-speaking immigrants and how there are incredible communities of Russian-Speaking Jews all over America! We were also thrilled to welcome grief influencer Nadine Menashe as our Q&A guest and to make a very special drink for “Midrashic Mixology” with wine that she sent from Lange Estate Winery. We can’t wait to continue the journey with you and invite you to join us as we continue on to new and exciting lands. Shout out to Rabbi Josh Mikutis and JDC-Entwine for making the introduction! To continue the conversation: Margarita’s Work JDCEntwine.org/rsjdom Margarita’s Linktree: https://linktr.ee/MargaritaKorol Margarita’s Instagram: @UrbanPopArtist Nadine’s Instagram: @VarsityGriefSquad Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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October 11, 2021
Ep. 202 - Noach with Stephanie Tarlowe
This week, for Parashat Noach, it’s raining cats and dogs! Join us for a discussion with Dr. Stephanie Tarlowe, a veterinarian at a mixed animal practice in the rural heart of Ohio’s Amish community. And because our guests come two-by-two, we were joined by Alyssa Chalmin, a third year veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania, to ask some questions and expand the conversation. Hop on the ark, and take a listen! To continue the conversation: Alyssa’s Instagram: @AlyssaChalmin Alyssa’s Facebook: @Alyssa.Chalmin Alyssa’s Linkedin: Alyssa Chalmin Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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October 04, 2021
Ep. 201 - Bereshit with Rabbi Alejandro Avruj
We can’t believe it, but we’re starting the Torah AGAIN! Join us as we figure out our place in the garden, learn about rivalries in South American fútbol, and enjoy hearing some of the incredible Torah and insights of Rabbi Alejandro Avruj. We were also very excited to welcome Rafi Jacobovitz, creator of “Crew” as our Q&A guest. As Gabe likes to say, “Let’s get started!” To continue the conversation: For all things Rab Ale Avruj: https://linktr.ee/Rab.AleAvruj Rab Ale’s Instagram: @RabAleAvruj Communidad Amijai: Amijai.org Rafi’s Instagram: @RafaSJ6 Crew’s website: Crew-NY.com Crew’s Instagram: @Crew.NY Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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September 27, 2021
Ep. 44 - V'zot HaBrachah with GABE, Amanda, and Edon!
What happens when co-host Gabe Snyder is put in charge of the last episode of season one—the ULTIMATE parasha? Well…you get a hint in this week’s parasha name—V’zot Habracha—this is the blessing! Gabe, Edon, and Amanda all look back at this first “year” of Torah and share our appreciation for the journey before we “turn it, turn it, turn it again” at Simchat Torah! L’chayim everyone and chazak chazak v’nitchazek (may we all be strengthened)! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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September 23, 2021
Ep. 43 - Ha'Azinu with Amanda, Gabe, and Edon!
Looking for something short and sweet to kick off the New Year? Look no further! This is a short episode with the trio as we make our way through the High Holy Days of 5782! No worries—enjoy a very special episode (and distilled parasha summary and well-timed drink for your break-fast!). We hope that all of you are sealed in the Book of Life—L’chayim! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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September 15, 2021
Ep. 42 - Vayeilech with Rabbi Jamie Serber
Rosh Hashanah is known for being awesome and frightening—a balance that occurs regularly for those involved in end-of-life care. As we begin heading towards the end of Moses’ life, we find ourselves wondering about how Jewish values are included as death approaches. We were lucky enough to learn from hospice chaplain Rabbi Jamie Serber and chaplain Rabbi Natalie Shribman who helped us understand some of the most emotionally difficult and taxing parts of the work. To continue the conversation: Rabbi Jamie Serber’s website: MyRabbiJamie.com Rabbi Jamie Serber’s Instagram: @MyRabbiJamie Rabbi Natalie Shribman’s Instagram: @NatLouShrib25 Rabbi Natalie Shribman’s synagogue website: TempleSholomWI.org Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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September 09, 2021
Ep. 41 - Nitzavim with Rabbi Elisa Koppel
Decisions, decisions—they always seem so easy when you’re making them for someone else and so difficult when it’s your own decisions on the line! However, Rabbi Elisa Koppel reminds us that part of our superpowers lie in the ability to act, to choose, and to remember how powerful we are. We were also thrilled to welcome Rabbi Ariel Milan-Polisar as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Rabbi Koppel’s Twitter: @RabbiIsa Rabbi Koppel’s Instagram: @RabbiIsa Rabbi Koppel’s Facebook: @Elisa.Koppel Rabbi Milan-Polisar’s Facebook: @ArielDina Rabbi Milan-Polisar’s Instagram: @ArielDina Notes & Terms: Pikuach Nefesh: acting in order to save a life Spoons: https://www.healthline.com/health/spoon-theory-chronic-illness-explained-like-never-before Who Moved My Cheese?: https://www.amazon.com/Who-Moved-My-Cheese-Mazing-ebook/dp/B004CR6AM4 Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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September 01, 2021
Ep. 40 - Ki Tavo with Jason Susser
It’s never easy to find your way in a new place (and sometimes it’s very difficult to even find your way in!). In this week’s parasha Ki Tavo, we’re learning about what to do in the land—and we’re lucky to welcome immigration lawyer Jason Susser (of Siskind Susser), sharing with us some of the difficulties and values that come into consideration when dealing with immigration (surprise!!! It’s not all about politics!). We were also thrilled to welcome Edon Valdman, who took on yet ANOTHER role in the Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist journey: as a Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Jason Susser’s LinkedIn Jason’s Twitter: @JasonSusser Greg Siskind’s Twitter (hot tips & takes on immigration): @GSiskind To learn more about Edon: DrinkingandDrashing.com Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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August 24, 2021
Ep. 39 - Ki Teitzei with Scott Shay
In Jewish Tradition (Shabbat 31a) we learn that the first question asked at the heavenly gates is: “Were you honest in your business dealings?” Lucky for us, we were able to explore some of the business ethics and general emphasis on greater humanitarian practice with Scott A. Shay the cofounder and Chairman of Signature Bank. Whether talking about the practical aspects of idolatry (“In Good Faith!”), discussing how Hillel influences the bank’s standards and procedures, or exploring how we can genuinely interact and engage with a strong interest in each other’s growth, Scott taught us a lot not only about this week’s Torah portion, but also through bringing in other examples of biblical proportions! We were also thrilled to welcome MJ Lowinger, Kelley School of Business alum and an information systems auditor in the utilities sector as our Q&A guest.  To continue the conversation: Scott’s Website: ScottShay.com Scott’s Book: “In Good Faith” Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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August 17, 2021
Ep. 38 - Shof'tim with Yochi Rappeport
Founded in December 1988, at the first International Jewish Feminist Conference in Jerusalem, Nashot HaKotel/Women of the Wall has been fighting, advocating, and protesting for equality for all sects and genders at one of Judaism’s holiest sites, the Western Wall, for over 30 years. For Parashat Shof’tim, we are thrilled to welcome Yochi Rappeport, the executive director of Women of the Wall. This Torah portion revolves around the pursuit of justice, and we can think of no greater example than that of this remarkable organization. To continue the conversation: Women of the Wall’s website: https://WomenoftheWall.org.il Women of the Wall’s Facebook https://facebook.com/WomenoftheWall Women of the Wall’s Twitter: @WomenoftheWall Women of the Wall’s Instagram: @WomenoftheWall Cantor Tamar Havilio’s email: Cantor.Havilio@BetShalom.org Cantor Havilio’s congregation: BetShalom.org Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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August 09, 2021
Ep. 37 - Eikev with Noah Rubin-Blose
This week, we’re talking about food, gratitude, and blessings. For parashat Eikev, we are joined by Reconstructionist Rabbinical College student and cookbook author Noah Rubin-Blose to discuss the intersection of cooking and Jewish values. We also have Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion rabbinical student Melissa Carp, a cook and foodie in her own right, as our Q&A guest. B’tei’avon (Hebrew for “bon appétit”)! To continue the conversation: Noah’s Twitter: @MakingtheTable Noah’s Instagram: @MakingtheTable Noah’s website: MakingtheTable.com Melissa’s Instagram: @MeliciousTov Noah’s cookbook: indiebound.org/book/9780578831619 Smitten Kitchen’s Chocolate Olive Oil Cake: smittenkitchen.com/2017/10/chocolate-olive-oil-cake/ Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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July 26, 2021
Ep. 36 - Va'etchanan with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman
Happy Disability Pride Month!!! And also welcome to Va'etchanan, the second parasha in our final book of the Torah! What does it mean to be in a relationship with a challenging text? Rabbi Lauren Tuchman—sought-after speaker, spiritual leader and educator—teaches us not to avoid the difficult conversations, we’re meant to wrestle with the things that challenge us! We are also pleased and privileged to welcome our friend Rabbi Emily Aronson, Interim Dean of Students for the HUC New York Campus, as well as the Reform Rabbi at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU, as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Rabbi Tuchman’s website: RabbiTuchman.com Rabbi Aronson’s website: EmilyAronson.com Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Mie Hirschfield
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July 19, 2021
Ep. 35 - Devarim with Rabbi Rick Jacobs
We’re beginning a new book—hooray! Well, kind of? It seems to us that there’s a crazy amount of re-storying here—but maybe we’re just imagining things? Or are we? To help us summarize and begin a new chapter, we are thrilled to have Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Jacobs helps us understand how to not get too comfortable in the moment, understand where we might fit in among improvers, transformers, and disruptors, and reminds us that it’s always up to us to change and to question. We are also pleased and privileged to welcome our friend Rabbi Zach Plesent, Assistant Rabbi of Temple Israel of Westport, as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: URJ: www.URJ.org Rabbi Jacobs’ Twitter: @URJPresident Rabbi Jacobs’ Instagram: @URJPresident Rabbi Plesent’s congregation: www.TIWestport.org Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Mie Hirschfield
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July 12, 2021
Ep. 34 - Matot-Masei with Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath
A dual portion to end off the Book of Numbers means only one thing: we needed to bring in TWO educators to make this portion shine (even if we’re hearing it from outside the land). Commitments, community, traumas, triumphs, all of these play into the Jewish memory we hold as a collective. Listen in to hear more from Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath, lifelong Jewish educator and learner (and cohost of the podcast How Do You Jew?) to learn even more about choosing life outside the land while maintaining a strong commitment to the people within. We were also thrilled to welcome our forever roommate and friend and Assistant Director of Education at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Julia Bennett as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Samantha’s Website: SamanthaVinokorMeinrath.com Samantha’s Instagram: @Sam_Vinokor How Do You Jew podcast: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-do-you-jew/ Julia’s Email: JBennett@SWFS.org Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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July 05, 2021
Ep. 33 - Pinchas with Sara Shapiro-Plevan
If we’re going to be serious about enacting our own Torah values, we need to look no further than to pay equity and the daughters of Zelophehad. Perhaps that’s why we were SO excited to learn with and from Sara Shapiro-Plevan, co-founder of the Gender Equity in Hiring in the Jewish Community Project (GEiHP). We were also thrilled to welcome Natalie Harder as our Q&A guest (who’s already been invited to Sara’s house for dinner soon!). To continue the conversation: Sara Shapiro-Plevan’s Facebook: @ShapiroPlevan Sara Shapiro-Plevan’s Email: sara@genderequityinhiringproject.org Gender Equity in Hiring Project: genderequityinhiringproject.org Natalie’s Instagram: @Natalie.Harder Natalie’s Twitter: @NPHarder Natalie’s Email: harder.nataliep@gmail.com Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Mie Hirschfield
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June 28, 2021
Ep. 32 - Balak with Dr. Andrew Rehfeld
What happens when you are a leader of leaders and all of a sudden you find yourself in need of making blessings out of curses? How do we manage to lead communities with hindsight, foresight of insight? We looked (and listened!) to Dr. Andrew Rehfeld, President of HUC-JIR (our rabbinic seminary!) to chat about leadership, voice, and the search for truth, knowledge, and excellent application. We were also thrilled to welcome Margo Wagner, incoming cantorial student as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Dr. Andrew Rehfeld’s Email: arehfeld@huc.edu (or rehfeld@huc.edu if you want to talk to the Communications team!) Margo: @MargoWagner18 Margo’s email: margowags@gmail.com Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin
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June 23, 2021
Ep. 31 - Chukat with Halie Soifer
Drinking, Drashing, Democrats, and Democracy: a pretty decent blend if we do say so ourselves! We recognize that leadership isn’t always easy and discuss with Halie Soifer, CEO of the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) how to ensure that we’re working towards justice and equality for all. We also welcome Stephanie Hausner, President of Blue Hudson Consulting Group as our Q&A guest.  To continue the conversation: Halie’s Twitter: @HalieSoifer Jewish Democratic Council of America: www.JewishDems.org JDCA Instagram: @USJewishDems Stephanie’s Twitter: @StephHausner Stephanie’s Instagram: @StephHausner H.R. 1 “For the People Act”: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1/text Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Mie Hirschfield
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June 15, 2021
Ep. 30 - Korach with Emilia Diamant
What makes a rebellion just or unjust? And is a true rebellion just a fight you can’t win or is it fighting FOR a real cause? Teen educator, social worker, and extraordinary activist and advocate Emilia Diamant works to remind us that consistently justice is found in fighting for life, for humanity, and for the greater good. Sometimes we can even find beauty in the mess. We also are thrilled to welcome third-year HUC-JIR rabbinical student Hannah Bender as they join us as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: Emilia’s Instagram: @EmiliaD Emilia’s Website: www.EmiliaDiamant.com Hannah’s Instagram: @mxHannahB Trill Fit: www.TRILL.FIT Nap Ministry: @TheNapMinistry JFREJ: www.JFREJ.org 40 Days of Teshuvah Project: www.jfrej.org/news/2020/09/40-days-of-teshuvah-report-back Period: End of Sentence by Anita Diamant: www.simonandschuster.com/books/Period-End-of-Sentence/Anita-Diamant/9781982144289 Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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June 08, 2021
Ep. 29 - Sh'lach [L'cha] with Modern Ritual
Trying to forecast the future is tricky, especially when you have to make a decision for the entire Israelite community. But, like everything else, it’s easier when you’re doing it with a friend. Modern Ritual’s Rabbi Samantha Frank and Rabbi Rena Singer (our modern-day Joshua and Caleb!) walk us through what it’s like to face our fears and create a beautiful Judaism in spite of them! Enjoy this spectacular episode and look forward to a #milkandhoney summer! To continue the conversation: Modern Ritual’s Instagram: @ModernRitual Modern Ritual’s Webiste: www.ModernRitual.org Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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June 01, 2021
Ep. 28 - Beha'alotcha with Tema Smith
We get it… people are tired, hot, fighting, is this New York City in the summertime? Not exactly. Dealing with the deciding of who’s included in “who’s doing Jewish” is never easy and we were lucky to look at Miriam and Aaron’s skepticism and the recently published Pew Study with the wisdom of 18Door’s Tema Smith. Whether reframing our questions, looking at our best practices for welcoming everyone, or cracking jokes about barking dogs, we invite you to truly listen in to what’s being said and how we might reestablish our holy communities. We also welcome Leah Finkelman, Engagement Manager, Teens & Camping at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. To continue the conversation: Tema’s Twitter: @TemaSmith Tema’s Instagram: @TemaSmith Tema’s Website: www.TemaSmith.com Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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May 25, 2021
Ep. 27 - Nasso with Rabbi Jan Katzew and Rachel See
With rockets blaring and tensions rising, talking about Israel education is not an easy feat. We were truly lucky to share in the gifts of iCenter educators Rabbi Jan Katzew (he/him/his) and Rachel See who shared their wisdom, wit, and words with us. Whether speaking about the ethics of power, the gifts of showing up, or the difficulty in denying objectivity, this episode allows for some incredible insight into how we approach Israel education. We also welcome Doug Berkowitz, educator extraordinaire and current iFellow. To continue the conversation: iCenter Website: https://theicenter.org iCenter Instagram: @the_iCenter Doug’s Instagram: @MorehDoug Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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May 18, 2021
Ep. 26 - B’midbar with Micah Hart
Who decides who counts in this week’s Torah portion? It’s a confusing question, but we were really lucky to have Micah Hart host of Who Knows One, an online Jewish game show that believes in “nurturing relationships that we haven’t had time for.” Whether we’re hearing about bridging gaps in the Jewish community or talking about (re)connection, it was a pleasure to hear how it all plays out. We were also very happy to welcome and learn from Gabe’s #1 fan and our favorite WKO statistician, Jason Plotkin, Program Director at Congregation Emanu El in Houston, TX. To continue the conversation: Micah’s Podcast: https://CampfiresandColorWars.com Who Knows One Facebook: @WhoKnowsOne Who Knows One Instagram: @WhoKnowsOneShow Who Knows One Twitter: @WhoKnowsOne Micah’s Twitter: @MicahHart Micah’s Instagram: @MicahBHart Jason: https://www.emanuelhouston.org/staff_readmore#jasonplotkin Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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May 11, 2021
Ep. 25 - Behar Bechukotai with Carly Sugar
We truly believe that this was a fruitful episode, but what else would you expect from a portion and episode about agricultural laws and farming? Whether we’re discussing the literal journey from farm to table or reassessing our relationship with food, we were lucky to have Carly Sugar, Adamah Fellowship Director, to guide us on this virtual field walk. We were also very happy to welcome and learn from yet another inspiring Jewish farmer, Nicole Bard, who is currently working as an apprentice at MSU Tollgate Farm. To continue the conversation: Carly’s email: Adamah@Hazon.org Carly’s Instagram: @CarlyBSugar Adamah’s website: www.Adamah.org Nicole’s Instagram: @NicoleeBardd Nicole’s Farm: @MSUTollgateFarm Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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May 03, 2021
Ep. 24 - Emor with Andy Gitelson
When we think of creating meaningful Jewish time, there’s no organization that does it better than Hillel—creating vibrant Jewish life on campus 24/7. Whether it’s building relationships, literally meeting students where they are, wrestling with ideas, or entertaining the ability to rethink, reimagine, and re-envision, Andy Gitelson, Executive Director of Oregon Hillel has something inspiring to share about it. We were also thrilled  by our ability to welcome and learn from yet another inspiring Hillel pro, Ron Gubitz, Executive Director of Tulane Hillel. To continue the conversation: Andy’s Twitter: @ARGitelson Oregon Hillel: www.OregonHillel.org Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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April 28, 2021
Ep. 23 - Mot-Kedoshim with Hen Mazzig
Being a holy people can be tough, but such is the challenge for am Yisrael –except wait a minute, “the People of Israel” aren’t one uniform unit? Hear more from Israeli writer, speaker, and activist Hen Mazzig about the Israeli narratives that aren’t always in the spotlight. We also welcome Healy Shir Slakman, fourth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. To continue the conversation: Hen’s Facebook: @HenMazzig Hen’s Instagram: @HenMazzig Hen’s Twitter: @HenMazzig Healy’s Instagram: @HealyShir Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! Terms Used: “MENA” - Middle East and North Africa
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April 20, 2021
Ep. 22 - Tazria-Metzora with Adrian Shanker
Tazria-Metzora is a difficult double portion—but it has a lot to teach us about plagues, quarantine, pastoral care, and planning for re-entry. But what happens when this is happening in real life and dealing with healthcare issues in the margins? You get an incredible education from Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of the Bradbury Sullivan LGBTQ Center. We were also thrilled to welcome Rebecca Barnett, current medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine whose interests include LGBTQ+ health and sexual medicine. To continue the conversation: Adrian’s website: www.AdrianShanker.com Adrian’s email: Adrian@BradburySullivanCenter.org Adrian’s book: www.AdrianShanker.com/book Bradbury Sullivan Center’s website: BradburySullivanCenter.org Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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April 15, 2021
Ep. 21 - Shmini with Joe Buchanan
What do you get when you mix Judaism, music, and southern hospitality? An incredible episode with Jewish Americana rock star Joe Buchanan! Hear about opening doors wide for others, creating intentional communities, and finding how and when to best use our voices (and maybe when not to). We also welcome Agnes Barroll, third-year cantorial-student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (and also one of our favorite friends and definitely Edon’s favorite partner). To continue the conversation: Joe’s website: www.JoeBuchananmusic.com Joe’s Facebook page: @JoeBuchananMusic Find Joe’s new album Back From Babylon anywhere you listen to music! Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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April 05, 2021
Ep. 20.5 - A Zissen Pesach
Why is this episode different from all other episodes? Because we’re bringing you a very special Passover episode! Moving from difficult narrow spaces and modern day racism and hatred to widened perspectives and a hope of liberation, we wish all of you a zissen Pesach—a very sweet Passover! Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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March 29, 2021
Ep. 20 - Tzav with Michael Marmur
#1 Thing You Didn’t Know About Tzav: It’s the portion shared by the coolest B’ Mitzvah humans. Or at least that’s what Rabbi Michael Marmur and cohost Gabe Snyder have in common. Hear more about the fire that sparks within us and how to avoid being burnt out in this incredible parashah read this year on Shabbat ha-Gadol. We also welcome our first Canadian Q&A friend, Josh Satok, Senior Planning Executive for Jewish Life at UJA Federation of New York. Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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March 23, 2021
Ep. 19 - Vayakhel-Pekudei with Josh Warshawsky
You may have heard of “two peas in a pod” but you just can’t beat “two Js in a podcast!” Learning with Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, we engage in building community, transforming Torah through music, and how laughter can be one of the best steps to a good week’s rest. We also enthusiastically welcome Jackson Vance Mercer, fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College (and epic musician!). To continue the conversation: Josh: Website: www.JoshWarshawsky.com Facebook: @JoshWarshawskyMusic Jackson: Jackson's Partner's Art: www.BinahDesign.com Website: www.JacksonMercer.com Judaica Instagram: @HiddurMitzvah Judaica website: www.HiddurMitzvah.com Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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March 08, 2021
Ep. 18 - Ki Tisa with Yaffa Epstein
If “you may need to be in chavrutah with Torah,” we are so lucky to have such a chavruta (study partner) as Rabbah Yaffa Epstein to walk us through the leadership lessons in Ki Tisa this week as she ties it into hitting the pandemic wall, looking for solutions, and creating community with the best of intentions. We also welcome Tyler Dratch, fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College (and overall mensch!). To continue the conversation: Rabbah Yaffa’s Facebook: @Yaffa.Epstein Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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March 01, 2021
Ep. 17 - Tetzaveh with Rabbi Drew Kaplan
Coming into Purim strong with a Torah portion about how to dress correctly and the awesome insights of the hosts of Jewish Drinking. Come laugh with Rabbi Drew Kaplan, learn about how a beit mishteh (a drinking establishment) can be made into a sacred space, and learn a little bit about the ties between Esther and Ecclesiastes! We also enthusiastically welcome third-year rabbinical student Edie Yakutis. To continue the conversation: Jewish Drinking: https://jewishdrinking.com Rabbi Drew’s Email: rabbidrewkaplan@gmail.com Instagram: @RebDrew Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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February 22, 2021
Ep. 16 - Terumah with Isaac de Castro
It may have taken an architecture student to help us understand the intricacies of creating the Tabernacle, but Isaac de Castro did so much more than that as he ties it into the design elements needed to create a strong and inclusive community. Looking to hear more from the head of Jewish on Campus and Jewish Identity Crisis? Look no further! We also welcome Elan Karoll, a pro-Israel activist who is by far our most hyped Q&A fan. To continue the conversation: Jewish On Campus: @JewishonCampus Jewish Identity Crisis: https://linktr.ee/JewishIdentityCrisis Instagram: @IsaacdeCastro Twitter: @IsaacdeCastroG Elan’s Email: elankaroll@gmail.com Elan’s LinkedIn: @ElanKaroll Gabe’s Calligraphy Instagram: @WordLikeFire IHRA “Working Definition of Antisemitism”: https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/resources/working-definitions-charters/working-definition-antisemitism Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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February 15, 2021
Ep. 15 - Mishpatim with Lisa Fierstein
“We will do and we will listen!” Taking action to tell stories is a passion of Lisa Fierstein, a Digital Media Specialist at Anchor, the site that hosts this podcast! Hear top tips for storytelling and podcasting, what it means to take action, and how to get engaged with a greater audience. We also welcome Shawn Medow, sports journalist extraordinaire who taught us a thing or two about interviewing. To continue the conversation: Lisa’s Podcast: Remember People? Twitter: @LisaFierstein Podcast mentioned by Lisa: The Window (Xavier Jernigan) Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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February 08, 2021
Ep. 14 - Yitro with Rabbi Josh Feigelson
Inhale, exhale, and get comfortable with yourself—that’s some advice that comes from Rabbi Josh Feigelson, the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. We learn about taking our time, embracing our space, and really entering into deeper conversations. We also welcome Hannah Kearney, the Director of Havayah, The Teen Community at Temple Beth Elohim. To continue the conversation: Institute for Jewish Spirituality: www.JewishSpirituality.org Josh’s Facebook: @Josh.Feigelson Hannah’s Podcast “Text Messages”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/text-messages/id1510882131 Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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February 01, 2021
Ep. 13 - Beshalach with Cantor Danielle Rodnizki, Debra Winter, and Happie Hoffman
Whether you’re totally in-tune or a little off-key, this week’s episode focuses on a trio of magical musicians: Cantor Danielle Rodnizki, Debra Winter, and Happie Hoffman. Mixing in original musical interludes, creative covers, and a whole lot of humor, this “Miriam’s Trio” blessed us with a new way of enjoying the beauty of Beshalach. To continue the conversation: Happie Hoffman: Instagram: @Happie.Hoffman Facebook: @HappieHoffmanMusic Temple Israel Memphis: www.TIMemphis.org Cantor Danielle Rodnizki: Instagram: @DRodnizki Facebook: @DRodnizki Westchester Reform Temple: www.wrtemple.org Debra Winter: Instagram: @DebraWinter Facebook: @DebraWinter Temple Micah: www.templemicah.org Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! HEBREW TRANSLATIONS: “K’ilu” - as if, like, similar to “Shlichat Tzibur” - a prayer leader
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January 25, 2021
Ep. 12 - Bo with Gulienne Rollins-Rishon
A really incredible episode that combines hard-heartedness, plagues, and a look into the world of being a JOC (Jew of Color). With the wisdom of Gulienne Rollins-Rishon, we learn that there’s a lot more to learn in order to create a more inclusive community. We also welcome fourth-year rabbinical student Becky Jaye whose own brilliance and experiences bring extra life (and humor!) to the episode. To continue the conversation: Gulienne’s Email: gulienne@hyphenatednation.com Becky’s Instagram: @jaye_becky Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow! HEBREW TRANSLATIONS: “Halakhah” - Jewish law “Koach” - Power “Bein Adam L'Chaveiro” - Dealing with issues from person to person (rather than person to God)
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January 19, 2021
Ep. 11 - Va'era with Zach Krauss
A plague (or seven) upon your country?!? Whether you’re a weather lover or just interested in why hail, locusts, frogs, and blood all descended upon an entire nation (except for, you know, the Israelites in the nation), then you’re in for a treat with meteorologist Zach Krauss. Showing that one can be both a rabbi and a weatherman wannabe, we were also as hyped to have Rabbi Lyle Rothman on the show as he was to find out there was a hurricane simulator nearby. To continue the conversation: Facebook: @SWCTNYWeather Twitter: @SWCTWeather Email: zach@swctweather.com Forecast video mentioned in the episode: https://youtu.be/82KXOcH3bvY Photograph Edon mentioned: CLICK HERE Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it’s a great way to help our show grow!
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January 13, 2021
Ep. 10 - Shemot with Shoshana Nambi and Andrew Mandel
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! And we’re really (over?) excited about our tenth episode with third-year HUC-JIR Rabbinical Students Shoshana Nambi and Andrew Mandel. Whether embracing communities, becoming shomer/shomeret tzedek (a guardian of justice!), or chatting about the significance of names, this HUC class has got a LOT to say. And of course, it wouldn’t be a party without third-year education and non-profit management student Rachel Hershman to keep us all in line. To continue the conversation: ANDREW MANDEL’S TZEDEK BOX: TzedekBox.org Instagram: @TzedekBox iOS App Store: Tzedek Box SHOSHANA NAMBI: Facebook: Shoshana Nambi Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing
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January 04, 2021
Ep. 09 - Vayechi with Sierra Jay Debrow and Koach Baruch Frazier
We are so excited to share with you our ninth episode, a deeper look at #TransTorah, and looking at what it means to break out of boxes while breaking down binaries. Join RRC rabbinical student Koach Baruch Frazier and Wash-U MSW student Sierra Jay Debrow—because they’re brilliant, beautiful, and flabbergastingly funny. We also welcome third-year HUC-JIR cantorial student Kalix Jacobson to the show. Hebrew translations below! To continue the conversation: SIERRA: Email: debrowsj@gmail.com Facebook: @sdebrow17 Instagram: @jaymanji Book mentioned: A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns KOACH: Twitter: @drkoach Instagram: @drkbfrazier #BlackTransTorahClub KALIX: Etsy Shop: https://etsy.com/shop/FigAndVineCreations Trevor Project: trevorproject.org Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing HEBREW TRANSLATIONS: “Shehecheyanu”: A prayer of gratitude for making it to this moment “Emet”: Truth “Shalem”: Wholeness “Shalom”: Peace “G’eulah”: Redemption “B’tzelem Elohim”: In the image of God “Midrashim”: Texts that explain gaps in the Torah “Talmud”: Oral Torah, commentary on Oral Torah “Kavod”: Honor “Teshuvah”: Repentance “Kavod”: Respect, Honor “Ken Yehi Ratzon”: May it be [our] will! “Mat’im”: Appropriate
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December 28, 2020
Ep. 08 - Vayigash with Rav Na'ama Applbaum
We are so excited to welcome our first international guest to the podcast! With Rav Na’ama Applbaum, the Director of Ramah Israel Seminar. We learn about what it takes to reframe our story, and that truly…it’s never too late! Hebrew translations in the shownotes below. We also welcome Raphy Gendler, Ramah Wisconsin alum and Cornell University senior, Agnes Barroll (third-year cantorial student at HUC), and our first guest co-host Jacob Milk Sandler. To continue the conversation: Na’ama’s Email: naama@ramah.co.il Facebook for Israel Ramah: @IsraelRamah Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing HEBREW TRANSLATIONS: “Frum” - religious “Rosh Musikah” - Head of music “Daven” - pray “Shlichut” - ambassadorship “Mechitzah” - a barrier between the sexes during prayer “Mishlachat” - a group of ambassadors “Hakadosh Baruch Hu” - a name for God “Katonti” literally “you little me,” but colloquially, “I’m humbled” “Chesed” - kindness “Tikkun Olam” - repairing the world
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December 21, 2020
Ep. 07 - Vayeshev with Betsy Stone, PhD
Let’s face it: there are some truly dysfunctional family dynamics in Vayeshev and so we reached to a professional, retired psychologist and adjunct lecturer Betsy Stone, Ph.D. Want to ensure that no crisis is a missed opportunity? Make sure to listen in! We also welcome Jill Goldstein-Smith, the Program Manager for the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Continue the conversation at: Betsy’s Email: BetsyStonePhD@gmail.com Betsy’s BRAND NEW Website: https://www.BetsyStonePhD.com/ Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing
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December 11, 2020
Ep. 06 - Vayishlach with Shira Kline
If storytelling is an art, then “Storahtelling” is an amazing blend of transmission, play, mythology, and desire, especially in Vayishlach. Come experiment, play, dance, and find the spark with extraordinary maven and songstress Shira Kline. We also welcome Jenna Mark, fourth-year cantorial student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Continue the conversation by visiting: Shira’s Website: www.ShirLaLa.com Lab/Shul’s Website: www.LabShul.org Lab/Shul’s Facebook: @LabShul Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email us at drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Find us on social media: Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing
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December 03, 2020
Ep. 05 - Vayetzei with Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Journeying from one family drama to another is among the cornerstones of the Thanksgiving tradition, but also part of our story in Vayetzei. Come along on this trip with Rabbi Menachem Creditor as he connects his advocacy for gun violence prevention and suicide awareness with his constant journey in the search for finding the sparks of God in all of humanity. We also welcome Kayley Romick, fourth-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Continue the conversation by visiting: Website: MenachemCreditor.net Facebook: @UJAFedNY Kayley’s Instagram Page on Jewish Spirituality: @ModernJewishSoul Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com! Facebook: @DrinkingandDrashing Instagram: @DrinkingandDrashing
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November 26, 2020
Ep. 04 - Toldot with Jonathan Bridge
Brothers fight—we know all about that from Toldot. But brotherhood is stronger than we may know, and Judaism doesn’t always look like what you might think. Jon Bridge, Chief Programming Officer of Alpha Epsilon Pi, chats with us about how Jewish values follow him everywhere, how different types of people create stronger organizations, and about what it means to lead through struggles. We also welcome Jay Sirot, past President of Cornell University's Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter and Special Assistant in the Policy Office at the US Department of Labor. Continue the conversation by visiting: Website: https://AEPi.org Facebook: @AEPi.Fraternity Instagram: @AlphaEpsilonPi Email: JBridge@AEPi.org Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com!
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November 17, 2020
Ep. 03 - Chayei Sarah with Rebecca Joey Schwab
Creating relationships from afar takes a different type of thinking (and certainly leads to new opportunities for engagement!). Find out more as co-founder and Executive Director of ChiTribe, Rebecca Joey Schwab, takes us through her look on Jewish life in Parashat Chayei Sarah. We also welcome Carly Froomkin Burak, Assistant Director at the Illini Hillel/Cohen Center for Jewish Life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as our Q&A guest. Continue the conversation by visiting: Website: www.ChiTribe.org Facebook: @ChiTribe Instagram: @yourChiTribe Linktree: https://linktr.ee/yourChiTribe Video referenced during the conversation: The Big Event PreShow: https://youtu.be/EPBRueCVnJ0 Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com!
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November 10, 2020
Ep. 02 - Vayera with Andrew Goodman
For Rabbi Andrew Goodman (HUC-JIR), Vayera is an incredible collection of stories that are founded on passion, purpose, and power. Abraham flexes his power, Lot’s wife gets a little salty, and we learn a lot about what happens when we hold ourselves up to unrealistic expectations of perfection from self- or society-imposed trials. We also welcome third-year University of Miami law student Alex Duffant as our Q&A guest, with a brief cameo from third-year cantorial student Agnes Barroll. Continue the conversation: Website: www.HUC.edu Email: AGoodman@HUC.edu Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com!
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November 02, 2020
Ep. 01 - Lech L’cha with Michael Namath
What motivates YOU? For Rabbi Michael Namath from the RAC (Religious Action Center), it’s making sure that every vote is counted and every voice is heard. Join us for an incredible journey through Lech L’cha, as we start our podcast journey with this very first episode. We also welcome third-year rabbinical student Andrew Mandel as our Q&A guest. Continue the conversation by visiting: The Reform Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign: www.RAC.org/CEC Website: www.RAC.org Facebook: @TheRAC Twitter: @TheRAC Instagram: @TheRACgram YouTube: @RACRJ Interested in coming onto the podcast? Email drinkinganddrashing@gmail.com!
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October 29, 2020
Ep. 00 - Torah With a Twist (An Aperitif)
Wait… what even is this podcast? And who ARE you? (Spoiler alert: you may not learn both our names until the first episode!) What’s Drinking? What’s Drashing? And where does the twist come in? We’re whetting your appetite with this small aperitif.
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October 23, 2020