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Tattoos and Torah

Tattoos and Torah

By Igael Gurin Malous
Tattoos And Torah is a podcast dedicated to creating a new voice in recovery. Containing original thinking and practicality which often leads to greater understanding of the human condition and increased gratitude. The focus may be on addiction and recovery but the wisdom is universal. Integrating elements that seemingly don't go with each other the podcast explores recovery, spirituality, wisdom, human connection, lgbtqi+ issues, music, art, fashion and ancient jewish text ( and tattoos too ).
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Life Transitions
While summer can be a period of rest and joy, it can also signal that life changes are coming.  How do we make the most of transitional periods? How can we feel comfortable letting go? In the final episode of this season of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy addresses these questions - and shares approaches in Jewish tradition to embracing and making meaning at the end of something. Listen to this episode for some practices to try out this summer - so you can feel ready for next “season”!  See you in the fall!
20:01
July 08, 2022
Fighting Spirit
What do you say to yourself when you want to quit?  How do you flip that script? This week, Rabbi Iggy sits down with Eddie Arrazola, a boxing coach who created the acclaimed anti-bullying and self-confidence building youth program, “The Wolf Pack”. Together, they discuss the value of grit and determination - and how to always move forward, even in the moments where you could get stuck. Listen to this episode to learn tools to persevere through hardship - and how to gain the most out of the challenges you face
59:27
July 01, 2022
Pride 2022
In this episode, Rabbi Iggy discusses the healing power of embracing tensions as queer people: in our spirits, in our bodies, and in taking and making space. Rabbi Iggy examines the constant mediation of space we partake in, by being loud and proud, but ensuring we create space for others.  He covers a range of topics that touch these themes, from the spiritual principle of tzimtzum (the reduction of self), to the both/and of life. If you’re curious about how these tensions are functioning in your life, this episode is for you!
20:57
June 25, 2022
Deeper Than You thINK
How can tattoos help us heal when reclaiming an identity we were taught to hide? In this week’s episode, Rabbi Iggy and graduate research assistant, Lilah Doris, discuss the cultural and historical importance of tattoos and body augmentation as a practice that is not just skin deep.  Together, they explore the role of tattoos in their own lives; as liberating tools for queer bodies and identities, as a representation of spirit, and as a vehicle for expressing and healing emotional wounds. Tune in to hear more about how tattoos and body modifications can offer an individual power, freedom, and bodily sovereignty.
55:59
June 17, 2022
Soul Spa
What is the soul? How (and why) should you nourish it? This week, Rabbi Iggy takes us through theories of the soul in an episode that draws from the wisdom of the ancient philosophes, to the Talmud, to a socialite-turned-nun. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy invites us to build our own relationship to our soul - and reveals how we can nurture it like we do our bodies.
23:45
June 10, 2022
Are The Kids Alright?
What can you do as a parent when your child is struggling with addiction? This week’s guest, Richard Capriola sits down with Rabbi Iggy to discuss addiction in youth and adolescents.  As a mental health and addiction counselor for over two decades, Richard's recent book, “The Addicted Child”, offers a roadmap on adolescent substance abuse for parents.  Their conversation digs into the need for expanded addiction education and resources for families, and how we can support loved ones experiencing addiction. If you want to learn more about navigating adolescent substance abuse as a parent, this episode is for you.
45:00
June 03, 2022
Give It A Rest
How do we find nourishment in rest? This week, Rabbi Iggy discusses different types of rest: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical, and asks us to take an honest account of what rest looks like for us.  For some, it may look like going on a hike, or going to the gym, but for others, it may be reading a book or laying on the couch. Listen to this episode to learn how to change your relationship with rest in a world that often undervalues it.
24:33
May 27, 2022
Radiance And Beauty
The Talmud says that beautiful things expand a person’s heart. But what makes something beautiful?In this week’s episode, Rabbi Iggy talks about beauty and why it matters.  While some philosophers think beauty is objective and universal, Rabbi Iggy argues that we have the power to make the world around us beautiful; and in doing so we exercise our sovereignty over and connection to the world around us. If you want to discover the power of beauty in your own life, this episode is for you.
20:36
May 20, 2022
The Spectrum Of Healing
What are some of the root causes of anxiety and stress, and how can we address them? This week, Rabbi Iggy talks with Dr. Laxmi Naik, a board-certified emergency medicine physician. After practicing acute care medicine at the busiest trauma centers in New York, she pursued holistic medicine for her own healing journey.  Together, they discuss the many approaches one can take to find integrated and holistic spiritual and physical healing.If you’re interested in learning about new approaches to your own healing, this episode is for you!
52:13
May 13, 2022
Shadow Work
Shadow work is a Jungian idea that is an essential part of the work we must do to create more peace and equanimity in ourselves and our lives. Creativity, joy, authenticity and recovery are enhanced when we commit to exploring our actions, motivations and values. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy explores different approaches to shadow work and explains his spiritual interpretation of it. If you ever wondered what shadow work is or how to start engaging in it, this episode is for you!
20:07
May 06, 2022
What Is Mindfulness Really?
How can you practice mindfulness when meditation is not for you? This week Rabbi Iggy sits down with Certified Mindfulness Coach and Mindful Living author Melissa Maxx.  Melissa's book “Mindfulness for People Who Suck at Being Mindful” was the #1 New Kindle release in five categories.  In this episode, she shares the tips, techniques, and practices she learned after suffering from an emotional breakdown as a result of hard-partying, hardly sleeping, work-addicted, rock radio Disc Jockey and TV host.Ready to start your own mindfulness practice?  Even if you struggle with meditation and aren't sure where to start this podcast is for you.  Learn more about the tools you need to change your life for the better.
48:57
May 01, 2022
Counting To Transformation
We count so many things in life: money, possessions, real estate, other material things. We also count sobriety and recovery time. But, how do you count the immaterial things that matter? In this episode, Rabbi Iggy discusses the mitzvah of counting the Omer. This thousand year-old tradition reminds us to improve, change, grow and focus on our individual selves. By counting the 49 days of the Omer, we create space to focus on the values we hold dear, the things we treasure in ourselves and others, and engage in profound spiritual growth .If you're interested in enhancing your recovery, join us in counting the Omer.
27:36
April 23, 2022
Season Of Liberation
How can we find our own liberation this coming spring? By trying to understand what in our own lives serve as our "mitzrayim", our obstacles.   In this episode, Rabbi Iggy gives us the tools to identify these obstacles within ourselves. By looking inward, at the people close to us, and at the world around us, we can then decide what we will engage with and what we will disengage from.  Listen to this episode if you want to learn how you can reclaim Passover to support your own recovery.
24:28
April 16, 2022
From Pills To Pulpits
This week, Rabbi Iggy is joined by Rabbi Michael Perice, the Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Cinnaminson, New Jersey who made waves in 2021 when he opened up about his opiate addiction recovery journey.  They discuss the defining moments of life, how we recognize and honor them, and the expansive impact they can have. Together, these two spiritual leaders open up about ripple effects of their advocacy and vulnerability - and uncover how important (and common) their stories actually are.
01:01:51
April 11, 2022
Tshuvah Principles
What does it mean to live t’shuvah? This is the question that drives T’Shuvah Center’s unique approach to integrated, personalized recovery. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy digs into the concept of t’shuvah and how powerfully it can transform your wellbeing. By engaging in this daily act of living in truth, repair, and strength, we can become empowered to understand the roots of our behaviors and unlock the capacity to establish new habits, rituals, and ways of living. This is an episode for anyone who wants to learn more about - and integrate the powerful tool of t'shuvah into your life.
42:32
April 01, 2022
Spiritual Spring Cleaning
As we enter spring, the season of renewal, how can we plant seeds in the areas of our lives where we’d like to foster more growth? This week, Rabbi Iggy explores what it takes to build habits. In recovery, there is a basic concept of the first 90 days, a phase where old habits are challenged and new behaviors take their place. Rabbi Iggy discusses the ways we hold ourselves back from growth, and reveals that with intention and compassion, change is possible. If you want to audit your own spiritual life and learn simple tools to put goals into action, this episode is for you!
26:30
March 25, 2022
Juxtaposition
Why are contradictions so present in Judaism, and how can they inform our recovery? This week, Rabbi Iggy ruminates on the many tensions written into Jewish text. With so many conflicting expectations, we are constantly asked to live in the grey areas; to mediate the in-between. For many of us in recovery, learning to embrace dualities is essential. If you’re interested in building harmony between your internal contradictions (and understanding yourself outside of a binary), this episode is for you!
19:22
March 18, 2022
Doctors Guide To Spirituality
How can the medical field better address patients with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness? That’s the central focus of Dr. Jonathan Avery’s work, the Director of Addiction Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  This week, Dr. Avery joins Rabbi Iggy to discuss the challenges many patients with substance use disorders face when interacting with the medical community - whether it be inadequate training, existing stigma, or limiting psychiatric approaches. Through his research, Dr. Avery advocates for how greater connectivity and compassion in clinical practice can lead to better outcomes.  Together, Dr. Avery and Rabbi Iggy discuss the importance of therapeutic recovery communities like T’Shuvah Center, and the lessons that can be learned from integrated models of addiction treatment.
55:44
March 11, 2022
Wants vs. Needs
How can we move beyond labels to find unity? In order to move beyond labels, we must first understand our own identities. Rabbi Iggy asks us to develop an awareness of ourselves by understanding the difference between what we need and what we want.  Knowing that we all share this human condition can push us to connect with those around us and find unity in times of crisis. How does this relate to the current state of affairs in the world.. Tune in..
18:29
March 04, 2022
Holding Hands
Since she got a camera, Diane Conn started taking pictures of strangers. She never stopped, and her collection now stands at over 200,000.  This week, Diane sits down with Rabbi Iggy to discuss her recent book, Holding Hands, an uplifting collection of strangers holding hands.   Diane and Rabbi Iggy discuss the therapeutic benefits of Diane’s unique art practices, the nexus of art and spirituality, the rewards of staying true to your vision, and the relationship between art and recovery.
59:50
February 25, 2022
Leaving Victim-hood
What’s the difference between being a victim and living in victimhood?  This week, Rabbi Iggy ruminates on the problem of victimhood in an episode that synthesizes insights from ancient Jewish history to contemporary culture.  Rabbi Iggy invites us to take stock of our own role in creating our lives.  By identifying our patterns and habits and rethinking our response to life’s tribulations, we can leave victimhood behind and reclaim our sovereignty.
23:56
February 18, 2022
Flower Power
How does trauma manifest itself in the body? That’s a question for anyone with a body—anyone whose stomach might drop at a painful reminder, whose back might ache around the time of a bad anniversary. It’s also the question that drives the work of Amy Lee Flowers, a trauma-informed Kripalu Yoga and Mindfulness educator.  This week, Rabbi Iggy sits down with Amy to discuss the relationship between our physical existence and our psychological and emotional trauma. Their wide-ranging conversation is full of wisdom for anyone attempting to manage their physical ailments. By finding techniques to check-in with our bodies, like using mindfulness as a recovery tool, we can achieve a more grounded recovery.
01:03:01
February 11, 2022
Making Happiness
There is an old Jewish teaching about the month of Adar, which is just beginning: when Adar begins, we make more joy.  But how do we make more joy?   This week, Rabbi Iggy imparts his wisdom on how to better manage our relationship with happiness and joy.  Along the way, he drops deep meditations on what it means to be happy, but also many practical tips on how to squeeze more joy
17:29
February 04, 2022
Spiritual Winter
What kind of wisdom can be gleaned from the dark, slow days of Winter?  This week, Rabbi Iggy encourages us all to find rest, recovery, and our own pace of growth through "Spiritual Winter." Through ritual, deep listenings, observation, and meditation practices, Rabbi Iggy guides us to find opportunity in our current moment.  This episode is a call to find vitality, interest, and beauty for the remaining winter days.
17:43
January 28, 2022
Hit The Rabbi
What does Rabbi Iggy really think?   This week, for the first time ever, Rabbi Iggy is not the host of Tattoos and Torah but the guest.  Acclaimed artist (and previous guest) Naama G interviews Rabbi Iggy to dive deep on his mystifying and esoteric past.  This conversation will take you from India to old New York, from Rabbi Iggy’s early misadventures to the roots of his faith and sexuality.   If you’ve been curious to hear Rabbi Iggy tell some of his own story, you’ll find it here
01:05:10
January 21, 2022
The Space between Tensions
Why is it that our foundational stories are so often about brokenness?   This week, Rabbi Iggy ruminates on the origins of our major tensions, from the story of Cain and Abel to his observations as a father.  These original schisms, breaks, and polarities can create trauma and pain, but they are also core elements of our humanity.   This is an episode for anyone interested in navigating the things that pull them apart — or, as Rabbi Iggy puts it, learning how to walk.
16:22
January 14, 2022
Intuition And Insight
Acute trauma—in the form of a sudden injury, accident, or the death of a loved one—can change our lives in an instant.  How can we transcend that trauma and find meaning in our pain?   This week, Rabbi Iggy sits down with Travis Taylor, a healer and Reiki Master Teacher, for a fascinating conversation on the parallels between physical and emotional recoveries, identity, and Travis’s own remarkable journey.   Together, Rabbi Iggy and Travis present a guide for how to adjust to the world through your trauma.
53:37
January 07, 2022
Bookend
If you’re holed up in quarantine, or maybe you just have some downtime, you might be wondering, what should I read?  This week, Rabbi Iggy offers his long-requested book recommendations.  The list is a window into Rabbi Iggy: the major influences on his thinking, the making of his spirituality, and the friends he found in books.
22:37
December 31, 2021
Breathe In Courage
How can we become the person we want to be while finding the romantic partner we deserve? That’s the work of Brandon Groux, a breathwork facilitator and life coach who focuses on helping people get back on their feet after breakups. This week, Brandon sits down with Rabbi Iggy to talk about love and the value of heartbreak. Their conversation ties together the fascinating threads that make up Brandon’s life, from van life to training men how to slow down and learn to emote.
01:07:12
December 24, 2021
Fasting Spiritually
The Jewish tradition is full of prescribed fasts: breaks from food, drink, and speech.  How might these intentional fasts cultivate a richer spiritual life?  In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy considers the merits of brief and purposeful deprivations.  Paradoxically, Rabbi Iggy explains, creating room for silence can amplify the voice of our inner souls.  If you’re interested in finding intentional space for your inner dialogue, this episode is for you!
17:52
December 17, 2021
Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Through the pandemic, lines between physical trauma and emotional trauma have seemed especially blurred.    This week, Rabbi Iggy and Dr. Gulick, a neuropsychologist and fellow at Clinical Neuropsychology Associates, explore questions of trauma and identity.  How can conversations around brain plasticity and neuroscience thoughtfully converge with questions of the human condition? This fascinating conversation finds the synthesis of both science and spirituality, guided by Dr. Gulick’s expertise and Rabbi Iggy’s rabbinic wisdom.  They discuss Dr. Gulick’s recent research around brain fog from Covid-19 and the long-term effects of anxiety, depression, disconnect, and addiction on the brain.   This is a discussion that will leave you with real tactics for how to retain as much brain plasticity (and humanity) despite what happens to us.
01:08:49
December 10, 2021
Spiritual Leftovers
After Thanksgiving, our fridges are full of Turkey and our hearts are full of gratitude.  We can eat turkey sandwiches throughout the week, but what do we do with our spiritual leftovers?  How can we navigate the crash of our emotional outpourings and find ways to sustain gratitude beyond a single day?  This week, Rabbi Iggy ponders the more painful and confusing elements of gratitude.  He draws from the emotional diversity of his family and ancient Jewish traditions  to offer lessons in carving out spiritual leftovers for the days and weeks after Thanksgiving.  This is an episode for anyone interested in reclaiming gratitude from performance and living a more spiritually sustainable life.
19:02
December 03, 2021
Real (Dharma) Talk
What does it look like to mature into our recoveries?In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy is joined by Gary Sanders, mindfulness and meditation expert and founder of SCV Mindfulness.  Rabbi Iggy and Gary explore approaches to recovery that deviate from Alcoholics Anonymous, focusing on the use of meditation, mindfulness, and buddhism in sustaining recovery.  Their riveting and honest conversation touches on the role of trauma, loss, and grief in the recovery process.  If you are interested in applying the tools of recovery to the rest of your life, this episode is for you!
01:07:02
November 26, 2021
What Life Mandates
Our lives are full of mandates, orders, and obligations.  This week, Rabbi Iggy wonders, how can spirituality guide us through these mandates?  Rabbi Iggy’s ruminations weave through hot-button issues like the Covid-19 vaccines along with his personal history, all with an eye toward finding freedom through our burdens.  Ultimately, this is a brief and instructive guide to reclaiming responsibility, agency, and sovereignty through the things that make us feel powerless.
19:55
November 19, 2021
Wellness Activated
What is the relationship between wellness and self-sovereignty?  This week, Rabbi Iggy hosts Ceasar Barajas, an award-winning singer, dancer, actor, yoga teacher, and Navy Veteran.  Their conversation pulls from Ceasar’s wide-ranging skills and experiences, meandering through complex themes of activism around mental health, recovery, and gender.  Ultimately, this is a conversation focused on liberation.  Rabbi Iggy and Ceasar wonder together, how we can free ourselves by creating internal wellbeing?
01:11:33
November 12, 2021
A Case For Spiritual Counseling
Modern life sometimes has a way of disconnecting us from the complexities of our deeper feelings, emotions, and truths.  How can we prevent this erosion of ourselves?  How can we unearth our more authentic selves?  This week, Rabbi Iggy makes the case for spiritual counseling, a process that can help us examine who we are, why we are here, how we make meaning, and how we understand our pain.  Rabbi Iggy synthesizes wisdom from his decades as a practicing spiritual counselor as well as the most recent empirical studies on spiritual counseling.  This episode is for anyone interested in asking the bigger questions and pushing their personal growth.
13:55
November 05, 2021
Bipolar/Spiritual
How can we overcome our shame and guilt through spirituality?  This week, Rabbi Iggy sits down with Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, “The Bipolar Rabbi,” a trained philosopher, personality type interpreter, and therapist who specializes in the blending of spirituality and mental health.  Together, the two rabbis grapple with change and growth, personality types, and mental health. If you’re interested in connecting spiritual wisdom with mental well-being, this conversation is for you.
01:09:29
October 29, 2021
Spiritual Bypassing And Toxic Positivity
How can spiritual bypassing limit our ability to provide each other support? This week, Rabbi Iggy ruminates on toxic positivity and spiritual bypassing. By acknowledging that spirituality includes all aspects of life, not just the positive, we can learn to more fully support ourselves and each other. If you want to discover tools to be supportive without engaging in spiritual bypassing, this episode is for you.
21:60
October 22, 2021
Teaching Belonging
How are mindfulness and recovery practices informed by culture, heritage, race, and gender? This week, Rabbi Iggy speaks with Meghan Stewart-Wills, a renowned mindfulness coach with Unified Mindfulness. A multi-racial Black woman based in Ottawa, Canada, Meghan's work in local school boards supports youth in anti-discrimination and wellness initiatives. Together, Rabbi Iggy and Meghan map out the nexus of personal recovery and addiction recovery. They explore complex issues of race, the whiteness of recovery spaces, and the role of privilege in recovery. If you are interested in the intersections of self-restoration, restorative justice, and recovery, this episode is for you!
01:16:35
October 15, 2021
Know God / No Masters
Have you ever wondered where god resides? This week, Rabbi Iggy discusses imminence and transcendence, and how to make sense of these concepts in our own lives. By investigating why some people believe god is near and others don't, he illuminates the role the divine can play in your recovery. In this short episode you can expect many questions... and maybe a couple of answers along the way. If you're interested in exploring your own relationship to god and how this examination can enhance your recovery, this episode is for you!
18:49
October 08, 2021
Chance And Choice
How can someone build a meaningful, enriching life out of adversity, trauma and hardship? Rabbi Iggy speaks with T'Shuvah Center's Director of Counseling, Jeremy Pool about building a life of meaning through addiction, incarceration, and family challenges. In this episode you'll learn about forgiveness: how to ask for it, how to be able to offer it, how to forgive the world and most importantly, yourself. If you want to learn how to rise above challenges by leveraging the power of forgiveness and acknowledging the joy and gifts life has brought, this episode is for you!
58:17
October 01, 2021
Heart To Heart
How can meditation and community guide us to the wisdom of our hearts?So much of what we do flows from our heart. HeartRise Movement founder Jessie May Wolfe has made this spiritual truth the center of a movement, focused on building a community that engages in active meditation to awaken the inner intelligence of their hearts. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy and Jessie have a heart to heart on spirituality, connection, creativity, and meaning. As Jessie puts it, “a universal call to ignite the radiant heart power in all of us”.If you are interested in finding purpose, strength, and integrity through wellness and connection, this episode is for you!
54:46
September 24, 2021
Amend Not Apologies
What is the difference between an apology and an amends? In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy discusses the amends process, and how taking this step strengthens our connections with others (and profoundly enhances our recovery!) If you want to learn how to approach this process, from setting intentions to making plans to get started, this episode is for you!
21:41
September 17, 2021
Its Funny Cause Its True
What happens when a comedian and a rabbi meet during the ten days of awe?In this midst of the "10 Days of Repentance", Rabbi Iggy and comedian Alex Edelman discuss the intersection of comedy, social commentary, art, and general Jewish angst. They explore the complex relationship between Jewish identity, humor, and remorse, and how it informs their own approach to the high holy days.If you like to find humor in the darker side of life, this episode is for you!
01:00:51
September 10, 2021
Results Not Resolutions
Have you ever made a resolution but didn't follow through? This week, Rabbi Iggy discusses how to rethink goal-setting around the new year, from developing strategies and building an accountability team, to avoiding the pitfalls of magical thinking. If you want to learn how to leverage the new year to take steps toward a more robust recovery and a life of meaning, this episode is for you!
14:51
September 03, 2021
Conversations Of Substance
How can the medium of film be used to help people enhance their addiction recovery? In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy is joined by Alex Kaplan, founder of the innovative nonprofit “Of Substance” that creates premium short films focused on overcoming the shame, blame, and stigma of addiction. They explore the ways in which movies can activate vulnerability, help us engage in emotional learning, and allow us to interrogate our own personal narratives. By digging into our personal narratives and journey from different entry points, we can approach recovery in a meaningful, enduring way. If you’re interested in the ways media can help engage us in transformative work, this podcast is for you!
01:10:53
August 27, 2021
Preparing
How can the Hebrew month of Elul be a catalyst for personal transformation?The month of Elul is dedicated to reflecting on how we live our lives, the values that drive us, and the balance between accountability, remorse, growth and rejuvenation. This week, Rabbi Iggy ruminates on this essential period and the purpose of the high holidays. By contemplating the values he personally plans to focus on this fall, Rabbi Iggy takes us on a journey of connection, creativity and refection.If you want to learn how to make the most of this crucial moment in Jewish life, this episode is for you!
26:17
August 20, 2021
To Be “Unhinged And Bubbled Up”
What role does dating play in modern life, and why is it more complicated and confusing than ever?Rabbi Iggy spoke with Serial Dater Phil and Dating Detoxer Liz, hosts of the Unhinged and Bumbled Up podcast, where they offer a light-hearted, relatable and irreverent look at the world of modern dating. In this week's podcast, you can expect dating do’s, don’ts and disasters, with some spit-your-tea-out-funny personal anecdotes, as they bare all about their dating lives. Rabbi Iggy, Phil and Lizz talk about love, rejection, life choices, and the unique partnership they formed as podcast hosts.If you're curious about the complex world of dating, romance, and connection, and what it says about the modern human condition, then this podcast is for you!
01:20:11
August 13, 2021
“…Being Both”
What should we consider when bringing an interfaith approach into our family systems, community and greater culture?In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy speaks with author + journalist Susan Katz Miller about bringing greater awareness to the crucial issue of interfaith life, identity and experiences within the Jewish community and, indeed, all communities of faith.Susan is considered the top expert on interfaith families that follow more than one religion, and has spoken across the country and abroad on this topic. She is author of the book Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, as well as an interactive book designed to help all families figure out their own best pathway, entitled The Interfaith Family Journal.Rabbi Iggy and Susan talk about the issues and challenges that arise within modern families structures, as well as the advantages of bringing an interfaith approach into communal dynamics. If you’re interested in how an interfaith approach can inform both family and individual identity development, as well as the way it can promote a life of meaning, then this episode is for you!
58:49
August 06, 2021
Indelible Rights
What does it take to lead a movement that transforms our nation (and world)? Rabbi Iggy spoke with Evan Wolfson, a pioneer for same-sex marriage and advisor for some of the most important social justice movements today. Evan Wolfson is an attorney and gay rights advocate who founded the historic Freedom to Marry nonprofit. He is also author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry, which Time Out New York magazine called, “Perhaps the most important gay-marriage primer ever written…”Rabbi Iggy and Evan discuss persistence, grit, determination and how to deal with setbacks and disappointments when you’re going after your mission in life. The conversation traverses identity, human rights and the triumph of right action. If you want to learn about the journey of a social justice warrior, then this episode is for you!
01:05:03
July 30, 2021
Show Me The Darkness
What lives at the intersection of mindfulness, recovery, Judaism and developmental coaching? Rabbi Iggy and Melissa Armstrong (Unified Mindfulness L2 Coach) explore the potential for long-lasting transformation and collective healing that lives at this intersection of modalities and philosophies (and how the combination can support recovering addicts in distinct ways).   In this episode, you’ll learn how to build a sense of belonging and self-clarity to fuel your long term recovery (and build your self-esteem!) Rabbi Iggy and Melissa talk about how to enliven your recovery if it’s feeling stale, stagnant or expired in any way (and why this is a normal part of the recovery journey!) This approach is powered by mindfulness, spirituality and recovery tools. If you’re interested in leveraging your shadows, your challenges and your confusion to live a more integrated, whole life in recovery (and beyond), then this episode is for you.
01:03:57
July 23, 2021
Consequences: 70-2021 CE
What can we learn from commemorating the destruction of temple in Jerusalem, a structure lost over 2000 years ago? How is it relevant to today’s world? This week, Rabbi Iggy talks about the choices we make (and the consequences of those choices). Examining the intersection of cultural awareness, sovereignty as well as our individual and collective roles in history, he illuminates the modern lesson that has roots in an ancient catastrophe. If you’re interested in zooming in on an example of the past informing our present, then you’ll love this episode
23:48
July 16, 2021
JewJitsu
Remi Franklin is a native Angeleno, a Jiujitsu practitioner and an entrepreneur who is passionate about Jewish identity. Since the rise of antisemitism in the country, and particularly in LA, he has become a deeply devoted security volunteer, standing guard as highly visible Orthodox Jews make their way to and from Shabbat services.Known as a ‘Shabbat Angel’, Remi uses his talents to be of service to the Jewish community and the safety of all.Rabbi Iggy and Remi talk about the inner and outer work one needs to do in order to feel safe and in order to maintain discipline. They explore what it means to strengthen one’s Jewish identity and support the people in one’s community with skillfulness and heart.
01:06:34
July 09, 2021
Tattoos And Dharma
Shannon Smith encapsulates the intersection of recovery, Buddhism and motherhood unlike most contemporary dharma teachers. For Shannon Smith, integrating the dharma and 12-step Recovery that has resulted in more than 25 years of sobriety.In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy and Shannon Smith talk about secular Buddhism and how it supports addiction recovery. They also discuss the importance of pursuing one’s passions, as well as creating the rise of female-led voices in the Buddhist community. If you’re interested in learning more about these intersections and accessing ways to explore these elements in your own life and recovery, then this episode is for you!
01:07:10
July 02, 2021
Jewish Pride Still
Eve Barlow is a pop culture journalist, and as of late has emerged as a proud voice of Jewish zionist queer identity. As an antisemitism and social justice warrior, Eve is a prominent figure in media outlets today, promoting equality, inclusivity and a push for a non-bias media. As a Hollywood insider, she has been at the center of cultural influence.In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy and Eve talk about the path of finding your own voice, standing up to the establishment and the urgency of fighting antisemitism in the media. *Please forgive some of our audio issues on this episode. 
00:54
June 25, 2021
Pride 2021
In this episode, Rabbi Iggy talks about our feminine and masculine sides, and how the strength of our spiritual connection depends on our ability to contact our own authenticity as well as face all parts of ourselves.We'll examine a range of topics that touch into these themes, including fatherhood and LGBTQI+ identities. If you're curious about the different aspects of self and how they're functioning in your life, then this episode is for you!
16:13
June 18, 2021
The Hollow
Jess Perlman is a queer Reiki master, medium and witch, providing her clients with a multidimensional space of healing, intergenerational clarity development and self-mastery.Growing up Jewish did not make any of these parts of her identity easy to grapple with, and has come to be an evolving, meaningful and integral part of who she is and how she serves in the world.Rabbi Iggy and Jess talk about the intersection of spirituality, the world beyond physical death and the challenges and joys of being a Jewish witch and clairvoyant. It's a discussion filled with specters, souls, quests for belonging and the beauty of a boundless and ever-evolving sense of spirit, self and world.
01:06:26
June 11, 2021
Soul to Soul Coaching
Emotional intelligence and awareness are integral parts of living a meaningful, skillful life (and they're essential components for people in recovery from addiction or dysfunction).Meet a steward of emotional intelligence, Mike Sagun! He is a certified professional men’s coach, offering life-transforming support to those in need. Recognizing the impact and importance of deep emotional health propelled him into his coaching career.He has trained with Challenge Day, Lincoln Center Education in NYC, Bi-Jingo, Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and EVRYMAN. In 2017, Mike delivered a TEDx Talk about why it's so important for young people to have trusted adults in their lives.In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy and Mike talk about the foundation of mens work, somatic and emotional awareness as well as the modalities of breath work and meditation as portals into self-discovery, emotional processing and alignment. They also talk about the power of open ended questions for inspiring self-discovery.If you're interested in exploring the nexus of spirituality, authenticity and growth, then this episode is for you!
01:08:14
June 05, 2021
Opposite Of Forgetting
Memory is an essential component of forming identity. Personal, collective and constructed memory are just a few elements that can inform our approach to connection with self and others, to our recovery and to a life of meaning.In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy discusses the meaningful process of remembering and memory. He shares about the role memorial, memory and remembrance has in our society and culture, as well as ways to build a life of meaning and a stronger recovery fueled by remembering. If you're curious about how memory (cultural and individual) scaffolds identity and shapes who we are, then this episode is for you!
16:30
May 28, 2021
Healing Energy
Christine Marie is a published author, poet, energy healer and a shamanic healer. Through the medium of creativity and shamanic healing, she guides and holds space for others to unearth their true divinity and empowers them to heal themselves.Rabbi Iggy and Christine explore the world of spirits, and the power of healing that's available within each and every one of us.This conversation connects spirituality, healing, creativity and the exploration of meaning. If you're curious about taking your healing journey into your own hands, then this episode is for you.
01:04:52
May 21, 2021
70 Ways
This week we are exploring the idea of learning and growing, and how important it is to find one’s interests and passions. Celebrating the upcoming holiday of Shavuot is a celebration of the torah that was given to (and that continues to add meaning to our lives in a timeless way). In this episode, Rabbi Iggy talks about different ways to interpret this body of wisdom and the way to make it your own. If you’re looking to build a deeper relationship with the Torah, this episode is for you!
19:53
May 14, 2021
Handmade Love
Have you ever wondered what's possible if you could freely share your passion with the world? How might your attitude change? Will your level of service scale in quality if you are doing what you love?In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy spoke with Ben Siman Tov aka @BenGingi on Instagram (“YAAAAAS”) all about this. Ben is someone who has built a life and career around sharing his love and talent with a LOT of people, through the art form of baking.Rabbi Iggy and Ben talk about how feeding people is a spiritual practice. Ben shares about his journey as a self-taught baker who shares food education and positivity with others. If you want to hear about what it's like going after what's most meaningful to you, and the impact of that on your self-esteem, vitality and service in the world, then this episode is for you.
01:17:00
May 07, 2021
Shadow Work
Shadow work is a Jungian idea that is an essential part of the work we must do to create more peace and equanimity in ourselves and our lives.  Creativity, joy, authenticity and recovery are enhanced when we commit to exploring our actions, motivations and values. In this episode Rabbi Iggy explores different approaches to shadow work and explains his spiritual interpretation of it. If you ever wondered what shadow work is or how to start engaging in it, this episode is for you.
20:35
April 30, 2021
Unshakable
Chris Wilson is the co founder of Unshakable Man', a community and brotherhood for men that offers tools for anxiety & stress relief, expanding emotional awareness, unleashing inner power and living a more fulfilling, whole life.In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy and Chris discuss masculinity, emotion intelligence, the entrepreneurial spirit and what it means to be a man in modern life. If you're interested in what it means to slow down and access more meaning in your life, then this episode is for you!
01:07:37
April 23, 2021
Who Sanitizes The Sanitizer?
Marcy Crawford is founder of Embodied Teaching, one of the lead teachers at Unified Mindfulness, as well as a dedicated practitioner. She is a meditation teacher, but not just any meditation teacher. She is the the teacher that other meditation teachers come to to learn how to be an effective meditation teacher .In this episode of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy and Marcy discuss the true essence of mindfulness, and the distinct and diverse ways the practice can truly change your life. They talk about its use in education, parenting, trauma-repair and many other aspects of life. Marcy shares not only about her own journey with mindfulness, addiction recovery and living into your life's mission, but also on how to train people who teach and lead others.If you're curious about how mindfulness can benefit your whole life, your service and your impact, then this episode is for you.
01:16:59
April 16, 2021
Counting What Matters
We count so many things in life:  money, possessions, real estate and other material things. We also count sobriety and recovery time.But, how do you count the things that matter? The things that matter include the values you hold dear, and the things you treasure in yourself and others.Counting the omer is a thousand year-old tradition that reminds us to improve, change, grow and focus on our individual selves. Rabbi Iggy talks about his 49 values that point to the 49 days of the omer. If you're interested in enhancing your recovery, join us in counting the omer.
27:29
April 09, 2021
Street Theology
Pastor Mick's journey is nothing short of miraculous.  Salvation came unexpectedly and dramatically for this British Christian Pastor, after overcoming a traumatic past and traveling the dark roads of addiction and violence.  Today, his life's work is fully centered on supporting highly vulnerable and marginalized people, including addicts and houseless people, in the UK.Rabbi Iggy and Pastor Mick talk about his story, his deep faith and some life changing street theology. Pastor Mick's story and mission carries both inspiration and a powerful message of hope and purpose for each and every one of us.
54:31
April 02, 2021
Prison Of The Mind
Have you ever felt enslaved in your life? To someone else, to craving, or even to a behavior?The question is: How do you cultivate an enduring sense of freedom in your life? Is freedom given to us, or do we have to claim it? Is it possible to be enslaved to your desires?These are just a few questions that Rabbi Iggy and Rabbi Mark Borovitz discuss in this episode. As an ex con and recovering addict, Rabbi Mark knows all too well what it means to me imprisoned from the outside AND the inside. Both Rabbis talk about liberation, recovery and why Passover is the holiday of recovery.If you're interested in understanding how Passover offers us a way into evaluating contemporary enslavement and freedom with the recovery journey, this episode is a MUST LISTEN!
59:47
March 26, 2021
No Controlling The Uncontrollable
The future is never secure. Many of us meet the future with a mixture of fear, excitement, trepidation and readiness.In this podcast episode, Rabbi Iggy talks about the spiritual nature of uncertainty, our attempts to control the uncontrollable and offers some ideas on how to meet what’s coming with equanimity and dignity.If you're looking for  a spiritual perspective on navigating the unknown with a sense of hope and overwhelm-prevention, then this episode is for you!
21:27
March 19, 2021
Can We Trust Reality?
The reality we live in seems so solid, fixed, REAL. However, it's actually quite fragile and easily manipulated. We may find ourselves seeking the truth within the fake (and not even know we're DOING that), making meaning out of whatever we see (or don't see) in the world around us.For Laura Cosner, who works in digital special effects by day and maintains a rigorous meditation practice in her daily life, this tension is felt every day. Rabbi Iggy and Laura break down what it can look and feel like to live in that tension of 'real' and 'imagined' phenomena. How much can we trust reality? What do many of us reveal and conceal about ourselves as we move through our relationships, goals, career and daily lives? And how exactly does this tension between the 'real' and 'imagined' lead to increased equanimity and joy?If you're curious about the nature of reality, and want new perspectives on how to see yourself and the world, then this episode is for you.
01:05:19
March 12, 2021
The Creative
The creative process is a complex one. Much like recovery, it's not linear: it has its ups and downs. Making your voice heard can be difficult, and creating your life's work or your art can be filled with excitement and peril.In this episode, Rabbi Iggy talks to musician and actor Michael C. Fox about music, the creative process, making meaning and fame. Together, they discuss process vs. outcome and making connections across the digital divide. If you're looking for new perspectives on the creative process, and ways to navigate it all while staying the course, then this episode is for you.
01:16:59
March 05, 2021
Revealing And Concealing
Why do we wear masks? What’s our fascination with pretending to be someone or something else? Does the mask create a barrier from the world, or does it offer connection? And, what is the connection between masks and addiction?These are a few of the questions Rabbi Iggy answers in this Purim episode of Tattoos & Torah. He examines the roles we play in life, and the fine line between revealing and concealment. If you want to learn about how to use masks in your every day in healthy ways, then this episode is for you.
19:47
February 26, 2021
Contemplative Action
We all feel anxiety, anger, frustration or even craving sometimes. We all have those 'freak out' moments once in a while (or perhaps too often!)How do we deal with emotion when it arises? What tools can we use to gain clarity and awareness, as well as address and recover from these moments in life? And how do we know if we're moving in the right direction, or when to change course?Rabbi Iggy and mindfulness coach Jessica Lipman discuss different ways we can emotionally self-regulate, from across psychological frameworks, contemplative traditions, and mindfulness techniques, in order to gain deeper self-mastery, access ease, resilience, and relief, and ultimate increase satisfaction in life. If you're looking for ways to develop an understanding of what’s going on in your mind, body and spirit, and ultimately deepen your sovereignty and recovery, then this episode is for you.
01:07:19
February 19, 2021
Yes, Wait, Something Better Is Coming
Prayer does not have to be a religious practice, but rather a tool to strengthen our recovery and our quest for more meaning in our lives. For many, prayer is a difficult skill to master. What are the different ways we can approach prayer? Who exactly should we pray to? What if no one is listening? Does the universe really have our back?In this episode, Rabbi Iggy shares about his approach to prayer, going into the challenges he's faced with prayer and ways he's overcome those challenges to support his spirituality. If you're looking to find your way into this ritual and practice on your own terms, then this episode is for you.
18:49
February 12, 2021
The Young Mystic
The orthodox world is impenetrable for many. How do they frame God? What is spirituality to an observant Jew? How do they see their role in the world? In this podcast episode, Rabbi Iggy and Rabbi Chanan Drew Rose discuss these questions. They also share their views on Jewish recovery from a mystical sense, as well as how to bridge the gap between tradition and innovation. If you're interested learning more about the intersection of the orthodox world and Jewish recovery, this is a must listen.
01:15:06
February 05, 2021
Hello Darkness My Old Friend
At some point or another, we all must face a dark night of the soul. Edgar Allen Poe wrote “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” When we arrive to the Dark Night, how do we move forward? How do we traverse the fear, anxiety and loneliness of that darkness? How do we hold space for what's on the other side of it, trusting the process?In this episode Rabbi Iggy reads a few texts about this type of struggle, sharing some key ideas for examining how we experience our caliginosity. If you're looking for ways to skillfully move through the Dark Night and find ways to overcome, then this is a must listen.
19:58
January 29, 2021
Encountered, Centered.
We all seek connection. We all seek a clear direction for our lives. We all want supportive, secure, loving relationships.So, how do we go about achieving clear, aligned connection? What resources can we invest in on this path of connection?Rabbi Iggy and Dr. Judy Markose, esteemed relationship and life coach, share one process for creating a vision for the life you want and the roadmap that can lead you to living fully into your vision.If you're looking to develop more emotional awareness, self-clarity and interpersonal health, then this podcast episode is for you.
01:06:11
January 22, 2021
Do You Have A Mission?
We all deserve a meaningful life, one filled with moments of joy, happiness and growth. Life may be filled with challenges and obstacles (even amidst the successes and joys). We can usher in the strength to face it all, and access depth and clarity in the process.So, how do you go about LIVING from this place? How do you cultivate a meaningful life (and all the skills required to sustain it)?In this episode, Rabbi Iggy offers a process for developing a meaningful life: How to create a mission statement for yourself (and how to use it get closer to your life’s full potential).If you want to take the first step toward changing for the better, then this episode is a must listen.
27:11
January 15, 2021
Political Animal
Modern life is filled with politics. Whether you follow it or not it affects all of us. From policies to making our voices heard and count. This year has been a tumultuous one for politics and the people who work in that world. Rabbi Iggy talks to Brad Bauman who is the Founder and CEO at Fireside Campaigns which is a digital and communications consulting firm operating in the political space. He has worked for electoral and issue campaigns at every level and as a Senior Advisor for several Presidential campaigns and so much more. If you ever wanted to hear about the insider view of DC or how life is shaped for a political animal then this episode is for you.
01:20:55
January 08, 2021
Spiritual Economy
Episode 52, the last episode of the season is marking a whole year of learning about how to live a life of meaning and create a robust recovery. It is devoted to new beginnings and our personal spiritual growth. Rabbi Iggy talks about opening a spiritual bank account, spiritual budgeting and how to invest in ourselves. We examine how to deposit into the account so we can flourish, grow, live in abundance and able to afford dealing with life unexpected twists and turns. If you ever wanted to find a moment to start a new, or wandered how to take first steps to live a live of meaning, have more joy in your life and a strong recovery? Then this episode is for you.
30:50
January 01, 2021
The Poet And The Rabbi
Poetry, Few arts are as calming, inspiring and thought provoking. Celebrated Poet Joanna Solfrian shares how she “makes her soul explicit” in her conversation with Rabbi Iggy. Talking about inspiration, creation and the discipline of art making Joanna reads her poems and shares her process. Having a favorite poem committed to memory is a must for those who seek a life of meaning and increased recovery says rabbi Iggy. If you ever wanted to hear a poet talk about what it feels like to get to read in front of a public. Or if you ever wondered what it would be to be a poet or how to get started writing poetry,  then this episode is for you.
01:18:40
December 25, 2020
Beauty And The Beige
Things that are beautiful attract us. Even our own tradition tells us that beauty has the capacity to expand a person's heart.Adele Beiny is an Instagram influencer who knows how to create beauty, and inspires people to live by design (not default).In this episode, Rabbi Iggy and Adele go deeper than design, diving into life beyond Instagram. They discuss their similar orthodox upbringing, the pitfalls of having a successful brand, and the true beauty of connection. If you ever wanted to know how to elevate your life through design and meaning (but don't know where to begin), and if you're curious about what spirituality and design have in common, then this episode is for you.
01:06:20
December 18, 2020
There Lies A Spark
How do you fight darkness? How do you move through and overcome (even with a lack of motivation and inspiration)?In this episode, Rabbi Iggy talks about his approach to the questions, sharing ways we can continue growing, continue strengthening our recovery, and cultivating more meaning in our lives.Chanukah reminds us of how to balance the light and darkness.If you want to dive deeper into the richness of Chanukah, and seize this moment to make a change in your life for the better, then this episode is for you.
25:38
December 11, 2020
We Are The Champions
Ever wonder what it would feel like on the podium at the Olympics? What do top athletes tell themselves to push harder and gain momentum? What goes through your mind when you are the BEST at what you do?  In today's podcast episode, Rabbi Iggy and Dr. Markus Rogan dive into these questions, and talk about what it took for him to be an Olympian. In their conversation, they uncover that the road to recovery and the road to self fulfillment are very similar paths. Rogan shares the lessons he learned as an Olympic athlete, which he now shares with individuals, corporations and top performance teams to help them achieve their goals and strive for excellence. As a therapist and a performance coach, Dr. Rogan knows what works to achieve high performance. Not only that, though, he knows how to locate the best in others and how to to work with them through failure, pain and sacrifice to get them to success. If you're curious about what it takes to be a champion, and how to integrate those components into your own journey of transformation and high performance, then this episode is for you.
01:06:12
December 04, 2020
Practical Gratitude
What is the difference between saying 'thank you' and having gratitude? How do you practice gratitude authentically? Giving thanks and gratitude are not the same. Saying 'thank you' is the inevitable result of actions we take, lessons we learned and appreciation of what we have gone though. Gratitude is being able to look at our life and our experience and acknowledge what we know, fee and appreciate now that we didn’t before. The words 'Thank you are the acknowledgment of how our life is better BECAUSE of our experiences (whether they're good and bad)! How can I come to be grateful for all conditions and circumstances of my life (even the painful ones)? If you're looking to expand your experience of gratitude to include all parts of your life, then this podcast episode is for you.
21:46
November 27, 2020
Dream Building
What exactly defines success? What makes a person successful? How do you break into a new industry? Our guest on today's podcast episode, Nathen Aaren, has been working with executives and brands for years, helping them reach their next level of success. He is a speaker, entrepreneur and dream life seeker. Working with fortune 500 companies & Grammy Award winning artists, he is the podcast producer of two podcasts which charted #1 across iTunes.In this episode, Rabbi Iggy and Nathen dive into the idea of success. They discuss how to transform your life, how to truly develop your passions, and what it takes to follow your dreams to fruition. Are you looking for a powerful coaching moment to fire you up and recharge (and redefine) your motivation? Are you interested in getting clear on what you stand for and going after what matters most to you? Then this is a must-listen episode.
01:15:59
November 20, 2020
Service And Sacrifice
There is a deep connection between seeking meaning and cultivating connection. Finding meaning in life, clarifying the values we hold dear, and the connection we feel to the world and people: how are these interconnected and informing each other everyday?  Many of us want joy, equanimity, happiness, gratitude and mindfulness in this life. But achieving those things is dependent on a few factors. In this episode, we're talking about one of those major factors: SERVICE. Being of service is a major component in how we feel in the world, the actions we take and how we can cultivate a strong sense of self within us. By being of service, we acknowledgment through our actions that we MATTER, that we have value and that we can overcome our shortcomings. Being of service is the path to making a difference (and cultivating our ongoing legacy on this earth).If you want to dig into the notion of service and how to find your path to service in this world, this podcast episode is for you.
20:28
November 13, 2020
To Stare Back At It
George Haas is one of the most respected dharma teachers in the world, integrating attachment repair and meditation to support people in living more meaningful lives. Surviving abuse, trauma, addiction, abandonment and tragedy, his take on life is unique and inspiring. Not only that, he is an acclaimed artist whose art is featured at the MOMA, the Hammer Museum and the Library of Congress. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy and George talk about survival, AIDS-era New York City, photography, art, spirituality, Buddhism, Queerness. They also talk about his latest book, the Lower Manhattan Dormitory Effect. If you’re looking to hear about how Buddhism and meditation can support people who are recovering from addiction, then this episode is for you. Also, if you've ever wanted to know what spiritual leaders talk about then when they hang out, then you’ll want to check out this episode!
01:19:17
November 06, 2020
Misfits And Maladjustments
We often focus on the light in us, the beauty of the well illuminated path and the spark of the divine in all things. But there is enormous beauty in the shadows, too. In our inner chaos and Biblical Tohu Vavohu. The wonder that is in us and compels us to ask questions and to explore. Ever wonder why we wear masks? Why in so many cultures we celebrate the day of the dead or Halloween and the like? To honor that fringe of darkness, Rabbi Iggy and Ben L talk about being drawn towards the strange, vociferous and the unconventional. From skulls to Beethoven, from Heroine to recovery, they discuss the serpentine road that leads us to a life of meaning.If you’re fascinated with the dark side, then this episode is for you
54:13
October 30, 2020
"Instant Karma Is Going To Get You"
How do you go about transcending tragic events in life? How can you move from a place of confusion and hatred into into a life of devotion, heart practices and a path committed to decreasing suffering? What is Karma (and what are some ways of understanding its role in our lives today)? In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy speaks with Dave Smith, internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author. Dave shares about his journey in life through music (as a touring rock musician), addiction and Buddhism, the lessons he learned along the way and some of the darker sides of mindfulness, Dharma and recovery. Dave teaches residential meditation retreats and classes, provides trainings and consulting in both secular and Buddhist contexts, and works with students through his meditation mentoring program. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He recently founded the Secular Dharma Foundation and lives in Paonia, Colorado.If you’re interested in learning ways to decrease suffering and increase contentment, then this episode is for you!
01:10:16
October 23, 2020
Capital G Gay
Coming it out is not just a proclamation. It’s not just an affirmation. It is an act of bravery and assertion. It’s a statement : This is who I am! In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy explores the nuances of coming out and how he approaches the integration of queer identity with spiritual identity.In many ways, coming out marks the beginning of something. The practice of coming out weaves into a life long emotional, psychological and spiritual practice, because we live in a mostly heteronormative world that requires a consistent ‘coming out’ in the occupying of space as a queer person. (Coming out isn’t something that happens just once for many of us… It can be an ongoing aspect of being queer). Queer spirituality is not a common tandem. In fact, few people articulate the relationship between their LGBTQI+ identity and their spiritual world.Rabbi Iggy talks about his own experiencing with coming out, the lessons he learned in the process, and how his origins within a Jewish Orthodox home impacted his coming out. Growing up in a Jewish Orthodox home, with no visible gay role models, coming out was a complex journey. His spiritual expedition takes on a tour of his stops along the way, and the principles he developed that have helped him find comfort in his own skin while fully embracing his spiritual life and path. If you are interested in the cross section of spirituality and queer identity, if you’re looking for support in your own coming out journey, or if you want to hear about the community you belong to, then this podcast episode if for you.
29:43
October 16, 2020
The Power of Conviction
How do we beat hate and undo discrimination as a culture in 2020 (when the institutions that guide and govern us are modeling divisiveness, exclusion and hate)? How do we fight back and create a world of inclusion, acceptance and a celebration of diversity, when the world around us is filled with discrimination, ignorance and barbed speech? What does it take to skillfully stand up for ourselves, and to advocate for ourselves as well as other marginalized people and communities around us? On this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy speaks with Dr. Rachel Fish, activist, scholar, published author, mother and all-around badass woman. As someone who works to dismantle and address different types of discrimination, including antisemitism, homophobia, Islamophobia and more, she and Rabbi Iggy discuss what it takes to make a change in people’s lives, and how to make sure our future generations are protected from discrimination and violence. Dr. Rachel Fish is the founding Executive Director of the new Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism is Robert Krafts (owner of the New England Patriots) foundation to catalyze dynamic new solutions to stop the age-old hatred of antisemitism, homophobia, Islamophobia and much more. If you want to learn how to beat hate and bigotry, as well as address self-hate and ultimately create positive change the world, then this episode is for you!
01:11:18
October 09, 2020
Doctors, Addicts And New ideas
Do spirituality and science live on different planes? Do we need to leave our spiritual practices and beliefs at the door before entering the lab? In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy and Dr. Michael McGee talk about the role spirituality plays in the world of science, medicine, hospitals and institutions, as well as addiction rehab. They also discuss the emerging variety of the different kinds of addictions we are facing these days. Dr McGee teaches people to successfully learn to stop engaging in the use of addictive substances or behaviors. He provides advising for people on how to heal, repair their lives, and realize their full potential. Rabbi Iggy and Dr. McGee discuss new ways to look at addiction and addicting behavior, and how a careful examination of the self as well as medical practices can improve all areas of our lives. If you ever wondered how doctors treat patients struggling with addiction and what tools they use to help address the pain and suffering and cultivate relief, then this podcast is for you.
57:38
October 02, 2020
The Sound Of Silence...
In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy reflects on the concept of silence and solitude as a spiritual practice. He transforms our approach to a prayer said on Yom Kippur into a tool for finding meaning in our lives and examine the self. He shares how recovery can teach us how to more effectively spend time in reflection and inspiration (and why making space for silence in our lives is a powerful enhancement for our addiction recovery journey). If you're looking for ways to cultivate your relationship with your higher power, increase your intuitive strength and emotionally regulate using your own consciousness (mind, body, nature), then this episode is for you." 
26:33
September 25, 2020
Misfits, Warrior Women And Rabbis
New beginnings require us to look inward, muster up some bravery, and take action.When we prime ourselves and move into these new beginnings, we get to forge a path of change for ourselves and find not only strength, but wisdom and insight in the process. We exercise our sovereignty and proclaim to ourselves and to the world - I MATTER. I have God-given, intrinsic value to be, to exist and to thrive. I get to choose, and by doing so, I manifest my right to live, to love, to express myself and to make a difference. Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) is the perfect opportunity to talk to pioneer and visionary Harriet Rossetto who, over 30 years ago, created Beit T’Shuvah, the first Jewish Residential rehab. Her view that everyone is capable of redemption is at the core of BTS and remains to this day not just an idea, but a way of life for many recovering addicts. In this episode, they explore these topics: How does one change? What are the steps one needs to take to create a better life? How do we truly adopt the belief that we matter? Check out this episode that captures Rabbi Iggy and Harriett Rossetto's conversation about what it means to help people change for the better.
58:42
September 18, 2020
Beyond The Veil...
God-shots, moments of clarity or near death experiences happen to people all the time… These phenomena are hard to explain, but they create a profound, lasting impact for many. These moments influence our own understanding of faith, God, spirituality and soul. In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, we dive into the power of the near death experience, and the ways in which they can serve as the portal into those life-changing spiritual insights. Our guest this week, Dr Eben Alexander is author of the book ‘Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife’, which was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 97 weeks. He has been featured widely in the media and across a range of communities, having presented at hundreds of lectures around the world in churches, hospitals, medical schools, and academic symposia, as well as appearing on TV shows including Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. In this episode, Dr. Alexander speaks to Rabbi Iggy about his personal experience with out of body and near-death experience (NDE), which he experienced while in a meningitis-induced coma in 2008. Their conversation about consciousness, its nature and reality, and the lessons we can learn from moments of almost crossing over, provokes many inquiries about our values, our connections and our world. If you’re interested in diving deep into spirituality, soul work and what connects us all, then this is MUST-LISTEN episode. (edited) Join us in our weekly recovery meetings (they’re free!): https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/groups Listen to all of our episodes of Tattoos and Torah, and subscribe here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/podcast Want to support our community on their path of recovery? Make a donation here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/donate Follow us on Instagram for our latest tips and motivation: https://www.instagram.com/tshuvahcenter/ Get our latest updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and more here: https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/events ABOUT T’Shuvah Group T’Shuvah Center is a Jewish recovery home and community for addicts of all kinds. Based in Brooklyn, NY, we integrate Jewish wisdom, text and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12 Steps; and spirituality to help those suffering find a path to recovery.  If you have the desire to cultivate transformation for yourself, you have a place here.
01:12:21
September 11, 2020
For Every Moment We Had
From the moment we are born and draw our first breath, we start the countdown to the day we give out our last one. This clock is inherent to our lives. Birth, in fact, starts the clock. Life causes it. Our challenge while we’re here is to honor every moment of life, to witness it’s precious uniqueness and make sure we create meaning out of it. The sacredness of life is in the tension between fleeting moments and the timeliness of each one, between fragility and strength. Each moment is laden with potentiality. Each life filled with lessons of love, connection, compassion and beauty. WE ALL HAVE ADDICTIONS! Our challenge is to not just to find recovery but to learn how to live life better because of it. As humans on this diverse path of life, riddled with struggle, joy, triumph, addiction, transformation and everything in between, we also have an opportunity to FACE the pain of addiction that leads to overdose, and do so together. It is in this spirit that we also honor those we’ve lost to addiction on this International Overdose Awareness Day. We do not need to hide from the reality and impact of addiction (nor can we AFFORD to ignore it). In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy explore a range of ways we can make meaning in our life and meditate on the role of loss, death and the life we have. If you are curious about what judaism and other spiritual wisdoms teach about death, loss, life and meanings then this episode is for you. Join us in our weekly recovery meetings (they’re free!): https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/groups Listen to all of our episodes of Tattoos and Torah, and subscribe here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/podcast Want to support our community on their path of recovery? Make a donation here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/donate Follow us on Instagram for our latest tips and motivation: https://www.instagram.com/tshuvahcenter/ Get our latest updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and more here: https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/events ABOUT T’Shuvah Group T’Shuvah Center is a Jewish recovery home and community for addicts of all kinds. Based in Brooklyn, NY, we integrate Jewish wisdom, text and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12 Steps; and spirituality to help those suffering find a path to recovery.  If you have the desire to cultivate transformation for yourself, you have a place here.
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September 04, 2020
"Hovering Over The Water"
Our oceans cover 71% of Earth’s surface: that’s serious presence. And yet, we mistreat them, fear their majesty, and abandon them to pollution, poison and trash. From a spiritual perspective, when we start the book of Genesis, we read that God’s spirit floats above the water. This primordial essence, the vital part of our existence, is there: setting the stage, cradling life, and containing all of the world’s potentiality. Here is a truth that humans do not LIVE into today: We are charged with the care of these sacred waters. There is a physical and spiritual impact here. The question I ask is: Is our mistreatment of the oceans and our environment a reflection of our abandonment of our spiritual life? Can we truly build spiritual strength when we act in ways that are disconnected from our physical environment? Talking to Markus Reymann from TBA21-Academy, an organization devoted to pushing our knowledge, vital conservation and experience of the ocean through the arts we explore the themes and ideas behind his passion and the actions we must take to save our environment! In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy and Markus Reymann (Actor and Ecology Activist with TBA21-Academy) explore a range of ways we can go about saving the environment. If you are curious about what your role can be in ocean conversation (and about the  work that’s already underway to preserve our natural treasures), then this episode is for you. Join us in our weekly recovery meetings (they’re free!): https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/groups Listen to all of our episodes of Tattoos and Torah, and subscribe here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/podcast Want to support our community on their path of recovery? Make a donation here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/donate Follow us on Instagram for our latest tips and motivation: https://www.instagram.com/tshuvahcenter/ Get our latest updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and more here: https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/events ABOUT T’Shuvah Group T’Shuvah Center is a Jewish recovery home and community for addicts of all kinds. Based in Brooklyn, NY, we integrate Jewish wisdom, text and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12 Steps; and spirituality to help those suffering find a path to recovery.  If you have the desire to cultivate transformation for yourself, you have a place here.
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August 28, 2020
The Voice Of Your Soul; passion and creativity.
Who are you really? How do we find out the language of our self? The language your soul? How do we find our passion? Ignite our creativity? Why is it important in recovery? This episode is for you if you want to get on your way to have more creativity, more meaning and more spirituality in your life? Wonder is the source of creativity, self expression and the moments we stand back and appreciate the majesty of the world. Reading AJ Heschel ideas about wonder and radical amazement “the state of maladjustment to words and notions, is therefore a prerequisite for an authentic awareness of that which is…” When we think of it, Mental cliches, conventional notions. Who wants that? There is a great beauty and great advantage to being a person in recovery sometimes. The brownness of it all , serves as an immune to the banality of it all. In the way that the the big book says ” turning your liabilities into your assets we can turn to our distrust of the system, the rejection of normal mores. To help us find wonder. to embrace our higher incomprehension. Not understand and dismiss but to use it as a step towards discovery, something that might seem wondrous. Not to dismiss it because we don't seem to understand it! Doing that feeds our sense of worthlessness and is toxic. Just because we don't understand at this moment does not say we cant. We have to bravely ask, How can this be? How can it exist? Why is it so? To take our maladjustment and to use it as a lens to see the world. To find radical amazement. To experience life and by doing so to live it. To be it. Create practices that help us find our voice and our creativity like silence maybe ? As Father Richard Rohr suggests The ego loves something it can take sides on. Yet true interior silence does not allow you to take sides. That is one reason contemplation is so liberating and calming. There are no sides to take and only a wholeness to rest in—which frees us to act on behalf of love. we have to be challenging conventional wisdom. We have to ask questions, we have to create room for silence and observation and we have to keep finding new meaning. THAT is creativity and from there we get to see what we want to say to the world. To create. To smile when we see beauty that we perhaps created. We have to either find and art or a hobby.. something that we create.... Join us in our weekly recovery meetings (they’re free!): https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/groups Listen to all of our episodes of Tattoos and Torah, and subscribe here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/podcast Want to support our community on their path of recovery? Make a donation here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/donate Follow us on Instagram for our latest tips and motivation: https://www.instagram.com/tshuvahcenter/ Get our latest updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and more here: https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/events ABOUT T’Shuvah Group T’Shuvah Center is a Jewish recovery home and community for addicts of all kinds. Based in Brooklyn, NY, we integrate Jewish wisdom, text and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12 Steps; and spirituality to help those suffering find a path to recovery.  If you have the desire to cultivate transformation for yourself, you have a place here.
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August 21, 2020
Holy F*#k, Intimacy And Spirituality
Why is it so hard to talk about sex and intimacy? We are conditioned to feel shame when it comes to sex, intimacy and our wants. We are not taught how to communicate what feels good to us and what we want from our partners. How do we overcome that? How do we take control of our own body and our pleasure? And how does this all connect to our recovery, spirituality and creativity? In this episode of Tattoos and Torah, Rabbi Iggy and Jessica Graham explore the paths one can take to find a more meaningful connection in romantic partnership. They discuss pleasure and spirituality, a well as the way to overcome shame, guilt and fear. Not only that, but they share how recovery and this awareness of intimacy teaches us better ways to live, love and learn about ourselves, our partners and the world. Join us in our weekly recovery meetings (they’re free!): https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/groups Listen to all of our episodes of Tattoos and Torah, and subscribe here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/podcast Want to support our community on their path of recovery? Make a donation here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/donate Follow us on Instagram for our latest tips and motivation: https://www.instagram.com/tshuvahcenter/ Get our latest updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and more here: https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/events ABOUT T’Shuvah Group T’Shuvah Center is a Jewish recovery home and community for addicts of all kinds. Based in Brooklyn, NY, we integrate Jewish wisdom, text and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12 Steps; and spirituality to help those suffering find a path to recovery.  If you have the desire to cultivate transformation for yourself, you have a place here.
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August 14, 2020
LOVE: For Those Who Seek it.
Are you looking for love? How do we maintain it once we “have” it? How does one find it? In this episode we will talk about all these and how to understand ourselves better and what love is… Consider this: Like most things in life it’s not easy. But it can be done meaningfully. The ancient greeks had six different definitions or varieties of LOVE. Looking at love from their perspective can inspire us to move beyond our current addiction to romantic love I believe that it is in our sources that we fine that the key elements of a satisfying and beautiful relationship comes when we are Caring for the other, making sure the we want them to grow and thrive Every person has his own spiritual essence who’s uniqueness not only is the result of his heredity and education but exists by divine intention. For each and every human being has a specific task to perform in the world, a task that no one else can accomplish though there may well be and more gifted people around to do it If you are interesting in learning about the complexities of love, this episode is for you!! Listen anytime, anywhere: Link in bio to listen and subscribe to #tattoosandtorah Join us in our weekly recovery meetings (they’re free!): https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/groups Listen to all of our episodes of Tattoos and Torah, and subscribe here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/podcast Want to support our community on their path of recovery? Make a donation here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/donate Follow us on Instagram for our latest tips and motivation: https://www.instagram.com/tshuvahcenter/ Get our latest updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and more here: https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/events ABOUT T’Shuvah Group T’Shuvah Center is a Jewish recovery home and community for addicts of all kinds. Based in Brooklyn, NY, we integrate Jewish wisdom, text and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12 Steps; and spirituality to help those suffering find a path to recovery.  If you have the desire to cultivate transformation for yourself, you have a place here.
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August 07, 2020
Surrender: For Those Who Hate Following Rules...
Why surrender ? Why is it important and how do I do it? As a spiritual person, as a spiritual leader I strive to find spirituality and I’ve created a community around me of people that help me do that. But this world is harsh and unforgiving and we are also in constant tension between our intent of a more mindful life and the harsh reality of it of the world that does not always make it easy to maintain equanimity.  So, lets start with some basics,  How do define my spirituality, where is god and most importantly how to do I surrender to my higher power? Join us in our weekly recovery meetings (they’re free!): https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/groups Listen to all of our episodes of Tattoos and Torah, and subscribe here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/podcast Want to support our community on their path of recovery? Make a donation here: www.tshuvahcenter.com/donate Follow us on Instagram for our latest tips and motivation: https://www.instagram.com/tshuvahcenter/ Get our latest updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and more here: https://www.tshuvahcenter.com/events ABOUT T’Shuvah Group T’Shuvah Center is a Jewish recovery home and community for addicts of all kinds. Based in Brooklyn, NY, we integrate Jewish wisdom, text and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12 Steps; and spirituality to help those suffering find a path to recovery. If you have the desire to cultivate transformation for yourself, you have a place here
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July 31, 2020
Talk It And Walk It
Psychologist Seth Menachem and rabbi Iggy discuss the ins and outs of therapy. Examining the difference between spiritual counseling and therapy they find the similarities and major differences in their approaches to the human condition. How do you know who is a good therapist? How to choose one and what does the therapist really think of you? are some of the questions they answer. Along with talking about their curiosity of people, their past encounters where recovery and therapy cross and their dedication to try and help those who suffer…
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July 24, 2020
Parenting Is Not Just For Children
Are you finding that your role as a parent or caregiver is amplifying during this pandemic? Are you wearing more hats now? Are you tasked with navigating family life, home life, work life, your personal passions and projects?. . The question we can ask ourselves at this time is: What is my role as a parent, caregiver and supporter of others? And how do I want to show up for my role and my family?. . Children are the obvious recipients of parenting; but they’re not the only party impacted by parenting and the paradigm of caregiving. Many of us are living in closer proximity these days: our kids are home with us, or perhaps we have pods that help us build consistent connection in this pandemic world. The way we connection is shifting and calling for higher levels of intention and clarity . In this podcast, Rabbi Iggy discusses the vital elements and themes and questions around parenting and intentional roles and relationships, including:  •The elements of integrity, authenticity and courage that are essential for intentional, healthy relationships (and within the role of parenting) •How to approach parenting with a new level of intention to meet the demands and new conditions of this time. •We all worry more, feel more and have to be ON 24/7. So, how do we continue to show up as supportive parents?  •How are we seen by our children and our family? How do we want to be seen? •What core values can we live and teach in our existence?. . If you’re ready to shine a light on your role as a caregiver, parent (and human) in today’s world, and truly support the people all around you (as well as yourself), then this is a must-listen episode . Listen anytime, anywhere: Link in bio to listen and subscribe to #tattoosandtorah
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July 17, 2020
Creativity , Karma and Consequence
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” said Sir Isaac Newton. In our quest for a life of meaning we often find that every decision we make has a consequence (might not be immediate though). That the world often finds a way to balance out what we put into it.  Our creative forces allow us to imagine a new life, a new world for ourselves. We can choose the narratives we tell about life and change the surroundings we create around us.  Talking to writer, artist and ad creative Karl Dunn we explore our abilities to seek meaning, reinvent ourselves, learn from our mistakes and lead an examined life…
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July 10, 2020
Independence
We all strive to feel and be independent ! To feel we have choices and that we can whitstand what life throws at us! But what does independence mean to you? and how do we achive it ? Here are a few ways to get you on the path to achieve independence and self reliance. I offer a few actionable suggestions for stepping up and taking the first steps towards achieving our goal of personal independence.
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July 03, 2020
And The One Who Doesn’t Know How To Ask.
You’re not broken! Your learning environment is If you think about it, we live in a culture that’s designed for one dominant learning and teaching style . However, one of MANY things this pandemic has taught us is that that’s a LIE. Teaching within one style to accommodate one type of learner corrodes our collective capacity to learn (and disregards the diverse array of learning styles that  make up the human experience) . In this podcast episode, Rabbi Iggy interviews Dr. Aviva Goldstein, educator, lecturer and family counselor with a private practice based in Jerusalem. They answer the following questions:  . Why do learning differences make you feel broken? . How do we connect when we feel different or other than? . How do we create space for others to feel comfortable to also belong rather than fit it? . . Check out the episode ( #linkinbio ) to lift the hood on education and how it impacts our perception of self (and our path forward in life!) . #podcast #tattos&torah #mindfulness #shinzenyoung #unifiedmindfulness #meditation #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmonth #mentalhealthawareness #relapseprevention #overcomefear #onedayatatime #wedorecover #recoveryispossible #onedayatatime #recoveryjourney #spiritualawakening #12steps #aa #authentic
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June 26, 2020
Pride, Addiction Recovery And The Sex Positive Journey.
In a conversation with Jeffrey Leavell we explore the story of LGBTQI+ identity, pride and integrity . We talk about being sex positive and how we can use our recovery to help us in understanding our own life and others. We of course also discuss the community and it’s challenges and successes.
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June 19, 2020
Rigorous Honesty
This episode of Tattoos And Torah Rabbi Iggy talks about the power of rigorous honesty. How embrace truth and authenticity as a way of life. This year, the year 2020 might stand for 20/20 vision. Perfect 20/20 vision! Maybe that’s what this year is, a super clear, honest and brisk moment.  We get to see clearly for the first time. We get to face ourselves, our society. Our life. We get to examine ourselves and realize we are at a fork in the road. We now get to choose how to proceed.  Crystallizing knowledge of working with people for many years, rabbi Iggy charts a path for us to follow and suggests practical ways to improve our lives.  You will learn a dozen ways to bring more awareness and action into your day to day life. Rabbi Iggy’s blend of honesty, creativity and approachable spirituality will help you find ways to create more meaning and more contentment in your life.
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June 12, 2020
The Quest For Freedom
Lets talk about how to find freedom? The quest for it is long and never without challanges. Both inner and outer freedom have to be won, earned and carfuly carved out for ourselves. Lets learn how to take inventory? deal with privilage and bring awernes. Lets get practical!
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June 05, 2020
The Rabbi The Meditator And The Unknown.
Jess Lipman (Mindfulness + Mindset Coach) and I dive into the intersections of Judaism and mindfulness. Why it’s so important to to lean into life? How can these two frameworks and philosophies guide us in cultivating deeper fulfillment.? If you want that VIBRANCY and vitality in life we can help.
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May 29, 2020
Breaking The Shanda : Mental health Awareness Month
Breaking the Shanda is about an honest conversation about what so many of us are going through. fear, isolation, anxiety and stress. Its about mental health awareness and about courage authenticity and some comfort that comes from an unexpected place.
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May 22, 2020
The Rabbi, The Turtle, The Drum
Talking and learning with the author of the new book Turtle Boy, Evan Wolkenstein. Discussing mystery, connection, life’s meaning, our emotions baggage, recovery and grief.
01:20:54
May 15, 2020
Otherness
Let’s talk about the experience of ‘otherness’, of Feeling different. Being a gay rabbi is not common. ImLooking at life through that lens what is teaches me...
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May 08, 2020
How do we tell our story? The importance of origin stories
Learning with comedienne and author Sara B (from the amazing well this isn’t normal podcast) We discuss mental health, recovery , origins stories and wigs...
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May 01, 2020
GRIT ! How to balance strength and weakness, fear and courage
What gives us grit? What can we do to have more courage and strength ? The stoic way to look at life .
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April 24, 2020
Wandering Souls. How to make the desert that is our lives to flourish.
Studying with Rabbi Mark Borovitz this week about forgiveness , amends , appeasement and the lessons of this corona virus desert.
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April 17, 2020
Passing feelings and our inner truth
How do we use this moment to grow or how do we just sit with ourselves and not judge or ignore our feelings. Learning about our inner self , observing feelings and about mediation, tattoos recovery and poetry
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April 10, 2020
Yalta, strength of a woman in Talmud
Learning with rabbi Tova from LA . We discuss fragility and strength, vulnerability and authenticity, spirituality and our own lives dealing with the pandemic .
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April 03, 2020
Spiritual Resilience (In times of Covid-19)
A few strategies to help with our thoughts, fears and anxiety during this time of Corona virus. Some tools to help build spiritual resilience.
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March 27, 2020
Beautiful People. Learning with Dylan C
Learning with trendsetter and leading hair stylist Dylan C of Benjamin Salon (LA,NYC) we discuss beauty standards, ugliness and how to live in society when you look and feel different. Also feminism and gayness...
49:37
March 20, 2020
Becoming Yourself
How do you become the person you always wanted to be ? How do we get to know how broken we are and how do we repair ourselves ? Let’s talk about our dark selves and our higher selves
11:01
March 13, 2020
On self worth, self love and self loathing
Why do we treat ourselves so badly ? Why do we feel like everyone else is happy and I’m not ? How do we find our self worth and not compare ourselves to everyone’s else’s seemingly perfect life ... Anxiety, self hate, and the curse of the filters, and social media
18:32
March 06, 2020
Our Own Reflection.
Our Own Reflection. Learning with Author Jonathan B about recovery, commitment, spiritual awakening and identity.
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February 28, 2020
Beloved: Art, Ritual, Love And Pain.
Artist Naama G joins us learning about expectation, art, recovery, pain, compassion and love.
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February 21, 2020
Life’s most important skill; Transition
Transition and fear are constant in our lives . How do we face them?
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February 14, 2020
The Right Choice. How to combat decision fatigue and make better decisions for yourself
How do you make sure you make the right decision ? What can you set in place to help you make the best decisions for yourself ? Learn about decision fatigue and how to fight it.
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February 07, 2020
The Ugly Man
Join me and Jeremy P learning about the ugly man in talmud . We discuss ugly and beauty , addiction and recovery prison and freedom among other things
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February 02, 2020
Living T’Shuvah
How do we ACTUALLY check in on ourselves and our progress? What can we do to live a better life? Here are some tools
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January 24, 2020
“Neither them nor their reward “
This week we discuss recovery and our willingness to get better. What stops us from making the right choices. Are we ready to heal? Talking to Ben L in recovery from drugs and more ...
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January 17, 2020
The start of a better life - A shift in perspective.
Discussing how to shift our perspective in life and how to take the first step towards making our day to day better for ourselves.
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January 10, 2020
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January 09, 2020