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Inner Judaism

Inner Judaism

By Ruth Schapira
Hi, I'm Ruth Schapira, founder of Inner Judaism, and together we'll explore the depths of Jewish spirituality.
We'll journey to aspects of the soul, discuss Mussar, and how Jewish tradition can speak to you in new and meaningful ways. Through this podcast, I hope you will connect with Judaism in a spiritual way.
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Jewish Meditation: The trait of Envy / Kin'ah
We live in a comparative culture, which tends to breed envy.  We all feel it at times, sometimes by just a tinge of a feeling of want, of envy. This meditation will delve into Mussar, an ancient Jewish spiritual practice, by exploring the character trait of Envy ---in Hebrew, Kin'ah. This meditation will offer you a visualization of an encounter and a different way to respond to envy.  To subscribe to Inner Focus, a motivational spiritual newsletter, subscribe here:
June 28, 2022
The Real Hebrew Meaning of Gratitude
Why is gratitude considered a foundational spiritual practice?  How does understanding the Hebrew meaning of the word explain this?  Listen to the podcast to learn more about the real Hebrew meaning of gratitude.  Visit to learn more about Ruth Schapira and Inner Judaism.  
June 08, 2022
Judaism's Understanding of Speech
What does Judaism have to say about speech?  A lot it turns out. In this episode we'll focus on just one idea, from thousands of years ago....and along the way, you'll learn more about yourself.  For a sourcesheet on this episode, contact me at
May 26, 2022
Jewish Meditation: The Trait of Trust / Bitachon
How can we begin to understand what it means to Trust in God? To trust in the One of All Being?  We can begin by recognizing the trait of trust that we already experience...every single day. We can cultivate our 'mental muscle' to help us gain an ability to have Trust.  With this podcast, you will have the ability to experience the character trait of Trust, of Bitachon (Hebrew). If you were moved by this podcast, please share your experience with me or any feedback at 
May 18, 2022
Jewish Meditation: The Gift of Life
Take a few minutes to appreciate that your very life---your breath---is a gift! 
March 23, 2022
Jewish Meditation: Soul to Soul
How do we bring a sacred quality into our day-to-day interactions? It's not as complicated as you might think. Listen to find out.  
January 21, 2022
What Judaism Says About Making Mistakes
How tolerant are we of our own mistakes?  Can we forgive ourselves when we inevitably screw up?  What does Jewish tradition say about making mistakes?  Listen to this podcast from Inner Judaism to learn more.  Visit for more about the inner life of Judaism. 
January 13, 2022
What Judaism Says: The Big Question
This Inner Judaism podcast discusses the big question of life: Why are you here? What does the Zohar, mystical Jewish writings, say about the purpose of creation? Join me to think about what all this means for you.  You can visit to comment or subscribe to Inner Focus, a spiritual newsletter. 
December 21, 2021
One Response to Dara Horn's People Love Dead Jews
I had to deal with being repulsed by the title of Dara Horn's new book before I could bring myself to read it. But now that I have, you have to read it too. Find out why. 
December 08, 2021
Welcome to Inner Judaism's Podcast
The month of Elul, before Rosh Hashanah, is a time for introspection. It's a time that our tradition tells us God is close to us. What does that mean and how might we respond? 
August 10, 2021