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Kabbalah Pod - Contemporary Jewish Spirituality

Kabbalah Pod - Contemporary Jewish Spirituality

By Dr. Yonasan Aryeh
Experience Kabbalah within Orthodox Judaism in an unorthodox way to provide a holistic approach to connecting to HaShem in an intimate relationship.

This is a beginner's approach to basic Kabbalistic concepts and relational living with the intention of immediate and intentional application in your own life.

This is not theoretical Kabbalah or practical Kabbalah - this is Relational Semiotic Kabbalah.

This podcast is a project of YidBrik - Building Jewish Bridges. Learn more at
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Episode 70: Insignificant Mitzvos

Kabbalah Pod - Contemporary Jewish Spirituality

Episode 70: Insignificant Mitzvos

Kabbalah Pod - Contemporary Jewish Spirituality

Episode 117: Rofay Chol Bosor
There’s a simple blessing we recite throughout the day that talks about healing the inner body and it’s complexities. Never before has it been more applicable for me.
March 1, 2021
Episode 116: Power & Real Power
It’s not until you have a power outage that you realize a staple in today’s world compares nothing to real power.
February 26, 2021
Episode 115: How the Little Kite Learned to Fly
To sort great heights on the wings of eagles, we must first overcome our fears and trepidations about the world around us. Join me, as we learn in the parsha, the power of overcoming our self-doubt.
February 8, 2021
Episode 114: Half-Shekels & Inoculation
In this episode Yoni discusses the mitzvah of the half-shekel.
February 1, 2021
Episode 113: You Are The Rose
It may be 2021 now, but that doesn’t mean that everything is sunshine and happiness. We still have a ways to go. After all, this begin with Rosh Hashanah 5781. Let’s continue moving forward, growing as a beautiful rose bush but it’s just been beaten down and pruned.
January 5, 2021
Episode 112: Light in the Darkness
These are dark times, but hope is not lost. Let us celebrate the holiday of Chanukah, a holiday that reminds us a single light can triumph over all.
December 9, 2020
Episode 111: Baruch Atah HaShem
The first three words of a beracha have more meaning then we realize at first. It is crucial that we grab onto this knowledge and I have the right kevanah.
November 16, 2020
Episode 110: Not a Rasha
We all mess up, but we all can recover and move forward.
November 9, 2020
Episode 109: Election and BDE
It may feel like uncertain times, but we need to remember the HaShem still in control.
November 2, 2020
Episode 108: Don’t Lose Sight
This year, and this season, we have a fine line we have to walk: how do we rejoice yet hold back? How do we have a muted or reduced joy? How can we enter the month of Mar-Cheshvan and see the beauty of the month?
October 19, 2020
Episode 107: Reflections on Rosh Hashanah 5781
Join me in this episode as I reflect on the significance of Rosh Hashanah for the year 5781, and how COVID-19 has impacted it.
September 24, 2020
Episode 106: Rosh Hashanah
It’s the birthday of the world. It’s also a time of judgment, yet renewal and promise of a better tomorrow. All of this is fated on your relationship with HaShem. Is He Avinu (father), Malkeinu (king), or both? How do you connect to the Creator?
September 15, 2020
Episode 105: Static vs Clarity
In this episode I discuss how involved static is in every part of our lives, and how essential it is that we remove it during the month of Elul.
August 31, 2020
Episode 104: Same Podcast, New Leg of the Journey
I’m scheduled to go to the Beis Din tomorrow and make the way back to Portland.
August 18, 2020
Episode 103: Traveling, Retreat, and Meditation
On the road, thinking about hosting a retreat, and some thoughts on meditation.
August 12, 2020
Episode 102: Glass Half What?
Is your glass half full, or half empty? Maybe it’s neither…or both.
August 3, 2020
Episode 101: Fasting & Repenting
The Fast of Tammuz and the Three Weeks are upon us. Engage in repentance a meaningful way.
July 9, 2020
Episode 100: Infect with Joy
Thank you for helping me reach 100 episodes! I’d love to get feedback, iTunes reviews, and shares. This episode is about COVID-19, maintaining joy, and being a light to others.
June 30, 2020
Episode 99: Healthy Diet & Healthy Life
The Kabbalistic view of how to eat and live life shows us a life coaching model baked into our Torah existence.
June 22, 2020
Episode 98: Partners in Maintenance
The world is a scary place right now with turmoil from protests, corruption, and COVID-19. Despite that, we can find our purpose and peace in our existence when we remember we are partners in creation and maintenance with HaShem.
June 16, 2020
Episode 97: Sefirah of the Day
There is a Kabbalistic practice to recognize each day of the week has its own theme, based on which sefirah associates to that day. How do these sefiros connect to the entire week and what does that mean for me? How can I find out my own sefirah focus for my life plan?
June 1, 2020
Episode 96: Shavuos and the Power of 50
We are finishing up our counting of the Omer for 5780. As we learn the limitations of our physicality from COVID-19, we reach our penultimate moment of spiritual wholeness: Shavuos. What is the importance of this day, the number 50, and where this will guide is going forward?
May 26, 2020
Episode 95: Torah in Wealth & Poverty
Pirkei Avos teaches us that if we study Torah in poverty then we will study Torah in wealth, and if we do not study Torah in wealth then we will surely not study Torah in poverty. The same lesson applies to our situation during the COVID-19 pandemic. “If only I had more time, then I would study.” Now, we have time. Are we studying?
May 18, 2020
Episode 94: COVID-19 Follow Up
I’ve been off the air while recovering from COVID-19. This is my first episode back and some thoughts regarding the spiritual why to this virus.
May 13, 2020
Episode 93: Connectedness, Sefiros, & Shabbos
The Sefiros are a resonant harmony. So are the days of creation. Let’s use those metaphors to drive us to be more connected to HaShem.
March 23, 2020
Episode 92: Connectedness & COVID-19
The recent pandemic has shown us how interconnected we truly are. How can we use this as a lesson to be more connected to Ein Sof?
March 18, 2020
Episode 91: The Fast of Esther
Purim has a hiddenness to it that we have to uncover. We begin that with the Fast of Esther.
March 9, 2020
Episode 90: Power of the Tongue
We were given life from breath. This breath is part of our inner core. As a result, our words have power. That’s why Shmiras HaLashon (guarding the speech) is essential.
March 2, 2020
Episode 89: Iterations
The Daf Yomi cycle teaches us something critical about the life cycle: we accomplish great work through slow iterations over period of time. What do your iterations look like?
February 18, 2020
Episode 88: Tu B’Shevat & Our Duty
We have a duty to care for our planet. When is a better time to realize and improve on this than the birthday of Aytz Chaim, the Tree of Life?
February 12, 2020
Episode 87: The Darkness of Assimilation
During the plague of darkness, the darkness is so thick that many couldn’t move, except for the observant Jews. Even the Jews who assimilated into the Egyptian culture were frozen in place and subsequently died. Is there a risk to assimilation today?
February 4, 2020
Episode 86: Conversing with HaShem
Davening isn’t the end-all of our communication with HaShem. We can actually communicate with Him, and do, all the time.
January 27, 2020
Episode 85: Cutting Back Imperfection
We aren’t made perfect. We’re made intentionally imperfect in order to give our neshama work to accomplish with our guf. This isn’t just spiritual. Like everything Jewish, everything spiritual has a physical counterpart.
January 23, 2020
Episode 85: Kabbalah & Halacha
In this episode, I discuss the correlation between Kabbalah and Halacha. They relate more than you realize.
January 15, 2020
Episode 84: 20/20
It’s been a while so let’s review: who am I, what is the podcast, how am I qualified to do this podcast, and what’s coming next. I’m Dr. Yoni, and you’re listening to Kabbalah Pod. I’m excited so I hope you are too.
January 6, 2020
Episode 83: Machpiel
Machpiel relates to the term parallel. As it is in heaven, so on earth. As it is on earth, so it is in heaven. How do we connect to that relationally?
December 30, 2019
Episode 82: Internal and External Torah
There are two levels to Torah knowledge: external and internal. To know both one must engage not only in study but also in spiritual work.
December 23, 2019
Episode 81: Not Practical Kabbalah
Kabbalah Pod is relational or semiotic Kabbalah based on traditional theoretical, not practical, Kabbalah, if we needed to put a label on it.
December 16, 2019
Episode 80: Spiritual Work Without Spirituality
Spirituality is an essential part of any meaningful spiritual work. To lack spirituality deprives the work of meaning.
December 9, 2019
Episode 79: Highest Level of Torah
The Ramchal calls Kabbalah the highest level of Torah. What are the implications of this statement?
December 2, 2019
Episode 78: Meditation & Single-Tasking
Life is busy. We’re everywhere doing everything. Multitasking. And it’s bad for us. Slow your roll and consider being meditative instead. Have kevana.
November 25, 2019
Episode 77: Heart & Mind
Some days are better than others. Some days, our hearts and minds are in sync. Other days, they aren’t. When we feel that our heart and our mind are not in sync, that is when need to trust in HaShem.
November 19, 2019
Episode 76: The Mountain High and the Valley Low
In this episode, I discuss the mountaintop experience of the holidays compared to the everyday life in the valley.
November 11, 2019
Episode 75: Shabbos featuring Guest Eliyahu
In this episode my guest speaker and I discuss Shabbos and part of how we make it special. Featuring Eliyahu.
November 4, 2019
Episode 74: 100 Brachos
Many brachos do we need each day? That’s a great question on the letter of the law versus the intent of the law, and in this cause more of a recommended guideline.
October 30, 2019
Episode 73: Walls and Struggles
You can go through every wall and obstacle in your way, as long as you recognize it’s not really there.
October 23, 2019
Episode 72: Sukkos and Our Temporal Nature
Our lives are temporary, but it does not mean our spiritual growth has to be.
October 16, 2019
Episode 71: Give It Your All - Yom Kippur
Take what you gained over this holiday and keep moving forward.
October 7, 2019
Episode 70: Insignificant Mitzvos
No mitzvah is Insignificant if the relationship is healthy.
October 2, 2019
Episode 69: Connect This Rosh Hashana
So many details for the new year, so don’t forget to be in relation with HaShem and identify how that relationship can grow this next year.
September 23, 2019
Episode 68: The Greatest Wisdom is Not to Be Wise
Wisdom doesn’t cut it when facing G-d. By the very un-nature of Ayn Sof, we have to go beyond wisdom. Rebbe Nachman shares profound insight on what HaShem really seeks from us.
September 16, 2019
Episode 67: Elevate the Meal
Food is a way for us to connect the physical and spiritual through brachos and mindfulness. Specifically, kosher food in a CJOTH lifestyle.
September 9, 2019
Episode 66: Elul and Personal Progress
It’s that time again: taking stock of where you are. This year, find yourself, not someone else’s view of you, and work on your relationship with HaShem.
September 2, 2019
Episode 65: Thunder and Lightning
Are you a fan of storms? I am. I love thunderstorms. I love the booms and flashes of lightning. They’re simply amazing.
August 26, 2019
Episode 64: Tov and Hara
What is a dualistic nature? Let’s explore man’s dualistic creative ability and how they need to be in harmony.
August 19, 2019
Episode 63: Object of Our Faith
Where is your faith, in HaShem and the creative ability to heal or in Tylenol? We can take pain medication, but only trust in G-d for the ability to heal. After all, HaShem creates the world every minute.
August 12, 2019
Episode 62: Tisha B’Av and Teshuva
This Tisha B’Av, don’t look for an angry man in the sky. That’s Avoda Zarah. Look instead for redemption and repentance, taking us forward in our collective yahrzeit to a greater future.
August 5, 2019
Episode 61: Too Much or Too Little Faith
Faith in everything? Faith in nothing? How about a holistic, mandorla harmonization?
July 29, 2019
Episode 60: Joy, Teshuva, and the Three Weeks
How does joy connect with teshuva, and what does that have to do with the Three Weeks? Let’s unpack some thoughts of Rabbi Nachman and look to King David for insight.
July 22, 2019
Episode 59: Spiritually Developed or Striving for Truth?
Who should we learn from and when? Must a chavrusa be an expert, or just one who desires to learn?
July 15, 2019
Episode 58: Everywhere and in Everything
HaShem is Ayn Sof. How does that computer in a physical and finite realm? Where is G-d?
July 8, 2019
Episode 57: Attaching One’s Thoughts
To have relationship with HaShem requires attaching ourselves to Him. How? By our thoughts. Then how? By those above us. Stand on the shoulders of giants.
July 1, 2019
Episode 56: Inspiration of Modim
What inspires us to give thanks? Better yet, who and why?
June 24, 2019
Episode 55: BDB & CJOTH
Lots of acronyms but essential way of living and Kabbalistic integration. Be good, Do good, and Be holy. Consciously and Joyously Observant of Torah and Halacha. Tune in and harmonize with me.
June 17, 2019
Episode 54: Open My Lips
A simple phrase at the start of Shemoneh Esrei (Amidah) sets the stage for how we ought to come before HaShem’s throne.
June 11, 2019
Episode 53: Mattan Torah
As Sefiras HaOmer concludes, we look forward to Mattan Torah. Tune in to this cumulative discussion on Sefiros, Torah, and Tikkun Olam relation to Counting the Omer. 
June 6, 2019
Episode 52: Week Seven of the Omer
Let’s chat about the Omer, Sefiros, and the unification of Malchus.
June 3, 2019
Episode 51: Week Six of the Omer
Let’s chat about the Omer, Sefiros, and the unification of Yesod.
May 27, 2019
Episode 50: Week Five of the Omer
Let’s chat about the Omer, Sefiros, and the unification of Hod.
May 20, 2019
Episode 49: Week Four of the Omer
Let’s chat about the Omer, Sefiros, and the unification of Netzach.
May 16, 2019
Episode 48: Week Three of the Omer
Let’s chat about the Omer, Sefiros, and the unification of Tiferes.
May 6, 2019
Episode 47: Week Two of the Omer
Let’s chat about the Omer, Sefiros, and the unification of Gevurah.
May 2, 2019
Episode 46: Week One of the Omer
Let’s chat about the Omer, Sefiros, and the unification of Chesed.
April 30, 2019
Episode 45: Counting the Omer
It’s Pesach, which means it’s time to count the Omer. This simple statement during arvit has major Kabbalistic implications. Let’s take a gander...
April 24, 2019
Episode 44: The Four Sons & PaRDeS
The Pesach Haggadah tells us of four sons. The PaRDeS Aggadah tells us of four men that journeyed through the four levels of the garden. These narratives are metaphors to show us a path. Do you see the connection?
April 15, 2019
Episode 43: Education vs Experience
The bird in the pan or the bird in the bush? PhD or MD? Where does Kabbalah fit in?
April 8, 2019
Episode 42: Revisiting Balance vs Harmony
Balance isn’t the right Kabbalistic concept - Harmony is. It’s an essential difference that changes how we understand yachad - unity - and HaShem.
April 2, 2019
Episode 41: Lifecycle & Leavening
Pesach is coming. We clear the physical of chametz, but what does it mean to deal with spiritual leavening as well? Tune in to find out!
March 25, 2019
Episode 40: Shalom as a Mantra
Learn more about TM, Jewish TM, mantras, and shalom in this episode.
March 18, 2019
Episode 39: You Get What You Give
We reap what we sow. Just like a bank account, there is a return on dividends, in a way. How much do we invest in our pursuit of relationship with HaShem? That helps define the quality and depth of our spiritual tether.
March 12, 2019
Episode 38: Beyond the Mask - the Power of Purim
Drinking, masks, and costumes. Is this really all Purim is about, or is there something more? Tune in to this episode to learn about the power of Purim, beyond the mask…
March 6, 2019
Episode 37: Rabbi & Rebbe
In this episode I discuss the mandorla roles of Rabbi and Rebbe.
February 27, 2019
Episode 36: Deaf & Mute
The resonant harmony of Torah requires us to hear and speak. How does this affect those both deaf and mute?
February 18, 2019
Episode 35: Meditative Prayer
Or is it prayerful meditation? You’ll have to decide for yourself. This episode hashes out a prayer and meditation concept by Rabbi Nachman Breslov.
February 12, 2019
Episode 34: The Meaning of Parsha Mishpatim
Why all these civil laws in the midst of religious life? What’s that have to do with being Jewish?
February 8, 2019
Episode 33: Havdalah
Judaism teaches separating sacred and mundane. How does that apply in our lives? Can we take it too far?
January 7, 2019
Episode 32: Gates & Tehillim
There are 50 gates to HaShem and mankind can access 49 of them. When we can’t find our gate, what do we turn to? The Psalms.
December 24, 2018
Episode 31: The Brace
Rabbinic fences have value. My own experiential metaphor of the brace connects.
December 17, 2018
Episode 30: Habit
I’ve been off the air due to an accident. During this time l learned the value, and struggle, of habits. Tune in to learn more.
December 13, 2018
Episode 29: Eliezer and Meditative Prayer
We see one of the first direct references to meditation being connected to prayer in Parasha Chaiyay Sarah.
November 5, 2018
Episode 28: Pittsburgh
Time the time to mourn. We are mishpacha - family.
October 30, 2018
Episode 27: Balance & Harmony
Don’t rely on just knowledge, emotion, or spirituality to connect to HaShem. Find a holistic and unified approach.
October 23, 2018
Episode 26: O What A Wondrous World
Take a moment and enjoy the beauty and magnificence of creation. Transform it into praise.
October 15, 2018
Episode 25: Commercialization
Don't judge Judaism by the media - judge it by the Torah. Don't live a fast food faith - live a meaningful connection to the Infinite.
October 4, 2018
Episode 24: Temporary Dwellings
Sukkos is a holiday if remembrance and a foreshadow of what’s to come. Our temporary dwelling is more than a sukkah - it’s our life.
September 26, 2018
Episode 23: Kabbalah is Necessary
Kabbalah is necessary, but credible sources are essential.
September 21, 2018
Episode 22: Judgement & Grace
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur recall holiness and judgement. At the same time, we’re supposed to have faith in a loving G-d. How do we reconcile these opposites?
September 17, 2018
Episode 21: Meniscus
Meniscus. A big scientific word for a small spiritual barrier. How do we break through?
September 4, 2018
Episode 20: Rain
Rain is one of the most beautiful expressions of weather HaShem can give us. However, it needs a harmonious balance.
August 31, 2018
Episode 19: Living Torah
We don't need motivational speakers or snazzy Instagram quotes. We have Torah - our living relationship with HaShem.
August 20, 2018
Episode 18: Taking Stock in Elul
In this month of Elul we take stock. We seek relationship with HaShem. Take advantage of that jump-start and keep it going throughout the year.
August 13, 2018
Episode 17: Words Matter
How we act and speak has spiritual impact. Listen to learn more about this circle.
August 8, 2018
Episode 16: Time and Place
In this episode, I discuss the spiritual association of Tisha B'Av on the calendar.
July 24, 2018
Episode 15: Hidden Art
Relationship with HaShem isn't an equation - it's an art form.
July 20, 2018
Episode 14: Three Weeks
In this episode I talk about the Three Weeks from an inner heart perspective. How do these twenty-one days impact you?
July 17, 2018
Episode 13: Echad
The Shema is a statement. Is it One, Alone, or One & Only? How about all of them?
July 11, 2018
Episode 12: The Danger of Kabbalah...?
In this episode we discuss what is dangerous, and what is safe, in Kabbalah and meditation.
July 9, 2018
Episode 11: Don’t Get Caught on the Small Things
Judaism is not a checklist - it’s a relationship. Find beauty in the mitzvoth and help others succeed too.
July 2, 2018
Episode 10: Davening
Prayer is a critical part of a relationship with HaShem. Davening is our manual and starter's guide.
June 27, 2018
Episode 9: Inner Wonders
The body is an amazing wonder we often overlook. That is why we need to say Asher Yatzar.
June 26, 2018
Episode 8: Ascend
How do we ascend? How do we live how HaShem wants us to? It's easier than you may think.
June 25, 2018
Episode 7: Expectations & Impact
In this episode I discuss my visit to the Kotel and how it impacted me.
June 21, 2018
Episode 6: Meaning To The Action
Orthodox Judaism tells us what and how. But what about the why?
June 21, 2018
Episode 5: Keeping Sinai in Our Hearts
Don’t let the mountaintop experience fade away when you experience the valleys of everyday life. Keep it real and in your heart, everyday.
May 24, 2018
Episode 4: Approaching Sinai
Make this Shavuos a special time to connect.
May 18, 2018
Episode 3: Being the Child
Are we G-d’s Children?
May 17, 2018
Episode 2: Chocolate & Repercussions
When we save a sin for later.
May 11, 2018
Episode 1: Who and What is Kabbalah Pod?
In this introductory episode, meet Yoni, learn what this podcast is about, and how Yoni is qualified to talk on the subject.
May 9, 2018