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Soul Sessions with KK

Soul Sessions with KK

By KK
Do you crave meaningful conversations with people of different backgrounds and perspectives? Do you admire certain people from afar but wish you could get to know them on a deeper level? We live in an incredible age, where long-form conversation allows us to connect with those who inspire us beyond the often manufactured sound bites & social media posts we are bombarded with on a daily basis. This is a podcast that seeks to provide our listeners with refreshing content from a variety of guests -a place where we can truly hear their stories. Welcome to Soul Sessions with KK. Find me: @coach.kk
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IS GOD ALSO BEHIND THE BAD? Talking with the Hubster Part 3
I sit down with the Hubster again and we speak about many topics including patriotism or the lack thereof, the state of America and NYC, Antisemitism, and the concept of Evil in the world. I am excited to announce that my husband Ben and his friend Benzi have created a podcast of their own: Judaism Demystified (A Podcast for the Perplexed). https://open.spotify.com/show/0M0ZJBs1MOvvi1IeU2HQIn?si=zWECddOsRlqcYmwqAWWK_w&dl_branch=1 Follow them on Instagram @judaism.demystified!
54:45
July 6, 2021
WHEN A DIET ISN’T JUST A DIET with Barbara Schiffer
We often have a picture in our head of what a person with an eating disorder looks like. Or we think that there must have been something external that contributed to the eating disorder. 💜 Barbara Schiffer @asoberjewishgirl proves otherwise. She grew up in a “normal” home where there was no body shaming nor any comments about food. Barbara takes us inside her complicated internal world and shows us that many of her issues stemmed from having an addictive personality. 💜 How did a simple and harmless diet turn into a full blown eating disorder? Does one ever fully recover? Barbara takes us along her bumpy ride of her eating disorder, rehab, and sobriety. 💜 I challenge you to listen to this interview with an open mind and an open heart. Barbara may not dress or observe like you but she is still a Jew who believes in God and the Torah. 💜 *Reminder: If you or anyone you know might be suffering from an eating disorder, please get immediate help. ———————————————————- •You can find Barbara on https://www.Instagram.com/asoberjewishgirl. •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk. •If you enjoyed this episode, please hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and SHARE with people who would be interested! Also please feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! I truly appreciate it ❤️. *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
55:57
June 23, 2021
LOVE, LOSS, & HOPE with Dina Kalaty
Dedicated in loving memory of Sarina Rut bat Ephraim and Ester bat Eliyahu. May their memories be a blessing. —————————————————————- Is Grief something that goes away? Or is it something that stays with you for the rest of your life? ❤️ In episode 47, I sit down with my friend Dina Kalaty, a parenting and mindfulness coach, about Love and Loss. This is the first time she is speaking on a podcast and it is a true honor. ❤️ Dina talks to me about her relationship with two special souls: her baby girl Sarina z”l and her sister in law Dorina z”l. She shares how they both impacted her life (and the life of others) while they were alive and even after they passed away till this very day. ❤️ Can one be happy again after loss? Is there hope after tragedy? Dina tackles some of these questions and more. ❤️ Dina also talks about why she decided to become a parenting coach and how she embraced her Judaism wholeheartedly. ❤️ This is an episode that will leave a lasting impression on your heart. Enjoy! Just grab a box of tissues before you start… ————————————————————— •You can find Dina on https://www.Instagram.com/dinakalaty •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk. •If you enjoyed this episode, please hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and SHARE with people who would be interested! Also please feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! I truly appreciate it ❤️. *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
01:09:31
June 15, 2021
GREEN-EYED MONSTER: THE LITTLE “KORACH” WITHIN US
I got great feedback from last weeks short episode and I thought to do another one this week! Thank you for your support and feedback! This weeks Parasha shows us the devastating effects of jealousy. How does jealousy take over someone’s life? How can we be commanded not to covet or desire what others have when it’s only natural? I try and tackle some of these questions in episode 46 of Soul Sessions with KK! Please subscribe, leave a review, and share if you enjoy!!
09:16
June 10, 2021
WHAT MAKES YOU JEWISH? With KK
This episode is very different from what I usually do... I’m basically giving a monologue without interviewing anyone. I speak about Jewish identity and Jewish pride. This is based on a speech I gave in my synogogue last week. I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review! Thank you for listening💜
17:47
June 2, 2021
FIGHTING TO HEAL: OVERCOMING THE TRAUMA OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE with Rachel Daar Cohen
Sexual Abuse. Debilitating Pain. Numbing. These are just some of the things our next guest will be sharing on the podcast. Rachel Cohen is a wife and mom to 2 beautiful children and she is a survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Rachel is sharing her story for the first time on audio. It was not easy for Rachel to speak about this nor was it easy to listen to. If you have been sexually abused, this may be triggering for you. Listener discretion is advised. Rachel’s childhood was taken away from her when she was sexually abused at the ripe age of SIX years old. She tells us how it all started and how it affected her as a child, teenager, and adult. She talks to me about how she dealt with her trauma and how she healed. Her hope is to raise awareness that Childhood Sexual Abuse is more common than we think and to help prevent this from happening to children again. This show is a must listen. Enjoy 💜 ———————————————————— •You can find Rachel on https://www.Instagram.com/rachel_daar_cohen/. And her blog where she writes about various issues in the Jewish Community, specifically endometriosis and sexual abuse : https://midnight-musings.wixsite.com/midnight-musings •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk. •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
52:11
May 25, 2021
TOVA IN ISRAEL: CHOOSING TO SEE THE GOOD with Tova Heller
It’s so easy to see the bad in everything and to complain when life gives us lemons. Tova, (as her name describes) chooses to do the opposite: to see the good and the positive. ✡️ In this interview, Tova shares her story of how she left her very comfortable life in New Jersey to Israel, where she wasn't yet fluent in the language or the culture. ✡️ Moving to Israel not only led her to a different job and lifestyle, but it also led her to her new husband Betzalel. She talks about going from a mom of 3 kids to a family with 10 kids. Yeah that’s an adjustment. Tova shares what it’s like to be remarried, but more specifically to a Sabra: a native Israeli. ✡️ In this interview I couldn’t help but notice Tova’s unwavering faith and trust in God. Through everything she has gone through, God was always and will continue to be a major part of her life. In this “Aliyah series”, Tova teaches us that living in Israel might be challenging just like anywhere else, but it’s the choice we make no matter how difficult it is that makes it a life worth living. ✡️ This is a show you don’t want to miss! Enjoy! ————————- •You can find Tova on https://www.Instagram.com/tovainisrael/. and www.tovainisrael.com. •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk and on the Shmuzy app where we can discuss the episode in further detail! •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
43:19
March 16, 2021
BEING A JEW OF COLOR IN AMERICA AND ISRAEL with Yaffy Newman
Yaffy Newman, a veteran of the podcast world, speaks to me about her Aliyah experience as a Black and Latina Jew. Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida Yaffy opens up about what it was like to grow up as a black woman in a tight knit Jewish community in the U.S. and how that experience was different after moving to Israel. Our conversation expanded my understanding of what it’s like to be a minority of a minority. Are we supposed to be completely color-blind or should we see color? We discuss this among other fascinating and eye-opening topics. This episode will open your mind and heart to Israel, the experience of Jewish minorities, and to the fact that Israel is a melting pot of Jews from all backgrounds and colors. In Israel, as in every other place in the world, a Jew is a Jew is a Jew. Enjoy the Show! —————————————————————— You can find Yaffy on https://www.Instagram.com/yafnew/. •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk and on the Shmuzy app where we can discuss the episode in further detail! •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to RATE AND SUBSCRIBE and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
01:07:02
March 9, 2021
I GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: LIVING WITH FIBROMYALGIA with Rebekah Durham
Part 3 of the Aliyah Series, Episode 41 with Rebekah Durham @noshbyrebeka 🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱 Do you or someone you know live with a chronic illness? Do you ever wonder what you could do to help yourself or someone else? Rebekah talks to me about living with Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness that makes her body go through excruciating pain and fatigue. As a food blogger in Israel, Rebekah has trained herself to stay away from inflammatory foods. In this interview, you will get a sneak peak into Rebekah’s life. Growing up as a reform Jew, Rebekah tells us how and why she left Memphis, Tennessee to live thousands of miles away in the Holy city of Jerusalem. How does a Jew shift from a cultural perspective of Judaism to a more Observant perspective? And how can one face the emotional and physical pain of a chronic illness when they are not around their family? Rebekah gives us the secret to living a healthy and wholesome life in this episode. Enjoy the show! ————————————————————— •You can find Rebekah on https://www.Instagram.com/noshbyrebekah/. •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk and on the Shmuzy app where we can discuss the episode in further detail! •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
41:49
March 3, 2021
BECOMING RESILIENT: WHAT AMERICANS CAN LEARN FROM ISRAELIS with Dr. Aviva Goldstein
In episode 40, I sit down with Dr. Aviva Goldstein @dravivagoldstein. When she moved to Israel 10 years ago with her family, she fulfilled a dream she had with her husband when they came for Shana Rishona (the first year of their marriage). Aviva has her Masters and Doctorate from the Field of Education and she speaks about switching gears when she made Aliyah: from working at a school to working with people individually. Aviva and I have a candid discussion about the different challenges that American kids have vs. Israeli kids. By working with Gap Year students (kids who come from the states to learn for a year in Israel), Aviva is able to help them adapt to Israeli culture and become more resilient. Among other topics, we speak about ADHD, since it’s a hot topic nowadays. Aviva challenges us to see ADHD not as a problem, but as a super strength. Whether it’s ADHD or any other learning disability, we learn that knowledge is constantly evolving and nothing is fixed. Aviva helps us understand that while their are issues that are unique to America and Israel, there are many things that are universal, one of them being our need for human connection. Enjoy the show! —————————————————————— 🎧:You can now find this episode and all my other episodes on Shmuzy! Click the link in my bio (https://linktr.ee/coach.kk)to listen and contribute to the discussion! •You can find Dr. Aviva Goldstein on https://www.instagram.com/dravivagoldstein/. You can also contact her on www.AvivaGoldstein.com. •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. 📧 : Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
56:28
February 23, 2021
ISRAEL IS NOT ABOUT SURVIVAL, ITS ABOUT LIVING with Jordana Brown
🎧:You can now find this episode and all my other episodes on Shmuzy! Click the link in my bio (https://linktr.ee/coach.kk)to listen and contribute to the discussion! 💙🤍💙🤍💙🤍💙🤍💙🤍💙🤍💙🤍💙 Introducing The Aliyah series 🇮🇱 of “Soul Sessions with KK.” Meet Jordana Brown @jordana_brown. Born and raised in Queens, NY from a classic Ashkenazi Orthodox Jewish family. Now an Israeli Olah, she speaks to me about her Aliyah experience and what brought her from New York to Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Jordana and I get candid about what it’s like being single in New York vs. being single in Israel. We also discuss being connected to Judaism and God even if we aren’t doing it according to the “way.” Jordana’s love and enthusiasm for life bursts through the microphone. Get ready for an interview that’ll challenge your preconceived notions about Israel. Enjoy the show! 🇮🇱 —————————————————— •You can find Jordana on @jordana_brown https://www.instagram.com/jordana_brown/. She also has a blog where she talks about her adventures in Israel: http://jordanatakestelaviv.blogspot.com/?m=1 •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. 📧 : Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com —————————————————————
57:03
February 17, 2021
GET IN-TU-IT: ARE YOU WHAT YOU EAT? with Gila Glassberg
🎧:You can now find this episode and all my other episodes on Shmuzy! Click the link in my bio (https://linktr.ee/coach.kk)to listen and contribute to the conversation! Gila will be joining me in the forum to address any questions you have! 🎁:For anyone who listens to the episode on Shmuzy or engages in the forum, I will be giving away a pair of @12eyewear glasses 👓 to 5 lucky winners! ————————————————————— There are so many mixed messages regarding the food we eat, how much we eat, and how to feel about our bodies. It’s confusing when on one hand we’re told that dieting empowers us to be in control of our lives. On the other hand, we learn that dieting is the root of all evil. But lucky for us, Gila Glassberg is on the show today and she is the dose of practicality we all need. Gila is a Masters Level Registered Dietician and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. We talk about how and why she became a nutritionist, diet culture and its counteractive culture, and both our struggles with food and over-eating/under-eating. In this interview, Gila reveals the secret to her healing: Intuitive Eating. What is Intuitive eating all about? Is it about eating whatever you want? Is it a diet, a “lifestyle”, or something not really about food? Find out by listening to episode 38 with Gila Glassberg. Enjoy the Show! ————————————————————— •You can find Gila on https://www.instagram.com/gila.glassberg.intuitiverd/ and www.GilaGlassberg.com. Gila has a podcast of her own called Get Intuit with Gila (https://anchor.fm/gila-glassberg/support )focusing on implementing the principles of intuitive eating into your life. •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. 📧 : Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
01:15:19
February 10, 2021
WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE THE BEDROOM...STAYS IN THE BEDROOM with Talli Rosenbaum
In this weeks episode, I have a conversation with Talli Rosenbaum, an individual and couples therapist and a certified sex therapist who together with Rabbi Scott Kahn, has a great podcast of her own called “Intimate Judaism”: https://www.intimatejudaism.com. She talks to me about how sex is not an isolated part of our lives, rather it’s part of who we are biologically, psychologically and socially, as well as relationally. Talli explains that sex is not just something that you do, but a journey you go on with the person you love. We talk about the difference between the male and female sex drive and how certain gender myths and expectations can cause more damage than good. Talli challenges the notion that a couple needs to “succeed” in sex, and stresses the importance of connection, presence and pleasure, over performance. In this episode, you will learn that a good sex life has less to do with the mechanics and more to do with the actual relationship. It’s all connected. This conversation is meant for mature audiences only. Listener discretion is advised You can check out all the amazing work she does on www.tallirosenbaum.com including a book she co- authored: I Am For My Beloved: A Guide to Enhanced Intimacy for Married Couples. . You can find Talli on https://www.Instagram.com/TalliRosenbaum/. https://www.instagram.com/intimatejudaism/ •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk and on the Shmuzy app where we can discuss the episode in further detail in a forum: https://app.shmuzy.com/VyYTSYA0ydb •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
55:33
February 2, 2021
RESPECT YOUR ELDERS...AND YOUR CHILDREN.
Children: one of the most misunderstood demographics of our world. Most of us were taught that we must always respect our parents and our elders. But what about the other way around? Sterna Suissa @sternasuissa talks to me about how children need unconditional love and respect from the adults in their lives. And it starts with self awareness. When Sterna got married she noticed that she lacked proper communication skills. After much research and looking within herself, she realized that much of it had to do with something in her childhood. And she is here on a mission to make sure all children have a childhood where they are understood, respected, and loved. How do we understand and connect with our children? What does our relationship with ourselves have to do with how we raise them? How can we relate to children when they are crying, screaming, or going through heavy emotions? Find out by listening to episode with Sterna Suissa... You can join the parenting community by going on her website sternasuissa.com. . •You can find Sterna on https://www.Instagram.com/sternasuissa/ And www.sternasuissa.com. •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
01:05:11
January 26, 2021
BEING COMFORTABLE IN CHAOS with Ricki Steiner
Grief. Loss. Anxiety. Uncertainty. Ricki Steiner went through it all. After losing her mother to cancer at a young age, Ricki learned that grief never really goes away, it just sometimes manifests in peculiar ways. Ricki is very candid about grief and mourning, and she learned that it doesn’t just occur when someone dies. Ricki also mourned the loss of her dream wedding. Her story is one that will move you to tears and validate the experience of so many brides during a pandemic. As a person who struggles with anxiety, Ricki shows us different ways she experiences and manages it. And her goal is to get comfortable in chaos. Ricki and I have a candid discussion about all sorts of interesting topics (including Instagram culture and the Giveaway conundrum) that she normalizes on her Instagram page. Get ready to get real with Ricki! Enjoy the show! ————————————————————————— You can find Ricki on https://www.Instagram.com/rickisteiner/. •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk and on the Shmuzy app where we can discuss the episode in further detail! •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
01:17:38
January 12, 2021
STOP JUDGING. START LAUGHING with Leah Forster
Disclaimer: This episode is intended for mature audiences only. It is not meant to offend anyone or push any agenda. Listener discretion is advised. There are many different sects of Jewish Orthodoxy. You may have heard stories of people leaving their communities or being “off the derech”/off the path because of the intense pressure and stringencies. Leah Forster @leahforster is here to squash those misconceptions. Born and raised in a Chassidish Ultra Orthodox community, Leah talks to me about how she didn’t leave the community, but how the community left her... Today, she is a successful comedian whose trademark sound “Chellow chellow “ has been reverberating all over social media. Leah is a mother, wife, and a Jew. In this interview, she talks about how putting people in labels is so “FEH”. (you’ll find out what that means in this episode 😉) Leah is not just a comedian but she also runs a successful home care business and has been a college and high school educator. We learn from Leah that our political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other particularities of our identity should not take center stage. Instead the focus should be about what we bring to the world. And Leah is bringing the medicine so many of us desperately need: HUMOR. Enjoy the show! •You can find Leah on https://www.instagram.com/leahforster/. •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk and on the Shmuzy app where we can discuss the episode in further detail! •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, SHARE, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
47:18
January 5, 2021
ADDICTION: WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? with Moishe Chanin
Why do so many of our brothers and sisters turn to drugs and alcohol? How does an addict get out of a deep rabbit hole? How do we solve the addiction crisis? These were some of the questions I had for Coach Moishe Chanin @coachmoishe where he shares his story of addiction and rehabilitation. During the interview, I was so focused on how we need to “fix” the problem that I didn’t realize I was focusing on the wrong thing. Moishe helped me discover that the answer doesn’t lie in the symptom, but more in the cause. From the young age of 7, Moishe started engaging in illegal behaviors in order to feel something he was lacking. His later pursuit of alcohol drove him to other substances as well as suicide ideation. Moishe’s story is one that will touch your heart. He teaches us the importance of deep inner work and asking others for help. But most importantly, we learn that the 🔑 to freedom is Love. What does Love have to do with addiction? Find out by listening to episode 33 with @coachmoishe. Enjoy the show! •You can find Moishe on: https://www.instagram.com/coachmoishe/ •This episode can also be found on https://linktr.ee/coach.kk and on the Shmuzy app where we can discuss the episode in further detail! •If you enjoyed this episode, Remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, leave a REVIEW, and feel free to REACH OUT with feedback and questions! *To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/. Email: Soulsessionswithkk@gmail.com
01:05:58
December 22, 2020
SPECIAL RELEASE: MY FIRST EVER PODCAST EPISODE with Liba Yoffe
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Due to popular demand, I am re-releasing my first ever podcast episode! I sit down with Liba Yoffe to talk about our shared experience of having a daughter with Alopecia, a hair-loss condition. Dealing with this type of situation was challenging AF, but we both learned how to accept it and we talk about why we and our daughters are better off that way! Get ready for a truly beautiful and heart warming conversation!
56:34
December 18, 2020
TALKING WITH THE HUBSTER CHANUKAH EDITION PART 2
In this weeks soul session, I have my husband Ben join the show. This is his second time on the podcast and this time we get into an array of topics such as: Why Chanukah is misunderstood, the Irony of how we celebrate it, Jewish polemics against pagan culture, the new CoVid vaccine, Woke culture and its suppression of open discourse, the body positivity conundrum, fleeing NY, aliens and UFO’s, and MUCH more! We get into a lot of different topics because thats just how we roll. We try to stay on relevant current events. If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please let us know what topics you would like to hear us talk about! Feel free to message me your questions or suggestions! You can find this episode on Apple, Spotify, Anchor, and Shmuzy. To find out more about what I do, you can find me on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/coach.kk/
57:02
December 16, 2020
TRAUMA DOES NOT DEFINE ME: MY STORY OF DUAL SURVIVORSHIP
We all know the platitude “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger”. Some of us might scoff at it and some of us might think of Kelly Clarkson. Yet, this episode with Nina Gruenfeld @ninabbey will show you that sometimes our hardships can make us stronger. Trauma. Abuse. Cancer. Divorce. Nina went through one thing after another. For the first time ever, she is telling her story on “Soul Sessions with KK”. Not only do we speak about the pain that Nina went through, but we talk about strength and what it means to be a “strong” person. Nina Gruenfeld is a dual survivor: of Hodgkin Lymphoma and Domestic Violence. She uses her survivorship to raise awareness and advocate for each cause respectively. She is passionate about living her best life gratefully each day and helping those going through similar experiences. This show is about hope, resiliency and perseverance. Her story is truly miraculous. And it is here just in time for Chanukah: the holiday of Miracles! Enjoy the show! 🎙You can now hear this episode on The Shmuzy app too!
52:54
December 8, 2020
BIG PICTURE JUDAISM (DON’T GET LOST IN THE DETAILS) with Rabbi Joshua Maroof
Get ready for a captivating interview with Rabbi Joshua Maroof @joshuamaroof. If you think this is your typical “Ask the Rabbi”, think again. In this episode, Rabbi Maroof tells me about how he became a rabbi when all he wanted to be was a psychologist... I ask him questions that I believe many people want answers to, such as: What is Judaism’s role in helping us deal with a crisis? What’s the difference between being religious and being observant? In what areas can Orthodox Judaism improve? And more! Growing up with an Ashkenazi mother and a Sephardi father, Rabbi Maroof talks about the difference between the two cultures and how we can bridge the gap between all denominations and cultures of Judaism. He also talks to me about what the biggest threat to Judaism is today, and his answer may surprise you. This episode will give you a fresh perspective on Judaism and a hope for a better future. Enjoy the show! **************************************************************************************** You can find Rabbi Maroof’s work on his website www.ydvh.org. Rabbi Maroof is the founder and dean of YDVH (Yeshivat Deah VeHaskel), an innovative online educational platform that electronically distributes written and audio Torah classes to thousands of committed subscribers every day!
01:20:16
December 1, 2020
“Becoming Exclusive: Changing The Outsider Experience of Jewish Singles" with Rachel Hercman
What do you think of when you see someone who is single? What do you think of when you enter Jewish communal spaces as a single adult? Whether you are single or in a relationship, we can all learn from Rachel Hercman @rachelhercman. Rachel talks to me about some of the issues Jewish women and men are facing, especially in the pandemic. There are issues in the dating world but there are also challenges of just being single in a Jewish community. While growing up in a family-oriented culture is a beautiful thing, it can also be extremely challenging for people who are not married yet or choose not to be married. Is there a so called “shidduch crisis” and if there is, what are some ways we can alleviate the challenges? In this episode, Rachel not only gives an empowering message to our single adults, but more importantly, how we as a community need to re-examine our culture and facilitate not just more introduction but more INTEGRATION. What kind of conversations should we be having with our friends and neighbors? Find out how by listening to episode 29 with Rachel Hercman!
01:16:42
November 18, 2020
“Don’t Hate Me Because I Don’t Think Like You” with Melinda Strauss
Will @therealmelindastrauss please stand up? Not only does Melinda Strauss stand up for what she believes in, but she does it with passion, drive, and respect. Melinda started out as a food blogger and photographer sharing her passion and love for cooking and baking. Melinda is also an inspirational speaker but her main profession is health coaching. And even though the diet industry might be getting lots of heat right now, Melinda shares her wisdom on how she rises above all the criticism. You may not agree with Melinda’s lifestyle choices or her political views. But wherever you stand, you will certainly LEARN from Melinda. Her motto in life is to have respectful conversations with people who think differently. We may disagree but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be kind to each other. We are living in a time of so much uncertainty and chaos. This conversation will motivate and inspire you (we discuss the difference between the two). Melinda gives us her wisdom on how to dream big and live your best life. Enjoy the show!
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October 20, 2020
“It’s Kosher to Talk About Sex” with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus
In this weeks episode, I had the privilege of interviewing the one and only Dr. Batsheva Marcus @drbatsheva. I discovered her work when she was featured in a NY Times article back in 2015 as “The Orthodox Sex Guru.” 💍🌹👫 Dr. Batsheva is not your typical Orthodox Jewish sex therapist. As the Clinical Director of @mazewomenshealth, she believes in both the medical and psychological component of Sex Therapy. In a hypersexualized world where sex is thrown in our faces, Dr. Batsheva encourages us to not shy away from it, but rather to explore it and see what good we can take from it. 💍🌹👫 In this episode, Dr. Batsheva and I talk about intimacy from the perspective of Judaism as it relates to scientific data. But dont worry, we keep it kosher here. Dr. Batsheva discusses the importance of having these conversations with our partners, but also with others! 💍🌹👫 Although there are people who still think its immodest to talk about an intimate subject like sex, Dr. Batsheva argues otherwise. She believes that Judaism promotes vibrant sex lives and it is not a topic that should be buried under the covers (no pun intended). I’m aware that there are opinions within Judaism that treat sex almost as a necessary evil for the sake of procreation, and there is also evidence to suggest that much of the taboo surrounding sex as a “sinful” act is rooted in the Christian concept of Original Sin, which may have had a subconscious influence on Jews over thousands of years as nomads in exile. 💍🌹👫 So, I want to reiterate that this conversation is for traditional and Orthodox Jews who struggle with desire and libido in their otherwise healthy and happy marriages. 💍🌹👫 Dr. Batsheva shows us the importance of a healthy sex life for monogomous relationships and that there are keys we can use to unlock some of the restraints imposed on us for all the wrong reasons. This episode will help you discover that if you view sex as a chore or if it gives you anxiety, you probably just need a slight change in mindset. Enjoy the Show!
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October 6, 2020
“Would You Hand Your Kid a Loaded Gun?” With Collin Kartchner
This episode was recorded 2 months before Collin tragically passed away. May this interview reflect the light that he embodied. Collin you are dearly missed. Rest In Peace Collin Kartchner. ———————————————————————————————————The statistics are out regarding the dangers of TikTok and social media on our youth. It’s no longer speculation, the numbers are staggering! So what can we do about it now that the match is already lit? In this episode, we discuss WHY it’s so harmful for our children’s self esteem and emotional well being, the nature of this unprecedented phenomenon (which our generation didn’t grow up with), and expose where the sexual predators lurk. ——————————————————— If you own a smartphone or an iPad (which is probably 100% of you), this episode is a MUST-LISTEN. 📱 🎵 👻 Collin Kartchner @collinkartchner talks to me about the dangers of smartphones and smart tablets for our kids. Collin, an advocate for children and teens, tells me how he started #SaveTheKids and why it is his mission to educate and empower parents and kids alike. 📱🎵👻 In this episode, you will learn why anxiety and depression levels of children have skyrocketed in the last 10-12 years since smartphones/social media came out and why seemingly “innocent” social media apps like TikTok are poisonous for our children’s brains. We speak about how these apps are the gateway to Pornography, Pedophilia, and Sex-Trafficking. Collin and I also discuss the role of the parent and that sometimes we need to make the hard decision to NOT do what “everyone else is doing”. 📱🎵👻 If you are a parent, this may be one of the most important interviews you will listen to. Collin is an expert in this field with a #TedTalk with close to 400,000 views on YouTube, a host of the #3 parenting podcast on iTunes, and a speaker with 300-500 gigs a year. 📱🎵👻 Before you go and throw your child’s tablet in the garbage, listen to the interview. You will discover that Collins goal is not to frighten you, but to EMPOWER you. “Saving the Kids” starts with education and communication. And it starts from the home. Enjoy the show!
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September 2, 2020
“Domestic Abuse: It’s Not Just Physical” with Dr. Shana Frydman
I’ve had the honor of interviewing Dr. Shoshannah Frydman, Executive Director of @shalomtaskforce. Dr. Frydman is a trauma informed therapist and advocate where she has worked in the field of domestic abuse and family violence within the Jewish community for close to 20 years. 🌹 🖤 The mission of Shalom Task Force @shalomtaskforce is to combat and prevent domestic violence and foster healthy and safe relationships. 🌹🖤 What is domestic abuse and how can somone tell if they are in an abusive relationship? Shoshannah speaks to me about the warning signs and different forms of Abuse, and it's not just about black and blue marks. 🌹🖤 This might be one of the most important discussions you will listen to. Whether you are in a relationship or not, male or female, younger or older, Shoshannah stresses the importance of education and conversation. She encourages us to talk about these difficult subjects because we are all ambassadors... 🌹🖤 Shalom TaskForce is a powerful resource in the Jewish community and they are a phone call away. If you find yourself in a troubling situation or you’re just not sure, STF is here to help you. You can call their hotline at 718-337-3700 or you can call, text, or WhatsApp their toll free line at 888-883-2323. They are completely confidential. You can find many resources on their new and improved website www.shalomtaskforce.org. 🌹🖤 This interview is one you don't want to miss...Enjoy the Show!
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August 25, 2020
“Finding The Humor In Hard Times” with Chani Lisbon
Sharing our pain with others is the hardest thing to do but oftentimes the best thing for our growth and healing. And we may not realize it but sharing our painful experiences will help others learn to deal with their own struggles. That’s exactly what happened when @chani_lisbon opened up and shared her most vulnerable side with the world on a post about her #alopecia . Someone sent it to me and I started connecting with her because it really hit home for me. 💜 In this weeks episode, Chani talks to me about the importance of asking for help as well as being open about our pain with others. She speaks about challenging times in her life, from hair loss to alcohol addiction. But she also talks about healing: through gratitude, inner work, and comedy. (Chani is a Stand-Up Comedian btw 😍) 💜 Chani’s story teaches us that we are never alone in our struggles and it takes a village to live a meaningful life! Enjoy the show!
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August 11, 2020
“My Choice to be Jewish” with Ilana Schiffer
Do you ever take your Judaism for granted? I, for one, have definitely taken it for granted. When you are born with something or used to something, complacency can kick in. ✡️ This is not the case with Ilana Schiffer @jewishbychoice. Previously known as Juliana, Ilana is a Jewish woman who converted to Judaism this past year. Her passion for Judaism is remarkable and inspiring. ✡️ Ilana let’s us into her conversion process: the highs, the lows, and the fight to become Jewish. She gives great advice to people who want to convert to Judaism. In her gentle and kind fashion, Ilana reminds us about the Biblical commandment to “love the stranger”. This is a show you do not want to miss!
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July 22, 2020
“Message Received: Be Present, Not Perfect” with Yonina Lermer
Yonina Lermer @kidkoach is not only one of the most sought after teachers in my kids elementary school, but she is also a Literacy Coach, Curriculum coordinator, and Teacher Mentor. Oh and did I mention that she is also a single mother to three awesome children? Yonina’s energy and love for learning a is infectious and captivating. In this episode, Yonina, a recovering perfectionist, shares her story of self-development. Yonina teaches us the value in being present with ourselves and how that leads to an overall connection with everyone around you. This show is not to be missed!
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June 17, 2020
“I’m More Than A Color” with Ilana Ybgi
This week I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Ilana Ybgi. Ilana is a Brooklyn based artist and part of the Chabad community. Ilana is also a woman of color. 👩🏾‍🎤 This episode will allow you to see the world through her lens as an artist, a frum Jew, and a woman of color. We speak about the importance of positive role models as well as being surrounded by people who can relate to us. We talk about racism and discrimination, particularly in the “Orthodox Jewish community. “ 👩🏽‍⚕️ I was moved by Ilana’s faith, wisdom, and outlook on life. Ilana reminded me that it’s not enough to protest and it’s not enough to tweet. The real change happens through our day to day interactions with people who are different from us. 👩🏾‍⚖️ When listening to Ilana, you will learn that it’s not about being black and it’s not about being white. It’s about our actions, behavior, and character traits. 🏃🏾‍♀️ Enjoy the show!
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June 9, 2020
“Marriage in Quarantine: Using Conflict to Create Connection” with Efrat Turk
I sit down with @Efrat_Turk_lmhc and we speak about how marriage is already hard work but it’s even more of a challenge when you’re in close spaces with each other. Efrat is certified in Emotion Focused Therapy and the thing I love about this is that there is no blaming, shaming, and criticizing the other. Efrat helps us understand how to navigate the inevitable conflicts that arise in our marriages. This is an episode you do not want to miss!
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May 20, 2020
“Let’s Not Call It The Birds and The Bees” with Elisheva Liss
Elisheva and I discuss the importance of a healthy sex education for parents and children alike. She created a dynamic online course that helps us understand how the way we are raised impacts our views on sexuality and our bodies. In this episode, we talk about the importance of having those difficult and awkward conversations with our children. But we also learn a lot about OURSELVES. This soul session episode is a must for EVERYONE!
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May 6, 2020
“Overcoming Martyrdom: Becoming The SuperHero I Needed” with Stephanie Pollak
I speak with the remarkable @Stephaniepollak about EVERYTHING including her co-dependent relationship with her late husband, how she coped with his tragic death, the challenges of raising a child alone, and choosing to be the HERO in her own story. You do not want to miss this extraordinary story
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April 22, 2020
“Being Proactive with our Mental Health” with Rebecca Shapiro @project_proactive
This episode could not have come at a better time, when we ALL could use a little boost with our #mentalhealth. . I sit down with @r.shapiro of @project_proactive and we speak about Work-Life balance, living life with intention and purpose, and why our mental health should be a priority! . We recorded this episode Pre-Coronavirus and I am hoping that this will give many of us HOPE and INSPIRATION of what kind of people we want to be when this is over...
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March 25, 2020
Rollin’ with the Homies: Talking to my Hubby about Current Events and How We’re Keeping Our Sanity.
Coping with Coronavirus, quarantine, home schooling, and more.
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March 19, 2020
“Genetic Testing: It’s Not Just For Ashkenazis” with Estie Rose @getjscreened
Many of us hear the term “genetic testing” and feel weirded out by it. We think it’s something that’s done only by certain people when they are expecting a baby. This episode with Estie Rose from @getjscreened will debunk the myths and misconceptions! Estie discusses how JScreen has transformed the Jewish community’s (specifically the Persian Jewish community) access to genetic testing!
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March 4, 2020
“Fighting Weight Stigma in the Shidduch World” with Sara Kupfer @fitjewess
I sit down with the fabulous Sara Kupfer to discuss “the Shidduch crisis”. Is there an actual crisis? What we mainly talk about is how to incorporate Body Positivity in the Frum World. What is body positivity and how is it different from a positive body image? What does “Health At Every Size” mean? Find out by listening to Sara’s story and how she is making it her life’s mission to educate and empower people about body acceptance and weight neutral health.
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February 25, 2020
“Rescuing Judaism with a Single Vote” with Linda @torah_from.sinai.
Linda has been a passionate political advocate for Israel and World Jewry since the age of 19. She reveals to us not only about the importance of voting at the World Zionist Congress but why voting SPECIFICALLY for Slate 11 guarantees Jewish Continuity and a Jewish State! This podcast is a must listen for EVERY JEWISH PERSON! Voting is going on now till March 11th so make sure you listen to this episode and go on TorahfromSinai.com to cast your vote!
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February 19, 2020
“Hanging In Through the Highs and Lows of Love” with Rina Deutch @rinadeutch
Rina sits down and talks to me about the highs and lows of marriage and parenting. She also opens up about her husband’s medical challenge and how that affected their relationship. Rina offers support to those of us who are going through a challenging time or know someone who has a chronic illness. This show is a must for everyone!
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February 12, 2020
“Children: It’s NOT About Behavior” with Blimie Heller @unconditional_parenting
Blimie Heller talks to me about raising children and her approach is VERY different from what we are used to hearing! Blimie doesn’t believe in the “Do as I Say” method. Rather she believes in “Do As I Do” and nothing should be forced or controlled! This is a very interesting interview you do not want to miss...Please leave a review and send me your feedback!
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February 5, 2020
The Different Expressions of a Jewish Woman with Shevi Samet @itsalearninglife
Shevi talks to me about the different ways one can be an Educator, the multi-faceted ways a Jewish woman can express herself and feel FULFILLED, having respect in our relationships, and so much more! Our conversation will sharpen your mind and leave you with a smile on your face...
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January 26, 2020
The World is Your Classroom with Ariella Metal @teachtheirsoul
Ariella is an educational coach and Momtrepeneur. She talks to me about the power of having a growth mindset. We talk about how she got into the field of education, the importance of learning even when school is over, the power of “Yet”, and SO MUCH MORE! Ariella inspires us to achieve our dreams and break out of the prison that is our mind!
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January 26, 2020
Confidence: The Key to Living Like A Boss with Tahlia Mollot @likeabossmelech
Tahlia talks about her experiences growing up, how she developed into the Jewish woman she is today, how we can all help bring the Redemption sooner, and what it means to be a “Boss Melech”. Most of all, she teaches us the importance of having confidence no matter what comes our way!
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January 26, 2020
From the Church to the Synogogue with Kayla Levin @firstyearmarried
Kayla shares her story about how she discovered her Jewish roots, how she became a Marriage Coach, the #1 Marriage skill, her recent Aliyah to Israel, and how she is currently handling a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. Her response is truly uplifting. We talk all these things and more!
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January 26, 2020
Navigating The Lonely Road of Infertility with Rachel Tuchman @rachel_tuchman_lmhc
Rachel shares her story about her struggles with infertility and how it impacted her life. She educates us about when and how to ask for help! We also discuss mental heath, being sensitive to others, how to deal with peoples “innocent” remarks, and egg-freezing. Get ready for an EMPOWERING conversation!
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January 26, 2020
Life After Tragedy: Choosing Happiness with Option B with Anell Hakimian
Anell @anellbakes sits down and talks to me about love, adventure, parenting, medical challenges, grief, and how to live when you have no other choice but option B. This is an interview that should not be missed...
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January 16, 2020
Taking Care Of Our Relationships Through Life’s UPS and DOWNS :with Tamar Bezalely
Tamar is a dating and relationship consultant who is currently getting her masters in social work. Getting to this point was no walk in the park nor is it an easy period in her life now. Tamar teaches us that life is NOT supposed to be easy, but it CAN be great even with all its challenges.
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January 16, 2020
From Great Neck to Washington: The Life of a Wall Street Journal Reporter with Michelle Hackman
Michelle talks to us about what it’s like being a Wall Street journal reporter and she teaches us how to live life to the fullest no matter what comes our way! This is an interview you do NOT want to miss!
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January 16, 2020
The Journey to Self-Development: Healing By Feeling with Dorina Kalaty
In this episode, you will learn among other things how Dorina got started on her career path, what shapes her values, and how she is currently handling a painful diagnosis. What you will discover will hopefully inspire you to go on a journey of self-development...
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January 16, 2020