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Parshat Vayetzi – Rachel’s Pain

Posted on December 6, 2019

Our Torah begins with the commandment to be fruitful and multiply, but we constantly find our ancestors struggling with that very commandment. Why? What could the reason be, and how could infertility impact the relationships between spouses and their children? We discuss these questions and more in this week’s episode of Pastoral Parsha.…

Parshat Toldot – Delaying Gratification

Posted on November 28, 2019

In this week’s episode, we discuss the dual personalities presented in our Parsha, and how the way we behave as a child can have serious effects on who we become.…

Parshat Chaye Sarah – On Gratitude

Posted on November 28, 2019

As the saying goes, “You never know what you have until it’s gone”, and in this episode we explore some examples of that saying in the relationships in our Parsha, while also discussing showing gratitude for the people in our lives while they are still around.…

Parshat Vayeira – Friendship and Values

Posted on November 14, 2019

In this week’s episode, our hosts discuss the story of Lot, and how things could have ended up differently, had he simply had a friend to help him find his way.…

Parshat Lech Lecha – The Vulnerable and the Responsible

Posted on November 8, 2019

This week’s Parsha tells us the story of Avraham and the beginnings of Judaism, but it also tells us the story of Hagar, which serves as a reminder of the responsibilities that people in power have to act morally and fairly towards people in their lives who are in lesser positions of power, and thus more vulnerable.…

Parshat Bereshis – The Beginning of Morality

Posted on October 25, 2019

As we begin the Torah anew, our hosts ask some of the bigger questions that the Bible asks of us, like how to appropriately apply complex moral choices to the grey areas of our daily lives. https://soundcloud.com/pastoralparsha/parshat-bereshis-the-beginning-of-morality…

Parshat Vayeilach – On Aging and Safety

Posted on October 10, 2019

In this week’s episode, we discuss the concerns of aging loved ones, and how we can be there for them, even when they might not want our help.…

Parshat Haazinu – Ethical Wills

Posted on October 10, 2019

In this episode, we explore an old method of learning from our ancestors and ask that our listeners consider using this method as well.…

Parshat Netzavim and the High Holidays – On Repentance and Self Improvement

Posted on October 7, 2019

In this episode of Pastoral Parsha, Hody, and Dr. Friedman discussed the seasonal process of repentance, and how you don’t need to be doing something wrong to improve yourself.…

Parshat Ki Tavo – Curses of the Mind

Posted on September 19, 2019

In this week’s episode, Hody Nemes and Dr. Friedman discuss an issue that plagues so many of us. Whether it is in the form of friends or members of our communities, we all know someone going through a rough time, potentially suffering from some form of mental illness, or as the Torah might call it, a curse.…

Ki Tzetze – A Question as old as Time

Posted on September 13, 2019

In this week’s episode of Pastoral Parsha, Dr. Friedman and Hody Nemes explore a question as old as time. Why do humans care so much about how we, and how other people, look? Why don’t we judge others by values alone, rather than by outfit or hairstyle?, and where do we draw the line for caring about our appearance too much?…

Parshat Shoftim – Shame and Society

Posted on September 5, 2019

While we have a pretty clear understanding of how the justice system should treat criminals, many are at a loss as to how communities should treat them? Is public shaming ever justified, and is shame something that we consider a valued aspect of society?…