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Pastoral Parsha

VaYechi – Becoming Bitter

Posted on December 19, 2018

Drs. Friedman and Yehuda look at the “blessings” Jacob bestows upon his sons at the end of his life. How did Jacob, who had so much success in his life, had a large family, end up before Pharaoh speaking of bitterness.…

VaYigash – Breakthrough Between Brothers

Posted on December 12, 2018

Joseph’s identity is finally revealed in this incredibly dramatic, penultimate parsha in Genesis. Joseph breaks down and the question he asks is… is my father still alive?…

Mikeitz – Triggering Trauma

Posted on December 5, 2018

Why does Joseph have to leave the room to cry? The pastoral team delves into the complex emotions that can be triggered by traumatic memories.…

VaYeishev – Responsibility Reigns

Posted on November 28, 2018

As the family grows we no longer face a binary choice between rivals – who of the 12 children will prove worthy of the leadership of Israel?…

VaYishlach – Reaping Reconciliation

Posted on November 21, 2018

Esau and Jacob meet again in a moment rife with tension and drama. The power pod team unpacks the nature of reconciliation and the internal process of change that is a necessary predicate to coming together again.…

VaYeitzei – Divining Dreams

Posted on November 13, 2018

A deep dive into dreams in our parsha. What did Yaakov’s dream mean? What do we do with dreams in therapy and how does this change our reading of dreams in the Torah?…

Toldot – Parenting Rivals

Posted on November 6, 2018

The Pastoral Parsha team talks about the tension between Jacob and Esau, and the role parents have in encouraging or diffusing sibling rivalries.…

Chayei Sarah – Finding Love

Posted on October 31, 2018

Drs. Michelle Friedman and Rachel Yehuda take on the topic of love in the relationships of our foremothers and forefathers. Have relationships changed much since biblical times?…

VaYeira – Three Sons Sacrificed

Posted on October 24, 2018

In the fourth and most ambitious episode of The Pastoral Parsha, Dr. Michelle Friedman and Dr. Rachel Yehuda take on the complex relationships Abraham has with his three “sons” – Lot, Ishmael, and Isaac.…

Lekh Lekha – Abraham the Danger Seeker

Posted on October 17, 2018

In episode three of The Pastoral Parsha, Drs. Michelle Friedman and Rachel Yehuda look at Abraham’s two descents, to Egypt and to Gerar, and wonder why he would put Sarah and himself back into danger, without a clear reason.…

Noach – Noah and the Pain of Surviving

Posted on October 10, 2018

Dr. Friedman is a psychiatrist and the Sharon and Steven Lieberman Chair of Pastoral Counseling at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. In this podcast, Dr. Friedman brings her experience and expertise to the study of the weekly Torah portion through a mental health lens.…

Breishit – The Power of Naming

Posted on October 3, 2018

The inaugural episode of an exciting new podcast from YCT, The Pastoral Parsha with Dr. Michelle Friedman. Dr. Friedman is a psychiatrist and the Sharon and Steven Lieberman Chair of Pastoral Counseling at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. In this podcast, Dr. Friedman brings her experience and expertise to the study of the weekly Torah portion through a mental health lens.…