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Pastoral Parsha

VaYishlach – Reaping Reconciliation

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
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.…