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Welcome to the Speaking Torah podcast!

Hebrew College presents writers and readers thinking creatively about how Torah is relevant to today—and how it can inform and help us in a world in need of healing and hope.

Torah is one of the most profound sources of wisdom available to us. On this podcast, Jewish leaders from around the world read essays from Hebrew College faculty and rabbinical alumni and Jewish leaders about how Torah can help us navigate the most pressing issues of our time.

Together, we explore the ways Torah can help us approach the world with creativity, healing, and hope. After listening to the podcast, we hope that you will be left feeling inspired, uplifted, and excited to engage with Torah in a modern, transformative way.


Season Two

The Loneliness of the Long Distance TranslatorEp #4: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Translator – Read by Rabbi Arthur Green, you will discover the insights that Rabbi Nehemia Polen uncovered during the process of his understanding and translation of Malkah Shapiro’s memoir The Rebbe’s Daughter, and the challenges of separating himself from the work while remaining an integral vehicle in its delivery.

Squash with Egg and CheeseEp #5: Squash with Egg and Cheese – Judith Rosenbaum reads us on a journey through Lydia Kukoff’s sensory memories and the product of combining her Italian heritage with her chosen Jewish faith, melding her experiences, creating new traditions for her family, and expanding the definition of Judaism while also connecting deeply with its traditions.

Stop Making SenseEp #6: Stop Making Sense – Anne Germanacos reads Rabbi Mónica Gomery’s d’var Torah, written in 2019, highlighting this piece’s ever-increasing relevance in a world of post-truths and “alternative facts”. Mónica shares with us how leaning into that which doesn’t make narrative sense highlights the greater truths that can fly under our rational mind.


Season One

Ep #1: Two Ways to Tell a StoryJoy Ladin guides us through Rabbi Gray Myrseth’s work, Two Ways to Tell a Story, taking us on a powerful journey built equally upon continuity and disruption, from Moses shattering the 10 Commandments, to their own journey to find a self that they could inhabit fully, without fear. 

Ep #2: Vertical Ladders of Sky, Horizontal Ladders of Earth –  Rabbi Jordan Schuster explores the connection between John Keats and the story of Jacob’s Ladder, and teaches that regardless of how fissured this world feels, ladders, like bridges, hold the possibility for connection and relationship. Read by Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President of Hebrew College.

Ep #3: Extending the Horizons of Our Hearts – Jewish feminist poet, Alicia Ostriker, reads Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld’s essay on the Binding of Isaac, and invites us to think about the thicket of our own lives; the possibilities that we haven’t seen and the impacts of the stories that we tell ourselves.

If you like what you hear, can you leave us a review on Apple Podcasts?

Just follow the steps below:

To subscribe in Apple Podcasts, visit the Speaking Torah page and click on the “Listen on Apple Podcasts” button or search for “Speaking Torah” in your iPhone Podcasts app. (Note: If you’re on a PC or Android, you can download the iTunes app and leave a review there!)

This will launch Apple Podcasts and bring up the podcast.

Click on the “Subscribe” button.

Click the star rating you would like to leave (we would love 5 stars, of course, if the show inspires you!).

Write your review, title it, and you’re all set!

Make sure you hit “Send!”

Thank you for listening!

You can also find the show on Stitcher, Spotify or anywhere else you listen to your podcasts.

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