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A New Way to Get Jewish Wisdom on the Go

A New Way to Get Jewish Wisdom on the Go

I think my dentist is mad at me. Between working all day, making lunches for my kids, trying to stay on top of friends’ birthdays and celebrations (let alone responding when tough things happen), checking Facebook and writing witty, clickable “humblebrags,” I find that I have no time to actually take care of the things I ought to – like going to the dentist.

If I’m being honest, I haven’t seen him in a year and a half, simply because of how busy I seem to be from the hours of 5:45am until 10:30pm (and the dentist is closed half of that time, anyway). Not great, I know, but for so many of us, this level of busy-ness is reality. Just yesterday, a friend said to me, “Every single day, I’m counting down the minutes – and there just aren’t enough.”

The problem with living this way, though, is that it means there never seem to be enough minutes to take care of our souls, either – and if we took better care of our souls, it might help us take better care of the rest of ourselves, too.

I happen to be a rabbi, so my day job requires me to have spiritual grounding – but not everyone has the time for that, especially when it comes to sitting down for deep, meaningful Jewish learning. In the last few months, though, I’ve been part of a team that has created a project that may help. recently launched On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah, a weekly podcast with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Here’s how I would describe it: It’s smart! It’s short! It’s wise! It’s Jewish! But not too Jewish! In other words, I think you’re going to like it.

Most of us are looking for simple ways to re-center ourselves and our lives, and this podcast is designed to help you do just that.

In each episode, Rabbi Jacobs discusses the weekly Torah portion in a way that speaks to real, modern, everyday life. He tackles topics like ethical and moral standards, who we listen to and take counsel from, how we think of ourselves, and how we can move away from the aforementioned “humblebrag” to instead just be honest about who we are. His wisdom is deep, but it’s shared in a way that everyone – from those who have studied for years to those who have just started learning about Judaism – can find something of value in each episode.

You can subscribe, download it, and listen to it anywhere – even at the dentist. Who knows? It might just change your week.

Rabbi Leora Kaye is the director of program for the Union for Reform Judaism. She previously served as the director of community engagement and rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City.

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