Episode 74: Eco-Chasidus for the New Year of the Trees
January 22, 2013

Avi & Malcah had the pleasure of interviewing Rabbi David Seidenberg for radio613’s 5773 Tu Bishvat special. Rabbi Seidenberg is an educator in North America and the world about Jewish mysticism and ecology and Chasidic music as well as being the founder of neohasid.org, a website dedicated to helping Jews of any background integrate Chasidic song, learning, and nusach into their davenning and communities.

During our interview, we learned about Tu Bishvat rituals, The Four Worlds seder and more. With beautiful excerpts from Laura Wetzler’s Kabbalah Music: Songs of the Jewish Mystics, and some discussion and announcements related to the Idle No More movement and opposition to Enbridge’s proposed reversal of a pipeline passing through Ontario and Quebec, this is a spiritually engaging show not to be missed.

Click here to hear our conversation.

Our past Tu Bishvat content is archived here.

For more information about Tu Bishvat, see:
http://neohasid.org/resources/tu_bishvat
http://theshalomcenter.org/treasury/118

To watch the full-length video (13 min) about line 9 click here: http://vimeo.com/56842880

To keep up to date on Idle No More events in Kingston, ON/Traditional Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe Lands, join the facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreKingstonON

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Episode 66: Rhythm in Flame and Jewish anti-racist blogging
June 28, 2012

Tune-in to another great episode of your favourite Jewish politics/culture/religious practice radio show and podcast!

In the first half of the show, radio613’s friend and comrade Nomi shares their beautiful Shabbat poem “Rhythm in Flame” set to music, and speaks with Avi about their poem, yeshiva studies, shabbat and training as a sofer.

During part two of the show, we kick off a new series of interviews, conversations and analysis about Jewish racism & Jewish anti-racism. We will be exploring several historical and contemporary moments of Jewish racism and/or anti-racism to deepen our understanding of the dynamics between Jewishness and racism and our commitment to confronting racism in our communities and religious practices. In this first installation of the series, we speak with Erika Davis from the blog Black, Gay and Jewish.

Listen to part1 of the show with Nomi.

Listen to part 2 featuring the interview with Erika Davis.

Episode 65: Omer Calendar of Bilblical Women
May 18, 2012

In this episode of radio613, Avi & Malcah were honored to speak with Rabbi Jill Hammer about her Omer Calendar of Biblical Women. The airwaves were blessed with Rabbi Hammer’s thoughts and teachings about ritual, midrash, and the Omer period.

Featuring beautiful music from Galeet Dardashti‘s Midrashic album The Naming.

Listen to the show here.

You can purchase a hard copy of the Omer Calendar of Biblical Women online at the Isabella Freedman Bookstore. We also recommend checking out Rabbi Hammer’s book Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women.

Episode 50: Trees of Life
February 6, 2011

We are blessed to be able to, once again, present a Tu Bishvat/New Year of the Trees episode. We are late posting this show as it is now a few weeks from the originally broadcast date on the 15th of Shvat, but at any moment this holiday can serve to remind us, daily, of the possibilities for meaningful connections with Trees, fruits, the Seasons, and the world that surrounds us.

There is a lot of work to be done reclaiming this meaningful holiday from those who have used it to justify colonialism, displacement, and erasure of Palestinian and Bedouin histories. Happily, we are able to feature many voices and texts that help us with reclamation by drawing from deep within the roots of Jewish life. Tune-in to hear a reading from Kingston author Leanne Lieberman’s new young adult novel Book of Trees; an update on displacement and resistance in the Negev; preparations and readings from our Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder; plus, other radio waves turned to branches turned to more beautiful metaphors.

radio613’s Tu Bishvat show for 5771 ends with a review of the recently published 70 Faces: Torah Poems by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. 70 Faces eloquently blends feminism and classic traditions of textual interpretation. Listen for readings from parshas B’shalach and Yitro.

Music from Eekwol ft. Mass and Flipdabird (“The Tree”) and Testament (“Generation Z”).

Click here to listen.