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

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.

Narrow Bridge Candles
November 28, 2011

You’ve only got 3 days left to order your handmade, BDS-supporting beeswax Hannukah candles from Narrow Bridge Candles! These candles are more beautiful and smell nicer than almost any other Hannukah candles we’ve used. More importantly, the candles are made outside of Israel and 10% of the proceeds go to the Stop the JNF Campaign. Decolonize your Hannukah ritual this year! Support BDS!

Also…stay tuned to radio613 in the coming weeks for an interview with Narrow Bridge Candles creator jonah aline daniel.

Click here to watch a video about Narrow Bridge Candles.

Click here to order your candles now. Shabbat and Havdalah candles available as well.

The Power of Light
December 14, 2010

Last year’s podcast featuring readings of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short Chanukah stories was quite popular. As such, we decided to present another set from Singer’s “The Power of Light: 8 Stories for Hanukkah”. Yes, we’re now in the nearly year long period of non-Chanukah, but we promise that the stories were read and recorded during this year’s chag ha’urim.

Here they are in segments with accompanying music by The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andy Statman, Ot Azoj, and Shirim Klezmer Orchestra:

“A Parakeet Named Dreidel” (right-click to download)
“The Extinguished Lights” (right-click to download)
“Menashe & Rachel” (right-click to download)

Episode 34: Love Revelation Concrete Revenge Purimspiel
February 19, 2010

It’s a Purim pre-drink this year on radio613 as the show welcomes Michelle and Ariel – two actors from the “Choose your own PURIM!” party in New York City on February 20 presented by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, the Workmen’s Circle & Great Small Works Spaghetti. A preview of what promises to be a spectacle of masked gentrification fighters, revisioned Esther/Vashti revolution, Haman blasting horns, rebel yids, arbeter theatre-a-la-balagan, and more!!!! Tune in…

Music from the Klezmatics, DJ Lil’ Ray, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and Slavic Soul Party.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 25: Succos and an Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving
October 15, 2009

Chagim air-time proceeds. Following some harvest-y music, the show begins with a look at the succah as a check on opulence during a period of joy. In light of the succah’s symbol of the temporary nature of ownership, we explore some of what it means to live as a settler on stolen land. Joining us for this discussion is Matt – one of the organizers of the annual Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner in Guelph, ON, Turtle Island. Tune in for  informative words and thoughts. The show concludes with a lament for the loss of Marek Edelman – the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance, Bund Member, committed diasporist, cardiologist, and a lasting anti-fascist voice in Poland.

Music from Frank London’s Klezmer All-Stars, Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Testament.

For audio from last’s year’s Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner, visit resistanceisfertile.ca.

Click here to listen to this week’s show (right-click to download).

Episode 18: Autonomous Seder 5769
April 20, 2009

radio613 episode 18! The Festival of Freedom goes to air broadcasting the Autonomous Seder 5769, held in Kingston on the first night of Passover. Jews, Muslims, political and spiritual allies gather to retell the story of Exodus. The Seder provided a forum to resist Pharaohs of all forms through songs, prayers and readings from a Passover Haggadah for Us, Koran and Torah teachings, and discussion. From Kadesh to Nirtzah, it’s maror for your ears!

Much thanks to all those who participated in this year’s Autonomous Seder.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Download our “Haggadah for Us” (thanks to the Velveteen Rabbi,  and Micah Bazant and Dara Silverman whose Haggadot were used to compile our own).

Episode 4: Sukkot Show
October 20, 2008

radi613’s Succot show…The collective shares the Succah building/dwelling experience and reflects upon the significance of Succot. An interview with Sam Kuhn of the Tenant Action Group in Belleville. Sam speaks about direct action activism around housing and homelessness, solidarity, and more. Also, on this week’s show, a review of the wonderful film, “Ushpizin.”

Music from Suheir Hammad and Golem.

Click here to listen.

Tenant Action Group: http://www.ocap.ca/tag/
Ushpizin film: http://www.newline.com/properties/ushpizin.html