Awake with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

Awake with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

How do we stop and notice that incredible, holy things happen to us every day. My name is Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and this is Awake - finding the holy in the every day. On this show, I bring the teachings from Jewish mystical texts into everyday life in less than 10 minutes. When you listen, I hope you will take a few minutes to pause and to open yourself to the possibility that holiness, connection and presence are around us all of the time.... Show More

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December 3, 2020 15 min

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about prayer, moments of exaltation, moments of deep sorrow, moments of joy. All of the highs and lows that bring us to spiritual experiences. 

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November 25, 2020 11 min

Today I want to talk about music, the sound of the soul. I have two stories to share, one of a glorious end, and one of a glorious beginning. 

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August 25, 2020 11 min

In the first episode of a month-long series on Elul, I’ll be talking about tshuva, sharing some of the teachings and stories that I have found most helpful in my journey. 

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August 18, 2020 10 min

Pandemic-mind is a term I coined for the monotony of space that leads to our thoughts running wild with fear and the unknown. 

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July 28, 2020 7 min

When I was a kid I had a lot of anger about the world. Inevitably, I would be sent to my room, which would be followed by me longing to connect with my family again.

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July 21, 2020 10 min

My kids have been asking me recently to tell them stories of my youth. Stories help mold us, they help us figure out who we are, and how to deal with the world. 

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July 14, 2020 9 min

I’ve been talking with a friend about the different parts of this pandemic, and the phases we’ve gone through. And it’s had me thinking about journeys. 

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June 30, 2020 9 min

During this time, many of us have found ourselves being very comfortable in our homes, staying in a single spot. And yet, there are other places that call us.

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June 23, 2020 10 min

So one thing I have not spoken about on this podcast, is my chicks. When reflecting on them, I came upon a midrash which sung to me.

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June 16, 2020 12 min

What’s been coming back to me again and again over the last few weeks are the words of Ilana Kaufman, “binary thinking is what seeks to divide us.”

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June 9, 2020 10 min

As many of you know, I live in Washington, DC, where there have been sustained protests for the last 10 days. Last week, my son and I participated.

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June 2, 2020 10 min

I come to you today feeling the pain that we are feeling the streets of our cities. While there is no way to fix this pain, I want to offer you a teaching about leadership.

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May 26, 2020 12 min

Shavuot begins this week. In my quest to ‘keep it real’ with you all, today we are going to talk about repentance and Torah, the great magnifier. 

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May 19, 2020 9 min

I noticed the other day, we have a yellow rose bush on our front lawn that blooms every year. As I was out with my son yesterday smelling the roses, I saw something...

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May 12, 2020 8 min

My family has been watching the documentary series “The Last Dance” about Michael Jordan and I’ve been obsessed. I’ve been asking myself, “what it is about him that makes people so enamored?”

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May 5, 2020 9 min

I’m sure like many of you, there are stories that are happening in your house during this pandemic, that may not have happened before. For my family, we have been having a little bit of a mouse problem.

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April 28, 2020 8 min

The past few months have been brutal. As I was at the cemetery burying a beloved congregant who passed from COVID-19, I was reminded of a passage in the Zohar, about homecomings. 

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As I’ve been recording this podcast in my house, I’ve been thinking about the things that give us structure during times of chaos. This week, I found it in a Torah portion in the book of Leviticus.

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April 14, 2020 5 min

My daughter recently got into an argument with some of her friends. We had a long conversation, and we got to talking about the difference between shame and guilt.

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April 7, 2020 6 min

Over the last few weeks in quarantine I have been working on my headstand. I've noticed that this is a perfect parallel to where we are in the world right now. 

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