The Jewish Growth Podcast

The Jewish Growth Podcast

Welcome to the Jewish Growth Podcast with Rabbi Ken Brodkin. This broadcast will help you access the timeless wisdom of Judaism and enrich your Jewish journey. How do we apply the wisdom of Judaism to real life? If you are in search of Jewish insight and inspiration, The Jewish Growth Podcast is for you!

Episodes

October 2, 2023 11 mins

The generation that returned from Bavel to Jerusalem reveled in their “rediscovery” of the Chag of Sukkos. Their modest celebration holds a lesson for our lives.

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Israeli singer Ishay Ribo takes us into the soul of the Kohen Gadol through his “Seder HaAvoda,” a song with 10 million views on YouTube.

Why is a song about Yom Kippur enthralling to people of all backgrounds? What can we learn from the Kohen’s journey in our lives today?  

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August 20, 2023 12 mins

During the Hebrew month of Elul, we contemplate the palpable presence of the King. How do we utilize these weeks to prepare for the Days of Awe? What does it mean for us to desire a King?

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August 13, 2023 12 mins

What happens when your friend or loved one tries to sway you against your better judgment? How do you eschew the desires of loved ones, or the society around you? The Torah’s discussion of friends enticing us to worship idols is instructive for our times.

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August 5, 2023 11 mins

The prophets teach us that we have a hunger and a thirst for something beyond bread & water: we seek to absorb the word of God. What steps can we take to discover and connect with the spiritual roots we yearn for?

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July 24, 2023 14 mins

The Torah tells us that will shall diligently pursue justice. We also learn that God is perfect and just. Yet, for all the Torah’s focus on justice, there seems to be plenty of injustice in our world. How do we square the existence injustice with a Just God? How can we be emissaries of justice and truth in our imperfect world?

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The life of Rebbi Akiva is a model for how we overcome challenges in life, as we grow closer to Torah. Join us as we reflect on how Shavuos can propel us forward in this path.

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May 7, 2023 12 mins

Mishlei teaches us that we “may not forsake the Torah of our mother.” According to our rabbis, “our mother” refers to the Jewish people. In this episode, we delve into the significance of this received tradition, that has defined Jewish life from generation to generation.

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April 29, 2023 11 mins

The Torah presents holiness as a common a comprehensive calling for the Jewish people. What does holiness, or sanctity, have to do with our happiness? What, according to Judaism, leads a person to happiness?

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April 16, 2023 9 mins

While speech and expression are vital parts of our lives, a Mishna sheds light on the power of silence.

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March 22, 2023 10 mins

Several months after Rosh HaShana, we begin Nisan which is called “the first of months.” This month of spring is a reminder that renewal and rejuvenation are possible even months into our year. Renewal is a powerful Jewish strength that comes to the fore at this auspicious time.

Rebrand and Renewal - Jewish Link article

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March 4, 2023 11 mins

Megillas Esther teaches us timeless lessons about the opportunities and limitations of interpreting the events of our lives.

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February 25, 2023 12 mins

The construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) raises questions about what it means to dedicate physical space to HaShem. As individuals, how do we bring God’s presence into our world?

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February 5, 2023 16 mins

In today’s episode, I share my journey with GTD (Getting Things Done) and how it led me to a deeper Jewish question: what is Shabbos?

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January 29, 2023 11 mins

It’s common in our times for people to self-identify as “spiritual but not religious.” This includes many people who firmly believe in the existence of God, though they are not affiliated with a religious group or organization. Many seek spirituality in places outside of religion.

What does it mean to be spiritual as a Jew? How do we connect the moving spiritual moments we experience, to a life of Mitzvot?

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January 15, 2023 12 mins

The example of Moshe teaches us to run after each member of HaShem’s flock, as we seek them out in the places that they are found.

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January 8, 2023 13 mins

Congregation Sons of Israel (in Manalapan NJ) updates our name to include the entire children of Israel, as we strive to create an eternal legacy.

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December 24, 2022 12 mins

What I learned from my real-life encounter with Michael & Summer Dawson PLUS: who is the suffering servant of Isaiah 53?

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December 18, 2022 11 mins

From the days of Yosef and Yehuda to the Maccabees to our own time, the legacy of the Jewish people is all about walking in the path of truth.

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December 11, 2022 12 mins

Our fathers and mothers received new names in watershed moments that helped define their life trajectory forward. How can you connect with your name in your struggles today?

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