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

May 15, 2022 12 min

As we count the days toward Shavuot, the counting of Sefira helps us to understand that power of positive habit in our Torah lives. How do we access our full potential through new habits?

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As Jews, we experience a tension between our desire to be a “Kiddush HaShem” and the fact that, often, people we encounter do not look favorably upon our Torah practices. How do we thrive with this unresolved tension present in our lives? What does it mean to make a Kiddush HaShem in a non-Jewish world?

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May 1, 2022 12 min

Our will to live is the most basic of human drives. But how do we define life? The Torah’s command to “live in Mitzvot” suggests a path that shapes the meaning of our lives.

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April 24, 2022 13 min

Isaiah’s futuristic vision of the messianic era points to our innate ability to overcome our natural limitations.

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April 17, 2022 14 min

Learning to find your personal Exodus on Pesach and beyond.

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April 12, 2022 18 min

What is the purpose of having a rabbi in our lives?

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March 28, 2022 11 min

In this episode, I share some reflections about my next steps in life, PLUS: when is change healthy for any individual? A deeper look at the pre-Pesach purification process sheds light on healthy change and development.

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As we recommit to eradicating Amalek from our world, we contemplate how each and every one of us and our Mitzvot are great in the eyes of HaShem.

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Study of Tanach in general, and the Megilla specifically, supports the need to clearly identity, and unequivocally denounce evil.

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February 24, 2022 11 min

The Megilla and Chodesh Adar point us to a bigger picture understanding of our past and our future.

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February 3, 2022 12 min

A Torah approach to the powerful human emotion of regret lead us to new opportunities, as we rethink our future us and relaunch our journey.

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January 20, 2022 13 min

Exodus 20, 15 teaches us that the Jewish nation “saw the sounds” of revelation at Sinai. A deeper exploration of this verse sheds light on what it means to be a Jew as we strive to connect with the word of G-d.

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January 13, 2022 12 min

Devorah, one of the most famous women in Tanach, declared after a pivotal battle that she arose “as a mother in Israel.” What is the meaning of this title? What lessons do Devorah and Jewish mothers impart to us? Join us for a story of faith.

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January 6, 2022 11 min

In this episode, we explore the deeper meaning of Jewish identity, in the context of G-d’s direct relationship with the Jewish people.

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December 31, 2021 10 min

A study of the tyrant Paroah sheds light on how to climb our own mountain.

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December 26, 2021 4 min

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December 16, 2021 14 min

The end of Genesis sheds light on the origins of our family and who we are as part of Bnei Yisrael.

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The wisdom of our sages provides guidance in what might be one of the most consequential questions we face as Jews. How do we confront modernity?

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December 2, 2021 13 min

The epic struggle of David against Goliath, sheds light on how we can find G-d in the history of our own personal life.

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