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!


May 22, 2023 11 mins

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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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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November 20, 2022 12 mins

Today, it’s possible to walk in the Biblical heart of Israel where our forefathers and mothers walked and lived. But what does Genesis teach us about the most difficult problems that face us in the land of Israel today?

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November 13, 2022 12 mins

Avraham’s prayer for the wicked city of Sedom depends on the presence of a “Minyan” of Tzaddikim (righteous people).  A deeper look at this moment sheds light on the importance of community for our spiritual health.

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November 6, 2022 12 mins

Avraham left Charan and followed the word of HaShem without knowing his destination. How does Avraham’s path guide us to move forward in life, amid doubt and uncertainty?

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October 30, 2022 13 mins

The Hebrew Bible gave the world a radical idea: God, not flesh and blood, is the true king. When we reject cults of personality and center our lives around HaShem, we bring blessing into the world.


How can we bring this big idea of HaShem as our king into daily life?

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October 23, 2022 9 mins

A new Torah reading cycle is a time to consider a learning opportunity that is accessible for every Jew.

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October 11, 2022 13 mins

Sukkot is a time to consider the real struggle between Israel and the nations, and how that struggle plays out in our lives.

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