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Mali Brofsky, Johnny Solomon and Reuven Spolter

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Mali Brofsky, Johnny Solomon and Reuven Spolter

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Each week we'll discuss three topics from the Religous Zionist and Modern Orthodox world. We'll share articles we're reading, ideas we're thinking about, and topics that interest us related to Israel, Judaism, Religious Zionism.

Latest Episodes

Questioning Conversion Therapy

In the lastest edition of RZ weekly we discuss the recent initial approval by the Knesset of a law forbidding Conversion Therapy. We consider why some religious leaders continue to support Conversion Therapy notwithstanding the research that suggests that it ineffective, harmful, and in some cases, dangerous.

58 MIN6 d ago
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Questioning Conversion Therapy

Fated to be Hated?

Should Jews keep a low profile? Are there things Jews should avoid stirring up anti-semitism? In the latest episode of RZ Weekly, we examine a fascinating set of articles written by Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin which address all three of these questions, and in doing so, we consider the responses to anti-semitism of prior generations and how this differs from our response today, as well as how Anti-semitism is viewed differently by those living in Israel from many of those living in the Diaspora.

43 MIN1 w ago
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Fated to be Hated?

Talking Anti-Semitism

In our most recent edition of RZWeekly we ask, why is there antisemitism? Is there a theological reason for antisemitism? Also, how is antisemitism experienced by Jews in Israel and in the diaspora? What role does Israel play in the protection from or the rise of Antisemitism? Please listen and let us know your thoughts.

43 MIN2 w ago
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Talking Anti-Semitism

The Tweet Heard Round the (Jewish) World

When Rabbi Andy Kahn, assistant rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, tweeted that “Jews are not an indigenous people”, he may not have expected his remarks to go viral. But when they did, many Jews in Israel and around the world were surprised by the level of support for such a claim, and this again raised the question of the disconnect between many contemporary Jews the concept of Jewish right to the Land of Israel. In our discussion we consider why such remarks received support, and whether the remarks by Rabbi Yaakov Ariel regarding Reform Judaism which we discussed in our previous episode may carry more weight than we may have liked to believe.

42 MIN3 w ago
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The Tweet Heard Round the (Jewish) World

Rav Yaakov Ariel's Attitude Towards the Reform Movement

In the lastest edition of RZ Weekly we examine Rabbi Yaakov Ariel’s recently published article in the Mekor Rishon newspaper which he wrote in response to the recently publicised (online) meeting between (Orthodox) Rabbi Eliezer Melamed and (Reform) Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur. In his article, Rabbi Ariel forcefully expresses his view of the Reform movement and his opposition to any form of denominational dialogue. While we at RZ Weekly share many ideological beliefs with Rabbi Ariel, we felt that his article highlighted a lack of understanding of the current challenges facing the Jewish world.

61 MINJUL 1
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Rav Yaakov Ariel's Attitude Towards the Reform Movement

Silence on Annexation and Toppling Monuments

The latest edition of RZ Weekly with R’ Reuven Spolter, Rabbanit Mali Brofsky and R’ Johnny Solomon begins with a short conversation about the upcoming Annexation plans and an honest discussion about why this topic is not getting the attention you would have expected in the RZ (Religious Zionist) world. We then moved on, starting from a discussion of how we feel about Jewish historical artifacts, to addressing the toppling and removal of statues in the US and around the world. In our (energetic) conversation, we each shared what we believe to be our understanding of the approach to history, the power of memory and the need for society to know its past while showing understanding and sensitivity in the present.

57 MINJUN 24
Comments
Silence on Annexation and Toppling Monuments

Attitudes towards Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

Recently, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed received significant criticism from numerous Israeli rabbis for actively engaging in dialogue with Delphine Horvilleur, a French Judaic scholar and a Reform Rabbi, in an online conference organized by Mekor Rishon. In this edition of RZWeekly we try and understand why he was criticised, what this says about the way Reform Judaism is understood by most Orthodox Jews in Israel, and past and present perspectives and policies concerning cross-denominational dialogue and collaboration in both Israel and the diaspora.

40 MINJUN 18
Comments
Attitudes towards Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

Minhag Medinat Yisrael

Some weeks ago one of our listeners suggested that we address the topic of ‘Should someone who moves to Israel change their minhagim (customs)?’ and in the latest edition of RZ Weekly, which begins with some brief remarks from Reuven, Mali and Johnny recent events in the US, we discuss the concept of minhag, the meaning of minhag in the melting pot of the State of Israel, and the pros and cons of holding fast to minhagim versus celebrating and adopting different minhagim that are part of the fabric of the Israeli experience.

58 MINJUN 9
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Minhag Medinat Yisrael

Transmitting Substance in an Aesthetic Culture

In the latest edition of RZWeekly we discuss the harnessing various media platforms, especially social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, for the sharing of Torah content. For example, we consider the place of aesthetics in promoting Torah ideas and the extent to which images can and should be used to ‘sell’ Torah ideas (such as was recently done in ‘Nashim’ magazine). We also reflect on the fact that most social media platforms are driven by ‘clicks’ and ‘likes’ and ask how it is possible to balance the desire to share good Torah content on social media platforms which are often about self-promotion. Please listen and let us know what you think.

36 MINJUN 1
Comments
Transmitting Substance in an Aesthetic Culture

Women in Shul?

Is there a requirement to pray with a minyan? In what ways does this requirement differ between men and women? How strongly should women be encouraged to daven in a minyan? And as shuls re-open in Israel allowing up to 50 worshippers, can the policy of certain shuls that prioritise places to men over women be justified? In this highly animated session, the RZ Weekly team share their thoughts on these and many other questions. Please listen and let us know what you think!

49 MINMAY 26
Comments
Women in Shul?

Latest Episodes

Questioning Conversion Therapy

In the lastest edition of RZ weekly we discuss the recent initial approval by the Knesset of a law forbidding Conversion Therapy. We consider why some religious leaders continue to support Conversion Therapy notwithstanding the research that suggests that it ineffective, harmful, and in some cases, dangerous.

58 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Questioning Conversion Therapy

Fated to be Hated?

Should Jews keep a low profile? Are there things Jews should avoid stirring up anti-semitism? In the latest episode of RZ Weekly, we examine a fascinating set of articles written by Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin which address all three of these questions, and in doing so, we consider the responses to anti-semitism of prior generations and how this differs from our response today, as well as how Anti-semitism is viewed differently by those living in Israel from many of those living in the Diaspora.

43 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Fated to be Hated?

Talking Anti-Semitism

In our most recent edition of RZWeekly we ask, why is there antisemitism? Is there a theological reason for antisemitism? Also, how is antisemitism experienced by Jews in Israel and in the diaspora? What role does Israel play in the protection from or the rise of Antisemitism? Please listen and let us know your thoughts.

43 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Talking Anti-Semitism

The Tweet Heard Round the (Jewish) World

When Rabbi Andy Kahn, assistant rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, tweeted that “Jews are not an indigenous people”, he may not have expected his remarks to go viral. But when they did, many Jews in Israel and around the world were surprised by the level of support for such a claim, and this again raised the question of the disconnect between many contemporary Jews the concept of Jewish right to the Land of Israel. In our discussion we consider why such remarks received support, and whether the remarks by Rabbi Yaakov Ariel regarding Reform Judaism which we discussed in our previous episode may carry more weight than we may have liked to believe.

42 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Tweet Heard Round the (Jewish) World

Rav Yaakov Ariel's Attitude Towards the Reform Movement

In the lastest edition of RZ Weekly we examine Rabbi Yaakov Ariel’s recently published article in the Mekor Rishon newspaper which he wrote in response to the recently publicised (online) meeting between (Orthodox) Rabbi Eliezer Melamed and (Reform) Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur. In his article, Rabbi Ariel forcefully expresses his view of the Reform movement and his opposition to any form of denominational dialogue. While we at RZ Weekly share many ideological beliefs with Rabbi Ariel, we felt that his article highlighted a lack of understanding of the current challenges facing the Jewish world.

61 MINJUL 1
Comments
Rav Yaakov Ariel's Attitude Towards the Reform Movement

Silence on Annexation and Toppling Monuments

The latest edition of RZ Weekly with R’ Reuven Spolter, Rabbanit Mali Brofsky and R’ Johnny Solomon begins with a short conversation about the upcoming Annexation plans and an honest discussion about why this topic is not getting the attention you would have expected in the RZ (Religious Zionist) world. We then moved on, starting from a discussion of how we feel about Jewish historical artifacts, to addressing the toppling and removal of statues in the US and around the world. In our (energetic) conversation, we each shared what we believe to be our understanding of the approach to history, the power of memory and the need for society to know its past while showing understanding and sensitivity in the present.

57 MINJUN 24
Comments
Silence on Annexation and Toppling Monuments

Attitudes towards Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

Recently, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed received significant criticism from numerous Israeli rabbis for actively engaging in dialogue with Delphine Horvilleur, a French Judaic scholar and a Reform Rabbi, in an online conference organized by Mekor Rishon. In this edition of RZWeekly we try and understand why he was criticised, what this says about the way Reform Judaism is understood by most Orthodox Jews in Israel, and past and present perspectives and policies concerning cross-denominational dialogue and collaboration in both Israel and the diaspora.

40 MINJUN 18
Comments
Attitudes towards Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

Minhag Medinat Yisrael

Some weeks ago one of our listeners suggested that we address the topic of ‘Should someone who moves to Israel change their minhagim (customs)?’ and in the latest edition of RZ Weekly, which begins with some brief remarks from Reuven, Mali and Johnny recent events in the US, we discuss the concept of minhag, the meaning of minhag in the melting pot of the State of Israel, and the pros and cons of holding fast to minhagim versus celebrating and adopting different minhagim that are part of the fabric of the Israeli experience.

58 MINJUN 9
Comments
Minhag Medinat Yisrael

Transmitting Substance in an Aesthetic Culture

In the latest edition of RZWeekly we discuss the harnessing various media platforms, especially social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, for the sharing of Torah content. For example, we consider the place of aesthetics in promoting Torah ideas and the extent to which images can and should be used to ‘sell’ Torah ideas (such as was recently done in ‘Nashim’ magazine). We also reflect on the fact that most social media platforms are driven by ‘clicks’ and ‘likes’ and ask how it is possible to balance the desire to share good Torah content on social media platforms which are often about self-promotion. Please listen and let us know what you think.

36 MINJUN 1
Comments
Transmitting Substance in an Aesthetic Culture

Women in Shul?

Is there a requirement to pray with a minyan? In what ways does this requirement differ between men and women? How strongly should women be encouraged to daven in a minyan? And as shuls re-open in Israel allowing up to 50 worshippers, can the policy of certain shuls that prioritise places to men over women be justified? In this highly animated session, the RZ Weekly team share their thoughts on these and many other questions. Please listen and let us know what you think!

49 MINMAY 26
Comments
Women in Shul?
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