Benny Friedman & Avraham Fried in Conversation
This is a special edition episode of Meaningful People Podcast. Avraham Fried sat down with his nephew Benny Friedman for an honest, raw conversations about life, music and a lot more! See Benny and Avremel on Chol Hamoed Succos when they perform in New Jersey!
Escaping Iran | R’ Yaakov Sadigh
Rabbi Yaakov Sadigh shared his unique journey from growing up in Iran in a century old Jewish family, which included visits to the tomb of Mordechai and Esther in Hamedan, Iran. He spent his early years in Iran and was forced to flee his homeland at the age of 9 following the overthrow of the Shah. Arriving in the United States, he navigated the challenges of the public school system before discovering his true calling within the hallowed halls of Yeshivas.
Eli Rowe of Hatzolah Air
Eli Rowe is a licensed pilot, a highly experienced paramedic, and the founder and president of Hatzolah Air. Eli's passion for emergency medicine and helping those in need are apparent and infectious and have facilitated him building Hatzolah Air from an idea to a full-fledged air rescue organization in just a few years. On a daily basis, Eli is busy organizing, staffing, and flying Hatzolah Air missions. In his spare time, he can be found fundraising for Hatzolah Air and running his successful Health IT company, WOMBA.
Breaking Taboos | Dr. Shloimie Zimmerman
Dr. Shloimie Zimmerman, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder and director of a multi-disciplinary group mental health practice. He is a renowned speaker and consultant in the areas of child development, education, abuse prevention, and trauma. He is the author of the groundbreaking book From Boys to Men. Dr. Zimmerman is also the chair of Amudim’s advisory board and Magen New York’s clinical advisory board. He co-founded Congregation Sons of Israel, where he served as president and gabbai for twelve years. Shloimie and his wife Devora live in Queens, New York, with their four unique and precocious children.
Judaism at the Edge of the World
Yaakov Cruz’s life journey took him from the countryside of Western Massachusetts to deep in Alaska. With many adventurous stops and inspiring changes along the way, the story of his quest for authenticity in his Jewish identity is meaningful and moving.
How to Deal with Things that Frustrate You Beyond Belief
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan how to deal with the things that frustrate us seemingly more than we can deal with.
Inspiring Tale of Battling Her Eating Disorder
Atara (Hermann) Lasky developed an eating disorder when she was in 8th grade. In this episode we delve into her story of her battle with this awful illness. She is joined on this episode by her mother, Chani Hermann, Associate Director at Yachad, and her father Daniel Hermann, a clinical psychologist in Bergen County. We are listing the contact info for Atara, her father and her mother. If you or someone you know is struggling with this, they are more than welcome to reach out to them for guidance and help.
Advocating for Jews in Prison
Rabbi Aaron Lipskar is the CEO of the Aleph Institute. Since its founding in 1981, Aleph has been in touch with thousands of people affected by incarceration. Aleph's mission, that no one ever feel alone or forgotten, also extends to the brave men and women fighting to defend our country overseas. Aleph helps isolated people and shattered families persevere, giving them hope to overcome their devastating circumstances.
Israel’s Rising Jewish Music Star
In this Spotlight Edition of Meaningful People Podcast Nachi talks with one of Israels most popular singers, Akiva Turgeman. Akiva Turgeman’s hit single, “אל תעזבי ידיים” (Never Let Go) hit the top of the music charts in 2018. Akiva is set to headline Madison Square Garden with Ishay Ribo in September 2023. You can purchase tickets here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/ishay-ribo-new-york-new-york-09-03-2023/event/3B005EA487310EC7
How To Approach Tisha B’aav
R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan how in 2023 we can approach Tisha B'aav. This is the first episode of season 3 of the Two Cents Podcast!
AFTER THE MERON TRAGEDY THIS FAMILY STARTED A MOVEMENT
Shloimi and Feige Steinmetz, self-proclaimed “simple Jews” from Montreal, were catapulted into international ambassadors for Emunah and resilience after the tremendous tragedy in Meron, where their son Dovi perished along with 44 others. Shloime’s eulogy for his son set a campaign that would change people’s lives in motion, leading to the formation of the Ani Maamin Initiative. Thousands of people have developed deeper Emunah and Bitachon through the different projects of the initiative, and the Steinmetzs’ story of creating light amid terrible darkness continues to strengthen and inspire everyone who encounters them. Animaamin.net
From Hispanic Upbringing to Hassidic Judaism
Through great travails, challenges, and opportunities, Mayer Weiss navigated his way to Judaism. His journey is an inspiring story of growth and renewal, from his roots in Mexico to his various stops along the path to a new way of life.
How Two Women Changed the World for Special Children and Their Families
Jenine Shwekey and Chaya Bender are the founders and directors of The Special Children's Center. The Center, as it is affectionately known, is full of laughter, learning, and love. Founded by Jeanine and Chaya in 1996, it has grown into a pillar of support and a lifeline for countless children and their families across the tri-state area. The Center provides around-the-clock respite services throughout the year. The Center’s special education staff runs therapeutic programs, and hundreds of volunteers join forces to help others feel whole.
The Jewish People Are Coming Back
Rabbi David Markowitz is the Executive Vice President of Olami and managing director of vision and partnerships. A vaunted and acclaimed professional in the Jewish outreach world, he has worked in numerous outreach capacities, including the COO of Aish NY and campus Rabbi at UCLA. Olami is a global community committed to inspiring Jewish greatness. With 320 member organizations in 28 countries, Olami democratizes Jewish education and experience by offering high-impact one-on-one mentoring, classes, workshops, educational trips, and special events to people who didn’t grow up with these opportunities.
Incredible Adoption Story | Chabad in Montana
Chavie and Chaim Bruk are the archetypes of Chabad shluchim. They live in Montana, welcoming Jews of all backgrounds into their Bozeman home, featuring home-cooked meals, inspiring singing, and deep spiritual discussions. Doctors, ranchers, and professionals from Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell, and Billings are connecting to their heritage because of the Bruks’ efforts and many miles on the remote highways of the nation’s fourth-largest state. As they have grown their family of five children, they have become forceful advocates for adoption in the Orthodox world.
Just Love Them
Rebbetzin Leah Trenk (Bagry) is a renowned educator and mentor in Lakewood, NJ. She was the greatest source of strength of her late husband, Rabbi Dovid Trenk. The Trenks spent decades in Adelphia and Lakewood with open hearts and doors. Advising, guiding, teaching, and feeding, they created a home and lasting impact for thousands of people.
There Is No Shidduch Crisis | Tzipora Grodko
Tzipora Grodko is a motivational speaker and singles advocate. Based out of Monsey, NY, Tzipora is a LMSW, a Transformative Coach, and a junkie for purpose, passion, & connection.
Groundbreaking Jewish Parenting Tips
Rabbi Shimon Russell is a psychotherapist in private practice in Yerushalayim. Rabbi Russell has semicha from Beis Medrash Govoah in Lakewood, NJ, and holds a master’s in Clinical Social Work. He is a popular author and speaker who has presented on parenting and mental-health-related topics worldwide. For over a decade, he was the clinical director of Our Place in Brooklyn and has spent over 30 years of research and talks on parenting, marriage, and education. Rabbi Russell’s rich repository of foundational parenting psychology and practical down-to-earth guidance has helped innumerable people to create loving and enduring bonds with their children. Go and get the book at www.RaisingALovingFamily.com. It is also available in all Jewish bookstores and on Amazon, and as an audiobook on Audbile.com.
10 MILLION PEOPLE REACHED BY ZUSHA
In This New Spotlight Series, Nachi traveled to the home of Shlomo Ari Gaisin of Zusha to discuss his bands recent viral eruption on social media! Zusha debuts a brand new song at the end of the episode that was written on the spot. Spotlight episodes will air once a month.
Healing Hearts | Finding Strength After Loss
Sarah Rivkah Kohn is the founder and director of Links, an organization that provides emotional support to children & teens who lost a parent. Sarah Rivkah was 9 years old when she lost her mother. In 2006, she started a magazine for teenagers who had lost a parent, providing a platform to connect with other teens in the same situation and professional mentors. The success of the magazine led to more programming, eventually becoming Links. Soon after, Links added Shlomie’s Club, extending the Links network of support to males, and Little Links of Pearls, to provide support for elementary-aged girls. Links has since grown into an international organization serving over 800 families across the world.
Crafting The Practical Tanya | The Path to His Yiddishkeit
Rabbi Chaim Miller is a renowned author, speaker, and thought leader. He is the author of Turning Judaism Outward, the first full biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and the multivolume Practical Tanya, which has set new standards in translating Chasidic thought for contemporary readers. He is the chief editor of the popular five-volume Gutnick Edition of the Chumash and the recently published anthology of Rambam’s Thirteen Principles of Faith, providing easy access to thousands of complex discourses of the Lubavitcher Rebbe easily accessible. Chaim is an alumnus of the Haberdashers' Aske's School in London, and studies Medical Science at Leeds University. He has been described nationally as a "Mover and Shaker" in the Jewish world. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Chani, and their seven children.
Learning How to Dance in the Rain
Shaindy Plotzker is a popular singer and songwriter from Monsey, NY. She sings with passion, emotion, and electric energy, using her gift to inspire and uplift Jewish women and girls around the globe. Shaindy recognizes that “it’s all from above” and is passionate about using her talent for good. Music aside, she’s a big believer in the power of kindness, spreading positivity, and that a smile can go a long way. Her hit songs “Ah-Yay”, “Never Alone”, “Zachreinu”, and others can be found on all streaming platforms, and her music videos can be found on YouTube. Shaindy loves to connect with her audience, so join her on Instagram at @shaindyplotzkermusic where you’ll hear about the power of a kind word, the power of a positivity, and the power of music.
Soundwaves of the Soul | Eli Schwebel
Eli Schwebel is a NYC Based Recording Artist & Producer. He attended the Rabbinical College of Long Island and Zicklin School of Business. At Baruch College Eli spearheaded the renaissance of Jewish Acappella music and created a vocally rich, pop-rock sound that transformed the definition of traditional Jewish music. The lead singer and producer of the band Lev Tahor, He launched his solo career with his groundbreaking album, “Hearts Mind.” Eli’s rich musical pedigree and lineage starts with the world-famous Chazan Aaron Schwebel, his grandmother Florence Wassner, an outstanding mezzo-soprano who frequented the stage with the likes of Richard Tucker, and his father, one of the most recognizable tenors in Jewish Music, Rivie Schwebel of the band D'veykus.
Finding The Lost Princess
Rabbi Yaakov Klein is an author, musician, and speaker devoted to sharing the inner light of Torah through his books, music, and lectures. Over the last ten years, Rabbi Yaakov has shared his passion for Chassidus and the inner light of Torah in many educational capacities, including as a teacher for the Illinois Center for Jewish Studies and Yeshivat Mevaseret Tzion. He is a regular contributor to Meaningful Minute and other media platforms. He is the founding director of the Lost Princess Initiative (LPI), an organization utilizing life-changing teachings to provide a compass to all wandering through the post-modern darkness on a mission to reclaim the passion of youth. He is the author of 3 bestselling books, most recently ‘The Story of Our Lives’. Rabbi Klein recently moved to the UK with his wife Shira and their two beautiful children. He joined Jewish Futures as the founding director of Eilecha, and is focused on creating opportunities for spiritual growth and experiential education.
Perseverance and The Power of a Community
Malkie Jacobs, who currently resides in New Rochelle with her husband and 3 kids, tells her story of hope, faith and resilience on this weeks episode of the Meaningful People Podcast. We thank Malkie for her courage and vulnerability.
A Journey of Redemption
Menachem Poznanski is a licensed clinical social worker and author. Menachem has worked in the field of substance use prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery support for over 20 years. He is also the Director of The Living Room (TLR), a clubhouse program for Jewish young adults in recovery. Menachem authored the book Consciously, and is the co-author of Stepping Out of the Abyss: A Jewish Guide to the Twelve Steps, and editor at The Light Revealed and Consciously, two media platforms focused on Jewish spirituality and life challenges. Menachem received his master’s degree in social work from the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work and lives in Cedarhurst NY with his wife Naomi and their children Zoe and Tani.
Making $1,000,000 and In Credit Card Debt??
Mattis Gilbert is the founder of RSK, Reb Shayaleh's Kitchen. RSK is on a mission to fulfill the dream of R’ Shayala of Kerestir: To create more self-sufficient, financially- independent families who no longer need to lean on charity. Each of our programs is designed to help hardworking families through temporary crisis, so they can turn around, find their footing, and become donors to the same fund that stirred their recovery.
Living for Liel | Maya Namdar on Meaningful People Podcast
Maya Namdar began her career in the fashion world as a merchandiser for trendy boutiques in Soho. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, majoring in fashion buying and merchandising. She founded and owns Maya’s Place, designing fashionable looks that radiate beauty and femininity without compromising modesty. Maya is the mother of Liel A"H, her 15-year-old daughter who passed away in a car accident in December 2021. Liel was an extraordinary girl who had a lofty Neshama. She had a contagious smile that lit up the world. She lived, loved, laughed & learned" for herself and everyone around her. Liel loved to help people and make them smile, especially those in the outer circle. She didn't do it because she felt she had to- she did it because she wanted too; it was her essence. Maya shares her inspiring story and perspectives in this incredibly meaningful episode.
Blimie Heller is a Parenting Coach, lecturer and founder of Unconditional Parenting.
The Nomadic Jewish Couple
Raizel and Dani Namdar are the creators of the world’s first Orthodox Jewish family vlog dubbed “That Jewish family” on various social media platforms. They educate followers about Jewish topics and customs inaccurately portrayed in culture. Their videos are lighthearted and fun while being informative and educational, a perfect combination that excellently captivates viewers. Raizel was born in Sydney, while Dani was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. Both Raizel and Dani grew up in Chassidic families. Because of their captivating videos and educational content, the family has earned a massive following across various social media platforms. The Namdars don’t live in one particular home. They are nomadic, keeping their belongings in storage literal ly around the world. Their destinations span from Iceland to Sweden, Australia to Hungary or the United States. They remain steadfast in their vision of educating their followers about their life as frum Nomads and to continue advocating for love, respect, and understanding.
Continuing to Pass The Torch
Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe was born in Yerushalayim and raised in New York. Rabbi Wolbe has been active in Jewish outreach since 1996 across the globe, including the US, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Canada, and Israel. Rabbi Wolbe’s passion for Mussar started at a young age while developing a close relationship with his legendary and illustrious grandfather Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe. Rabbi Wolbe lives with his wife, Zehava, and their children in Houston, Texas. They've been working with TORCH - The Houston Kollel, Houston's premier resource for meaningful Jewish education, since 2005. He is the producer and host of many popular Judaism podcasts.
Singing with Soul, The Music and Story of Yitzy Waldner
Yitzy Waldner is an elite and popular composer and producer of music. Now a household name in the Jewish music industry, Yitzy began his foray into the music scene as a member of the Amudei Shaish Choir. He did not study music formally, but after composing the hit song “Meheira” on Yaakov Shwekey’s debut album his stardom quickly grew.
A Father Finds Strength Through Grief
In this weeks episode we sat down with R’ Asaf Haimoff. R’ Haimoff tragically lost his daughter Efrat to Cancer a couple of years ago. In this episode we discuss the journey of a father who found his strenght in the grief. Strenghth for his family, his community and for his daughter Efrat A”H.
From Grammy’s to Gemara
Ari worked in Hollywood as a comedy writer and producer for television shows on major networks such as NBC, CBS and Comedy Central. Most recently, he worked for The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he produced the famous Carpool Karaoke! He and his wife met while working in Hollywood. She was an actress for many years. They left the celebrity lifestyle behind for a life of Torah and now live in Yerushalyim. Ari currently learns at The Mir Yeshiva. They travel inspiring others by telling their story about their success in Hollywood and why they made the best decision to walk away from it all!
On Front Lines Saving Of Lives
Rabbi Yehudah Kaszirer is the director of Bikur Cholim of Lakewood. Yehuda was born and raised in Flatbush. His mother, Mrs. Suri Kazsirer, is known as a one-person engine of giving. The Kazsirer family was close with the Novominsker Rebbe, and Yehudah attended the Novominsker yeshivah. Prior to becoming director of Bikur Cholim, he a third-grade rebbi at a local cheder. He made national news during the pandemic when Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic asked him to “do what you can” to collect as many samples of blood plasma as possible. 36 hours later, Yehuda boarded a jet with roughly 1,000 vials of blood stored in coolers, NBC reported: “It had been drawn from members of the community through a blood drive organized with military-like speed.”
Discovering the Deeper Meaning of the Torah
Renowned for his unique ability to teach lofty concepts in a down-to-earth way, Rabbi Yussie Zakutinsky is a highly sought-after lecturer. Rabbi Zakutinsky learned in Yeshivas Shaar HaTorah where he received semicha from Rav Kalman Epstein. Rabbi Zakutinsky is the author of Sefer Yam HaTefila and Mei Moed. He is the Rav of K’hal Mevakshei Hashem in Lawrence, NY. He is a Maggid Shiur in Kollel Emek HaMelech in Woodmere and the Mashpia Ruchani at Edison Home Health Care. Rabbi Zakutinsky lives with his wife and children in Lawrence, NY and can be reached at email@example.com.
Helping Couples Through Infertility
Almost 30 years ago, Brany Rosen and Rabbi Shaul Rosen found themselves struggling through infertility in a world that wouldn’t even say the word. There was no one to ask about doctors or from where to receive support. With Hashem’s help, Brany gave birth to a baby boy. Shortly after, the Rosens launched A TIME, offering services including social support forums, coordinating resources for treatments, educational programs, physician referrals, adoption services, and a pregnancy loss support program. A TIME has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals and couples on the family-building journey.
Broadcasting The Rebbes Legacy
Rabbi Elkanah Shmotkin is the executive director of Jewish Educational Media (JEM), a multi-faceted organization dedicated to archival preservation and video presentation of the life and times of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Under Rabbi Shmotkin’s leadership, Jewish Educational Media has evolved into a dynamic, multi-faceted organization at the crossroads of archival preservation, video production, and cutting-edge web, social media, and mobile app projects. At the core of Rabbi Shmotkin's work is a commitment to studying the Lubavitcher Rebbe's teachings and life story and presenting them in engaging, informative, and inspiring ways. In addition to writing many film scripts, Rabbi Shmotkin is Editor-in-Chief of several books on the Rebbe, including My Story and Seeds of Wisdom, and co-authored the book Early Years.
The Spiritual Bounty Hunter
Rabbi Yossi Bensoussan is the mashgiach ruchani at Yeshiva High School of Cleveland. A Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor with a laid-back attitude and trademark sense of humor, Rabbi Yossi speaks and counsels worldwide on issues involving teenagers, addiction, and education. He runs a private counseling practice and is the co-founder of the 2nd Chance Initiative, which creates solutions for parents and schools dealing with struggling youths. He is the co-host of Meaningful Minute’s ever-popular The Two-Cents Podcast.
Holding Onto The Past To Forge Our Future
Chaskel Bennett is a writer, political activist, and member of the Board of Trustees of Agudas Yisrael of America. Originally from Kew Gardens Hills, NY, Chaskel lives with his family in the Five Towns.
R’Micah Shotkin | The Perspective of a Parent
Rabbi Micah Shotkin is a renowned eruv architect and builder in Passaic, New Jersey. He is the father of Rivka Shotkin, whose journey of navigating life after a devastating skiing accident has inspired and uplifted hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
SPEAKING UP FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE
Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel is the executive vice president of Agudas Yisrael of America. His relationship with the organization began while he was still a teenager, when he led Shabbos Pirchei groups on the West Side. Later, he was asked to write for the Zeirei Forum, an Agudah-sponsored publication for younger readers. A gifted writer, he was soon appointed editor. After working for many years as a lawyer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison, he was selected for his current position in 2008, after the passing of Rabbi Moshe Sherer.
Reading In Between The Lines
An eighth-generation descendant of the Bnei Yissascher, Rabbi Ozer Yosef Babad is the Rav of Khal Bnei Yissascher, a vibrant shul and community center in Toms River. Leaning into his turbulent Jewish journey throughout his teenage years, Rabbi Ozer channels his entrepreneurial spirit into helping others recalibrate their own tumultuous paths. He started running a yeshiva, a nightly drop-in center, a summer camp, and other projects to create a welcoming and inspiring space for people struggling to find one. After recognizing a need to provide help for a broader population, Rabbi Babad established Nevonim, an organization that offers 1:1 guidance to help young adults obtain the help they need to reclaim their lives, with the help of top professionals in the mental health field and case workers in recovery.
Bringing us Back to our Breath | Dr. Jonathan Feiner
Dr. Jonathan (Yoni) Feiner is the clinical director of Rockland CBT, a psychology practice group specializing in mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to his work as a clinical psychologist, he has taught courses and provided workshops on topics related to Judaism, psychology, and mindfulness in academic and community settings. Dr. Feiner is the author of “Mindfulness: A Jewish Approach”. Before receiving his Ph.D. from Hofstra University, Dr. Feiner studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshiva University’s RIETS. He lives with his wife and children in New Hempstead, NY.
Seeing The Good Amidst The Challenge of Her Life | The Story of Rivka Shotkin
Rivka Shotkin, a 16-year-old teenager living in Passaic, NJ, is the youngest guest yet on the Meaningful People Podcast. As a result of a devastating skiing accident that severed her spinal cord, she is paralyzed from the chest down. In this episode, she vulnerably shares her story and the struggles through her journey that will leave you crying, smiling, and truly inspired.
R’ MORDECHAI BURG | TURNING THE SPARKS INTO FLAMES
Internationally renowned speaker, educator, and author Rav Mordechai Burg is the Menahel of Mevaseret, Mashpia of NCSY Summer, Mashpia of Nitzotzos, author of Nitzotzos on Chumash and a senior Rebbe at Tomer Devorah and Bnot Torah Institute. His
R’ Gavriel Sanders | The Journey of an Evangelical Christian Turned Rabbi
Gavriel Aryeh Sanders’ spent twenty years as a Protestant evangelical minister, including several years of missionary activity in Israel, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, before a spiritual odyssey eventually led to his taking on Torah-observant Judaism. He has spoken to to Jewish audiences in synagogues, yeshivas, kiruv organizations, and conferences across North America, as well as in Costa Rica, Singapore, and Israel. His efforts within the Jewish world include ten years with ArtScroll Mesorah Publications in marketing and more recently six+ years as a Hebrew instructor in a well-known area Jewish high school. He says his passion for Hebrew provided him the glasses needed to see the truth in Torah and to embrace a life of observance and avodas Hashem.
Uncovering the Gems of Jewish History | Dr. Henry Abramson
Dr. Henry Abramson, a native of northern Ontario, earned a PhD in History from the University of Toronto and has held visiting and post-doctoral positions at Cornell, Harvard, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Toronto. He currently serves as a Dean of Touro University in Brooklyn New York. The author of several books, including Torah from the Years of Wrath, 1939-1943: The Historical Context of the Aish Kodesh, his work has been recognized with received research and teaching fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and he received the Excellence in the Academy Award from the National Education Association. His online lectures on Jewish history have been viewed more than five million times, and he is the author of the Jewish History in Daf Yomi Podcast on All Daf. He is currently working on a major three-volume history of the Jewish people for Koren Publishers.
Special Edition: R’Yitzchak Berkovitz | An Exclusive Interview
Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits is an American-born Rav, Rosh Yeshiva, Rosh Kollel, and Posek in Israel. In 2001, he founded The Jerusalem Kollel, a rabbinic ordination and training program that prepares students for kiruv positions worldwide. In 2019, he was appointed rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Aish HaTorah in Yerushalayim. He also serves as Rosh Kollel of an international network of evening Kollelim in Israel and the United States, which spread awareness of the laws of bein adam lechaveiro.
Reb Eitiel Goldwicht | The Rooftop Rabbi
Rabbi Eitiel Goldwicht is the founder of Aish Israel, the Israeli division of Aish Hatorah, and the Associate Rabbi of Beit Knesset Hanassi in Yerushalayim. His deep understanding and passion for the Jewish people fuel his work across the religious spectrum. Tens of thousands visit the Aish World Center yearly and have experienced Rabbi Goldwicht’s dynamic and engaging classes and programs. He currently lectures both in Hebrew and English, constantly expanding the scope of his audience through radio appearances, video presentations, and social media.
Changing the World with $1 | Dr. Jonathan Donath
Just as drips of water over millennia can carve out caves and canyons, one small mitzvah multiplied several times over can move mountains as well. That’s the belief of Dr. Jonathan Donath, a legendary chiropractor in White Plains, New York, who got an epiphany in 2018 while dropping a dollar bill into the tzedakah box at his shul. “No matter how much money I give to charity, I still get a mitzvah every time I drop a dollar in,” he thought. “How can I guarantee that I do this mitzvah every day for a buck?” He looked for an organization that was doing this and couldn’t find one. So, he and a couple of his friends had a website built and created a nonprofit: Daily Giving.
ROSH HASHANAH MEDITATION | Dr. Benjy Epstein
On this special edition of The Meaningful People Podcast, Rabbi Dr. Ben Epstein guides an extraordinary meditation experience for people in preparation for Rosh Hashana. Rabbi Dr. Benjy is an experienced psychologist who blends traditional Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with cognitive-behavioral, spiritual, and acceptance techniques. He is the author of Living in the Presence: A Jewish Mindfulness Guide to Everyday Life. In addition to his private practice and mindfulness seminars, he is the Director of Staff Development and Clinical Research for Camp Hasc.
SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE | Rivky Morel
Two Lungs, Two Hearts, One Soul. This is the Story of Alter A"H and Rivky Morel.
A Miraculous 9/11 SURVIVOR | Ari Schonbrun
Ari Schonbrun was the Chief Administrative Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, and is an author, speaker and 9/11 survivor. Ari was on the 78th floor of Tower One when the first plane hit on September 11, 2001. He helped a colleague suffering third-degree burns to safety and was thrown into the national spotlight thereafter. His miraculous first-hand account of survival has been retold in newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets, and books. Mr. Schonbrun is a native New Yorker. He is passionate about philanthropy and serves as a board member of Strength to Strength, a global non-profit organization that works with victims of terror across the world. Ari and his wife, Joyce, live in Cedarhurst with their five children and several grandchildren.
A More MEANINGFUL MARRIAGE | Kayla Levin
Kayla Levin the creator of How to Glow, the podcast and membership community for Jewish women who want a fresh take on relationship development. She lives in Beit Shemesh with her husband and five kids. You can find her at kaylalevin.com and subscribe to her podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
The $180,000,000 Chesed Fund Innovation | Yoshi Falber
Yoshi Falber is the CEO of The Chessed Fund, and has extensive experience in fundraising and business development, having worked in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. Previously, he was VP of Sales and Marketing at the Chesed Fund. After experiencing success in marketing for major motion pictures, and projects in the music and fashion industries, his passion and purpose became the development and success of great causes within the Jewish community. He was previously Director of Education of Southern NCSY, Director of Marketing, Alumni Affairs, and Special Projects at Ohr Somayach International, and CMO at the Chesed Fund. Originally from New York, Yoshi has lived in 5 countries and now resides in Florida with his wife and children.
Berel Solomon | Finding God at Rock Bottom
Berel Solomon has been a professional salesperson for 15 years and has built 7-figure companies.
Jamie Geller | From HBO to the Holy Land 🇮🇱
Jamie Geller influences millions every day. Dubbed the “Queen of Kosher” and the “Jewish Rachael Ray”, she is a 7-time best-selling author. After graduating magna cum laude from NYU, she enjoyed an illustrious career as an award-winning TV producer and marketing executive for HBO, CNN, and FOOD NETWORK. Jamie is the Founder and CEO of Kosher Network international, the #1 Global Kosher Food Media Company and the World’s Most Watched Jewish Food Network with almost 1 Billion Views. In 2020, Jamie Geller became the first Chief Media & Marketing Officer at Aish Global. In between being a mother of six and a renowned author, Jamie is a regular on the Today Show and morning show circuit and has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, and Yahoo, among countless other media outlets. One of the most sought-after Jewish food and lifestyle experts worldwide Jamie and her husband live in Israel with their 6 beautiful children. Jamie loves nothing more than sharing Jewish comfort food and values with friends, family, and a worldwide community of fellow food and Judaism enthusiasts.
BEATING CANCER and YEARNING FOR MOSHIACH | Reb Ari Bensoussan
Rabbi Ari Bensoussan grew up in Brooklyn, before attending Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, Mir and Beis Medrash Govoah. A Musmach of the Yerushalayim Rabbinate and Rav Yitzchok Berkowitz, Rabbi Ari co-founded Yeshivas Ruach Chaim, and was a Senior Lecturer at Derech before moving with his wife and 4 boys to Los Angeles, where he heads a branch of Chazak International. A renowned lecturer and sought-after speaker, Rabbi Ben Soussan inspires and teaches all over the world. He is the co-host of the wildly popular Two Cents Podcast.
Growing Up with a SINGLE PARENT | Reb Naftoli MIller
My journey started watching my mother – a single mom – visiting factories in our neighborhood asking them for their items that were imperfect and unsellable. My mother would collect them and then set up shop at the local flea market selling them. She took the money and walked into my school’s tuition office with a big smile on her face to give them a check. I learned that “not having the money for it” was never an answer to why we couldn’t do something. The other thing I learned from mother – to always care for and be concerned for other people’s needs – has also deeply affected my views. My focus is on bringing good people together to solve problems for Klal Yisroel. If you are passionate and have identified a need for the klal, please reach out to me. I would love to work together for the greater good. Practically speaking, I devote my energies to both Agudas Yisroel and Chasdei Lev. It is only after the last few years of working at the Agudah, that I have come to fully understand the incredible scope of the work that Agudah does for the klal. My colleagues - an incredibly dedicated and talented team - are busy each and every day taking care of our needs, focusing on things that sometimes take years to accomplish, at the same time as they respond to the needs of the day. At Chasdei Lev, we bridge the gap between vendors and 279 Yeshivas to ensure that each Rebbe has a beautiful Yom Tov. We coordinate the distribution of over $10,000,000 worth of product to over 4,800 rebbeim during every season. Our success and growth is based not on our ability, but rather the siyata dishmaya from above. Rabbi Naftali Miller is the director of development for Agudas Yisroel of America, catering to the evolving needs of the Jewish community from coast to coast. He previously served as director of development at Yeshiva Derech Chaim and Artscroll. He is the co-founder of Chasdei Lev, an organization that helps teachers nationwide alleviate the financial strain of the yomim tovim.
Therapy Is Now In Session | Dr. Akiva Perlman
Akiva Perlman, PhD, LCSW is an international expert and speaker on topics of school counseling, addiction treatment, compulsive sexuality, and trauma. He has educated and trained thousands of social workers from the Orthodox community and is currently serving as a professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social work. Dr. Perlman is also the Clinical Director of ODA’s Wellness Institute, a clinic serving the chassidic community in Williamsburg. He maintains a small practice in Fresh Meadows where he resides with his wife Tamar and children.
YEARNING TO COME HOME | Rav Shlomo Katz
Rav Shlomo Katz is a renowned Torah teacher & Musician who has led hundreds of people on transformative journeys through Torah, Jewish history, Kivrei Tzadikim, and the foundations of Chassidus. His unique style empowers individuals to explore, grow, and form new connections to themselves, others, and Hashem.
BEST SELLING AUTHOR | Yisroel Besser
Yisroel Besser is a bestselling author and one of the premier journalists of the Jewish world. He has published numerous books and reaches over 200,000 readers weekly with popular in-depth Mishpacha Magazine features and profiles. Along with interviewing revered Rebbes and roshei yeshiva, Jewish leaders, and prominent politicians — including the President of the United States and Prime Minister of Canada — Besser has found the unique storylines behind ordinary facades, building a devoted cadre of international readers. Yisroel lives in Montreal Canada with his wife and children.
The CEO of the #1 Volunteer EMS in the ???? | Rabbi Yehiel Kalish
Yehiel Kalish is a former Illinois House of Representatives member and currently serves as the CEO of Hatzalah, the largest volunteer ambulance service in the United States.
The DEPTH AND COMEDY of Life Through The Lenses of Rav Gav Friedman
Originally from New York, Rabbi Gavriel Friedman has spent the last 2 decades teaching and learning in Eretz Yisrael. He is currently teaching at Aish HaTorah, where his lectures highlight the entire gamut of Aish programs. A star of the Jewish speaking circuit, Rav Gav has lectured in dozens of cities around the globe. His infectious energy and humor captivates audiences of all ages and inspires men and women across the Jewish spectrum. His unique ability to present Torah concepts in a deep yet entertaining fashion leaves his audiences thirsting for more. Rav Gav lives in the French Hill neighborhood of Yerushalayim with his family.
Gedale Fenster | How to Make the Impossible Possible | Meaningful People #86
Covering topics on keys to successful dating and marriage, using mindfulness to get rid of addiction and overcoming other challenges. Jewish Mindfulness
Ben Shapiro | The Most Popular Orthodox Jew in the World | Meaningful People #85
Ben Shapiro interview covering important Torah topics including abortion and prayer. Why Jewish people are successful?
From Panama ???????? With Faith | The Story of Raquel Kirszenbaum | Meaningful People #84 |
Raquel Kirszenbaum was born in Isla de Margarita, part of Venezuela, before moving to Panama. After a life-changing experience at Neve Yerushalayim, she chose for herself a life pulsing with vibrant Judaism. After studying in Israel for some time, she began teaching in Panama where she started her career teaching Judaic studies at a local high school and at Midrasha Horev.
The Story of Rabbi Shais Taub | Breaking The Stigma | Meaningful People #83
Rabbi Shais Taub is a world-renowned columnist, author and lecturer and is known for his work in the field of addiction recovery. NPR dubbed him “an expert in Jewish mysticism and the 12 Steps” and The New York Times has deemed him “a phenomenon.”. He wrote a popular weekly column in Ami Magazine for 8 years and is the author of the bestselling book, G-d of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction as well as several groundbreaking works on Tanya.
Who Is Ishay Ribo? | Special Edition of Meaningful People Podcast
The name Ishay Ribo has become synonymous with heart-rending melodies, sweet vocals, depth, vibe, holy rhythm, and soaring visions of Moshiach reflected in the shining eyes of Israeli concert-goers of every background, from the most chareidi to the most secular. But who is Yishai Ribo really? What is the source for his passion, the messages powering his gift? What does he hope to accomplish on his upcoming US tour? And to what does he attribute his phenomenal success?
The Story of Jewish Music Legend, Avraham Fried | Meaningful People #82
Avraham Shabsi Friedman, better known by his stage name, Avraham Fried, is a tremendously popular singer and shaliach. Avraham was encouraged to pursue a music career by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. His career was jump started with the release of his first album No Jew Will Be Left Behind in 1981
An Open Conversation with R’ YY Jacobson | Meaningful People #81
Rabbi YY Jacobson is a premier scholar in Torah and Jewish mysticism and one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world today, lecturing to audiences on six continents and in forty states, and serving as a teacher and mentor to thousands across the globe. He is one of the most successful, passionate, and mesmerizing communicators of Judaism today, culling his ideas from the entire spectrum of Jewish thought and making them relevant to contemporary audiences.
The Story of Mordechai Shapiro | The Jewish Music Pop Star | Meaningful People #80
Mordechai Shapiro was born in 1989 in Monsey, New York. Born into a musical family, his father is a chazzan and his mother has a background as a trained opera singer. He learned in yeshiva in Ashar, Netiv Aryeh, and Yeshivas Bais Yisroel. Shapiro made his musical debut as the star soloist of the Miami Boys Choir. After leaving the choir, Shapiro took a break from music until his voice transitioned sufficiently. He was a student of legendary voice teacher William Riley. He worked in other jobs and was a regular at birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, engagements, and as a one-man-band. Eventually, he began performing at weddings and other Jewish events as an independent artist.
The Story of R’ Pinchos Lipschutz | Publisher of One Of The Largest Orthodox Weekly Newspapers
R' Pinchos Lipschutz is the publisher of the Yated Ne'eman. The Yated is one of the largest weekly publications in the orthodox world.
Eli Schwebel & Abie Rotenberg | A Conversation With A Jewish Music Legend
This is a special edition of Meaningful People featuring an open converation between Jewish music stars Eli Schwebel & Abie Rottenberg
Rabbi Leiby Burnham | Discussing Out of Town Jewish Life
R' Leiby Burnham, MSW, is a Rabbi, psychotherapist, and writer. R' Burnham is the senior educator for the Weiss Family Partners Detroit program of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, where he does community outreach, and leads Jewish travel experiences in the US and abroad. He taught learning-disabled high school students for eight years in NYC, while receiving Rabbinical training at Shor Yoshuv Institute, and obtaining his Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University. To round out his Jewish communal experience he spent five years working with at-risk youth in NYC, and six years volunteering with Chai Lifeline, a pioneer in social support for Jewish children suffering from serious illness. R’ Burnham lives in Oak Park, MI with his wife and their six children.
The Story of Dan Butler – The Jewish Judge from Squirrel Hill | Meaningful People Podcast
Dan Butler is a District Judge in the Municipal Court of Pittsburgh, as well as on Pittsburgh’s specialized, Domestic Violence Court. He is also a judicial law clerk, a prosecutor, a family court hearing officer, and a family court meditator.
The Story of Jake Turx – From Borough Park to the White House ????????
Avraham Yaakov Terkeltaub is an American journalist and humorist who writes under the pen name Turx. Born in Borough Park, Terkeltaub is the eldest of eleven children. As a child, he attended Yeshiva Bnei Tzion of Bobov. Terkeltaub and his family eventually moved to Los Angeles, California where learned in Hamesivta of Los Angeles before joining the Telshe Yeshiva of Chicago. Terkeltaub began his professional career as a head counselor in Camp Yeshivas Hakayitz. Terkeltaub was a teacher in the Lakewood Cheder from 2008 to 2017. He is currently the senior White House correspondent and chief political correspondent for Ami Magazine. He is also a political contributor at Newsmax.
The Story of Rabbi Zev Leff – Moshav Matisyahu
Rabbi Zev Leff is one of Israel’s most popular Torah educators. He is the Rabbi of Moshav Matisyahu, a small religious community located in central Israel. Rabbi Leff was born in the Bronx, where he attended public school before his family relocated to...
The Story of 8th Day | Meaningful People #74
Co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, is one of the most sought after music acts these days. With their latest hit album “Lucky”, the group has now released nine studio albums. Their music has been featured on rock radio stations all over the United States and they have been top sellers on the Alternative Rock, World Music, Reggae and Jewish Music charts for the last decade.
The Story of Lily Ebert, Her Promise & Dov Forman | Meaningful People #73
Lily Ebert spent Yom Kippur 1944 in Auschwitz and made herself a promise. “If I ever came out of that place, I was determined to do something that would change everything. I had to make sure that nothing like this could ever happen again to anybody. So I promised myself I would tell the world what had happened. Not just to me, but to all the people who could not tell their stories.”
The Story of Rabbi David Fohrman | Meaningful People #72
Rabbi David Fohrman is the founder and lead scholar at Aleph Beta Academy. He is author of "The Beast that Crouches at the Door," finalist for the 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and "The Queen You Thought You Knew."
Shlomo Twerski About His Father – A Tribute From A Son | Meaningful People #71
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski has so many children, siblings and family. Shlomo is someone who typically is out of the spotlight.
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski – A Tribute from His People | Meaningful People #70
A hasidic rabbi and psychiatrist who championed treatment for substance abuse and was the author of more than 80 books on subjects both spiritual and scientific.
The Story of Rabbi Shalom Arush – Into the Garden of Emuna | Meaningful People #69
Rabbi Shalom Arush is the Head of “Chut Shel Chessed” Institutions - Chut Shel Chessed’s incredible success is largely due to its leader – Rabbi Shalom Arush, and his unique ability to reach out and touch the hearts of Jews and non-Jews throughout the world.
SEASON 2 FINALE | Meaningful People #68
We talk about the moments that weren't on air. What it's like to run Meaningful People. Who our next guests are. And some of our absolute favorite moments of season 2.
What’s it like Talking to Amar’e Stoudemire, R’ Berel Wein & More | Meaningful People #67
This is it. We have SO MUCH to say and you'll hear it all in this episode. What's it REALLY like to sit down with Amar'e Stoudemire?
The Story of Dr. Robert Goldschmidt – Touro’s Dean of Students | Meaningful People #66
As a teenager, Goldschmidt attended Yeshiva Chachmei Tzorfas in Aix-Les-Bains, France, and then learned for a decade at Yeshiva Torah Vadaath where he received rabbinic ordination/smicha.
The Story of R’ Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin | Meaningful People #65
In June 2010, he was sentenced to 27 years in prison. It didn’t make sense. But he didn’t lose faith or hope.
The Story of Roy & Leah Neuberger – From Central Park to Sinai | Meaningful People #64
Roy S. Neuberger has had an improbable, event-filled life. He has been a National Park Service Ranger and Fire Lookout, a New York City official, a journalist and newspaper publisher, a yeshiva administrator, a hedge-fund operator and also an author and speaker.
The Story of Ben Brafman | Meaningful People #63
One of the biggest defense attorneys in America is an Orthodox Jew. Mr. Brafman has represented some of the biggest stars and celebrities in the world, yet he never sacrifices his Jewish faith.
The Story of Yisroel Katz – Holocaust and Cancer Survivor | Meaningful People #62
Every holocaust survivor has a story. Mr. Katz's childhood was everything but ordinary. But his challenges didn't end there. He has beaten cancer and survived a stroke and was even forced to go back to fight in the war. And he still has the biggest smile.
The Story of Eli Beer – President of United Hatzalah | Meaningful People #61
On June 2, 1978, Beer witnessed the bombing of the #12 bus. He was struck by the chaos of the incident and the dearth of emergency rescue resources. This traumatic experience inspired him to volunteer on an ambulance at the age of 15, while attending school.
The Story of R’ Noiky Roberts – The Rock of Gibraltar | Meaningful People #60
"What's Gibraltar?" you may be wondering. Originally from Gateshead, England, Noiky (Chanoch) married his wife Ahuva in Atlanta, Georgia
The Story of Eitan Katz | Meaningful People #58
A member of an extremely musical family, Eitan discovered that he had not just a love of music, but the talent as well. Spending his childhood moving back and forth between Los Angeles and Israel, Eitan was exposed to a wide variety of music from his earliest days.
From Shanghai to Chicago – The Story of Rebbetzin Chaya Small | Meaningful People #57
From 1938-1939, thousands of Central European Jews streamed into the Chinese city of Shanghai after the Nazi “Anschluss,” or annexation of Austria by Germany in March 1938. By 1941 Polish Jewish refugees started to join them, traveling via Lithuania, Siberia, and finally Japan. By 1943, over 16,500 Jewish refugees were living in Shanghai. One of these refugees was Chaya. A person who takes the values of the torah into her home, her shul and her real estate brokering company.
The Story of Nissim Black | Meaningful People #56
Nissim Baruch Black (born Damian Jamohl Black) has been a gangsta rapper, a gang member, and a faith seeker. He was raised a Sunni Muslim but was non-practicing, and converted to Christianity at age 14 after attending an Evangelical summer camp.
The Man Who Found Little Yosef – Everyone Can Be Meaningful | Meaningful People #55
Thousands of people came together to look for little yosef who went missing during a hot August day.
The Story of Lavi Greenspan | Meaningful People #54
After illness left him blind Lavi's life was never the same. However, that didn't stop him from living his life to the fullest. Lavi went on to pass the bar exam and has inspired thousands since.
The Story of Rabbi Manis Friedman | Meaningful People #53
Manis Friedman is a Chabad Lubavitch Hassid, Shliach, rabbi, author, social philosopher and public speaker. He is also the dean of the Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies.
The Story of Yaakov Shwekey יעקב שוואקי | Meaningful People #52
Yaakov Shwekey stormed into the Jewish music scene in 2001 with his debut solo album, Shomati, soaring to the top of the charts To date.
Rav Reuven Feinstein | Meaningful People #51
R' Feinstein Shlit"a is the youngest of the four children of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ZTL and the only one to be born in America.
8 Minute Daf – R’ Eli Stefansky | Meaningful People #50
Eli was raised in New York and Bnei Brak. A graduate of some of the finest yeshivos both in Israel and the States, he learned for a while after his marriage, before successfully entering the real estate business.
Shalom Task Force – Dr. Shana Frydman | Meaningful People #49
TRIGGER WARNING: This episode discusses many forms of abuse. Dr. Shoshannah Frydman, PhD, LCSW is the Executive Director of Shalom Task Force. Dr. Frydman
Mystical Optimist – Rav Joey Rosenfeld | Meaningful People #48
Joey Rosenfeld LCSW, is a practicing psychotherapist currently working in the addiction field focusing on the interface between philosophy, spirituality, and psychology.
Super Storyteller – Rabbi Hanoch Teller | Meaningful People #47
Rabbi Hanoch Teller is a globe-trotting modern-day maggid (storyteller of yore) renowned as the King of the Storytellers and the Shakespeare of the Yeshivah World. He has lectured before audiences on five continents, in 40 American States and 24 other countries, delivering a precious ...
The King of the Kotel – Jeff Seidel | Meaningful People #46
You probably have seen him by the Western Wall, which means you have probably seen Jeff. Since 1982, Jeff Seidel has introduced thousands of Jewish college students to their first Shabbat experience as well as offered free tours and classes through his Jewish Student Centers at...
From Israeli Film to Bnei Brak Gadol – Rabbi Uri Zohar | Meaningful People #45
Stand-up comedian, actor, director. Uri Zohar was the biggest star in Israel. But then it all changed. Today he is known as the undisputed leader of the teshuvah movement in Eretz Yisrael.
The Story of Harry Rothenberg, Esq. | Meaningful People #44
Harry Rothenberg, Esq., a partner at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP and magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, is best known for his successes in the courtroom on behalf of victims of catastrophic injury. His firm is one of the leading personal injury law firms in the United States.
The Story of Rabbi Simon Jacobson | Meaningful People #40
Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, which bridges the secular and the spiritual, through a wide variety of live and on-line programming.
From the NBA to Judaism: The Story of Amar’e Stoudemire | Meaningful People #39
Most people know Amar'e as the NBA Superstar who played for the Suns, Knicks, Mavericks & Heat. Also going by Yehoshafat, he is now a frum Jew, assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets, owner of a wine brand and so much more.
The Purim Episode 2021 ft. @AimHumor & @DBashIdeas | Meaningful People #38
This episode is a little different. First off, Twitter’s @AimHumor unmasks himself! Also, Dovid Bashevkin returns and we get to talk to him and AY about classic Jewish characters, make some jokes and more. This is our first Purim episode. Hope you enjoy!
The Story of Naftali Horowitz | Meaningful People #37
Naftali (Mark) Horowitz is a Managing Director, Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Wealth Management and has been ranked a Forbes “Best In State” advisor for the past four years. Naftali has lectured to tens of thousands globally on the topics of business, motivation, self-actualization and finance. He is active in Kiruv and teaches for organizations such as Meor, Ohr Sameach, Lakewood Fellowship and JAcademy and teaches Torah classes on a weekly basis. He recently authored a book titled “YOU Revealed” a Torah Path to a Life of Success (ArtScroll/Mesorah) and serves on the board of several not for profits.
The Story of Rabbi Berel Wein | Meaningful People #36
Berel Wein was a practicing lawyer for a number of years until he made a big life change. He is now a rabbi, lecturer, writer and so much more.
The story of a Holocaust survivor: Shmuel Beller | Meaningful People #35
Shmuel Beller was born in Oświęcim, Poland in 1927, not far from what would become the Auschwitz concentration camps.
Our Final Episode | Meaningful People #34
The last episode is here. We get to delve into our last 16 episodes.
Our Favorite Guest | Meaningful People #33
As we near the end of Season 1, there are a few things we must discuss. Moments that we were not able to share... until now.
The Story of Pesach Weiss | Meaningful People #32
We all have our challenges. Pesach knew from a young age that living with muscular dystrophy would create many barriers but that didn't stop him.
The Story of Joey Newcomb | Meaningful People #31
Reb Joey Newcomb has been taking the frum world by storm in the past few years. His incredible charm, fun personality and heart warming songs has been changing lives.
The Story of Rabbi Menachem Nissel | Meaningful People #30
One moment can change everything. Rabbi Nissel tells over the tragic story from his past and the tools he used to continue.
The Story of Chayale Kaufman | Meaningful People #29
Chayale Kaufman lives and enable others’ passion for their businesses and organizations by ensuring that their marketing campaigns are successful.
The Story of Rebbetzin Shirley Gross-Pelcovitz | Meaningful People #28
Bubby Shirley was born in 1929 in New Jersey and has seen the United States change in so many ways.
Hidden Stories about Reb Moshe Feinstein ft. R’ Ali Stern | Meaningful People #27
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was born in the year 1895 in Uzda, near Minsk. In 1921 he became rabbi of Luban, near Minsk, where he remained until he came to the United States in 1937.
The Story of Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen | Meaningful People #26
R' Cohen is an inspirational spiritual leader with a sensitive and pragmatic approach to help people find their way through the trials and joys of everyday life.
The Story of Zusha | Meaningful People #25
Throughout the years, Zusha has gone through numerous phases of self-discovery and creative experimentation. The band itself, led by singer Shlomo Gaisin and guitarist Zacharia Goldschmiedt, is appropriately named after an iconoclastic 18th-century Hasidic master...
The Story of Rabbi Chaim Aryeh Zev Ginzberg | Meaningful People #24
Perhaps our most tear-jerking episode yet. R' Ginzberg is the Rav of the Chofetz Chaim Torah Center of Cedarhurst and the founding rabbi of Ohr Moshe Torah Institute in Hillcrest, Queens.
The Story of Rabbi Nosson Scherman – General Editor of Artscroll | Meaningful People #23
Have you ever pick up an Artscroll siddur or chumash or talmud etc? Ever wonder how it all began? Artscroll's origin is a wild story.
The Story of Rabbi Efrem Goldberg | Meaningful People #22
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), the largest Orthodox Synagogue in the Southeast United States, serving over 850 families and over 1,000 children in Boca Raton, Florida. Rabbi Goldberg’s warm and welcoming personality has helped attract people of diverse backgrounds and ages to the BRS community, reinforcing the BRS credo of “Valuing Diversity and Celebrating Unity.”
The Story of Rabbi Dr. Benjy Epstein – “Living in The Presence” | Meaningful People #21
Rabbi Dr. Ben Epstein wrote an incredible book, is the psychologist in Camp HASC and really so much more.
The Story of Sol Werdiger – Chairman of Agudath Israel of America | Meaningful People #20
Mr. Werdiger is the CEO of the wildly popular sportswear line, OuterStuff, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The Story of Rabbi Shloime & Chanie Bochner – Founders of Bonei Olam | Meaningful People #19
Bonei Olam was founded by and is currently led by Rabbi Shloime Bochner and Chanie Bochner with a mission to provide funding for...
The Story of Rabbi YY Rubinstein | Meaningful People #18
Rabbi YY is one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world. He is a regular Broadcaster on National TV and Radio in the UK and has written and presented shows for the BBC. The “Independent” Newspaper cited him along with Tony Blair’s Mentor, as among five people in the UK to turn to for advice. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth has declared herself a fan of Rabbi YY’s Broadcasts saying, “He’s awfully good!”
The Story of Shimi Adar | Meaningful People #17
Shimrit Adar was born in Israel and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Though she currently resides there with her husband and four children, she thoroughly enjoys spreading her joy all over the world. Shimi is a motivational speaker, an MC, and an entertainer.
The Story of Rav Judah Mischel | Meaningful People #16
A widely admired inspirational teacher and guide, Rabbi Judah Mischel is Executive Director of Camp HASC, the Hebrew Academy for Special Children
The Story of Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser – The Surfing Rabbi | Meaningful People #15
Also known as the Surfing Rabbi, Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser is not your typical rabbi! The son of a successful sportswear manufacturer, Rabbi Yom Tov was raised in the foothills of Hollywood, California. A Bal Teshuva and now Chasidish, but you can still see him mountain biking, playing guitar and surfing.
How to Master Our Middos & Be the Best Parent | Rabbi Moshe Don Kestenbaum – Meaningful People #14
How do we work on our middos? What does it take to be a good parent? What do us as human beings crave most?
The Story of Rabbi Paysach Krohn | Meaningful People #13
R' Paysach J. Krohn is known as one of the best storytellers in the world.
The Story of Dovid Bashevkin | Meaningful People #12
David Bashevkin, also known as @DBashIdeas on Twitter, is known as a deep thinker and for his comedic genius.
The Story of Rabbi Moshe Weinberger | Meaningful People #11
As the morah d’asrah of Congregation Aish Koshesh in Woodmere, NY, Rabbi Weinberger has become a pillar in the community and beyond.
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How To Deal With Trauma | Zahava Farbman | Meaningful People #10
Please Note, that Mrs. Farbman specifically asked us to not film this episode. We respected her wishes.
The Story of Benny Friedman | Meaningful People #9
Born in Minneapolis, MN to a family of Chabad Shluchim, Benny Friedman began his musical career at the age of 13 singing for locals around the neighborhood.
The Story of Rabbi Chaim Zvi Senter | Meaningful People #8
Growing up in Teaneck, NJ, Rabbi Senter's parents raised him to develop a deep love and yearning for knowledge and Torah.
The Story of Zvi Gluck – CEO of Amudim | Meaningful People #7
Zvi Gluck has immersed himself in community activism from a young age.
The Story of Rabbi Ari Dembi | Meaningful People #6
Since 1997, R' Ari Dembitzer has spent his Summers as head counselor for Chai Lifeline’s Camp Simcha where his energetic positivity lifts the spirits of sick children.
The Story of Rabbi Yaakov Bender | Meaningful People #5
Rabbi Yaakov Bender, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Darchei Torah, has become one of the world’s greatest leaders of Torah education today.
The Story of Charlene Aminoff | Meaningful People #4
Charlene Aminoff is the founder & CEO at Gali’s Couture Wigs, public speaker, life-style/emunah influencer, wife and mother of five.
The Story of Charlie Harary | Meaningful People #3
Charlie Harary is a world-renowned lecturer and author whose topics range from personal growth to business strategy and productivity.
The Story of Uncle Moishy | Meaningful People #2
For over 40 years, Uncle Moishy has captured the hearts of Jewish children across the world with his imaginative and inspiring songs and videos.
The Story of Rabbi Eytan Feiner | Meaningful People #1
A brilliant Torah scholar and beacon of inspiration, Rabbi Eytan Feiner—Rav of Congregation Kneseth Israel (“The White Shul”) in Far Rockaway, New York—sits down with Meaningful Peoples’ Yaakov Langer and Nachi Gordon to discuss how he got to where he is today.
The Thread | Revelation through Concealement | Rav Judah Mischel 5/5
In this last episode, Rav Judah discusses the final stage of the path of Teshuva: ‘Hatznei’, How to cultivate Tznius, Internality, with personal depth and authenticity, How not to discuss Tznius, and taking the journey to Teshuva onward with innerness, expansiveness, & joy.
The Thread | A Lichtege World | Rav Judah Mischel 4/5
Can you connect to the infinite spark within every instance, thing and way? In this episode, Rav Judah explores the fourth step of Teshuva: ‘Bchol’, How to keep the Divine Wi-fi signals open, Expanding our definitions of what the right way to live is, & an incredible technique to elevate your Shabbos table.
The Thread | Love With No Limits | Rav Judah Mischel 3/5
In this episode, Rav Judah brings to light the third phase of Teshuva: ‘Veahavta’, expressing how our relationships with others are our highest form of spiritual expression, how to balance self-esteem and focusing on others, and a Rabbi’s reaction to discovering a hidden television in the yeshiva dormitory.
The Thread | You’re Never Alone | Rav Judah Mischel 2/5
What is the most essential and crucial trait of Jewish life?In this episode, Rav Judah analyzes the 2nd step of Teshuva: ‘Shevisi’, How to live a life flowing with equanimity and simplicity, and a practical framework that you can implement in your day to increase your constant awareness of Hashem.
The Thread | Teshuva Is Not Hard | Rav Judah Mischel 1/5
Experiencing Teshuva as an empowering process of discovery, & recovery, uncovery: A 5-part methodology. Exploring and delineating the initial stage ‘Tamim’, and the profound story of a rebel’s encounter with the mirrors of the Ruzhiner Rebbe. Make sure to download the Meaningful Minute app for bonus content and follow up from this and other episodes.
S2 Ep. 10 | Chinuch Habanim Part 2 | Two Cents Podcast with Rabbi Ari & Yossi Bensoussan
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan discuss vital chinuch topics: how to love and discipline your children, the need to instill a sense of security at home, and how to build up your child's self-esteem.
THE BEST TOOLS FOR OUR SCHOOLS TO HAND OVER TO OUR CHILDREN
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan discuss schools and yeshivas- the difference between a good school and a poor one, how to know if your child is succeeding in school, and what schools can change to be relevant to today’s students.
YOU WON’T HEAR THESE QUESTIONS ANSWERED ANYWHERE ELSE (Trigger Warning) | Two Cents Podcast
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan uncomfortably discuss questions - how to ask questions, the need to live with your questions, and the way forward to resolve them.
SHABBOS IS THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan discuss how to connect to Hashem through the genius halachos of Shabbos, ‘Pajama Shabbos’, why Shabbos is the gift that keeps on giving, & the difference between Friday night and day meal guests
THIS ADVICE CAN SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan discuss how to build love in a marriage, why some relationships develop wonderfully and some do not, and the difference between expectations and acceptance.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER?? | Two Cents Podcast Ep. 4
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan discuss how to define real happiness, why “happily ever after” is not a Jewish concept, how to fail, and avoiding barber shops.
S2 Ep 3 | Is Simcha Attainable? | Two Cents Podcast | R’ Yossi & R’ Ari Bensoussan
Is Simcha truly attainable? Find out in this weeks episode of Two Cents.
S2 Ep 2 | Taking One For The Teens | Two Cents Podcast | R’ Yossi & R’ Ari Bensoussan
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan discuss the tragedy of how so many deep concepts in Jewish life are being taken over by fluff, how teenagers can control their social life and environment, and the differences between a life of surviving and a life of living.
Ep 10 | Using Physicality for Spirituality | Two Cents Podcast
In this weeks episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan discuss deep insights on living a life of balance, how to detect fraudulent spiritual highs, rabbis driving Cadillacs, and 5-day old Matbucha.
S2 Ep 1 | Covidential | Two Cents Podcast
In this week’s episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan discuss how to pivot your life after all that has happened in the past two years, the beauty of real Emunah, living profoundly with unanswerable questions, and pulling a Fauci.
Ep 9 | Chinuch Habonim (Being a Parent) Part 1 | Two Cents Podcast
In this weeks episode of the Two Cents Podcast, R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan talk about parenting. They offer advice, lessons and things they've learnt along the way.
Ep 8 | The Story Episode | Two Cents Podcast
Who doesn't love a good story? In this weeks episode R' Ari & Yossi Bensoussan tell us their favorite stories they've ever told and ever heard. Their certainly is an art to story telling as well and you'll hear plenty about that in this episode of the Two Cents podcast.
Ep 7 | Traveling and Recruiting | Two Cents Podcast
One of the hallmarks in a life of outreach is the frequent travelling around the world to different communities and events, meeting countless fascinating Jewish people along the way as they recruited for their Yeshivos. In today's episode, the Bensoussans unpack some of the misconceptions surrounding this "travelling lifestyle", as well as the sales pitches and strategies they have used to reach today's youth which can be beneficial for each of us as well.
Episode 6 | Q&A’s | Two Cents podcast
In this weeks episode, the Bensoussans guide us through their vast email archives and share with us a random selection of some of the best questions they've ever received.
Episode 4 | The Interview Episode | Two Cents podcast
If we learn to listen to our experiences we can find actionable lessons for growth in every moment. Today's episode brings us into both the personal and professional lives of the Bensoussan brothers as they interview each other about their respective experiences as life counselors, writers, public speakers, and personal aspirations in Torah study.
Episode 3 | The Blurred Lines of Kiruv | Two Cents podcast
No two people are alike - even when they look as similar as the Bensoussan brothers - but the field of Kiruv is often seen as one-faced and monolithic. Today's episode takes us into the different types of outreach between Kiruv Rechokim and Kiruv Kerovim, as R' Yossi and R' Ari explain how every Jew can make a difference in another individual's life.
Episode 2 | Living in Israel Vs. Living in America | Two Cents podcast
There are perks to living in Israel, but it certainly comes with its' challenges as well. The Bensoussans discuss their time spent living in the Land and how they brought the best of those experiences back with them into their lifestyle today.
Episode 1 | Impossible to Happen | Two Cents podcast
In this episode the Bensoussan brothers tell us their origin story, talk about those who have had a significant impact on their lives and the improbability of them being where they are today.
Introducing the Two Cents podcast | R’ Ari and R’ Yossi Bensoussan
Listen and watch meaningful discussions between R' Ari and R' Yossi Bensoussan as they entertain and teach you about their two cents on Torah and life.
5 Habits Of Highly Effective Marriages with Kayla Levin | Deep Meaningful Conversations S2 Ep. 15 |
Tackling the topic of marriage DMC-style, we’re going with the assumption that everyone who is married experiences some sort of struggle or conflict. That there is at least one area in everyone’s marriage that needs improvement. But sometimes when we hear about “habits of highly effective marriages”, we can easily walk away feeling deflated and uninspired, disappointed that we don’t have those “effective habits” in my marriage. In this episode, we speak to Kayla Levin, Jewish marriage coach and the host of the “How to Glow” podcast, about her pick of 5 effective traits of a healthy marriage and what role we can take to make our marriages stronger. Even if we aren’t where we want to be yet, our goal with this episode is for us all to walk away feeling that we have the tools and newfound perspective to get there.
Mini DMC about Social Media with Rivki & Alex | S2 Ep. 14
Social media: keep or delete? This has been the conversation of late in the Orthodox world, and Alex and Rivki get deep and meaningful about their relationship with social media, and why they're choosing to grapple with it -- and silence notifications
Body Image with Rachel Tuchman | Deep Meaningful Conversations S2 EP 13
On this episode of DMC, Alex and Rivki tackle body image. They share their thoughts on how this impacts frum women: the messaging we receive about our weight and size during our upbringing from home and peers, pressure due to shidduchim, pressure to keep off weight after the wedding and post pregnancy, and more. The guest for this episode is Rachel Tuchman, LMHC. Rachel’s specialty is educating on weight stigma and diet culture, as well as starting conversations about mental health on social media.
S2 Ep. 12 | Mini DMC about Staying Connected with Rivki & Alex
Staying connected to our Yiddishkeit during the various seasons of our lives is a challenge for many. In this mini DMC, Rivki and Alex share the times they’ve felt it, the times they haven’t, and what they’re doing these days to help keep connected.
The Power Of Sisterhood with Aliza Bulow | Deep Meaningful Conversations Ep. 11
Keeping up our friendships seems like a nice thing in our hectic lives, but is it a necessity? Well, according to research on loneliness, it actually is. Having friends benefits us emotionally, physically and spiritually. There is real power in sisterhood. Don’t believe it? Believe it but don’t have the time or energy to invest in finding and maintaining friendships? Take a listen. On this episode of DMC, Alex and Rivki speak with Aliza Bulow, the founding director of Core, an organization designed to nourish and network frum women as the core of inspiring Jewish communities.
Mini DMC about Jealousy with Alex & Rivki | S2 Ep. 10
Jealous? Who's jealous? Me? NEVER. In this mini DMC, Rivki and Alex talk take a vulnerable plunge into the areas of their lives in which they struggle with jealousy (and maybe a little envy too), and how they work on being more content.
Living Joyfully with Shaindy Plotzker | Deep Meaningful Conversations Ep. 9
Who doesn’t want to live more joyously? On this episode of DMC, Rivki and Alex talk about what joy means to them, how they find it in their lives and how it can be hard to attain during the challenging times. Their guest for this episode is Shaindy Plotzker, singer and songwriter. Shaindy is well-known in the Jewish music world as a soulful and talented singer, but she’s also well-known for her positivity and general simchas hachayim (joy for life.) Rivki and Alex sit down with Shaindy to hear about her ascent in the Jewish music industry, but also to hear her secrets about attaining and maintaining a joyous attitude in our lives.
Mini DMC about Shabbos with Alex & Rivki | DMC S1 Ep. 8
In this Mini DMC, Alex and Rivki shmooze about Shabbos: what they love about it and what they find challenging about the day in the week they can’t live without!
Modesty: More Than A Dress Code, with Jamie Geller | Deep Meaningful Conversations Ep 7
Tznius, or Jewish modesty, is a hot button topic for many frum women. It brings up lots of various feelings. Each frum woman has her own relationship with this value of modesty and its application in our everyday lives, whether it’s how she dresses, how she acts and how she expresses herself. For some it’s a love relationship, for some it’s a hate relationship and for others it’s a love/hate relationship.
What It Takes To Be An Orthodox Female Entrepreneur With Chayale Kaufman | DMC Ep. 6
If you’re a business owner, an aspiring one, or an admirer of the incredible female entrepreneurs in our communities, then this episode is for you. On this episode of Deep Meaningful Conversations, Rivki and Alex have a DMC with Chayale Kaufman, the CEO of the Jewish Content Network which provides advertising to the Jewish world, offering digital, print and social ads across dozens of different publishers. They discuss how Chayale got started, the risks she took, how she’s achieved success and her perspective on entrepreneurship for frum women – with nuggets of advice and insight throughout about work-life balance and running a business.
Overwhelmed And Burnt Out, What To Do About It | Deep Meaningful Conversations Ep. 5
On this episode of Deep Meaningful Conversations, Rivki and Alex talk about managing the very real human emotions of overwhelm and burnout. As frum women, we have a lot of responsibilities to juggle, and sometimes it feels like we can’t do everything we need to do as well as we’d want to. Rachel Hercman, LCSW to the rescue! On this DMC with Rachel, we discuss: What the struggles of the overwhelmed frum woman typically looks like Solutions for managing overwhelm The role of burnout in meeting our responsibilities How social media has impacted our attitudes towards struggles
The Mystery of Jewish Finances! | Deep Meaningful Conversations Ep. 4
Orthonomics, a.k.a frum finances. Don’t start having heart palpitations and passing up this episode. While the discussion about the mystery of how to pay for the lifestyle we lead as Orthodox Jews can be stressful, on this episode of DMC, Alex and Rivki talk with Yael Trusch, host of the Jewish Money Matters podcast, and get a whole mindset overhaul on how we approach the concept of money as Jewish people. Don’t let this episode get away.
TOP SECRETS TO BECOMING MORE RESILIENT | Deep Meaningful Conversations Ep. 3
We all want to be more resilient, to bounce back during times of stress and upheaval. But is resilience just about bouncing back to who we were before we experienced adversity, or is it more? On this episode of DMC, Rivki and Alex sit down with Professor Leslie Gutman, who recently published Resilience: A Jewish Guide to Facing Adversity, Fostering Strength and Living your Best Life, who shares some fascinating insights and helpful tools to help us grow our grit when (and before) the going gets tough.
THE BLESSINGS AND CHALLENGES OF BEING A CREATIVE WOMAN IN THE ORTHODOX JEWISH WORLD
In this episode of Deep Meaningful Conversations, we talk all about utilizing our creativity as frum women. We all have creative streaks that express themselves in different ways, but the key is how we make sure we’re expressing our creativity in the context of our lives so we feel whole as human beings. In this episode, we speak with two creative frum women, Bracha Goetz and Devora Rhodes. Bracha has written 40 children’s books as well as a memoir for adults about overcoming food addictions and becoming observant. Devorah is a talented painter who has her own art business, Devora Rhodes Collection.
ARE YOU OVERSHARING?? THIS IS HOW TO TELL | Deep Meaningful Conversations Ep. 1
Welcome to Deep Meaningful Conversations! On today’s episode, we talk all about vulnerability and oversharing. Vulnerability is a popular topic these days, thanks to the work Dr. Brene Brown has done on the subject, and of course its relevance for anyone on social media. It’s really a fine line between being vulnerable in a healthy way and exposing too much. We talk with Shira Lankin Sheps, the author of The Layers Project, about her work in telling the stories of frum women via photography and interview and her perspective on vulnerability. We also sit down (in person!) to shmooze with Rebbetzin Yocheved Davidowitz who is our “in-house” rebbetzin and therapist to get a clinical and hashkafic perspective.