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Access the podcast library below or on Spotify!

A non-comprehensive selection

of podcasts that provide an entry

point for understanding Hasidism

and neo-Hasidism. 

Podcast Library

Major Ideas of Hasidut

Ariel Evan Mayse interviewed on the major ideas that set early Hasidism apart, and how those ideas inform Hasidism to this day.

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Why Should Progressive Jews be Interested in Hasidism?

Scholar Shaul Magid asks: why should progressive American Jews be interested in Hasidism? What does it offer us that non-Hasidic versions of Judaism do not? How does it respond to the more conventional notions of Jewish life and spirituality in America?

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Queer Niggun Project

Rena Branson, founder of the Queer Niggun Project, speaks on their work as a community organizer, song-weaver, and teacher of both traditional Hassidic and new liturgical melodies. In this conversation with Riv Ranney Shapiro, Rena reflects on the power of communal song to metabolize trauma and on their experience bringing Jewish spiritual gatherings and music to people incarcerated in NYC jails.

 

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The Divine Feminine as Everything That Is

Rabbi Kohenet Jill Hammer teaching about the history of conceptualizing the the Shekhinah (Feminine Divine Presence) as the very essence of the world.

 

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Neo-Hasidism and the Theology of Halakha

Ariel Evan Mayse presents a Neo-Hasidic theology of halakhah — an understanding of sacred deeds and the divine command that can redress the challenges of modernity and enliven the heart of the contemporary Jewish seeker.

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How to learn Hasidut According to the Piasezcner Rebbe

R Ami Silver takes us through the Piasezcner Rebbe's essay about how to approach Hasidic and Kabbalistic texts in a way that would lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves in relation to our Creator.

PART 1

PART 2

Ariel Burger-
Be a Blessing

On Being with Krista Tippet asks Ariel Burger: what do religious people and traditions have to teach as we do the work ahead of repairing, renewing, and remaking our societies, our life together? This conversations delves into theological and mystical depths that are so much richer and more creative than is often imagined even when that question is raised.

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Ideas of God with Arthur Green

Judaism Unbound interviews neo-Hasidic pioneer, Rabbi Arthur Green, about contemporary ideas of God.

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How Do Mysticism and Social Action Intersect?

In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down with Eli Rubin – writer and researcher at chabad.org – to think about the stereotypes associated with social justice and vision, and how those seeming boundaries have been transcended.

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 The Power of Chanting

Shefa Gold is interviewed by Judaism Unbound. They explore the transformative potential of the Song of Songs (a biblical book whose central theme is love), and they immerse in forms of Jewish sacred-chant. Gold brings some of those chants to our podcast in real time, and she also outlines why chant plays a key role in her methodology of transmitting Jewish wisdom.

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The Maiden of Ludmir

 

Hannah Rochel (the Maiden of Ludmir) was the only independent female rebbe in the Hasidic movement. Nash Holos Ukranian Roots Radio briefly shares her story.

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History of Hasidism

Interview with Professor David Biale about the book "Hasidism: A New History" and the research effort behind it. We discussed the theology, praxis, family life and communal structures of many Hasidic dynasties, and their relationship with the “outside world.” 

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Neo-Hasidism vs Paleo-Hasidism

Xai, How Are You? interviews Judaism Unbound co-host Lex Rofeberg about Neo-Hasidism, its connections to what he calls Paleo-Hasidism, plus its future, problems, benefits and history.

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Living the Legacies of Jewish Mystics and Woman Saints

Rabbi Léah Novick, an elder of the Jewish Renewal movement, shares practices of connecting with ancestors of inspiration, and her work to keep alive the teachings of various women saints. Reb Léah speaks of her journeys with these women, of reclaiming relationship with Shekhinah (Divine Presence) and reflects on ways her earlier decades of activism inform her journey today.

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Central Concepts in Hasidism

In this three part podcast series, Rav James Jacobson-Maisels teaches three major concepts in Hasidic thought and theology.

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Progressive neo-Hasidism

The founders of Gashmius Magazine are interviewed by Judaism Unbound about how "progressive Neo-Hasidism has the potential to uplift and heal the Jewish community and the world."

 

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Reclaiming the Power of Tkhines

Noam Lerman reclaims the power and practice of tkhines ~ spontaneous Yiddish prayers ~ sharing ways tkhines have been kept alive in their family and have been a home for women and gender-marginalized Ashkenazi Jews, as well as ways we can engage this practice of prayer from the heart today.

 

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Mimi Feigelson- Orthodox Female Rabbi

Reb Mimi is interviewed about her experience as a spiritual mentor for American and Israeli Jews, what it’s like to be the public figure “Reb Mimi”, her time with Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and many deep answers to simple questions.

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How Do You Read a Mystical Text?

In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Ora Wiskind, professor and author, to discuss her life journey, both as a Jew and as an academic, and her attitude towards mysticism.

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The Tisch with Dena Weiss

Dena Weiss from the Hadar Institute teaching short tastes from R Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl and making them relatable to the modern day life.

Intro, Ep 1, Ep 2,

Ep 3, Ep 4, Ep 5

Hasidism Through The Prism of Psychedelics, Psychedelics through the Prism of Hasidism

Sam Shonkoff argues that different individuals and communities refract psychedelic experiences through their own particular prisms. He will present a case study from within Jewish culture: namely, the Neo-Hasidic movement and illuminate the kaleidoscopic interplay between Hasidic sources and psychedelic substances, shedding light on interpretive possibilities within both.

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