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A New Conversation with Chanie and Peretz
15 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
3 Steps to a Conversation
Grab a drink of your choice and join us in the Chein living room! In this episode you will hear exactly what a conversation using the three steps of ‘let-it-land’, ‘tell- me-more’, and ‘name the thing’ can sound like. Through a real conversation about concerns surrounding the upcoming Passover holiday, we move away from the abstract to explicitly model what happens when using these three tools and demonstrate how it can lead to a more productive conversation.
14 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Conversation Creator - Name the Thing
‘Naming the thing’ is critical in taking a conversation to a new level and greater depth. In this episode, we share what naming the thing has done to our relationships with others and each other. ‘Naming the thing’ is about putting forward what is unsaid but fully present, taking up space, or weighing heavily on either of the participants. We explore what prevents “naming the thing” and what can happen when done well.
12 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Conversation Creator - Tell Me More
In this episode, we share three simple words that can make any conversation deeper, more thoughtful, and more productive: Tell Me More. When you invite someone to “tell me more,” you’re inviting them to look within themselves and open up another layer to the conversation. The listener’s role becomes less about offering advice or solutions to a problem but supporting the other’s own exploration. Not only does this help the one sharing their feelings, but it also strengthens the relationship between the two in conversation.
15 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Conversation Creator - Let it Land
Think about a recent conversation you had with someone. Did you find yourself formulating a response in your head before the other person finished their thought? In this episode, we talk about the value of “letting it land” - taking in what someone is offering to you in a conversation, pausing, and then engaging with a response. We also discuss how important it is to have conversations with those you love, even when a relationship feels perfectly fine as is. It is about digging deeper and opening up a richness that can only be accessed through conversation.
13 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
What's Preventing Conversations?
What prevents someone from having a conversation? Often people want easy life fixes; they turn to self-help books or TED Talks or lectures telling them how to solve their problems. This keeps someone from looking inside themselves, considering their reality, and engaging with it alongside another person. In this podcast, we discuss these conversation preventers and others. Instead of turning to others for fixes, we encourage the practice of conversation.
14 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
What's Compelling Us?
Chanie and Peretz continue the conversation about approaching Judaism and life from a healthy, wholesome perspective. Chanie shares what has driven her to speak on this topic - her upbringing in a community that often demanded her identity be completely centered around Jewish expectations, as well as her current roles as a mother, a wife, and a mentor. Both also share how their approach to engaging students and adults with Judaism has evolved to allow a broader discussion not based on Jewish text alone, but around one’s personal experience and one’s whole, authentic self.
11 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Navigating the Intersection of Life and Judaism
In this episode, Chanie and Peretz frame an ongoing conversation about what it means to consider the interplay of life and Judaism. They suggest that for many, the demands of life can take priority, relegating Judaism to the backseat. The opposite also occurs - Judaism is the only way one knows how to approach the world, which can prevent them from taking an honest look at the dynamics in their lives and their relationships. With these possibilities, how can one live Jewishly, so to speak, through their own lens? Chanie and Peretz suggest the best way of thinking about this question is through conversation that allows for deep and honest thinking about the role Judaism plays in our lives, and vice versa. Read a full transcript of this episode here.Visit www.m54.co
13 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
Raw Intimacy in the Bedroom
The raw intimacy between a committed couple nurtures their overall relationship and also reflects it, for better or worse.In this episode we reflect on conversations we had with committed couples exploring this critical yet often insufficiently discussed topic. A video recording of this conversation can be viewed at www.M54.co. We welcome your thoughts and feedback.
13 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
In this episode titled, 'Our Narratives', we begin a new series of conversations on topics we’ve explored with various groups, or as we call them pods, in M54. Our narratives guide us through life and usually enter the room before we do. The narratives handed to us are layered with the ones we create on our own. Some we adapt and others we discard. Our navigation through them is perhaps the story of our lives. In this conversation we explore some of the dynamics that make up our narratives. A full list of topics as well as a video recording of this conversation can be found on the M54 website, M54.co.If there is a particular topic from that list that you would like us to discuss, let us know!
13 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
The M54 Story
We've not published a podcast since the onset of Covid-19 in March. At first, like many, we were bewildered and living in a sort of haze. Then in the later weeks we began exploring something we've been dreaming of for some time. Here is that story.A video recording of this conversation can be viewed at www.m54.co.
12 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
OT: The Balancing Challenge of a Torah Educator
Being in a healthy relationship with someone demands that the character of the people be present and vibrant.Paying someone to begin a relationship with Judaism taints the potency of it.In this podcast we discuss our drive and commitment to nurture people’s characters in order to be in a healthy relationship with Judaism.*OT [Our Thoughts] are episodes in which Chanie and Peretz discuss the previous episode’s conversation with a guest.
25 minutes | Jan 26, 2020
A Debate on Pay-to-Pray (actually study)
Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld is a pioneer in Jewish college student engagement who introduced a new, yet old method, to engage college students in Jewish learning. Namely, to pay them.His success has spawned other organizations, including Chabad, to imitate it.We disagree with this approach and in this episode the issue is debated.
15 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
OT: Community Keeps. Community Kills.
Community is deeply formative in people's lives and how we navigate it plays a large part in forming who we are. Identifying its complexities is vital in knowing how to harness its benefits and avoid its landmines.In this episode we explore it from our personal observations and experiences.*OT [Our Thoughts] are episodes in which Chanie and Peretz discuss the previous episode’s conversation with a guest.
36 minutes | Dec 20, 2019
The Undercurrent of Chabad
Listen to the story of a person belonging to a prominent Talmudic and Chassidic family, and deeply immersed in Torah learning and Mitzvot observance, whose Jewish void was filled by Chabad.For anyone who cares to understand Chabad beyond the hugs and chicken soup, his tale is a window into the undercurrent of Chabad.
11 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
OT: High Time for a New Type of Institution
Engaging in an immersive Jewish learning experience can be transformative but at times also unhealthy. It also seems off putting to the average individual who desires to engage in immersive Jewish learning.An institution that can dance between being immersive but not yet transformative does not exist.It's hight time it does.Perhaps this will bridge the enormous gap between the huge number of students connecting to Judaism on college campuses and the relatively small number engaging in immersive Jewish learning.*OT [Our Thoughts] are episodes in which Chanie and Peretz discuss the previous episode\'s conversation with a guest.
23 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Stepping Out of the Herd’s Stampede
The stampede towards a career begins with college graduation, and perhaps even earlier. Andrew Jacobson ’19 stepped out of that rush and dedicated a year to Torah study. What was his calculation? What does he fear about this decision? Why is he so unconventional amongst today’s young adults?
12 minutes | Nov 2, 2019
Under the Hood of our Podcasts
A view under the hood of the making of a New Conversation with Chanie and Peretz as we conclude our first year and two seasons of podcasting.
14 minutes | Oct 6, 2019
The SynaGym – Synagogue & Gym; Prayer in a new perspective
Often, for both the frequent and infrequent visitors to the synagogue, it feels more like entering a classroom where you’re expected to follow the instructions of the Prayer Book and Rabbi, than a place of spiritual connection to the Divine. Listen to a new language that transforms the experience from a classroom to a playground. Have fun!
13 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Commitment; the Power and the Pain
To renew is to be excited about life and ultimately to grow. A prerequisite though is commitment. With its combined power and pain it provides us the ability to bring our whole self forward in ways otherwise not possible. We share our reflections and personal experience on commitment and its impact.
13 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
Life is in the Ugly
In our desire to grow, and even become more attractive, we easily fall for the enticing assumption that it’s to be achieved by highlighting what seems appealing about ourselves. In fact though Teshuva teaches us that in the parts which we bury and hide is where the power for growth and life exists.
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