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Tattoos and Torah
20 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
While summer can be a period of rest and joy, it can also signal that life changes are coming. How do we make the most of transitional periods? How can we feel comfortable letting go? In the final episode of this season of Tattoos & Torah, Rabbi Iggy addresses these questions - and shares approaches in Jewish tradition to embracing and making meaning at the end of something. Listen to this episode for some practices to try out this summer - so you can feel ready for next “season”! See you in the fall!
59 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
What do you say to yourself when you want to quit? How do you flip that script? This week, Rabbi Iggy sits down with Eddie Arrazola, a boxing coach who created the acclaimed anti-bullying and self-confidence building youth program, “The Wolf Pack”. Together, they discuss the value of grit and determination - and how to always move forward, even in the moments where you could get stuck. Listen to this episode to learn tools to persevere through hardship - and how to gain the most out of the challenges you face
21 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
In this episode, Rabbi Iggy discusses the healing power of embracing tensions as queer people: in our spirits, in our bodies, and in taking and making space. Rabbi Iggy examines the constant mediation of space we partake in, by being loud and proud, but ensuring we create space for others. He covers a range of topics that touch these themes, from the spiritual principle of tzimtzum (the reduction of self), to the both/and of life. If you’re curious about how these tensions are functioning in your life, this episode is for you!
56 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
Deeper Than You thINK
How can tattoos help us heal when reclaiming an identity we were taught to hide? In this week’s episode, Rabbi Iggy and graduate research assistant, Lilah Doris, discuss the cultural and historical importance of tattoos and body augmentation as a practice that is not just skin deep. Together, they explore the role of tattoos in their own lives; as liberating tools for queer bodies and identities, as a representation of spirit, and as a vehicle for expressing and healing emotional wounds. Tune in to hear more about how tattoos and body modifications can offer an individual power, freedom, and bodily sovereignty.
24 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
What is the soul? How (and why) should you nourish it? This week, Rabbi Iggy takes us through theories of the soul in an episode that draws from the wisdom of the ancient philosophes, to the Talmud, to a socialite-turned-nun. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy invites us to build our own relationship to our soul - and reveals how we can nurture it like we do our bodies.
45 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Are The Kids Alright?
What can you do as a parent when your child is struggling with addiction? This week’s guest, Richard Capriola sits down with Rabbi Iggy to discuss addiction in youth and adolescents. As a mental health and addiction counselor for over two decades, Richard's recent book, “The Addicted Child”, offers a roadmap on adolescent substance abuse for parents. Their conversation digs into the need for expanded addiction education and resources for families, and how we can support loved ones experiencing addiction. If you want to learn more about navigating adolescent substance abuse as a parent, this episode is for you.
25 minutes | May 27, 2022
Give It A Rest
How do we find nourishment in rest? This week, Rabbi Iggy discusses different types of rest: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical, and asks us to take an honest account of what rest looks like for us. For some, it may look like going on a hike, or going to the gym, but for others, it may be reading a book or laying on the couch. Listen to this episode to learn how to change your relationship with rest in a world that often undervalues it.
21 minutes | May 20, 2022
Radiance And Beauty
The Talmud says that beautiful things expand a person’s heart. But what makes something beautiful?In this week’s episode, Rabbi Iggy talks about beauty and why it matters. While some philosophers think beauty is objective and universal, Rabbi Iggy argues that we have the power to make the world around us beautiful; and in doing so we exercise our sovereignty over and connection to the world around us. If you want to discover the power of beauty in your own life, this episode is for you.
52 minutes | May 13, 2022
The Spectrum Of Healing
What are some of the root causes of anxiety and stress, and how can we address them? This week, Rabbi Iggy talks with Dr. Laxmi Naik, a board-certified emergency medicine physician. After practicing acute care medicine at the busiest trauma centers in New York, she pursued holistic medicine for her own healing journey. Together, they discuss the many approaches one can take to find integrated and holistic spiritual and physical healing.If you’re interested in learning about new approaches to your own healing, this episode is for you!
20 minutes | May 6, 2022
Shadow work is a Jungian idea that is an essential part of the work we must do to create more peace and equanimity in ourselves and our lives. Creativity, joy, authenticity and recovery are enhanced when we commit to exploring our actions, motivations and values. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy explores different approaches to shadow work and explains his spiritual interpretation of it. If you ever wondered what shadow work is or how to start engaging in it, this episode is for you!
49 minutes | May 1, 2022
What Is Mindfulness Really?
How can you practice mindfulness when meditation is not for you? This week Rabbi Iggy sits down with Certified Mindfulness Coach and Mindful Living author Melissa Maxx. Melissa's book “Mindfulness for People Who Suck at Being Mindful” was the #1 New Kindle release in five categories. In this episode, she shares the tips, techniques, and practices she learned after suffering from an emotional breakdown as a result of hard-partying, hardly sleeping, work-addicted, rock radio Disc Jockey and TV host.Ready to start your own mindfulness practice? Even if you struggle with meditation and aren't sure where to start this podcast is for you. Learn more about the tools you need to change your life for the better.
28 minutes | Apr 23, 2022
Counting To Transformation
We count so many things in life: money, possessions, real estate, other material things. We also count sobriety and recovery time. But, how do you count the immaterial things that matter? In this episode, Rabbi Iggy discusses the mitzvah of counting the Omer. This thousand year-old tradition reminds us to improve, change, grow and focus on our individual selves. By counting the 49 days of the Omer, we create space to focus on the values we hold dear, the things we treasure in ourselves and others, and engage in profound spiritual growth .If you're interested in enhancing your recovery, join us in counting the Omer.
24 minutes | Apr 16, 2022
Season Of Liberation
How can we find our own liberation this coming spring? By trying to understand what in our own lives serve as our "mitzrayim", our obstacles. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy gives us the tools to identify these obstacles within ourselves. By looking inward, at the people close to us, and at the world around us, we can then decide what we will engage with and what we will disengage from. Listen to this episode if you want to learn how you can reclaim Passover to support your own recovery.
62 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
From Pills To Pulpits
This week, Rabbi Iggy is joined by Rabbi Michael Perice, the Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Cinnaminson, New Jersey who made waves in 2021 when he opened up about his opiate addiction recovery journey. They discuss the defining moments of life, how we recognize and honor them, and the expansive impact they can have. Together, these two spiritual leaders open up about ripple effects of their advocacy and vulnerability - and uncover how important (and common) their stories actually are.
43 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
What does it mean to live t’shuvah? This is the question that drives T’Shuvah Center’s unique approach to integrated, personalized recovery. In this episode, Rabbi Iggy digs into the concept of t’shuvah and how powerfully it can transform your wellbeing. By engaging in this daily act of living in truth, repair, and strength, we can become empowered to understand the roots of our behaviors and unlock the capacity to establish new habits, rituals, and ways of living. This is an episode for anyone who wants to learn more about - and integrate the powerful tool of t'shuvah into your life.
27 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Spiritual Spring Cleaning
As we enter spring, the season of renewal, how can we plant seeds in the areas of our lives where we’d like to foster more growth? This week, Rabbi Iggy explores what it takes to build habits. In recovery, there is a basic concept of the first 90 days, a phase where old habits are challenged and new behaviors take their place. Rabbi Iggy discusses the ways we hold ourselves back from growth, and reveals that with intention and compassion, change is possible. If you want to audit your own spiritual life and learn simple tools to put goals into action, this episode is for you!
19 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Why are contradictions so present in Judaism, and how can they inform our recovery? This week, Rabbi Iggy ruminates on the many tensions written into Jewish text. With so many conflicting expectations, we are constantly asked to live in the grey areas; to mediate the in-between. For many of us in recovery, learning to embrace dualities is essential. If you’re interested in building harmony between your internal contradictions (and understanding yourself outside of a binary), this episode is for you!
56 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Doctors Guide To Spirituality
How can the medical field better address patients with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness? That’s the central focus of Dr. Jonathan Avery’s work, the Director of Addiction Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. This week, Dr. Avery joins Rabbi Iggy to discuss the challenges many patients with substance use disorders face when interacting with the medical community - whether it be inadequate training, existing stigma, or limiting psychiatric approaches. Through his research, Dr. Avery advocates for how greater connectivity and compassion in clinical practice can lead to better outcomes. Together, Dr. Avery and Rabbi Iggy discuss the importance of therapeutic recovery communities like T’Shuvah Center, and the lessons that can be learned from integrated models of addiction treatment.
18 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Wants vs. Needs
How can we move beyond labels to find unity? In order to move beyond labels, we must first understand our own identities. Rabbi Iggy asks us to develop an awareness of ourselves by understanding the difference between what we need and what we want. Knowing that we all share this human condition can push us to connect with those around us and find unity in times of crisis. How does this relate to the current state of affairs in the world.. Tune in..
60 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Since she got a camera, Diane Conn started taking pictures of strangers. She never stopped, and her collection now stands at over 200,000. This week, Diane sits down with Rabbi Iggy to discuss her recent book, Holding Hands, an uplifting collection of strangers holding hands. Diane and Rabbi Iggy discuss the therapeutic benefits of Diane’s unique art practices, the nexus of art and spirituality, the rewards of staying true to your vision, and the relationship between art and recovery.
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