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For a long time, people with disabilities have been excluded from communal life, either due to an inability to physically access communal buildings and activities or due to other challenges that present themselves in communal and ritual life. We sat down with Rabbi Dr. Benjy Leibowitz of Yachad, an international organization dedicated to enhancing …
 
As we do every year during this period Jews all over the world take time to introspect, reflect on the year that was, and think about our hopes and plans for the year ahead. It was our pleasure to sit down with Dr. Erica Brown (Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe and Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet) ahead of Yom Kippur for some words of wisd…
 
We were honored to speak with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks for some inspiration ahead of Rosh Hashana. We discussed what he will be focusing on this High Holiday period and into the year ahead, how his new books Judaism's Life-Changing Ideas, and Morality serve as sources of strength and solace during the tumultuous times in which we find ourselves, a…
 
Just over a month ago, we lost our dear friend and teacher Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz. I impact that Rav Steinsaltz had on the world cannot be overstated and his achievements in the world of Jewish publishing, teaching, and beyond made him stand out as one of the greatest sages of the modern age. Rav Steinsaltz published over 300 books acros…
 
The month and Elul and the approach of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur bring with them the overwhelming desire for introspection and self-reflection. Although we are all familiar with some of the classic works of mussar and ethics building, the Modern Orthodox community tends to shy away from the formal study of mussar. We sat down with Rabbi David Sil…
 
The impact technology has had on Torah is huge. We sat down with two people at the forefront of using tech and the internet to teach Torah to millions of people around the world. Whether creating an opensource platform to give access to the full range of Jewish texts in Hebrew and English to allow people to share their own learning, or creating an …
 
Continuing our exploration of Jewish history, we are joined by Rabbi Pini Dunner, senior Rabbi of Beverly Hills Synagogue and author if Mavericks, Mystics & False Messiahs: Episodes From the Margins of Jewish History. We discuss the importance of not just learning Jewish history what we can learn from some of the lesser-known episodes of the past. …
 
We had the privilege to talk to the world-renowned historian, educator, lecturer, and rabbi, Rabbi Berel Wein for some inspiration ahead of Tisha B'Av. In the first of this special, 2 part episode on Jewish history, Rabbi Wein reveals what first got him excited about learning history, what makes the study of Jewish history unique, what messages we …
 
In this week's episode, we explore some of the unique challenges Modern Orthodox Jews face in trying to balance a commitment to halakha while engaging in the modern world. We are joined by Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody and Rabbanit Laurie Novick who share their wisdom and insight in this fascinating discussion on how to find that balance, what some of the…
 
In the past few months, Modern Orthodoxy has suffered the loss of some of this generation's greatest leaders including Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm zt"l and Rabbi Dr. Nachum Rabinovitch zt"l. Our leaders have also faced challenges and had to find creative answers to some incredibly challenging questions arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic but does Modern…
 
In the first-ever episode of the Koren Podcast, we sit down with Rabbi Reuven Ziegler to talk about approaching times of crisis. Rabbi Ziegler gives us unparalleled insight into the hashkafa of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik (the Rav), and Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and how each approached life's most challenging times. We see how we can learn from these …
 
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