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Helping you find meaning in life through the exploration of Jewish thought and ideas.

    Elie Schulman: Does Therapy Work? A Patient’s Journey [Mental Health 3/6]

    Elie Schulman: Does Therapy Work? A Patient’s Journey [Mental Health 3/6]

    Our mental health series is sponsored by Terri and Andrew Herenstein.

    This episode is sponsored by someone supporting 18Forty’s work.

    In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we listen in on a conversation between David Bashevkin and his dear and longtime friend Elie Schulman about the value of therapy.

    In a culture in which we can feel we’re constantly being sized up and evaluated by others, accepting our own vulnerability can be one of the hardest things to do. In this episode we discuss:

    How can someone know it’s time to get therapy?How can we get beyond excessively comparing ourselves with our peers?What does it mean to “lift up” a friend?
    Tune in to hear a conversation about how seeking help can be a sign and source of strength.

    Interview begins at 11:29.

    References:

    Pirkei Avot 1:6

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chodron

    The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Millerw

    Waking Up by Sam Harris

    David Bashevkin on That’s An Issue

    “Failure Goes to Yeshivah: What I’ve Learned From the Failure Narratives of My Students” by David Bashevkin

    “On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus” by Jessica Bennett

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Yakov Danishefsky: Religion and Mental Health: God and Us [Mental Health 2/6]

    Yakov Danishefsky: Religion and Mental Health: God and Us [Mental Health 2/6]

    Our mental health series is sponsored by Terri and Andrew Herenstein.

    This episode is sponsored by Aleph Beta in light of their newly released season of the A Book Like No Other podcast. This podcast is a chance to learn alongside Aleph Beta Founder Rabbi David Fohrman, as he embarks on his most far-reaching and in-depth explorations of the Torah text. Aleph Beta takes the excitement of Torah learning to a whole new level! Become a member today and start listening— use code “18Forty” to get one month FREE! You will never see the Torah text the same way again.

    In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to Yakov Danishefsky—a rabbi, author and licensed social worker—about our relationships and our mental health.

    We know from Tanakh that “[i]t is not good for man to be alone.” But, when it comes to understanding our relationships, this is just the beginning, as those of us surrounded by others can still be unhappy. Psychologists can explain this phenomenon in part with the study of what they call “attachment theory.” In this episode we discuss:
    What does Abraham Maslow get wrong in his “hierarchy of needs”?How can attachment theory apply to our relationships with God?What do we really want?
    Tune in to hear a conversation about how our lives are in many ways defined by the relationships around us.

    Interview begins at 14:36.

    Rabbi Yakov Danishefsky is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. He is the founder of Mind Body Therapy, a private group practice in Chicago. Yakov has semicha and a Master’s in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University and is a popular speaker, teacher, and author on the intersection of spirituality, philosophy, and psychology. He is the author of a new book, Attached: Connecting to Our Creator: A Jewish Psychological Approach.

    References:

    The Office

    Pirkei Avot 5

    Genesis 2:18

    Attached: Connecting to Our Creator: A Jewish Psychological Approach by Rabbi Yaakov Danishefsky, LCSW

    What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by Ben Horowitz

    The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chodron

    The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller

    "Souls as Mirrors" by...

    • 1 hr 24 min
    David Bashevkin: My Mental Health Journey [Mental Health 1/6]

    David Bashevkin: My Mental Health Journey [Mental Health 1/6]

    Our mental health series is sponsored by Terri and Andrew Herenstein.

    In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, David Bashevkin opens up about his mental health journey.

    Through the lenses of therapy, comedy, books, family history, and positive influences, David shares the experiences that have shaped the way he handles mental health challenges today. In this episode we discuss:
    Is religious commitment supposed to be the cure to mental health problems?How can we deal with the need to be liked?What enables happy people to be so happy?Tune in to hear a discussion about how one might “become friends with themself” despite life’s difficulties.

    Message from Dr. Sara Baris begins at 24:26.
    Conversation with Grandma Millie begins at 1:18:30.
    Conversation with Jay Richman begins at 1:24:08.

    David Bashevkin, is the director of education for NCSY, the youth movement of the Orthodox Union, and an instructor at Yeshiva University, where he teaches courses on public policy, religious crisis, and rabbinic thought. He completed rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, as well as a master’s degree at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies focusing on the thought of Rabbi Zadok of Lublin under the guidance of Dr. Yaakov Elman. He received a doctorate in Public Policy and Management at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, focusing on crisis management. He has published two books, Sin·a·gogue: Sin and Failure in Jewish Thought, as well as a Hebrew work B’Rogez Rachem Tizkor (trans. In Anger, Remember Mercy).

    References:

    Stutz (2022)

    Comedian (2002)

    John Mulaney And Stephen Colbert Explore Each Other's Deepest Anxieties

    Introduction to Love's Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom

    The Wisdom of No Escape: and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chödrön

    How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chödrön

    The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

    Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Listener Feedback: Israel at War

    Listener Feedback: Israel at War

    In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we listen and respond to feedback from the 18Forty community on the conversations of our Israel at War topic.

    Jews live in two different worlds—one before Oct. 7, and one after. The last few months have transformed the Jewish People across denominations, communities, and countries. Prompted by your feedback, we reflect upon those changes. Together, we reflect on those changes. In this episode we discuss:

    Why are American Jews misunderstanding the Dati Leumi community?What does it mean to be a Jew in a post–Oct. 7 world?In what ways can diaspora Jews aspire to live more like Israeli Jews?
    Tune in to hear a conversation about how we might continue forward in pursuit of being a unified Jewish People.

    Feedback messages begin: 9:28

    References:

    Exodus 3:5

    “Surfin' Slivovitz” by Andy Statman

    “Shomer Yisrael” by Omek Hadavar

    “Yossi Klein Halevi: What’s Next: The Future of Liberal Zionism”

    “Jonathan Gribetz: What’s Next: Teaching the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict”

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Lipa Schmeltzer: How to Heal: A Personal Journey of Mental Health

    Lipa Schmeltzer: How to Heal: A Personal Journey of Mental Health

    In this special episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we introduce the topic of mental health with a conversation featuring world-famous Jewish singer Lipa Schmeltzer.

    While many people know Lipa’s songs, far fewer know his journey of mental health—a story he never expected to unfold. With raw vulnerability and beautiful passion, Lipa opens up about every step that led him to today. His lessons are immeasurably important.

    In this episode we discuss:

    What does it mean to be working for the “image company”?How did Lipa break through the barrier to seeking professional help for mental health issues?How can we maintain sincerity in the face of our own cynicism?Tune in to hear a conversation about the radical honesty it takes to make progress on a mental health journey.

    Interview begins at 20:26.

    Lipa, once described as “the Lady Gaga of Hasidic music,” has 18 solo albums to date. He is a father, singer, writer, and visual artist.

    References:

    “My heartfelt message of personal growth & challenges before Matan Torah 5783” with Lipa Schmeltzer

    Making of a Godol by Nathan Kamenetsky

    Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

    The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

    The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

    The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Reuven and Shani Taragin: What’s Next: The Future of Religious Zionism

    Reuven and Shani Taragin: What’s Next: The Future of Religious Zionism

    In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to Rav Reuven and Rabbanit Shani Taragin, educational directors of World Mizrachi, about what comes next for Israel’s Dati Leumi (Religious Zionist) community. Additionally, we speak with Gideon Davis, a Religious Zionist soldier serving in Gaza.

    Mistakenly, we tend to think of the Dati Leumi community as Israel’s analog to Modern Orthodoxy. That makes us miss, however, that Religious Zionism is a rich worldview unto itself, and is something we all can learn from. In this episode we discuss:

    How does the Dati Leumi community differ from the American Modern Orthodox community?What can American Jews better understand about the sacrifices and contributions made by Religious Zionists?What does it mean to be a member of the Dati Leumi community in 2024?
    Tune in to hear a conversation about how a religious mindset can expand beyond personal piety to include a deep commitment to the Jewish People and the world.

    Interview with Gideon Davis begins at 6:09.
    Interview with Reuven and Shani Taragin begins at 36:42.

    Rav Reuven Taragin is a former Wexner Fellow and Musmach of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Rav Taragin is the Dean of Overseas Students at Yeshivat Hakotel where he is responsible for the program’s quality and message and the welfare of each of its talmidim. Rav Taragin is also the Rosh Beit Midrash at Camp Moshava (I.O.), and Rav of Kehillat Eretz Chemdah in Katamon.

    Rabbanit Shani Taragin is a noted author and teacher at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Midreshet Torah V’Avodah, MaTaN, Migdal Oz, Sha’alvim for Women, Lander College, and the Women’s’ Beit Midrash in Efrat and Ramat Shilo.

    The Taragins are the Educational Directors of World Mizrachi and the RZA (Religious Zionists of America), and they also serve as Roshei Beit Medrash for the Beit Medrash Program in Camp Moshava IO during the summer. They have six children and live in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion.

    References:

    The Matrix

    Adjusting Sights by Haim Sabato

    Tanakh

    The Rav Speaks by Joseph B. Soleveitchik

    “How Will Redemption Begin?” by David Bashevkin

    Meshekh Chokhmah by Meir Simha HaKohen Dvinsk

    • 2 hrs 1 min

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adrianmulliner ,

Very interesting!

And thought provoking, too

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