55 episodes

Contact Chai is a podcast from Mishkan Chicago, hosted by Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann. In each episode, Rabbi Lizzi explores down-to-earth Judaism in conversation. You can also find our Shabbat Replay episodes featuring sermons from our rabbis recorded live on Friday nights.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 54 Ratings

Contact Chai is a podcast from Mishkan Chicago, hosted by Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann. In each episode, Rabbi Lizzi explores down-to-earth Judaism in conversation. You can also find our Shabbat Replay episodes featuring sermons from our rabbis recorded live on Friday nights.

    Shabbat Replay: Jewish Views On Self-Defense (Re: Rittenhouse Verdict)

    Shabbat Replay: Jewish Views On Self-Defense (Re: Rittenhouse Verdict)

    In response to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse for killing two activists in supposed self-defense, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann shares timely wisdom from the Talmud on rodef — self-defense against a pursuer. While the rabbis enshrined the right of self-defense, Jewish tradition also warns against wearing weaponry and looking for a fight. Rabbi Lizzi asks whether the tense reunion of Jacob and Esau in this week's parsha might have ended in tragedy if Jacob had gone into the standoff brandishing weapons.

    To watch  our full service from Friday,  November 19th, click here. Check out upcoming Shabbat services and programs here.

    Learn more about Mishkan Chicago. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.

    Be sure to like and subscribe to our podcast for updates on new episodes, and please leave a review. We want to hear from you!

    Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, written by Kalman Strauss.

    • 21 min
    Shabbat Replay: When It’s Dark, Look Up

    Shabbat Replay: When It’s Dark, Look Up

    This week, we hear from Rabbi Deena about Daylight Savings Time and our relationship with darkness. 
     
    To watch  our full service from Friday,  November 17th, click here. Check out upcoming Shabbat services and programs here.

    Learn more about Mishkan Chicago. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.

    Be sure to like and subscribe to our podcast for updates on new episodes! And please leave a review. We want to hear from you.

    Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, written by Kalman Strauss.

    • 15 min
    Shabbat Replay: Eating Disorders and a Call for Community Support

    Shabbat Replay: Eating Disorders and a Call for Community Support

    This week, we hear from Sarah Bateman, a licensed clinical social worker, a mental health advocate and the Jewish Community Liaison at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders. 
     
    To watch  our full service from Friday,  October 29th, click here. Check out upcoming Shabbat services and programs here.

    Learn more about Mishkan Chicago. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.

    Be sure to like and subscribe to our podcast for updates on new episodes! And please leave a review. We want to hear from you.

    Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, written by Kalman Strauss.

    • 12 min
    Shabbat Replay: Finding Meaning in the Unexplained

    Shabbat Replay: Finding Meaning in the Unexplained

    This week, we hear the live recording of Rabbi Steven Philp's drash from Friday, October 22nd. Tune in for Rabbi Steven's sermon about ghosts, the unexplained, balancing our rational minds and finding value in what we cannot understand.

    To watch  our full service from Friday,  October 22nd, click here. Check out upcoming Shabbat services and programs here.

    Learn more about Mishkan Chicago. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.

    Be sure to like and subscribe to our podcast for updates on new episodes! And please leave a review. We want to hear from you.

    Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, written by Kalman Strauss.

    • 15 min
    The High Holidays: Envisioning A Year of Justice with R'Stephanie Ruskay

    The High Holidays: Envisioning A Year of Justice with R'Stephanie Ruskay

    This episode concludes a three-part series diving into the High Holidays. In this episode, Rabbi Deena Cowans is in conversation with her friend and mentor, Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay.  Rabbi Ruskay has made her career in the Jewish social justice sector, serving in leadership positions at the American Jewish World Service, Auburn Theological Seminary, and AVODAH Jewish Service Corps, just to name a few. She is an alumna of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s and Columbia University’s Joint Program, The Davidson School of Education and JTS The Rabbinical School. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of The Rabbinical School of JTS and the Executive Director of the Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice, where she directs field education and entrepreneurial endeavors that raise the scope, skills and profile of justice work and community organizing for contemporary rabbis. 

    Join Mishkan Chicago for the High Holidays in-person or via livestream! You can find a smorgasbord of a la carte options at this link: https://www.mishkanchicago.org/high-holy-fest/

    As always, you can find out more about Mishkan at MishkanChicago.org or by following us on social media @mishkanchicago. 

    • 27 min
    The High Holidays: Practicing Community with Casper ter Kuile

    The High Holidays: Practicing Community with Casper ter Kuile

    We continue our three-part series diving into the High Holidays. In this episode, Rabbi Steven Philp, the newest addition to our rabbinic team, is in conversation with his friend and sought-after writer, speaker and deep thinker, Casper ter Kuile. Casper is the author of The Power of Ritual, the co-founder of Sacred Design Lab and the co-creator of podcasts Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and The Real Question. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, NPR, Washington Post, on the Today Show, and on and on. Casper speaks and writes on community trends, ritual, and emerging spirituality.
    In this conversation, Rabbi Steven and Casper discuss the power of convening in person, and both the potential and pitfalls in digital community gathering in the 21st Century. As we look to the High Holidays, a time of communal atonement and reflection, we hope this conversation leaves you feeling inspired and curious about how to make your New Year experience as meaningful as possible, and start considering now who you might spend it with to make the most of that time.

    Join Mishkan Chicago for the High Holidays in-person or via livestream! You can find a smorgasbord of a la carte options at this link: https://www.mishkanchicago.org/high-holy-fest/

    As always, you can find out more about Mishkan at MishkanChicago.org or by following us on social media @mishkanchicago. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

MrBobbyK ,

Fabulous conversation

These are great. Rabbi Lizzi is so cool.

fulubbbbbbb ,

Food for the soul

I love the variety of topics and fantastic guests. Every episode leaves me thinking deeply and feeling inspired. Thank you!

$Unknown Buyer$ ,

Engaging and inspiring

I usually listen to all my podcast at 1.5 speed. This one I slow down and listen to at normal speed so I can take it all in and let it wash over me. As a teaching I really appreciate the approaches to education presented.

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