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Ebb & Flow, like the chassidic concept of Ratzo V’Shuv (running and returning), aims to provide you with the principles and practices, wisdom and willpower, insights and inspiration, and empowerment to access your higher vision, internalize it, and express it to the world. This podcast integrates Holistic Wellness and Hasidic Jewish Wisdom, so we can each thrive in body, mind, and soul. Each episode, each guest, and each story is another key to express this truth, as well as to open our eyes to the revealed goodness in the world.
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Ebb & Flow with Solomon Ezra Solomon Ezra Berezin

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Ebb & Flow, like the chassidic concept of Ratzo V’Shuv (running and returning), aims to provide you with the principles and practices, wisdom and willpower, insights and inspiration, and empowerment to access your higher vision, internalize it, and express it to the world. This podcast integrates Holistic Wellness and Hasidic Jewish Wisdom, so we can each thrive in body, mind, and soul. Each episode, each guest, and each story is another key to express this truth, as well as to open our eyes to the revealed goodness in the world.
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    88: Health Series 6: Clarity in Knowing Who You Are | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    88: Health Series 6: Clarity in Knowing Who You Are | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    Show Notes

    Mentioning a discourse I learned in Guatemala and a personal lesson from it
    The tool of Meditation
    Recap of previous 5 episodes
    3 kinds of commandments - orientations towards mitzvahs
    4 kingdoms - inanimate (mineral), vegetable, animal, and human
    Yesod - foundation, fundamental
    The 10 commandments were engraved on a stone
    How to do a mitzvah like a mineral
    The word for decree without a reason also means engraved
    24:30 What’s the difference between engraved and writing?
    Become the mitzvah, engraved in your heart
    Doing mitzvot in the way like a mineral is a great unifier
    What did the Baal Shemtov love about the simple Jew?
    28:55 How to apply this into your daily life?
    Doing something as you learn, not only doing it once you understand it
    Unconditional love
    Is something natural a virtue?
    Don’t make conditions
    No need to justify real love
    Sincere it is what it is vs insincere it is what it is
    41:44 There’s nothing more real than what doesn’t need justification
    Difference between Married and not married
    Concluding this series
    45:30 Life is about intimacy with G-d
    50:00 What do purpose of tools become?  At first they were helping you get where you need to be. After the fact, you have gotten them where they need to be. They started off as secular personal stuff, now you’ve turned them into support for mitzvahs. They’ve become part of your Godly life so you’ve elevated them. They need you more than you need them.
    The essence of Shavuot
    There’s nothing more comfortable and satisfying when you can just be yourself


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    87: Health Series 5: The Dance between the Mind and the Heart | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    87: Health Series 5: The Dance between the Mind and the Heart | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    Show Notes:


    the greater the darkness, the closer to transformation
    relationship between mind and heart
    by nature the mind controls everything
    getting the heart to obey the mind is being healthy
    how does the heart do its own thing without consulting the mind? It’s like sleepwalking
    How do we bring back the healthy relationship between mind and heart?
    animal soul and G-dly soul dynamic
    each soul has its own mind and emotions
    you didn’t lose control, you gave yourself permission rationally
    governed by intelligence and not by emotions
    dance between mind and heart, the mind must lead
    “don’t get mystical, don’t get spiritual, just get healthy. A healthy person is the master of his ship.”
    getting body to neurologically change its behavior
    changing the animal soul’s mind
    nothing more powerful than the will to get the body to behave
    transformation is partly in the mind and partly in the soul
    when a person feels stuck is when there’s trauma
    thorough lasting change
    Getting the mind back in charge
    if emotions get very inflexible, it is the heart not the mind
    nothing changes you more than discovering the purpose for which you exist
    how does the mind affect the heart?
    What kind of control does it have?
    it can make the heart a little more flexible
    the heart can’t think, but it let go.
    loosening up the emotion
    emotion is not the final outcome
    don’t believe everything you feel


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    86: Health Series 4: Living a Fluid, not Rigid, Jewish Lifestyle | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    86: Health Series 4: Living a Fluid, not Rigid, Jewish Lifestyle | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    Show notes:


    introducing today’s topic
    what’s a stronger motivator - personal benefit or serving a larger cause?
    Intention or kavana to serve
    the importance of self-love … healthy or not?
    don’t confuse the validity of being healthy with the obsession of being healthy
    Does it make sense to say, “the more you love yourself, the more you’ll love others?”
    Everyday do something you hate? — Mark Twain
    Feels right or feels familiar?
    When Hillel went to eat he said he’s going to feed a healthy body
    Rigidity comes from self
    Which is less forgiving? Christianity or Judaism?
    Not judging you, but measuring what you accomplish for G-d
    Awkward or Rigid
    Mussar and religion
    Can you spread some of your love to others?
    Human nature is such that you love yourself. The mitzvah is to give some of that love to others
    What does tzedaka mean?
    Turn your (self) love outward
    Don’t assume people don’t love themselves
    The two most significant days in your life - the day you’re born and th
    e day you figure out why — Mark Twain
    Why was I born? Live your life knowing why you were born.
    feeding others is a pleasure, feeding myself is a chore
    Have a sense of humor about yourself
    What’s a good self-image?
    What’s the best response to how are you?
    What does Baruch Hashem mean?


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    85: Health Series 3: The Foundation of Mindful Eating | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    85: Health Series 3: The Foundation of Mindful Eating | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    Show Notes:


    relating our episode to Yitzchak digging wells of his father Avraham
    what are the servants of Yitzchak? Thoughts, speech, action
    observing and thinking
    The servants must know their master
    Who is your master?
    Know where you’re going to be healthy
    what it means to be “in alignment with Hashem?” Less about me
    Beyond my “self”
    Affirmations and Positive thinking
    Miracle of affirmation is: I say I am okay even though I think I am not
    Power of positive words and act of smiling
    14:30 - Dig to the living waters (neshama) through the servants, which can move the soul to a better place
    16:30 - Don’t stop doing
    The amazing effect of song
    18:15 Never wait until something is right before you let your servants do their work
    20:00 intermittent fasting
    Cause and Effect with eating
    Is food giving you life or are you putting the food to its use? Who’s the recipient or the actor?
    28:40 Eat by conviction, not by taste buds
    31:00 Story of Reb Shmuel Munkus
    Every now and then break the habit of what you’re eating
    36:00 Practicing a little self respect
    Awareness helps... even if not immediately
    Having what to eat is a blessing and a reward
    38:40 What did I do to deserve this meal?
    46:20- 47:05 Joke about an atheist
    Foundation of mindfulness when it comes to food
    G-d said to eat
    Never be a servant to a servant


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    • 57 min
    84: Health Series 2: Healthy Thinking for Healthy Eating | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    84: Health Series 2: Healthy Thinking for Healthy Eating | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    How do we get healthy?
    Mindset aspect of health
    Attitude towards [seeming] problems
    Nisah means to elevate
    There is a cause and effect to everything
    Relationship with food
    It’s not by bread alone that man lives- don’t become subservient to the food.
    Mindset #1:  You’re the master. eating for a purpose
    Tools to help notice if hungry or feeling stressed
    When you’re feeling down, you eat which means you’re begging the food to give you life -
    It’s unhealthy to eat when you’re needy
    Food cannot give you life, it can maintain the life you have
    You cannot sit by the table with a sour face - Rabbi Friedman’s mother
    why do we eat in the first place?
    Mindset #2: I am Healthy
    Healthy Mindsets are most important than health [25 min]
    The question is not about how healthy is the food, rather it’s how healthy are you?
    Food can be Healthful, but food itself is not healthy
    Be a healthy person - one attracted to food most healthful
    Eat for a Heavenly purpose - you are Heaven compared to the food.
    You are what you eat. What you eat becomes what you are. The objective is for the food to become you, not the other way
    Spiritual side of Anorexia
    Eat until you’re not hungry, not until you have no appetite. The hunger has to be satisfied, not the capacity
    Mindset 3: Approach it with enthusiasm
    Eat less and don’t be picky
    Healthy attachments
    Mindset 4: Flexibility
    What’s my purpose?
    Power of words and describing situations


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    • 54 min
    83: Health Series 1: Master your food, Don't let it master you | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    83: Health Series 1: Master your food, Don't let it master you | Rabbi Manis Friedman

    Show Notes:


    How we can live in harmony physically, mentally, and spiritually
    how do you define health for yourself
    don’t get too serious about your health - making health your focus is not healthy, similar to making happiness your focus is almost guaranteed to make you unhappy1:40-2:40
    it’s a necessary condition, but it’s not life.
    What do you want to be healthy for? The question you’ll have to ask sooner or later3 - 7:50
    One’s Personal Beliefs about health - Be enthusiastic about life
    Fear should not be what drives - what is your life governed by?7:50 - 12:40
    How can one make this simple and specific? Journal activities12:41 - 17:30
    Who should be conscious of their health?17:30 - 19:00
    The best attitudes towards health19:00 - 22:00
    Not just what we eat, but how we eat it22:15 - 24:00
    Eat like a Mensch: Master your eating, don’t let eating master you24:12 - 30:35
    What to ask when you sit down to eat?30:35 - 31:20
    Go to sleep hungry31:20 - 32:13
    Rabbi Friedman’s approach with health32:13 - 35:00
    Don’t be particular with foods35:01 - 38:24
    Food is not an event, it’s just a tool38:45 - 41:45
    A good Relationship with the food41:50 - 42:40
    Eat in response to Hunger vs in response to Appetite42:41 - 45:00
    Always have dessert45:05 - 46:30
    Why eat at all?46:31 - 49:00
    Conclusion49:01 -


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Customer Reviews

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smrlevine ,

Such a wonderful and engaging podcast!

Thank you Solomon for making my shabbos preps so enjoyable. I love listening to your thoughtful and deep questions, and in turn I’ve been learning so much about Yiddishkeit. As a baal teshuva myself, I relate so much to your inquiries about furthering one’s Torah growth. BEST podcast ever.. I can’t wait to dig into more of these!!

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Amazing Podcast

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His ability to synthesize the mystical with the pragmatic and practical are powerful and the information is immediately actionable.

He makes it easy to understand and apply true life changing learnings and experiences with amazing interviews, his own direct learnings and use of them.

He’s sincere, authentic and honest. His desire is to shine a light and help others to be inspired and illuminated.

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