32 episodes

The Orthodox Conundrum is a forum in which we look honestly at the Orthodox Jewish community, identifying what works well and what does not, so that, through an honest accounting, we can find solutions that will be successful. We will examine some of the major issues that affect the Orthodox world, without exaggeration, whitewashing, or pretending that they don’t exist. Our hope is that the Orthodox Conundrum will spark wider discussion that will enable Orthodox Judaism to continue moving forward in the areas at which it excels, and to rectify the areas that need improvement.

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    • Religion & Spirituality

The Orthodox Conundrum is a forum in which we look honestly at the Orthodox Jewish community, identifying what works well and what does not, so that, through an honest accounting, we can find solutions that will be successful. We will examine some of the major issues that affect the Orthodox world, without exaggeration, whitewashing, or pretending that they don’t exist. Our hope is that the Orthodox Conundrum will spark wider discussion that will enable Orthodox Judaism to continue moving forward in the areas at which it excels, and to rectify the areas that need improvement.

    Suicide: A Parent's Story (32)

    Suicide: A Parent's Story (32)

    Gila Hammer, only 18 years old, died by suicide two months ago. In this episode of the Orthodox Conundrum, Scott speaks with her father, Rabbi Shalom Hammer, about Gila's life, her mental illness, the ways that the system failed her, the symptoms that parents need to know, and the lessons everyone can learn from both her life and her tragic death.

    If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

    Music: "Happy Rock" by bensound.com

    • 56 min
    Is Democracy the Enemy of Religious Zionism? A Conversaton with Daniel Goldman (31)

    Is Democracy the Enemy of Religious Zionism? A Conversaton with Daniel Goldman (31)

    In our previous episode, we discussed the problem of racism within the Religious Zionist community. Left unanswered, however, was the question of why some Religious Zionist communities tend to move in that direction. What is it about Religious Zionist philosophy which can engender racist attitudes? Is it as big a problem as it appears? And what can be done to fight it?

    Join Scott Kahn and his special guest, Daniel Goldman, for a frank discussion about these and other issues.

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    Music: "Happy Rock" by bensound.com

    • 40 min
    The Rot at the Heart of Religious Zionism (30)

    The Rot at the Heart of Religious Zionism (30)

    We are rightly proud when religious Jews act in a manner that is a kiddush Hashem. And recently, we have heard of a number of such examples. On the other hand, when there is a chilul Hashem, too often we write it off, attribute it to some bad apples, or perhaps to someone who doesn’t represent our community.

    For people in the Orthodox world in general, and in the Dati Leumi community in particular, it’s time to acknowledge something rotten that has made its way into our world - and we barely even acknowledge it.

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    Music: "Happy Rock" by bensound.com

    • 27 min
    Antisemitism on the Rise, and a March in New York: A Conversation with Shira Hanau (29)

    Antisemitism on the Rise, and a March in New York: A Conversation with Shira Hanau (29)

    Antisemitism is a growing problem... and 25,000 people marched in New York as a protest against it. Are we just trying to make ourselves feel better? What are its causes. and can anything be done to reduce it? How is the rise of antisemitism related to Israel, and is it forcing supporters of Israel to go underground? Are Chassidic communities, which have largely been victimized more than other segments of the Jewish world, being adequately supported by other Jews?

    Join me and Shira Hanau of the New York Jewish Week, and the New York Press Association's 2018 Rookie of the Year, for a discussion which is - perhaps surprisingly - simultaneously somewhat depressing and somewhat hopeful.

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    Music: "Happy Rock" by bensound.com

    • 25 min
    The Double Betrayal: An Interview with Genendy (28)

    The Double Betrayal: An Interview with Genendy (28)

    Sexual abuse is horrific, and can ruin a person's life. When the abusers are community leaders - and the community has a vested interest in making sure that they remain leaders in good standing - there's a double betrayal. Scott Kahn asks Genendy to relate her own story of sexual abuse, along with her message of healing.

    Genendy was one of subjects of Dalit Kimor's documentary, Unkept Secrets, and is the author of a memoir, The Price of Truth.

    Music: "Happy Rock" by bensound.com

    • 31 min
    Predators, Preparation, Protocols, and Sexual Abuse: A Talk with Rabbi Yakov Horowitz (27)

    Predators, Preparation, Protocols, and Sexual Abuse: A Talk with Rabbi Yakov Horowitz (27)

    Sexual abuse continues to be a scourge in the Orthodox Jewish world; and the lack of awareness applies to all sectors of the population, whether Modern, Dati Leumi, or Chareidi. We can and must take action to address this and prevent it. What can we do?

    Join me as I speak with Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Director of the Center for Jewish Family Life and Project Y.E.S., and one of the world's leading experts on sexual abuse in the Orthodox community, in a wide ranging, sometimes disturbing, but ultimately hopeful interview.

    Music: "Happy Rock" by bensound.com

    • 53 min

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Yehuda Krohn ,

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I do not know Rabbi Scott Kahn, personally. I do experience him, on this podcast, as being knowledgeable and incisive, while also responsive. His interviewing skills are very strong. Most importantly, his heart is in the right place. אשור כח.

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