24 episodes

Welcome to the KAVANA Podcast. KAVANA is the Hebrew word for conscious intentionality. This concept in Judaism teaches us to focus on completing our actions, tasks, and mitzvot (good deeds) with intention. Yes, we could all go through life by simply doing out of obligation, but what if we could do more? What if we could act consciously, love with passion, give with purpose, share because we can and not because we have to? What if we could learn to love ourselves more? It all begins with YOU.

The KAVANA Podcast with Melinda Strauss Melinda Strauss

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 46 Ratings

Welcome to the KAVANA Podcast. KAVANA is the Hebrew word for conscious intentionality. This concept in Judaism teaches us to focus on completing our actions, tasks, and mitzvot (good deeds) with intention. Yes, we could all go through life by simply doing out of obligation, but what if we could do more? What if we could act consciously, love with passion, give with purpose, share because we can and not because we have to? What if we could learn to love ourselves more? It all begins with YOU.

    24. How Jewish TikTok Changed My World with Libby Walker

    24. How Jewish TikTok Changed My World with Libby Walker

    Libby Walker is known for her parodies on TikTok, most famously as the hilarious Jewish mom Sheryl Cohen (inspired by her own mother). Libby is a comedian and proud Jewish woman who bares it all on social media, using laughter to spread positivity. I am so inspired by Libby's grit, her ability to adapt, and how she gives so much of herself to help others. 

    Libby shares her own original content and also works with tons of companies on TikTok, including Aish, Hillel International, Birthright, and Lost Tribe, the new cool Jewish hub modeled after Bar Stool to create Jewish fun and relatable content. 

    Libby recently started her own podcast, Jewish Mom Approved, which can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube: https://youtu.be/CwwVQQsPyFs

    Follow Libby on TikTok and join her 20K+ followers: https://www.tiktok.com/@libbyamberwalker

    Check out Lost Tribe on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@losttribeesports

    Follow Libby on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/libbyamberwalker/


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    • 28 min
    23. Welcome to Season 3 of the KAVANA Podcast!

    23. Welcome to Season 3 of the KAVANA Podcast!

    A lot has happened in my life since my last episode aired in September 2020. Let's just say a global pandemic, a Presidential election, and TikTok have played a huge role in my own personal growth. I wasn't sure if I was going to continue sharing on the podcast until some really awesome humans reminded me that what I do here is special. Highlighting Jewish people living intentional lives, giving them a platform, and giving the listener the opportunity to learn and be inspired is amazing! I won't ever take that for granted. To those of you who reached out asking me to keep going, I want to say a BIG thank you. You know who you are and because of you, I'm back! 


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    • 25 min
    22. #WEALLPOOP with Esty Wolbe

    22. #WEALLPOOP with Esty Wolbe

    Esty, the founder of I Don't Cook But I Give Out Recipes, one of the most popular kosher food Facebook groups with over 45,000 members, talks about how she started her group and her love for the community she has built. We also talk a lot about parenting! Esty runs a blog and Instagram account, @cookingwithtantrums, and shows us all what it's like to be a real parent with lots of kids, lots of cooking to do, and lots of forgiveness. And if you don't know what #weallpoop means, you haven't listened to the podcast yet 😂 

    A few places you can find Esty: 

    I Don't Cook But I Give Out Recipes on Facebook

    @Cookingwithtantrums on Instagram

    Easy Does it with Esty Wolbe on Kosher.com


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    • 38 min
    21. Talking about ALL THE THINGS (friendship, abuse, healing, and parenting) with Breezy

    21. Talking about ALL THE THINGS (friendship, abuse, healing, and parenting) with Breezy

    We literally could not stop at just one topic! Breezy and I have been friends for many years and this interview went in so many different directions that I can actually say this podcast is for EVERYONE! Breezy, the owner and designer behind clothing line Love and Laughter and owner of Breezy's Gifts, shares about her entrepreneurial spirit and what drives her, but we also spent some time discussing her abusive marriage and how she healed and found herself again. 

    Find Breezy on Instagram at:
    https://www.instagram.com/shoploveandlaughter/
    https://www.instagram.com/breezysgifts/  

    Shop Love and Laughter here: https://shoploveandlaughter.com/

    Listen to Breezy's interview on The Good Sign: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4BE7nag5Bk5WFgcwjxrN2W?si=Ez8qjF98RIKwosmCerMpnA

    If you would like to reach out to Shalom Task Force, please visit https://www.shalomtaskforce.org/ 

    If you are being abused or you even think you are being abused, please call the domestic abuse hotline 1-718-337-3700. Your call will be anonymous.   


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    • 47 min
    20. Listen to Your Own Voice with KK

    20. Listen to Your Own Voice with KK

    Hop on the soul train with KK (also known as Karen Koren, but really everyone calls her KK and you'll hear why)!!! KK is a public speaker, kallah teacher, and teen mentor, who also hosts her own podcast,  Soul Sessions.  In this episode, KK and I discuss everything from the way her upbringing helped shape her as a strong spiritual woman to her daughters diagnosis with alopecia.  

    Listen to Soul Sessions with KK: anchor.fm/karen-koren

    Check out KK on Instagram: www.instagram.com/soultrainkk/


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    • 50 min
    19. There's Nothing You Can't Do with Heather Cox

    19. There's Nothing You Can't Do with Heather Cox

    Heather Cox, Co-Founder and President of Certify My Company, is someone who continues to reinvent herself as her passions grow! Heather decided to become an entrepreneur at 30 years old and shares some incredible insight on how she started her business and how she found herself. Certify My Company assists diverse businesses with all aspects of certification, helps to increase their visibility in supplier markets, and connects certified businesses with the corporations eager to do business with them. If you want to know more about what all of that means (I had no idea certification for diverse businesses even existed!), you definitely want to listen to this interview because Heather is changing the world as an advocate for diversity!  

    Fun fact about Heather (and you'll hear more about it on the podcast): She is a former acro-gymnast, tightrope walker and juggler!

    Check out Heather on Instagram at www.instagram.com/certifymyco

    To learn more about Certify My Company or see if your business can get certified, check out www.certifymycompany.org


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

sherr856 ,

Podcast

Wow really amazing !first podcast i actuallly listened to and i was blown away!! Im hooked now!!! Thanks again!! Totally motivational!! I need more!

KTKatzStudio ,

‘Don’t Say no until you know what you are saying no to.’

The title of this review was my take away from this podcast along with a better understanding of how diabetes can creep up on you without you knowing it. Melinda speaks from her heart with such passion that you can’t believe when the podcast is over and can’t wait for her next one. I don’t remember what I saw on IG that brought this lovely lady onto my social media stream. I am grateful for it. Not only with her Podcasts here, her dog walks on IG too have put me on the right frame of mind that I am living my best life as a Jewish woman. That I not alone that there are others that might be going through the same or similar things like myself.
So if you need that extra boost of go out there and do it. If you need that encouragement not to say NO before you make that decision. Then you have found the right podcast to listen to.

AmalyaB ,

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It is amazing!

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