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    Parshat Va’Etchanan – With all your heart and all your soul

    Mindfully Jewish, episode #6. With all your heart and all your soul. a podcast by Janne L. Punski-Hoogervorst, MD Based on this weeks Parshat, in which Moshe speaks the words which are arguably the most famous in all our writings: שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהֹוָ֥ה | אֶחָֽד: וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָֽבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ we discuss the mind-body connection based on the Kabbalistic teachings as recorded in the Holy Zohar. What is the duality between the body and the soul? And why do we need both in order to live a meaningful life?

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    Parshat Devarim & Tisha B’Av – The balance between remembrance and clinging to hope

    Mindfully Jewish, episode #5. The balance between remembrance and clinging to hope a podcast by Janne L. Punski-Hoogervorst, MD As the start of Tisha B’Av this year falls on Motzei Shabbos, the texts of Devarim, Isaiah and Eicha become linked into one message. In this weeks episode we therefore take a closer look at some lessons that shine forth throughout all three texts. What message do Moshe, Isaiah and Jeremiah provide us underneath the words of rebuke? Can we find words of faith and hope in the deeply moving passages of Isaiah and Eicha? לִמְד֥וּ הֵיטֵ֛ב דִּרְשׁ֥וּ מִשְׁפָּ֖ט אַשְּׁר֣וּ חָמ֑וֹץ שִׁפְט֣וּ יָת֔וֹם רִ֖יבוּ אַלְמָנָֽה: May we see the rebuilding of…

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    Parshat Matos/Masei – The importance and dangers of vows and oaths

    Mindfully Jewish, episode #4. The importance and dangers of vows and oaths a podcast by Janne L. Punski-Hoogervorst, MD In this week’s Parshat, we are told by Moshe: אִישׁ֩ כִּֽי־יִדֹּ֨ר נֶ֜דֶר לַֽיהֹוָ֗ה אֽוֹ־הִשָּׁ֤בַע שְׁבֻעָה֙ לֶאְסֹ֤ר אִסָּר֙ עַל־נַפְשׁ֔וֹ לֹ֥א יַחֵ֖ל דְּבָר֑וֹ כְּכָל־הַיֹּצֵ֥א מִפִּ֖יו יַֽעֲשֶֽׂה: Or in translation: If a man makes a vow to the Lord or makes an oath to prohibit himself, he shall not violate his word; according to whatever came out of his mouth, he shall do. But what does it mean to make a vow or oath? Why are they so important? And why does the Rambam teach us that to vows (nedarim) are a sign of…

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    Parshat Pinchas – Having the courage to ask

    Mindfully Jewish, episode #3. Having the courage to ask a podcast by Janne L. Punski-Hoogervorst, MD Based on this week’s Parshat, Parshas Pinchas, in which we encounter the narrative of the daughters of Zelophehad: וַתִּקְרַ֜בְנָה בְּנ֣וֹת צְלָפְחָ֗ד בֶּן־חֵ֤פֶר …. ְאֵ֨לֶּה֙ שְׁמ֣וֹת בְּנֹתָ֔יו מַחְלָ֣ה נֹעָ֔ה וְחָגְלָ֥ה וּמִלְכָּ֖ה וְתִרְצָֽה: we discuss what thoughts often hold us back from asking for help or for something that we want or need. That we sometimes believe that we are stronger, if we don’t ask others. However, asking shows assertiveness and it shows that we take responsibility to evolve. It’s all about the art of asking. As the Sages say: ‘Who is wise? One who learns…