Self-Control Through Torah

Self-Control Through Torah

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How can Torah help you improve your self-control? With the help of Menahem Mendel Lefin's Cheshbon haNefesh, an important 19th-century work on character refinement, we delve into the weekly Torah portion to seek wisdom on refining our traits and mastering our moods and emotions. Listen in as Modya Silver, a psychotherapist and author, and David Gottlieb, a scholar of Jewish history and a teacher of Jewish contemplative practice, uncover the ethical wisdom contained in each weekly reading.

On "Diligence" (zerizut) in Naso

June 13, 2024

On "Diligence" (zerizut) in Naso

This week, Modya and David dive into parshat Naso (Num. 4:21-7:89), the longest portion in the entire Torah -- 70 verses of which are identical! This …

What is Your Mission?

June 6, 2024

What is Your Mission?

What sort of people do you surround yourself with? And what is your mission in life? How best to marshal all aspects of your personality, and your com…

On "Diligence" (zerizut) in Bechukotai

May 30, 2024

On "Diligence" (zerizut) in Bechukotai

On this week's episode, Modya and David switch lenses to the trait of Zerizut, or Diligence, and use that as a lens through which to explore parshat B…

The Trait of "Frugality" in Behar

May 23, 2024

The Trait of "Frugality" in Behar

This week David and Modya complete their investigation of frugality looking at the parsha of Behar. We see how the lens is widened to include not only…

On "Frugality" (kimutz) in Emor

May 16, 2024

On "Frugality" (kimutz) in Emor

In parsha Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23), David and Modya continue to explore "frugality." They look at it being part of a continuum of holiness and see …

On "Frugality" (kimutz) in Kedoshim

May 9, 2024

On "Frugality" (kimutz) in Kedoshim

Modya and David focus again this week on kimutz, or frugality, through the lens of the week's Torah portion, Kedoshim (Lev: 19:1-20:27). The central q…

On "Frugality" in Acharei Mot

May 2, 2024

On "Frugality" in Acharei Mot

Modya and David begin this week a focus on the trait of frugality, the careful shepherding of one's resources, monetary and otherwise. The Torah porti…

"Righteousness" (tzedek) in Metzora

April 18, 2024

"Righteousness" (tzedek) in Metzora

On this week's episode, Modya and David are joined by the artist, writer, coach, and fellow podcaster Avrum Rosensweig to discuss parshat Metzora in t…

"Righteousness" in Tazria: Leviticus 12:1–13:59

April 11, 2024

"Righteousness" in Tazria

David and Modya know that beauty is more than skin deep. In this episode, they look at the parsha of tazria (Leviticus 12:1–13:59) through the lens of…

More on "Righteousness" (Tzedek)

April 4, 2024

More on "Righteousness" (Tzedek)

Modya and David take a deep dive this week into Shemini (Lev. 9:1-11:47) to explore the content for lessons in tzedek, or righteousness. How might det…

On "Righteousness" (Tzedek)

March 28, 2024

On "Righteousness" (Tzedek)

This week, Modya and David discuss what can be learned about tzedek, or righteousness, from Tzav in the book of Leviticus (Lev. 6:1-8:36). What do pri…

More on "Humility" with Rabbi Marc Margolius

March 21, 2024

More on "Humility" with Rabbi Marc Margolius

This week, Modya and David are joined by Rabbi Marc Margolius, Vice President of Faculty and Program at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, to disc…

The Mussar Tradition and "Humility" (anavah): On Exodus 38:21-40:38

March 14, 2024

The Mussar Tradition and "Humility" (anavah)

This week, Modya and David discuss Pekudei (Ex. 38:21-40:38), the last Torah portion in the Book of Exodus, in light of the trait of Humility. Among t…

Building the Tabernacle: On Exodus 35:1-38:20

March 9, 2024

Building the Tabernacle

This week, Modya and David delve into Vayakhel (Ex. 35:1-38:20), the Torah portion that describes in great detail the specific materials and dimension…

The Character Trait of Humility (anavah)

February 29, 2024

The Character Trait of Humility (anavah)

This week, Modya and David discuss the Torah portion of Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) in light of the character trait of anavah (humility). Their wide-…

Physical Cleanliness and Spiritual Cleanliness (nekiut)

February 24, 2024

Physical Cleanliness and Spiritual Cleanliness (nekiut)

In this episode Modya Silver concludes our four week look into the middah of cleanliness. He reviews the focus on physical cleanliness and how it insp…

"Cleanliness" (nekiut) and the Hubble Telescope

February 15, 2024

"Cleanliness" (nekiut) and the Hubble Telescope

This week Modya presents solo on what we can learn about the middah of cleanliness (nekiut) from the Hubble telescope! Specifically, there are steps w…

More on "Cleanliness" (nekiyut)

February 8, 2024

More on "Cleanliness" (nekiyut)

On this week's episode, Modya and David discuss the Torah portion of Mishpatim (Ex. 21:1-24:18) through the lens of the character trait of nekiyut, or…

On the Idea of "Cleanliness" (nekiyut) in Exodus 18:1–20:23

February 1, 2024

On the Idea of "Cleanliness" (nekiyut) in Exodus 18:1–20:23

This week, Modya and David move on to the character trait of nekiyut, or cleanliness, and use it as a lense on the Torah portion of Yitro, in which th…

The Lessons of the Middah of "Deciveness" (harizut)

January 25, 2024

The Lessons of the Middah of "Deciveness" (harizut)

On this week's episode, Modya and David are joined by Rabbi David Jaffe, a writer, Mussar teacher, and organizer, to discuss lessons on the middah of …