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What if we told you that Jewish texts written thousands of years ago had something to say about our personal experiences today? Join Dr. Noam Weissman each week for honest and relatable conversations with a diverse range of guests. Each episode in this 10-part series offers new approaches for how to navigate your own life.

53 mins

Have you ever been heartbroken? How has love transformed you? Why is it so challenging to be vulnerable? In our final episode, Noam and Meir take a deep dive into relationships, loneliness, and their own love languages.
Meir Kay is a filmmaker, motivational speaker, author, and a social good activist best known for his social media content which has amassed over a billion views and impacting millions of people around the world.

28 mins

How do you decide when or how to give? Why is money so awkward to speak about? Is sharing really caring? Listen in as Noam and Mem speak about financial aid, the homeless crisis, and their favorite Curb Your Enthusiasm episode.

44 mins

What do you do when you feel betrayed? Is it possible to love someone you radically disagree with? What if you just don’t want to “agree to disagree”? This week, join Noam and Rav Judah as they discuss atheism, toxic relationships, and the great green vs black olive debate.

34 mins

Are you living up to your own standards? Is failure ever a good thing? Does success really equal happiness? Join Noam and Coach Mike as they talk about normalizing failure, life changing moments, and of course, basketball.

40 mins

Do you ever feel like you’re not living up to the expectations of others? Why is rejection so scary? What do you do when you just can’t bring yourself to say “I’m sorry”? This week, Noam sat with Professor Moshe Halbertal to examine the principles of forgiveness, the art of letting go, and The Shawshank Redemption.

48 mins

Do you ever feel uncomfortable in your own skin? Do the clothes you choose to wear matter? What does “dressing for success” really mean? This week hear what Noam and Chavie have to say about self expression through clothes, the fast fashion environmental crisis, and…string bikinis?

44 mins

Have you ever felt lonely? Is there really a secret to finding happiness? Does FOMO cause depression? This week join Noam and David as they discuss the pursuit of joy, the elements of happiness, and what their ideal happy places look like.

51 mins

Do you ever feel like an outsider? What does Judaism have to say about the Black Lives Matter movement? Was Moses the first biracial Jew? Listen in as Noam and Kylie talk about what it means to “see color,” the limits of the English language, and how personal struggles shape us as people. About Kylie Unell: Kylie is a Dean’s Doctoral Fellow at NYU concentrating in Jewish philosophy. She was named an “aspiring Jewish philosopher” by the New York Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36. Kylie is a writer, podcaster, and the co-producer of the comedy show, Sweepstakes Comedy. She also runs Models of Faith, a photoblog sharing the stories of millennials who take their faith seriously.

47 mins

Do the words we choose to speak really matter? Why is it often difficult to say thank you or to admit that we need help? Is “recipitive” a real word?! This week, Noam sits down with Nachi Gordon and Yaakov Langer to discuss gratitude, building relationships through communication, and game-changing words.


About: Nachi Gordon and Yaakov Langer are the cohosts of the podcast “Meaningful People.” Deep, unboundedly interesting, fun and uplifting, the podcast is a weekly opportunity for Nachi & Yaakov to talk to the Jewish world’s meaningful people.

50 mins

Does sacrifice always mean struggle? Does doing something for someone without getting anything back always mean sacrifice? Are you defined by what you did 5 years ago or can we change? Listen in on this conversation to hear what Noam and Chloe have to say about sacrifice, self transcendence and the road to becoming a better society. About Chloé: Chloé Valdary is an American writer and entrepreneur whose company, Theory of Enchantment, teaches social and emotional learning in schools, as well as diversity and inclusion in companies and government agencies.

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