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The Forbidden Apple

Aug 25, 2019

How does a Hasidic "Mishpacha" compare with a Catholic "Familia"?

Melissa shares what was it like growing up as a woman in the Hasidic world as Pelayo opens up about his patriarchal grandfather and his aunt becoming a nun and marrying God.

We discuss gender roles in religious spaces, clergy and marriage. 

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Aug 18, 2019

Today we are joined by Brick City Native, Sontaia Briggs. Sontaia shares what lead her from public administration to theology. We learn about her experiences in seminary and her work as a queer faith activist. We discuss the importance of using inclusive language and rediscover the word “miracles”. 

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Aug 11, 2019

Your hosts Pelayo Alvarez & Melissa Weisz discuss ancient concepts of good and evil. We revisit and reimagine religious concepts from our upbringings to filter what's useful for personal growth.

We discuss the saying "Hurt people, hurt people" and question the existence of an evil person.

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Aug 4, 2019

Jeremy Lentz shares his journey from a young boy nervously preparing for his bar mitzvah - to an out and proud gay man called upon to read “the twilight people”, at a pride Shabbat, in his reform temple.

Jeremy is the Executive Director of the Teaneck International Film Festival, showcasing feature films, shorts,...