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“Since I've acknowledged PTSD and what's going on, and accepted the facts, and stopped seeing it as a sign of weakness, I've made some progress.”— Wilson TaguinodFacing our challenges is the first step to healing, according to guest Wilson Taguinod. On this episode of What’s In Your Toolbox: An Honest Discussion on Mental Health, host Bobby Koven has a deep conversation with Wilson about his challenges with PTSD and depression, as a veteran of the Vietnam war and a person who lives with cance...
Tu B'Shvat is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the renewal of trees in a yearly cycle. Elliott notes, the timing of the holiday on the Jewish calendar is weird, falling out in the middle of winter. If we really wanted to get into the spirit of the day, we'd send everyone out into the middle of nature, "into the wild," to experience the trees. Rabbi Yossi points out that the winter is also a cool time to think about trees, because it is when the sap starts to run. The trees are starting to com...
Collaborative Aging

Collaborative Aging

2023-12-2836:33

“We age with success when we are in connection with others, it's relational.”— Sue Lantz On today’s episode of What’s In Your Toolbox: An Honest Discussion On Mental Health, host Bobby Koven has a conversation with Sue Lantz, a boomer who is hoping to live a long and healthy life, and founder of Collaborative Aging. Sue is passionate about sharing her healthcare, housing, and caregiving expertise in a way that helps her peers – along with the people who will be supporting them – to envis...
Call Us Gifted

Call Us Gifted

2023-11-3040:08

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains content around self-harm and suicide and brief mention of sexual violence against children.“They tried to ‘fix’ my stigmas to make me like everyone else, rather than leveraging my gifts. I said, ‘screw that, I'm gonna manage my gifts.’ And I started developing my gifts and ignoring the stigma.”— Tim NelsonIn this episode of What’s In Your Toolbox: An Honest Discussion on Mental Health, Bobby Koven interviews Tim Nelson about his mental health journey. Th...
“Anger can be illogical and it can cause a lot of harm. But it also can be righteous and it can be rectifying something that’s wrong.”— Ganga DeviWhat is the role of anger in our lives? And what can we learn from our sense of it?This episode of Living Jewishly is an instalment of Scared Time, a podcast devoted to the healing art of the Hebrew calendar.As we bid goodbye to Chanukah, we enter Tevet, the tenth month of the calendar. This is a time of cold and darkness, but one that evokes a fier...
A Chance Meeting

A Chance Meeting

2023-10-2631:07

“That's where I really rely on our traditional teachings because it speaks to humility, and understanding that your gifts are valuable. And everybody has gifts.”— Jillian MorrisTrigger Warning: This episode makes brief mention of self harm and addiction.On this episode of What’s In Your Toolbox: An Honest Discussion on Mental Health, host Bobby Koven shares a deep and open conversation with his guest Jillian Morris which started at a chance meeting in New Brunswick. In this conversation,...
“Dreaming is a necessary complement to our waking life that allows us to rest and integrate and regenerate.”— Ganga DeviAs home to the holiday of Chanukah, Kislev is a time for celebration, light, and togetherness. But it is also a time for sleeping, for dreaming, and for integrating the teachings of our dreams into our waking lives.The beauty of the cyclical nature of our Hebrew calendar is that it creates space for us to explore its universal and resonant themes each year as different peopl...
“Even when it doesn’t feel like there is excitement, there are our rhythms and there are our cycles.”— Bluth After the social and structured rituals of the High Holidays, the month of Cheshvan is a period of personal contemplation during which we turn to the quieter rhythms of our daily commitments. The absence of Holy Days during this month challenges us to source our connection with the sacred from within. In doing so, we are able to look both back and forward to address our priorities...
“Life is for the living. You have to go on, and make the best you can out of your present situation and utilize your tools”— Nate LeipcigerMental health is a different story across generations, and on today’s episode of What’s In Your Toolbox: An Honest Discussion on Mental Health, host Bobby K. has a conversation with Holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger about the tools he cultivated to survive. One of Nate’s survival skills, awareness, helped him during his time in Auschwitz, and then in ...
“At what point in our history did our houses become ‘not nature’?”— Julia PlevinThe earth is our home, our classroom, and our legacy — how can we create a nurturing relationship with the earth that allows all living creatures to thrive?Sukkot, the ancient Jewish Harvest festival, is an invitation for people of the Jewish faith to experience, celebrate, and revere the gift of our natural world. But in the face of the looming climate change crisis and global food insecurities, what can Sukkot t...
REPLAY: Who Will Live

REPLAY: Who Will Live

2023-09-1901:00:33

“Do Jewish prayer services nurture us… or narrow us?”— Dr Elliot MalametThis is the first episode in a series of special Living Jewishly podcast episodes that will take a deeper look at the Jewish holidays. As we approach Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, many of us will celebrate the high holidays by attending synagogue or shul.However, particularly for young Jews not religiously oriented in the traditional sense, there is an increasing disconnect to ...
“Repentance, in essence, embodies a return to our best selves, the me that each of us really wants to be.”— Dr. Elliott MalametIs it time to change the course of your life? Perhaps this episode of The Living Jewishly Podcast is exactly what you need in order to instigate that change. In this episode, Dr. Elliott Malamet breaks down the four components outlined in the Talmud for changing one’s circumstances. Giving to charity, crying out, changing names, and changing actions. As a bonus, ...
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.”— Dr. Elliott MalametIn this special SOLJ (School of Living Jewishly) episode, Dr. Elliott Malamet brings us a conversation about the most important prayer Jewish people revisit each year at Rosh Hashanah, Unetanah Tokef. Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect on the year that has just passed, and meditate on the one that is about to come. Each year we have a certain set of expect...
The Artist

The Artist

2023-08-3132:32

“I'm getting better and better at just saying, okay, that's just today.”— Judy SingerWhen major health challenges face us, it is crucial to gather friends and family around for support. That is what today’s episode of What’s In Your Toolbox: An Honest Discussion on Mental Health is all about.In this episode, Bobby talks with Judy Singer about her cancer diagnosis and treatment, and how she coped with the changing abilities of her physical body. Judy is an artist and teacher by trade, and when...
“When you live in an environment that's out of control, you latch onto something that will make you feel like you're stabilized.”— Brian RobinsonWorking in a world that values and reveres constant work has led society to increased numbers of burnout and workaholism. But is workaholism really “a thing”? Rest is an essential part of life, and when we don’t give ourselves the opportunity to rest, we face avoidable obstacles.In this episode, Dr. Elliott Malamet interviews guest Brian Robinson abo...
“These holidays are such an opportunity for us to be looking at our lives, to be stepping in fully with humility and with honesty, and with care for each other and for the Earth — to find the capacity to forgive so that we can renew.”— BluthThis episode of Living Jewishly is an instalment of Sacred Time, a podcast devoted to the healing art of the Hebrew calendar. In this episode exploring the significance of the month of Elul, Bluth and Ganga Devi unpack major themes related to Rosh Hashanah...
My Super Awesome Life

My Super Awesome Life

2023-07-2736:17

“Sometimes life's better understood backwards rather than forwards.”— Jane EnrightLife changes constantly – but what happens when three incredibly sudden rapid changes occur in just 12 months? And more importantly, what are the best tools to use to cope with life’s unexpected twists and turns?This episode of No Magic Bullet’s is an instalment of What’s In Your Toolbox, a podcast about mental health and the tools that we use to cope, heal, and thrive. In this episode, host Bobby K sits down wi...
“Judaism advises not just sexual passion and a partnership, but constant physical encouragement with the one you love.”— Dr. Elliott MalametWhat is Tu b’av and why do we celebrate it? In this Special School of Living Jewishly podcast for Tu b'av, Dr. Elliott Malamet shares the history and symbolism of this romantic holiday. This holiday dedicated to love has long been seen as a day for matchmaking and romance.It may come as a surprise to some people that Judaism believes in romance, and...
“With all the evil and all the suffering that is in the world and that Jews have undergone throughout history, as a people, we've always been focused on being a moral and creative force in the world. And if Jews are about anything, we're about the faith in what could be faith in the future.”— Dr. Elliott MalametIn this Special School of Living Jewishly podcast for Tisha b'av, Dr. Elliott Malamet explores various explanations for why there is suffering, and God’s silent role in each. Thro...
“Trauma is undigested experience”— Ganga DeviThis instalment of Living Jewishly is an episode of Sacred Time, a podcast devoted to exploring the healing art of the Hebrew calendar. Tammuz is the fourth month of the year in the religious Jewish calendar. It is one of the heated months of the calendar, and it holds and commemorates the memory of a lot of the pain, trauma, and destruction that we have experienced as a people. The 17th of this month of the Hebrew calendar marks the bre...
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