Despite what you may have been led to believe, it turns out that clergy are just like us! Or at least today’s guest, Rabbi Moshe Smolkin, doesn’t put his pants on with the help of any angels. His approach to the work of a rabbi fosters understanding and community while diving deep into the questions raised throughout Jewish history that continue to spark discussions and debates in the context of modern life. In one breath Moshe references Thích Nhất Hạnh and in the next he talks about texting his congregants in order to meet them where they’re at, especially with the distance created during the pandemic. Regardless of your religion, I hope you enjoy the season opener of My Dilettante Life.
Check out some of Rabbi Smolkin’s recommendations below:
Jewish Wisdom by Joseph Telushkin
Judaism For Dummies by Ted Falcon and David Blatner