#76 Reimagining Judaism & Integrating Ancient Practices into Modern Day Spirituality with Shulie Hersh

Shulie Hersh is a graduate of the Academy for Jewish Religion, and a Cantor for the Beth Sholom Congregation in Frederick, MD. Shulie and I went to High School together, and reconnected for the first time on this episode. We speak about what it was like for Shulie growing up with a father who was a Rabbi and how it felt being “the Jewish girl” in our High School. We deconstruct Judaism as both a religion and a culture and discuss the nature of ancestral Jewish trauma. We speak about how we can incorporate traditional practices of all kinds into our lives, but also evolve them to suit our modern day values. And Shulie also explains how Judaism encourages us to question & struggle with faith, how the Jewish calendar can help connect us to nature, and how being angry and processing grief has always been a crucial component Judaism throughout history and into the present.

Send Shulie an Email – cantor@bethsholomfrederick.org

Shulie’s book recommendations: The Jewish Book of Days by Jill Hammer

Songs featured: “Opening” by Jamie Sieber and “Avinu Malkeinu” by Barbara Streisand

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#75 How to Depathologize your Desires and Seduce your Shadow with Lenore Black

Lenore black Anya Kaats a millennial's guide to saving the world

Lenore black Anya Kaats a millennial's guide to saving the world

Sex Witch and all around badass Lenore Black joins me to have a conversation about sex, taboo and accepting our full selves without judgement. Lenore vulnerably shares about her past, including her experiences with sexual abuse and child sex trafficking, and how it landed her where she is today – helping others move through trauma and become fully embodied. We speak about the complexities of trauma and victimhood, and how we can idealize the persona of being someone who’s “fucked up”. We speak about the positives and negatives of social media, especially in regard to sexuality and censorship. We discuss the differences between sex addiction and having a high sex drive, why it’s imperative to form relationships with people who can accept the full embodiment of who we are and why we should move toward our triggers, not away from them. Lenore also explains why she likes being catcalled, and why she doesn’t call herself a feminist.

Find Lenore on Instagram @lenoreblack_, at LenoreBlack.com and download her free Erotic Self Care Ritual Guide here.

Lenore’s book recommendations: Existential Kink by Carolyn Elliott

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Songs featured: “Warm Animal” by Sure Sure and “The Cult of Dionysus” by The Orion Experience

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