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Jewish education and inspiration courtesy of Rabbi Mark N. Wildes, Founder of the Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE). Founded in 1998, MJE is a warm and open community where millennial men and women in their 20s/30s can explore Jewish life and meet new people.
 
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Yuval David is an actor, director, professor, and activist who focuses primarily on LGBTQ and Jewish issues. Many Orthodox Jews lament that their brothers and sisters on the Left do not fight back against antisemitism when it comes from that side of the ideological aisle. Nobody could say that about Yuval. In this exhilarating conversation, Yuval d…
 
"Jews are white." "Israel is an apartheid state." Hearing these inflammatory comments can be distressing but understanding the root ideology behind these assertions is the only way to truly fight back against it. David Bernstein, the Founder of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values and author of Woke Antisemitism: How a Progressive Ideology Harms…
 
An incredible story from my teacher Rabbi Shlomo Riskin of the time he traveled to the Soviet Union in 1970 and received the answer to a question in the Torah that had been bothering him for decades - from an 18-year-old. Follow Rabbi Mark Wildes:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RabbiMarkWildesMJE/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RabbiWildes/…
 
Antisemitism is on the rise across the political spectrum. However, is antisemitism on the Left not getting the same coverage as antisemitism coming from figures like Kanye West? Dumisani Washington returns, this time in person, to discuss who is covering for these antisemites, whether the Biden administration is culpable, and his recent experience…
 
The story of Joseph in Egypt leaves many questions unanswered. Why does it seem Joseph is acting so cruel to his brothers if he is referred to as "Joseph the Righteous?" Why didn't Joseph reach out to Jacob to tell him he was still alive? The answers to these questions clue us in on whether the things that happen to us in our day-to-day lives are p…
 
Rabbi Mark Wildes as you have never heard him before! Rabbi Wildes is questioned by his beloved student Daniel Wallach on whether he is disappointing his teachers by teaching Kabbalah and Chassidut, the thin line he has to walk as an outreach Rabbi to avoid offending potential students, inspiring young people towards spirituality in the hustle and …
 
Womanhood and the role of femininity is a lightning rod issue in our times. Is a woman not complete unless she has a child? What does it really mean to "be a woman?" There is no better place to look than the story of our Matriarchs.Website: https://www.jewishexperience.orgFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/RabbiMarkWil...Instagram: https://www.inst…
 
Despite the rich history of cooperation between the Jewish and Black communities, tensions have been high over the past couple of months spurred on by the antisemitic comments of Kanye West and a rally of Black Hebrew Israelites outside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Rabbi Wildes is joined by Dumisani Washington, founder of the Institute for B…
 
What's more holy? Doing things when we feel inspired or rather when they have become monotonous and are merely part of a routine? The answer may surprise you.For more thought-provoking and inspirational Torah content from Rabbi Mark Wildes, subscribe to the Youtube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0oWrlgD3gZX9-8ZyNbpd-gFollow Rabbi Wildes…
 
You'll often hear these days that we don't need God in order to be good people. Is this true? Have we outgrown God? Can objective morality exist without the Divine?For more thought-provoking and inspirational Torah content from Rabbi Mark Wildes, subscribe to the Youtube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0oWrlgD3gZX9-8ZyNbpd-gFollow Rabbi …
 
Rabbi Wildes shares how a minute difference between ethics and etiquette informs how we can know we are doing what is right and not what is easy and convenient. For more thought-provoking and inspirational Torah content from Rabbi Mark Wildes, subscribe to the Youtube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0oWrlgD3gZX9-8ZyNbpd-gFollow Rabbi Wil…
 
The advice of "listen to your heart" to find your answer to a pressing life issue is a common one in pop culture. But is it one the Torah agrees with? For more thought-provoking and inspirational Torah content from Rabbi Mark Wildes, subscribe to the Youtube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0oWrlgD3gZX9-8ZyNbpd-gFollow Rabbi Wildes on Fac…
 
Rabbi Mark Wildes moderates a fascinating discussion with Rabbi Pinny Rosenthal (The Rationalist) and Rabbi Daniel Bortz (The Mystic) on many of the intense disagreements between the Maimodean school of Jewish thought and the Kabbalistic approach. This podcast was recorded in front of a live audience at the Manhattan Jewish Experience on Monday, Oc…
 
Rabbi Mark Wildes was ordained from Yeshiva University, but before becoming a rabbi, he received a JD from the Cardozo School of Law and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. Since founding MJE 20 years ago, Rabbi Wildes has become one of America’s most inspirational and dynamic Jewish educators. He lives with his wife Jill a…
 
Rabbi Mark Wildes and his wife Jill co-founded Manhattan Jewish Experience, or MJE, more than 20 years ago. What started as a beginner’s Hebrew class with 18 attendees has blossomed into an organization that today draws in over 20,000 annual attendees to classes, events, Shabbos meals, and more. Rabbi Wildes was a lawyer and pulpit rabbi before ult…
 
Mark Wildes was well on his way to joining his father, a renowned immigration attorney, when he found his life's calling: reaching out to unaffiliated young professional Jews in Manhattan, and innovating for decades in the outreach space. Unique as a proudly Modern Orthodox practitioner, Rabbi Wildes offers a different perspective, which we discuss…
 
Rabbi Wildes had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed on Two Chassids in a Pod which is a popular podcast hosted by two fascinating young men who grew up in the West and have moved to the holy city of Tzfat to spread the light of Torah and the Jewish Tradition. We went deep into the intricacies of Zionism, university campuses in the US, Jewish…
 
Gedale Fenster is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Jewish world, selling out venues of over 5000 people and with over tens of thousands of daily listeners to his motivational Torah-based podcasts. Gedale joins Rabbi Wildes for an exhilarating conversation about life's ups and downs and how the downs are merely a stepping stone to advanc…
 
This is a rebroadcast of Rabbi Wildes' appearance on "The Orthodox Conundrum" with Rabbi Scott Kahn; an amazing podcast from Jewish Coffee House which takes an honest look at the major issues affecting the Orthodox world, without exaggeration, whitewashing, or pretending that they don’t exist. This episode is, in some ways, two distinct podcasts in…
 
Rosh Chodesh Elul is upon us and so is The 40 Day Challenge 2.0! Rabbi Mark Wildes is interviewed by the great Nachum Segal on his popular radio program "JM in the AM" to discuss how we can learn from Tom Brady, Abraham Lincoln, and other iconic figures how to use this special time to make a positive and impactful change in the world, become the ve…
 
MMA star Haim Gozali doesn't just fight for Israel inside of the Octagon but is a staunch supporter outside of it. in this explosive conversation, Haim details how he is fighting the stereotype that Jews are weak and won't fight back, the time he was stabbed six times outside of a bar, his obsession with Batman, why he connects with putting on Tefi…
 
There is a perception that Judaism promotes a lifestyle in which women are subordinate to men. Rabbi Wildes speaks with longtime Torah educator and host of the Drink It In Podcast Jordana Baruchov for an unfiltered conversation about some of the hottest issues surrounding Torah and Women. Does Torah promote equality between the sexes? Why are men t…
 
Moshe Reuven was recently named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list, highlighting the world's brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders, and stars. In addition to owning his own startup WeDu, Moshe has also made a splash in the hip-hop world with millions of listeners on Spotify including his new song "Say" with Julian Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley.…
 
Sarah Guigue, better known as HassidicHipsterGirl on Instagram is an amazing content creator and Torah educator who uses her influence on social media to educate her large following on Torah and Jewish Identity. Rabbi Wildes and Sarah cover many important topics ranging from the practical to the mystical. How we can use the potential of social medi…
 
Rabbi Wildes speaks with Psychologist and fashion influencer Betty Gulko who shared how her childhood in and out of foster homes helped her develop tools to assist young women in overcoming obstacles in life. Great lessons for us all. Betty also discusses how she reconciles being a social media influencer with the fact that social media is a leadin…
 
Despite living in times of unprecedented access to material goods, it seems as if anxiety and unhappiness have never been higher, particularly among the younger generation. Rabbi YY Jacobson, one of the foremost spiritual thought leaders of our time, joins Rabbi Wildes to reveal the mystical yet scientific reason behind this reality and answers Mar…
 
There is a deep yearning for spiritual experience and meaning among the young Jewish community. Rabbi Daniel Bortz, better known as The Millennial Rabbi has gained social-media fame through his focus on meditation, Kabbalah, and Torah wisdom for achieving happiness. Rabbi Wildes speaks with Rabbi Bortz about all this and more in this inspirational …
 
The status quo between the Israelis and the Palestinians is clearly untenable. Rabbi Mark Wildes speaks with Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen who has spent his life engaging with his Palestinian neighbors in the West Bank, about whether peace is possible. This is an explosive conversation where you will often find yourself disagreeing, but it is a guarantee th…
 
L'Chaim OG (Zecharya Levine) is blowing up in the Jewish music scene with his inspirational lyrics and catchy beats. Zecharya takes us through his journey from growing up Christian to falling in love with Torah and eventually converting. He also debuts an acapella version of his new song and reveals a beautiful secret about the iconic musician Prin…
 
Rabbi Tovia Singer is world-famous for his debates with priests and pastors as well as for saving countless Jews from falling victim to the hands of Christian cult groups. Rabbi Singer cautions regarding congregations that "are designed to appear Jewish, but are actually fundamentalist Christian churches, which use traditional Jewish symbols to lur…
 
People often refer to Jeffrey Gurian as a “Renaissance Man”, because he’s involved in so many things. He’s a doctor, lecturer, and motivational speaker, but he’s also a comedy writer, performer, director, author, producer, and radio personality, and not always in that order. In this episode, Dr. Gurian shares with Rabbi Wildes how he was able to wr…
 
There are very few people as informed as Dr. Yishayhu on Israeli geopolitics and he has extensive experience in the field, including time spent as an advisor at the highest levels of the Israeli government.In this episode, Dr. Yishayahu explains Israel's precarious position in regards to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, how the instability in eastern …
 
This week, Rabbi Wildes sits down with social media superstar Lizzy Savetsky. Lizzy spreads positive messages surrounding the topics of Israel advocacy, matchmaking, women's empowerment and more to her nearly 200,000 Instagram followers. Lizzy shares how she balances her social media presence with her everyday life, which Instagram comments irritat…
 
2 of the 3 million refugees created by the Russian invasion into Ukraine have fled to Poland. Rabbi Mark Wildes speaks with the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Schudrich on how the Polish Jewish community is responding to the crisis. "For hundreds of years, Jews have fled out of Poland, but now Jews are fleeing to Poland." Donate here: https:/…
 
Imam Antepli is a globally acknowledged scholar and leader of cross-religious and cross-cultural dialogue in American higher education and in non-profit world. He has built multiple organizations and initiatives to facilitate religious and spiritual life across America’s college campuses, sowing seeds of understanding between religions while uphold…
 
Raised in Brooklyn, Inna Vernikov is a small business owner and a practicing lawyer. Inna grew up as one of three children in a family of Ukrainian immigrants, being taught the value of integrity and hard work by her mother, a bookkeeper, and her father, a businessman.As a business owner and attorney, Inna has overcome adversity and has always been…
 
Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. Went on shlichut with her family 2019-2020, when she served as World Mizrachi's Shlicha to North America.She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Rad…
 
In this episode Rabbi Wildes speaks with Naomi Nachman. As cooking has always been her passion, in 2004, Naomi started her own kosher personal chef business, The Aussie Gourmet, to pursue cater weekly and Shabbat/Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities and beyond — including Alaska and Israel. Na…
 
Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She is the Founding Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, an international initiative that brings thousands of women to Israel each year from 18 different countries on highly subsidized programs to inspire them with the beauty and wisdom of their h…
 
Gerald Schroeder is a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with his doctorate thesis being under the supervision of physics professor Robley D. Evans. This was followed by five years on the staff of the MIT…
 
On this episode of the WildesCast we begin a new three-part series on the relationship between religion and science. Our first guest in the series is Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin, otherwise known as “The Zoo Rabbi.” Can you believe in both Torah and Evolution? How can a study of the animal kingdom help us remain faithful to Judaism and still believe in …
 
Rabbi David Aaron is a spiritual visionary and master educator who has invested over 3 decades delving into life’s BIGGEST question marks and sharing Torah’s transformational wisdom to adults and young adults. He has emerged as the ‘God expert’ simply because he has dared to ask and answer the most difficult questions that he/ALL people have and/or…
 
The Annual Ruth B. Wildes Memorial Lecture 2021 presents an evening with Rachel Kraus.This event is Complimentary with a suggested donation and includes a Dessert Reception & Wine Bar following the lecture. Rachel is an incredibly interesting, knowledgeable and dynamic speaker, who's topic this evening will be "The Torah's Hidden Thread to Humanity…
 
Virág Gulyás is a former diplomat to the EU, communications consultant, and journalist. She is also the NYC coordinator for End Jew Hatred, a grassroots civil rights movement dedicated to ensuring Jewish liberation from centuries of persecution and achieving justice for the Jewish people through peaceful direct action.As a loud pro-Israel voice, a …
 
In this episode Rabbi Wildes speaks with World Series of Poker winner Gershon Distenfeld. Gershon M. Distenfeld, Senior Vice President, is Co-Head of Fixed Income, Director of Credit and a member of the Operating Committee. As Co-Head of Fixed Income, he is responsible for the management and strategic growth of AB’s fixed-income business. As Direct…
 
In this episode Rabbi Wildes talks with Elon Gold. Elon Gold is a comedian and actor who has starred in FOX's 'Stacked’ and NBC's 'In-Laws’. His one hour stand up special on Netflix, “Elon Gold: Chosen & Taken” received wide acclaim from audiences and peers alike. It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. He has made ten appearances on 'The Tonigh…
 
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