June 15, 2020

Rabbi Mark Wildes on Leviticus 10:1-2 -- "When Moses Looked Within for the First Time" - S1E3


In today’s episode, Mark welcomes Rabbi Mark Wildes, author of ‘Beyond the Instant: Jewish Wisdom for Lasting Happiness in a Fast-Paced, Social Media World’. Rabbi Wildes is also the founder of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), an organization which brings Jews, primarily in their 20s and 30s, closer to the values, practices, texts and teachings of the Jewish faith, and for today’s show, he has chosen Exodus 2:12 to discuss with Mark.

During their discussion, they explore the work of MJE, provide an analysis of today’s selected passage, and discern the lessons that can be learned from it. Rabbi Wildes also shares two important lessons that he has learned through his many years with MJE, and he and Mark reflect upon the fact that faith is a difficult endeavor whose challenge is necessary and allows us to experience growth. In essence, today’s episode encourages us to learn from Moses’ example – look inside ourselves, understand who we are and what we value, and become the leader we are destined to be regardless of any challenges which may come our way.

Episode Highlights:

The work of MJE and the many marriages that have resulted from it Rabbi Wildes’ analysis of today’s passage and the lessons it offers Some lessons that he has learned over his 20+ years with MJE Faith as a difficult endeavor

Quotes:

“Serious relationships derive from serious Jewish engagement.”

“There’s always that moment where we’re forced to choose.”

“Once he actually kills, if you will, the Egyptian within him, he then goes on to do great things for the people of Israel.”

“If you really want to be a leader, you need to have a vision, you need to have a focus goal, and you need to know who you are.”

“You become a man when you decide what you want to fight for.”

“We need to be challenged intellectually, morally, and spiritually.”

“If you’re not extending yourself, you’re not growing.”

Exodus 2:12 He turned this way and that and, seeing no one about, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.2.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

Links:

The Rabbi’s Husband homepage: http://therabbishusband.com/

Mark’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/markgerson?lang=en

Rabbi Wildes’ Podcast The Wildescast: https://the-wildescast.simplecast.com/

Manhattan Jewish Experience homepage: https://www.jewishexperience.org/

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