Awake with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

Awake with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

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How do we stop and notice that incredible, holy things happen to us every day.My name is Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and this is Awake - finding the holy in the every day. On this show, I bring the teachings from Jewish mystical texts into everyday life in less than 10 minutes. When you listen, I hope you will take a few minutes to pause and to open yourself to the possibility that holiness, connection and presence are around us all of the time.


“Wishing You A Happy Elul”
Aug 25 • 11 min
In the first episode of a month-long series on Elul, I’ll be talking about tshuva, sharing some of the teachings and stories that I have found most helpful in my journey.
“Dealing With Pandemic-Mind”
Aug 18 • 10 min
Pandemic-mind is a term I coined for the monotony of space that leads to our thoughts running wild with fear and the unknown.
“A Longing To Connect Again”
Jul 28 • 7 min
When I was a kid I had a lot of anger about the world. Inevitably, I would be sent to my room, which would be followed by me longing to connect with my family again.
“Stories Help Us”
Jul 21 • 10 min
My kids have been asking me recently to tell them stories of my youth. Stories help mold us, they help us figure out who we are, and how to deal with the world.
“Spiritual Journeys”
Jul 14 • 9 min
I’ve been talking with a friend about the different parts of this pandemic, and the phases we’ve gone through. And it’s had me thinking about journeys.
“The Places That Call Us”
Jun 30 • 9 min
During this time, many of us have found ourselves being very comfortable in our homes, staying in a single spot. And yet, there are other places that call us.
“About My Chicks”
Jun 23 • 10 min
So one thing I have not spoken about on this podcast, is my chicks. When reflecting on them, I came upon a midrash which sung to me.
“I Sing For You”
Jun 16 • 12 min
What’s been coming back to me again and again over the last few weeks are the words of Ilana Kaufman, “binary thinking is what seeks to divide us.”
“Everyone Needs Justice”
Jun 9 • 10 min
As many of you know, I live in Washington, DC, where there have been sustained protests for the last 10 days. Last week, my son and I participated.
“Language Can Create Or Destroy”
Jun 2 • 10 min
I come to you today feeling the pain that we are feeling the streets of our cities. While there is no way to fix this pain, I want to offer you a teaching about leadership.
“Torah Is Like Rain”
May 26 • 12 min
Shavuot begins this week. In my quest to ‘keep it real’ with you all, today we are going to talk about repentance and Torah, the great magnifier.
“It’s The Little Things”
May 19 • 9 min
I noticed the other day, we have a yellow rose bush on our front lawn that blooms every year. As I was out with my son yesterday smelling the roses, I saw something…
“The Last Dance”
May 12 • 8 min
My family has been watching the documentary series “The Last Dance” about Michael Jordan and I’ve been obsessed. I’ve been asking myself, “what it is about him that makes people so enamored?”
“A Mouse & The Mission”
May 5 • 9 min
I’m sure like many of you, there are stories that are happening in your house during this pandemic, that may not have happened before. For my family, we have been having a little bit of a mouse problem.
“A Little Light In A Very Dark Time”
Apr 28 • 8 min
The past few months have been brutal. As I was at the cemetery burying a beloved congregant who passed from COVID-19, I was reminded of a passage in the Zohar, about homecomings.
“The Things That Give Us Structure”
Apr 21 • 7 min
As I’ve been recording this podcast in my house, I’ve been thinking about the things that give us structure during times of chaos. This week, I found it in a Torah portion in the book of Leviticus.
“Guilt Is The Seed Of Change”
Apr 14 • 5 min
My daughter recently got into an argument with some of her friends. We had a long conversation, and we got to talking about the difference between shame and guilt.
“The World Upside Down”
Apr 7 • 6 min
Over the last few weeks in quarantine I have been working on my headstand. I’ve noticed that this is a perfect parallel to where we are in the world right now.
“Taking Time To Discover The Self”
Mar 31 • 6 min
In the time we live, taking time to discover the self and develop a spiritual practice is more difficult than ever. In the midst of our daily chaos, we must take the time to ask ourselves: Who am I?
“We All Need Moments Of Redemption”
Mar 24 • 10 min
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about redemption. This reminds me of the story of Moses parting the Red Sea and the formula that the Torah gives us for noticing redemption in our lives.
“Being A Witness To The Other”
Mar 17 • 7 min
One of the holiest parts of my partnership with my co-Rabbi Aaron Alexander is watching the other in moments of tremendous joy or pain with a congregant. This is a story of how I recently witnessed the transition of a congregant into the holy unknown.
“I’m Ready To Walk Out Of Here”
Mar 10 • 6 min
As I spoke with the teens at Adas about some of the big issues they are facing regarding gun violence and climate change, I was reminded of the story of Exodus, the final plague and what it means to be willing to stand up for what you believe in, at any…
“Two Different Sides Of Ourselves”
Mar 3 • 8 min
Last night after dinner, I was craving a sweet. After enjoying a chocolate chip cookie, and then immediately wanting more, I thought about the yetzer hatov and yetzer hara, and the need to find balance in our lives.
“I’m Drowning in Spaghetti”
Feb 17 • 5 min
As I spent time with a congregant who was recovering from an illness, she told me that she was drowning in spaghetti.
“How Will I Ever Learn Everything I Need To Know?”
Feb 17 • 4 min
As we were walking home one crisp evening, my son asked me, “Mom - How will I ever learn everything I need to know?”
“God Was In This Place And I Didn’t Know It”
Feb 17 • 6 min
In the story of Jacob’s Ladder, we can learn how to zoom out from that focus, look at the big picture, and find God in the every day.