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ChabadTalk Podcast

Sit back and listen as your world turns on its head

Listen to compelling podcasts by Tzvi Freeman and let him turn your world on its head as he probes the mysteries of life, purpose and the Jewish People.

What’s So Joyous About Being Jewish?
A meditation to blow through every barrier of life
Happiness is an explosive. Happiness blows holes through every barrier. It starts with the ultimate barrier.
How Each of Us Contains All of Us
A Chabad Mindbender of Burning Relevance
Ten Hacks for Mental Control That Every Human Being Should Know
Culled from the wisdom of the classic Jewish work called the Tanya
It’s your brain, after all, and it's still the most sophisticated device we know of. Why shouldn’t you be the exclusive user?
How the Stories We Tell Mold Our Future
That play-by-play narrative is the main player in the game.
Much as our sense of touch knows a thing through manipulation, so too our minds.
Chanukah and the Battle of Artificial Intelligence
The Ultimate Victory of the Human Being
Winning the War Against Thinking
So you've emptied your brain. Now what?
I like to sit and think. People think I’m mad. Try it.
Should You Trust It Will Be Good When Everything Looks Bad?
A letter to a Jew at the doors of the next world
Even as the cold blade of a sharp sword lies upon your neck…
How Does Yom Kippur Work?
DIY Soul Repair
Only you can fix yourself. What does a particular day of the year have to offer?
Why is Rosh Hashanah Before Yom Kippur?
Is it possible we've gotten these holidays all wrong?
Maybe we’ve got everything 100% wrong. Because if we’re thinking the holidays are backward, it’s likely we’ve got their meanings backward.
The Tear-Soaked Selichot of Reb Meir
Squeezing Out the Jewish Heart
Tehillim With Tears
Audio | 13:24
Tehillim With Tears
On the lifelong journey to get out one sincere word.
How To Avoid Exploding In Elul
On the ugly necessity of growing up
What happens if you gain wisdom but refuse to grow up?
Three Simple Steps To Disarm an Angry Person
Turn confrontation into friendship
Return bullets with flowers. Lie low. Ponder what you like about this person. And then defuse the whole situation with a smile.
Three Friends and Three Dogs
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
A king had three friends. But he was informed that they were not his friends. So he gave each of the three friends a royal dog.
America’s White Militant Neo-Antisemitism
What Are Its Causes and How Can We Defeat It?
The only way to actually reduce antisemitism is to deal with it at its core.
Why Now Is the Time for a Moment of Silence
What could be more valuable to a young mind than respite from the noise?
Poway and the Struggle for America’s Soul
If you’re a Jew in America today, there’s a good chance you’re concerned.
Is the Haggadah's Retort to the Wicked Child Wicked Parenting?
Redeeming the Wicked Child of Passover
The Haggadah and Jewish Education
How the Haggadah turns education on its head
From a child's answers, you might know something about what the child knows. From a child's question, you know who the child is.
Divine Madness
Audio | 8:08
Divine Madness
10 Things I Really Don't Want to Hear from My Rabbi on Rosh Hashanah
An open letter
Rabbi, here are a few tips, just suggestions mind you, of things you might say in your sermon that might interest me—if come.
What Brought This Rebel Back for Rosh Hashanah
On the utter awesomeness of the Days of Awe
By adolescence I was doing my own thing on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—and it wasn't anywhere near a synagogue.
Darkness Speaks
Audio | 7:06
Darkness Speaks
From the book, “Wisdom to Heal the Earth”
At the outset of Creation, He removed all light. And that is the source of all that ever goes wrong.
Free Will and G-d's Plans
All the responsibility, no room for despair
Who Came Up With Tikkun Olam?
Don’t surrender. Don’t escape. Fix the world.
From the soon-to-be-released book “Wisdom to Fix the Earth”
What’s a conscious being like me doing in a cold universe like this?
It is the height of human audacity to assume that we are fantastic instances of consciousness that have somehow emerged out of a dumb universe—much like the teenager who can’t understand how such a bright guy like me came from parents who have no brains.
Psilocybin and the 40-Year Trip
If you don't get there on your own, you're prone to trip and fall.
How to Stay Calm and Happy in the Coronavirus Days
An affirmation for level-headedness
Why This Passover Will Be More Special Than Any Other Passover
The case for investing in your Passover Seder in defiance of the coronavirus
When your ship is tossed by raging waves, don’t dispose of your anchor.
How Does a Jew Do a Seder Alone?
Is the Haggadah really meant to be read this way? Maybe…
Can the Modern Mind Find Peace Without Delusion?
On the elusiveness of gratitude and confidence in our times
Living in the Good of Every Moment
A new translation of a powerful letter from R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi on higher consciousness.
A great source of optimism, strength and courage for generations of chassidim who have treasured and memorized its words, especially in challenging times, its final lines form the basis of the well-known advice of the Tzemach Tzedek, "Think good and it will be good."
George Floyd and the Healing of America
They Are Us and We Are One
Am I just a Figment of Someone's Imagination?
Could the universe be a simulation?
Unpredictable + Self-Conscious = Free Choice. Bingo, we have a formula for free-choice figments!
Rosh Hashanah and the Warping of Time
How this day is the first day of everything that ever was.
Why Would an Atheist Pray?
Perhaps atheists and believers have more in common than they imagine.
On Simchat Torah, a Jew Never Dances Alone
The Absurdity of a Quarantined Simchat Torah