Conflict Intimacy and Shlom Bayit

Posted by Tovah Leah Nachmani on August 25, 2020
Topics: Home is Where the Torah Is

We are proud that Pardes’s efforts to build a new facility in Jerusalem continue to move forward despite the challenges of the current moment. While most of us remain confined to our homes, a new home for our Torah, for our students and alumni, and for the vision of Jewish life we are promoting is coming to fruition, one day at a time.

In this vein, we are excited to share Home is where the Torah is, the podcast recorded in our homes, and sent directly to yours. In this series, you will hear from six of our incredible teachers as they consider the various components that make up the concept of home and what makes a true home from a Jewish perspective. Rabbi Leon Morris will also have the opportunity to engage in conversation with the gifted architect of our new building Matti Rosenshine, as we think about the ways in which our new building will become our new collective home.

Conflict Intimacy and Shlom Bayit Episode Description (28m 03s):
Ironically, we sometimes grow the most from conflict in our relationships! (00:58) Eruptions of anger or argumentation may – if we treat them well – help us to reveal our needs, or the needs of our partner, which have been suppressed or expressed only partially, due to fear of fallout. One evocative and disturbing midrash provides a springboard for two psychologically proven ways we can use the inevitable conflicts between us and our partners – in a normative good-willed relationship – to bring us to richer, more intimate, more loving connections. Following the podcast (19:55) Leon and Matti discuss the exterior of the building and how it fosters connections between people.

Production Credits:
Rabbi Leon Morris – Introduction and Interview
Tovah Leah Nachmani – Podcast Host
Matti Rosenshine – Podcast Guest
Rabbi Michael Emerson – Creative Producer
Rabbi Adam Titcher – Executive Producer

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About Tovah Leah Nachmani

Tovah Leah Nachmani has been teaching a combination of Torah, Hebrew, Prayer, and Relationships Intimacy at Pardes for 20 years. She received her Teaching Certification with excellence in Tanach and Jewish Thought from the Michlelet Herzog Seminary in Gush Etzion, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, with a degree in Religion and Near Eastern Language and Literature. Tovah Leah has written and guided experiential learning programs for mothers and their daughters of Bat Mitzvah age at the Women's Beit Midrash in Efrat, where she previously taught Prayer and Jewish Thought. Prior to Pardes, she dedicated over 10 years to Jewish education, together with her husband Gabi, for Livnot U'Lehibanot ("To Build and Be Built") in Tzfat and Jerusalem. They co-authored the first Shabbat song book with Hebrew and transliteration, "Zemirot from Livnot", with over 50,000 copies purchased internationally. Tovah Leah invested her creativity to assist in developing Ayeka – an international organization training Jewish lay and professional leaders to facilitate Ayeka spiritual education seminars for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations. She encourages and empowers her students to engage mind, heart and body in a transformative educational process. Tovah Leah is also a Holistic practitioner of Reflexology, promoting physical and emotional health. Tovah Leah and Gabi, who live in Gush Etzion, are the proud parents of seven children and the grateful grandparents of many grandchildren. Online learning: Click here to view online learning material from Tovah Leah on Elmad, online learning powered by Pardes. Contact: tovahleah@pardes.org.il

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