Good Jewish Lover – Episode #5 – Minding our Boundaries, with Catherine Bell

Posted by Brent Spodek on April 24, 2023
Topics: Good Jewish Lover

Rabbi Brent is joined by celebrated coach Catherine Bell to discuss maintaining boundaries, communicating clearly, slowing down enough to regulate our nervous system, power, hierarchy, calling people into right relationship and more. 

​Their conversation begins with the extraordinary tale of R. Yehoshua outsmarting the Angel of Death, and you can read the original story here

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About Brent Spodek

Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek is a Faculty Associate Fellow for Pardes North America. He has been recognized by the Jewish Forward as one of the most inspiring rabbis in America, by Hudson Valley Magazine as a Person to Watch and by Newsweek as “a rabbi to watch.” He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and a Fellow of the Schusterman Foundation. Rabbi Brent has been the rabbi at Beacon Hebrew Alliance since 2010; prior to that, he served as the Rabbi in Residence at American Jewish World Service and was the Marshall T. Meyer Fellow at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York. ​Rabbi Brent holds rabbinic ordination and a master’s degree in philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was the first recipient of the Neubauer Fellowship. Prior to entering the rabbinate, he attended Wesleyan University and worked as a daily journalist in Durham, NC. He lives in Beacon with his wife Alison, a professor of environmental chemistry at Vassar College, and their two children.

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