Good Jewish Lover – Episode #6 – Parents and Children, with Rabbi Mychal B Springer

Posted by Brent Spodek on May 8, 2023
Topics: Good Jewish Lover

In this episode, Rabbi Brent is joined by Rabbi Mychal B Springer, Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education at New York Presbyterian Hospital and co-editor of Sisters in Mourning, to discuss the boundaries between parents and children, about letting go and reconnecting, about differentiation and regret and grief.

Their conversation begins with the story of Rav Assi and how he flees from a mother he finds overbearing. You can read the original text 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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