Good Jewish Lover – Episode #8 – Confronting our Shame, with Ely Kreimendahl

Posted by Brent Spodek on June 5, 2023
Topics: Good Jewish Lover

In this episode, Rabbi Brent is joined by Ely Kreimendahl, queer comic, author, psychotherapist and host of Shame Spiral to discuss an ancient sage who is forced to confront his ego after 70 years of sleep, overbearing parents (having them and being them), letting go of love and old school Italian rainbow cookies.

Their conversation begins with the story of Honi the circle maker who awakes after 70 years of sleep. 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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