Living Waters explores the mikveh, Jewish ritual bath. Observant Jewish women abstain from marital relations for approximately 12 days following the onset of menses. The end of the period is marked by immersion in the mikveh. This is Valerie's first time taking the plunge. She meets with mikveh educators, shares thoughts with her husband and cast, and after 12 days of angst visits the Mayyim Hayyim community mikveh in Newton, Massachusetts.
Malkah and Simcha meet Mindy in the Big Apple, three moms from Orthodox communities heading out for an unorthodox night on the town. Is there something spiritual to be found in the all-night club scene or this just an escape from the monotonous stresses of life? Watch, decide for yourself, and let us know what you think.
Do you find yourself struggling to meet people's expectations? ... community, parents, spouse, G-d, and self. In Jewish culture, these expectations can be so strong that they interfere with people's ability to approach life in a sincere way.
What makes us happy? ... being alone listening to music, spending time with our kids, multiple orgasmic sex, being spiritual, or being able to do whatever we want to do. Some people are only happy when they're mad about something. Watch this all new version of our prerelease episode and decide for yourself. Let us know what you think!
Our friend Marc is a nice Jewish guy. He's a Harvard grad, improvisational comedian, a published music critic ... a catch. He doesn't know much about Judaism, but he knows he wants to meet a nice Jewish girl. How can we help? We took him to Reyna, a traditional Jewish shadchan (matchmaker). What do guys think about when they're looking for a girls? What do women think men want? Do we really want to settle down or are we just caught up in the thrill of the chase?
How does the loss of someone close impact our lives? A father. A friend. A child. A Rebbe. The emotions can be overwhelming, and there often seems to be a pressure to quell one's feelings and move on. These feelings brew inside one's soul and often reveal themselves in detrimental ways. The release of this episode coincides with the 16th yahrtzeit (anniversary) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe ztzvk"l Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. InOverOurHeads once again travels to the Big Apple, this time on a more serious note, to visit the Chabad Lubavitch Ohel (gravesite) and share stories of pain in the City.
Valerie has struggled for a long time with her self-image. Before getting married and having three kids, she was a size 4 (with men dropping at her feet). Valerie has since put on some weight in what she believes is an effort to melt into the background, become invisible. Was this a backlash to obsessive dieting? Was it self-loathing lingering from difficult relationships? Is it just part of the reality of bearing children and the daily struggles of raising them? We took Valerie to meet with Alexis Beck, an amazing nutritional counselor (and columnist). I think that there's something here that we can all relate to.
What's the deal with those black boxes and straps ... tefillin? What the h*** is a phylactery? Is it some sort of kabalah antenna? The Torah says ... "and you shall bind them as sign upon your hand, and they shall be as totafos between your eyes." How the h*** do we get from those few words to these meticulously crafte...d objects that have been made by hand exactly the same way for thousands of years? ... word of mouth. I'm not sure that we know the answers, but I think we'll can start to figure it out together while we learn it out the old fashioned way.