Posts by Peretz Chein

EP 6: Kosher v. Doing Good

Place eating an exclusively kosher diet – no buttered lamb for instance- alongside giving one’s resources – fiscal or talent – towards a worthwhile cause. Then ask, “What measurable impact and value does each, observing kosher and doing good, have on the world?” Young people are asking this question and concluding that a kosher diet,…

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P5 P2: Reimagining a Chabad House; A Candid Conversation with Chanie and Peretz

Guest:
Chanie and Peretz Chein

Host:
Yael Asen ’08

Summary:
– Paying students to Torah is akin to the oldest profession.
– Making a critical pivot requires courage and humility.
– What is the objective behind our podcasts.

EP 5: Reclaiming our Chabad Authenticity

Neither publicly, nor for that matter privately, have I ever shared this; after fifteen years of leading the Chabad House at Brandeis I was burnt out and ready to seek an alternative. Chanie, my wife, also shared some of these feelings. This was in the Spring of 2017, concluding our sixteenth year, though it developed…

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EP5 P1: Reimagining a Chabad House; A Candid Conversation with Chanie and Peretz

Guest:
Chanie and Peretz Chein

Host:
Yael Asen ’08

Summary:
– What sets Chabad apart from all other Jewish organizations that can’t be mimicked?
– We no longer believe in some of the assumptions we began with in our early years.
– A new language needs to emerge and we are willing to engage with it.