Welcome to Jewish Latin Princess Podcast. Do you know all the Jewish Holidays? There are a lot! Do you observe them, know what they are about? And if you do observe them, do you go through the motions year after year or do you try to be mindful and intentional about the time in the calendar that you’re experiencing? My guest today is Abigail Pogrebin, who took on the task to immerse herself in the Jewish calendar by studying and observing every Holiday over a 12 month period. She chronicles her journey in her latest book My Jewish Year, 18 Holidays and One Wondering Jew – an honest and refreshing account of Abi’s dive into the entire Jewish calendar with all it’s holidays. Abi is also the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish and of One and the Same, where she delves into every aspect of growing up as an identical twin.
Abigail has had a very prolific and successful career as a journalist both in TV and in print. She was formerly a broadcast producer at PBS, and at 60 Minutes. She has been published in many magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Forward, Tablet, and The Daily Beast. She is currently the President of Central Synagogue in Manhattan.
Abi and I have a beautiful conversation about her journey… what was impetus for it? And of course, in my typical style – I don’t let my guests off the hook – I gently challenge Abi to think about the fact that her journey might have stemmed from a soul’s calling and to think and tell me if she’s now more sensitive to divine intervention or Hasgacha Pratit in her life. Abi is so honest and real and I could relate to a lot of what she was saying, as I know you will. We talk about Judaism, about her kids, feminism and more. And I leave Abi with some wonderful homework and possibly with an idea for Part 2 of her book! Enjoy the delightful Abi Pogrebin! You can find Abi at www.abigailpogrebin.com.