Episode 1

Rabbi - Moshe

Despite what you may have been led to believe, it turns out that clergy are just like us! Or at least today's guest, Rabbi Moshe Smolkin, doesn't put his pants on with the help of any angels. His approach to the work of a rabbi fosters understanding and community while diving deep into the questions raised throughout Jewish history that continue to spark discussions and debates in the context of modern life. In one breath Moshe references Thích Nhất Hạnh and in the next he talks about texting his congregants in order to meet them where they're at, especially with the distance created during the pandemic. Regardless of your religion, I hope you enjoy the season opener of My Dilettante Life.

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Hana Binder

When Hana moved to Germany in March 2019 to live with her partner she had three goals: learn German, get better at cooking, and start a podcast. One year later, her language skills were pretty top-notch, her cooking skills less so, and her answer to friends' questions about the podcast was still "I'm working on it," which was code for "I'm not working on it." With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hana discovered the secret to better cooking - meal delivery kits - and finally started thinking seriously about what kind of podcast she wanted to host. During her video chats with college best friend Ana, an idea started to take shape that would eventually become their show "The Pen Is...," followed eventually by her solo endeavor, "My Dilettante Life."
When she's not waiting tables at Regensburg's finest café or developing new pieces for her podcasts, Hana can be found tidying the world's smallest kitchen or walking her dog among the rolling hills of the Bavarian countryside.