Why I Gave Up Buddhism for Judaism – Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen


Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen spent six years living in Asia, immersing himself in local culture and delving deeply into Eastern philosophies From orphanages in Sri Lanka to silent meditation in Thailand; from fasting in India to temples in the Himalayas; from extreme martial arts in Korea, China, and Japan.

He eventually made his way to Israel, where he discovered the depth, beauty, and wisdom of his own religion. After walking the whole length of Israel in forty days to raise money for orphanages around the world, he made aliyah, got semichah, and is now a senior lecturer at Aish HaTorah World Center in Jerusalem.

In this week’s episode, we talk about Buddhism, Hinduism, the meaning of life, how to be happy and how it al led Rabbi Cohen back to Judaism.

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Get his book here: https://bit.ly/KW1as

Contact Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen: DovBerCohen@gmail.com


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• Shimon Dovid ben Yaakov Shloima
• Miriam Sarah bas Yaakov Moshe

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00:00 – Intro
01:58 – Rav Dovber Cohens Background
05:44 – My Rabbi Bruce Lee
06:30 – Jewish Fascination with Buddhism
08:59 – What It’s Like to Live a Buddhist Life
12:44 – Inner Tranquility: Buddhist Meditations and Breathwork 18:40 – Key Differences Between Judaism and Buddhism
22:31 – Does Attachment Cause Suffering?
23:38 – Hiring4Less
26:08 – BitBean
28:46 – Rav Dovber’s Journey Through India and Japan
38:20 – The Shift From Buddhism to Judaism
46:39 – Rules Release a Person and Don’t Restrict Them
50:50 – Navigating the Challenges of Self-Discovery within Judaism 55:19 – Who Would Rav Dovber Like to Meet from History?
56:43 – Twillory
58:26 – Acceptance Among Jews
1:00:21 – What is Rav Dovber’s Favorite Mitzvot?
1:03:30 – Elevating the Physical for the Spiritual
1:05:07 – Rav Dovber Cohen’s Books and Tips for Meditation 1:10:58 – A Thank You to Rav Cohen’s Grandfather
1:11:45 – Just Breathe: Finding Calm in Chaos
1:14:12 – Outro

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