Archive for March 2019

Episode 14 Vicky Weiss: A Foodie Without Borders

“Unless I go to your house, and you come to mine we will not truly get too know one another”. - Vicky Weiss

A bowl of soup might just be a thing to slurp for some, but to others it’s a warm broth that acts as a tool for caring and reaching out to others. Vicky Weiss, born in Ottawa, a mom of 2 and a very serious foodie, is one of those people who knows how to make, manage and present a bowl of soup with finesse to help family and friends afflicted by loneliness, colds, or regular hunger. Soup to Vicky is a way of forging relationships, and strengthening the world.

Vicky is my feisty, beautiful friend whose dad owned a sporting store when she was kid, and and whose mom owned a lingerie store (and that should be enough for a good interview). She is generous of spirit in an uncomplicated and straight forward way. Her heightened level of giving is a talent Vicky developed after becoming a religious Jew (for love and marriage) and joining the Or Chaim Yeshiva community, modern Orthodox Jewish folk.

Vicky was a recipient of their caring following the birth of her son who had a physical challenge, such as home visits by a few doctors from the yeshiva, other moms with hordes of food and dads and families with offers for assistance in any way she needed.

To this day she attributes her heightened level of giving to Or Chaim even though she ultimately gave up “Frum” (religious) Judaism. The marriage had a shelf life of two decades.

Vicky Weiss is a crazy, frickin foodie, not the regular type who celebrates a pink sirloin steak, but more-so a person who will posts all over social media her recent dinner of cabbage steak and portobello mushroom burger. 

Similarly, unlike most who adore cheese Vicky has actually taken many cheese classes because of her appreciation of its “flavours, the gooeyness and its stickiness”. She adored stinky blue cheese.

While she hasn’t had cheese in a year because of her conversion to veganism she misses it greatly and can still taste it in her brain. Vicky loves colourful food like cumquats and appreciates artistic serviettes. She had a serviette collection.

There is no doubt food is a way of forming friendships, a way of saying thank you, a way of being kind to someone who is sick, Vicky says.

Listen to episode 14 with Vicky Weiss, an extraordinarily kind sort, who comes from romantic and adventuresome parents who imparted to their daughter the tastes of Eden and the joys of life.

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Episode 13 Gabrielle Klein: Doctor to Charedi Jews

Dr. Gabrielle Klein was born in Toronto, Canada. She is the child of a Holocaust survivor, a man who driven by knowledge and the intention to teach his two daughters as much about our world as possible.  Gabrielle devoured what her father had to teach.

Her intellectual growth took her down a road which lead to University of Toronto Medical School, where she ultimately graduated as a doctor. But Gabrielle was not only passionate about medicine. She had a deep seeded love for Israel. She says unabashedly, "I am a Zionist".  

Gabrielle, often known as Gabby, married Dennis Klein (a yeshiva friend of mine) and the two set about creating a family of six children, and eventually moved to Israel where they live in Efrat in Judea and Samaria. Nearby, in Beitar, Gabby built a practice where she tends predominantly to the Charedi community, the ultra Orthodox community in the area.

In this episode, Gabby speaks fondly of her patients and is deeply proud of her ability to help them enhance their lives through health care and education and advocacy. Gabby gives us insight into the thoughts and feelings of this often mysterious community, including those of men, women and children. It's fascinating to hear.

Gabrielle is a type-A personality. She is a wife and mom, a loyal and committed daughter, a doctor and she loves adventures including her successful 2018 climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Shalva, a non-profit in Israel 'that supports and empowers individuals with disabilities and their families'. I cringed when she spoke about maneuvering over thin crevices thousands of feet in the sky.  I am not brave. 

Listen to this episode of Hatradio! and learn about this fascinating and courageous woman who explores many facets of her life and the world in which we live in. Gabrielle Klein is inspiring to listen to and compels one to begin preparing for their own mountain climb. 

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Episode 12 Clive Caldwell: Squash & The Man

Clive Caldwell was born 67 years ago to good British folk. He was lousy at school and in fact failed grade 10. But his Dad, Brian,who is now 97, recognized his son's special nature and the old man set about teaching his strappingly handsome son the game of squash.

Soon enough Clive started to fly, dominate the game and over time arrive at a place only champions get to - seeded number 2 in the world and an international doubles champion! The perils of Grade 10 seemed pretty far away and like many of us do, Clive showed school doesn't necessarily illicit the brilliance inside of us. That can come from a place far far away from a classroom, sometimes a squash court.  

Time galloped onward and Clive married Marianne. They had three children, two of whom are physically challenged. But as always, Clive 'kept his head up' and he and his wife raised those kids with gumption and purpose. Slowly but surely, the squash champ turned instructor, began owning pieces of sports clubs in downtown Toronto, well placed ones with incredible potential. The clubs grew and became the hottest work out spots in the downtown area attracting people such as the late philanthropist, Ken Thomson and internationally renowned singer/songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot.

Unfortunately, Marianne got sick. Cancer. Clive took care of her. He took care of his kids. Marianne passed away, RIP. Today, Clive is married to the lovely, Lorna. It's always special when two people share their lives happily and with blessings. 

Clive continued to grow personally and professionally. He began to give back to the community he appreciated so much through the launch of Urban Squash, a non-profit that "combines an intensive after-school, 7 days-a-week, yearlong education program with concentrated athletics (principally squash)...with youth in the Jane-Finch." The goal of Urban Squash is to give young people at risk the chance to maximize their "academic, athletic and personal potential". The students involved in the program begin in Grade 6 and continue right until the end of high-school. I’m 2013, Clive raised money for Urban Squash by walking the Camino de Santiago, a 820- kilometers pilgrimage across Spain. He then walked another 100 kilometer to the ocean.  Upon the completion of his trek Clive stated, “it was one of the most emotional days of my life.”

Clive Caldwell is an inspirational fellow. Listen to this interview on Hatradio! and learn from the man. Learn how to be positive in light of enormous challenges. Learn how to maximize life and its gifts and how to grow every single day. Clive can teach you that. And it's well worth learning from  him. Hatradio! The show that schmoozes. 

(Special thanks to David Nefesh for Hatradio! music and Howard Pasternack for post-production and voice-over.) 

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