Beanie Feldstein. Tan France. Shoshana Bean. Ari Shapiro. Roxane Gay. Adam Chanler-Berat. Shakina Nayfack. Tiffany Shlain. Mike Solomonov. Rabbi Sandra Lawson. Debbie Millman. V (formerly Eve Ensler).

Need we say more? These voices are helping us kick off 2021 — not with a bang, but with a breath. Say “good ~effing~ riddance” to 2020 and inhale this new year with familiar faces and friendly reminders to roll back your shoulders and exhale.

Breathe in. P a u s e. Breathe out. P a u s e.

How will you #takeaPAUSE this month? Create your moment to exhale at onetable.org.

 

With much gratitude to our creative producers Adam Kantor, Eric Kuhn, Tiffany Shlain & Sawyer Steele.

p r e v i o u s   e p i s o d e s.

Based in Jewish tradition, Shabbat — and its teaching that spending meaningful time connecting with friends and family — is for everyone. Much like yoga or meditation can be, Shabbat is an act of peaceful rebellion against a constantly moving world. When this isolating global pandemic took hold, OneTable was looking for a way to keep the magic of Friday night Shabbat going when every day feels the same.

#takeaPAUSE with OneTable on the first Friday of every month as creators mix ritual with innovation, asking and answering the questions: What do we do with the things we inherit? What can we gain from taking a PAUSE? How might we imagine the world not as it is, but as it could be?

Want to dive deeper into Shabbat? Head to onetable.org. ✨

Three Comedians and a Rabbi Log Onto Zoom starring the comedic voices of Jackie Tohn, Ben Gleib, and Alex Edelman, alongside Rabbi Sharon Brous.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Three comedians and a rabbi log onto Zoom. The first comic says, “Ugh this year has been a dumpster fire and I’m supposed to be funny?” The second says, “Seriously, our hospitals are overflowing and I’m supposed to make people laugh?” And the third says, “Hey can you guys hear me? Hello? Am I on mute?”

Then the rabbi ~ because rabbis ~ tells a story. I was scrolling through my phone, she says, wondering how I can possibly feel joy and hope in a year full of rising anti-semitism, white nationalism, COVID-19, pervasive fear and anxiety, and just all-around HEAVINESS. Suddenly, I remembered an old story about the prophet Elijah — you know, as one does. Elijah is strolling through a market and sees two jesters in the square go up to a group of people arguing. They start to interrupt with jokes and cheers — and all of a sudden the tension breaks. That work — using humor and joy to make peace — is how we can start to repair the world.

Shabbat is our pause, our moment in the market square — 25 hours to welcome light and levity even, and especially, when the world gives us weight. 

Produced by Adam Kantor with Gesundheit Media and Eric Kuhn.

The Gatherers starring Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, In the Heights, Tina) and Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Fiddler On The Roof).

Watts’ spoken word artistry juxtaposed with Tompkins’ violin mastery intertwines modernity and tradition, all the while wrestling with what can come from pressing pause before we press play again. No matter who you are or where you stand, let’s take a collective moment to exhale — to take a break, reckon with this moment in time, celebrate our gains, and mourn our losses. Shabbat’s ancient wisdom, a mandated pause amongst the chaos — was made both for and from times like these. We gather and rest today so we have the strength to build a better world tomorrow.

Produced by Adam Kantor with Gesundheit Media and Eric Kuhn.

A Shabbat “Quarandary” starring Jesse Kovarsky (The Band’s Visit, Fiddler On The Roof, Sleep No More).

“I don’t really have an active Shabbat practice and am often pleasantly delighted when I even remember it’s Shabbat — so there’s a resistance to using candlesticks, because there’s an emotional distance from their traditional use. I wanted to showcase the fragility of that resistance, remembering that I can totally own my flamboyant identity and add over-the-top decorations to invite the ritual of Shabbat in a way that feels more like the moment of pause I need in my week — and the Shabbat table I want to show up for.” — Jesse Kovarsky

Produced by Adam Kantor with Gesundheit Media and Eric Kuhn.

Media Inquiries, please contact Eve Tyler, eve@onetable.org.