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Audio: Life's U-Turn: From Party Animal to Torah Teacher

Yonatan Udren turned his life around during college, once full-time partying left him empty.
3/22/2013, 9:37 AM

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Yonatan Udren's formative years were spent in South Florida, where being Jewish was marginal to his self-image. What was really annoying was that his family, unlike most of the families in his reformed Temple, actually went to services on Friday nights, which Yonatan felt was the best night in the week for partying. But one evening, when playing volleyball was foremost on his agenda, his dad calmly spoke to him for about an hour about the importance of going to religious (after-school Hebrew school) school. This impacted Yonatan deeply, but the results of this impact remained hidden for many years.

He spent his college years partying, until he was left feeling empty and disillusioned. This brought Yonatan to ask some existential questions.

Tune in to hear how Yonatan found his way to Israel, met his wife, and became a teacher of Torah. Hear his take on why question-asking is such an integral part of the Passover Seder.

Yonatan Udren is sensitive, spiritual, and articulate person, who makes you think, makes you laugh, and makes you feel proud to be a part of the Jewish Nation.

Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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