Behind The Mic

Nate Mandel


Nate’s a husband, father, entrepreneur and spiritual practitioner. He loves God, spirituality and philosophy. He enjoys meaningful conversations and is a huge proponent of self-expression, which is why he created this podcast. Things like psychology, physics, outer space, philosophy and epistemology get him excited.

Ari Mandel


Ari Mandel drives bigger trucks, listens to better music, and has stronger opinions on everything.

Gneshe Bron


Gneshe is a Certified Peer Support Specialist. Her focus is on mental health, inner-voice and understanding what our body is telling us through what we are feeling. Tune in to hear about growth, healing and letting go.

Viggy Farkas


Viggy is a content creator and YouTuber. He enjoys going on walks with strangers and giving them the chance to unload their thoughts and feelings onto him. He’s a great person to bounce ideas off of. Check out Viggy’s YouTube channel: TheViggy50.

Latest Episodes

HB #50: I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead in that Shul (with David Cheifetz)

Ari talks to his friend David Cheifetz about his upbringing in Queens, working for the Israeli government, combatting child abuse, their shared interest in Jewish history, and the pros...

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HB #49: The World According to Shmully Blesofsky

Ari talks to his friend, singer and comedian Shmully Blesofsky about his upbringing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, being a post-Orthodox cantor, comedy, dating, finding himself and finding community.

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HB #48: Zionism: A History (With Yudi Mandel – Part 3/4)

Part 3! Everything important you need to know about secular Zionism… In this episode we continue to make our way through the history of the development of Zionism.

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HB #47: Bacon with BJ

Ari talks to his friend BJ about growing up Orthodox, discovering science, being introduced to each other by Penn Jillette, BJ’s love for smoked swine, fatherhood and hot ex-wives.

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HB #46: Short and Sweet (with Chavie Weisberger)

Ari caught Chavie on her way out to a soccer game, so in twenty minutes they cover their overlapping lives growing up in Monsey, her journey through marriage, children,...

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HB #45: Alcohol & Splitting the Bill (With Hershy Dancziger)

Nate and Hershy discuss the emotional and social implications of drinking alcohol. And then grind through the phenomenon of splitting the bill. You do not want to miss this...

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Here at HB, we work to continually bring new light to a diverse range of topics, all filtered through the lens and limitations of our own mental prowess. And while the subjects we explore are often as varied as the people we welcome to our podcast, the one thing we never want to change is you being here with us, joining in our discussions as we try to bring a little bit of understanding to the questions we all share.
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Spirituality and philosophy for the modern mind.

Every generation that’s come before us has faced the same mental and emotional struggles with the world that we do. Our ideas, stresses, and fears have only changed aesthetically over the years; in essence they’re the same and have resulted in countless hours of deep philosophical meditation.

We’re blessed to have those thousands of years of spiritual understanding at our fingertips, in the form of writing and oral tradition, and now we take that tradition further by continuing the contemplation in the form of this podcast; open discussion and introspection, based on the world as it appears today and combined with the teachings of our elders.

Join us as we explore thoughts and ideas that challenge the heart and mind, and brace us for a better future for mankind.