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Episode 140: The Pew Study, Five Years Later - Leonard Saxe

10/19/2018
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Len Saxe, Director of Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg, to kick off a unit of episodes reflecting on the Pew Research Center’s landmark 2013 Jewish population study, entitled “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” on the fifth anniversary of its publication.

Duration:00:46:32

Episode 139: The Future of God

10/12/2018
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Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg close out their multi-episode series on God by asking what role God might play, and might not play, in the future of American Judaism.

Duration:00:42:32

Episode 138: God and Gender - Rachel Adler

10/5/2018
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Theologian Rachel Adler, of Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, explores Judaism through lenses of metaphor, liturgy, theology, and more, in a conversation with hosts Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg.

Duration:00:44:39

Episode 137: God of Love - Shai Held

9/28/2018
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Shai Held, the President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about God, love, and the ways in which the two are indelibly connected.

Duration:00:54:01

Episode 136: God? Optional - Judith Seid

9/21/2018
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Judith Seid, author of God-Optional Judaism: Alternatives for Cultural Jews Who Love Their History, Heritage, and Community, joins co-hosts Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about God, from the perspective of Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Duration:00:48:17

Episode 135: Putting God Second - Donniel Hartman

9/14/2018
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Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about religion's "auto-immune disease," the concept of "God-intoxication," and other key ideas from his book Putting God Second.

Duration:00:47:12

Bonus Episode: Yom Kippur Unbound - Morning Torah Reading

9/12/2018
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In honor of Yom Kippur, Dan and Lex are looking at the four major Biblical readings associated with the holiday. They ask how these texts can apply to 21st century life, and they provide a variety of answers, including many that incorporate historical understandings of the Bible gleaned from Biblical source criticism. In this "mini-episode," they tackle Leviticus 16, which outlines the ancient scapegoat ritual.

Duration:00:12:34

Bonus Episode: Yom Kippur Unbound - Morning Haftarah Reading

9/12/2018
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In honor of Yom Kippur, Dan and Lex are looking at the four major Biblical readings associated with the holiday. They ask how these texts can apply to 21st century life, and they provide a variety of answers, including many that incorporate historical understandings of the Bible gleaned from Biblical source criticism. In this "mini-episode," they tackle Isaiah 57-58.

Duration:00:11:56

Bonus Episode: Yom Kippur Unbound - Afternoon Torah Reading

9/12/2018
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In honor of Yom Kippur, Dan and Lex are looking at the four major Biblical readings associated with the holiday. In this "mini-episode," they tackle Leviticus 18 and 19.

Duration:00:12:16

Bonus Episode: Yom Kippur Unbound - Afternoon Haftarah Reading

9/12/2018
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In honor of Yom Kippur, Dan and Lex are looking at the four major Biblical readings associated with the holiday. They ask how these texts can apply to 21st century life, and they provide a variety of answers, including many that incorporate historical understandings of the Bible gleaned from Biblical source criticism. In this "mini-episode," they tackle the Book of Jonah.

Duration:00:18:07

Episode 134: God on a Desert Island - Andrew Hahn

9/7/2018
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Continuing our exploration of a variety of views of God that might resonate with today's Jews, Andrew Hahn, known as The Kirtan Rabbi, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg in a conversation that introduces and explores the idea of Non-Dualism, the history of Judaism importing ideas and practices from other traditions, and hypothesizes about what Jewish theology and practice might look like outside the context of community, such as if a person were isolated on a desert island.

Duration:00:42:39

Bonus Episode: Rosh Hashanah Unbound - Day 1 Torah Reading

9/6/2018
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Lex and Dan explore Genesis 21, a text traditionally read on the morning of the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

Duration:00:10:16

Bonus Episode: Rosh Hashanah Unbound - Day 1 Haftarah Reading

9/6/2018
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Dan and Lex explore the book of 1 Samuel, a text traditionally read on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

Duration:00:12:33

Bonus Episode: Rosh Hashanah Unbound - Day 2 Torah Reading

9/6/2018
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Dan and Lex explore Genesis 22, a text traditionally associated with the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Duration:00:13:10

Bonus Episode: Rosh Hashanah Unbound - Day 2 Haftarah Reading

9/6/2018
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Dan and Lex explore Jeremiah 31, a text traditionally associated with the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Duration:00:11:44

Bonus Episode: Elul #4 - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

9/2/2018
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Lex Rofeberg, Dan Libenson, and Wendie Lash close out the month of Elul by looking at forgiveness -- a central and challenging component of the High Holiday (and High Holimonth!) season.

Duration:00:18:59

Episode 133: God is One - Art Green

8/31/2018
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Art Green, theologian and historian of Jewish religion, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for the third episode in Judaism Unbound's series exploring the role of God in contemporary Judaism. Together they explore the history and contemporary practice of Jewish mysticism, questioning frameworks of "mainstream Judaism" and a commanding, personal God in the process.

Duration:00:49:52

Bonus Episode: Elul #3 - What's Love Got to Do With It? - The Song of Songs

8/26/2018
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Lex Rofeberg and Wendie Lash connect the month of Elul to love and even (don't tell anyone) sex. They do so by looking at the Biblical book of Song of Songs through a contemporary lens.

Duration:00:18:38

Episode 132: The God Gap - Eliana Light

8/24/2018
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Musician and educator Eliana Light joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for the second conversation in our series on the role of God in American Judaism. The conversation explores topics ranging from God as metaphor, Light's interest in the many different traditional names for God, how music can dovetail with experiences of holiness, and whether ideas about God could be addressed in better ways in Jewish educational settings.

Duration:00:52:11

Bonus Episode: Elul #2 - A Wrinkle in (Jewish) Time

8/19/2018
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Lex Rofeberg, and guest co-hosts Wendie Lash and Estee Solomon Gray, explore what Elul helps to teach about the broader flow of Jewish time, in the second of four bonus episodes for the month of Elul.

Duration:00:19:45