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Madlik Podcast – Disruptive Torah Thoughts on Judaism

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Madlik – Disruptive Torah thoughts from a post-orthodox Jew with a life-long love and appreciation of Jewish texts and a fresh and sometimes heterodox perspective on their meaning, intent and practical (halachic) implications.

Madlik – Disruptive Torah thoughts from a post-orthodox Jew with a life-long love and appreciation of Jewish texts and a fresh and sometimes heterodox perspective on their meaning, intent and practical (halachic) implications.

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United States

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Madlik – Disruptive Torah thoughts from a post-orthodox Jew with a life-long love and appreciation of Jewish texts and a fresh and sometimes heterodox perspective on their meaning, intent and practical (halachic) implications.

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@madlik

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English

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2032217799


Episodes

Steal This Book

9/22/2022
Parshat Nitzavim - Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on September 22nd 2022. The Book of Deuteronomy, also known as Mishna Torah, or the second; Reviewed Torah is drawing to an end and provides us with an opportunity to review some of the Rabbinic Principles that have guided us in the reading of the Five Books of Moses. Starting with the iconic statement that "The Torah is not in Heaven" we realize how the Rabbis began a process of humanizing, maybe even...

Duration:00:35:13

First Fruits - First Prayers

9/15/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on September 15th 2022. As we approach the high prayer season we trace the evolution of the oldest prayer preserved in the Torah. The First Fruits Declaration, a once iconic prayer made by a farmer on Shavuot; the Harvest Festival. We see how this prayer was censored, repurposed and reinterpreted up until today and wonder what license it provides to us. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/431313 Transcript on episode...

Duration:00:38:18

Remember to Forget

9/8/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on September 8th 2022. As we approach the Jewish New Year with its emphasis on Zichronot, we ask: what role does memory play in the Torah? Is it for historical accuracy or moral edification? In this week’s parsha we are told to despise some of our foes and others to offer our gratitude. For our arch enemy, Amalek we are told to remember to forget! Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/429450 Trtanscript on episode web...

Duration:00:40:13

Restore our Judges

9/1/2022
Parshat Shoftim - Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on September 1st 2022. In the same parsha that the Torah concedes to the people’s desire to have a king “like the other nations” it also suggests another leadership model. The Shofet, normally translated as the Judge. We discuss the meaning of Shofet and explore a past and promised age of Shoftim. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/427752 Transcript on episode web page:...

Duration:00:31:38

A time that never was

8/25/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on August 25th 2022. The Torah prohibits us from adding or detracting to its directives and also against rewriting history. It even predicts that there might be a time where our leaders will try to reinvent our past. We discuss. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/426413 Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/08/24/a-time-that-never-was/

Duration:00:29:32

Attitude is Everything

8/18/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on August 18th 2022. Much in this parsha relates to the correct and incorrect attitude. The Israelites are described as “stiff necked” and “rebels” (mamrim). They are warned not to attribute their success to their own power and commanded to bless God even when satiated. Finally, they are told that all God wants from them is their fear. We explore the power of disposition and attitude in Jewish thought. Sefaria Source Sheet:...

Duration:00:32:47

Enough

8/11/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on August 11th 2022. Moses pleads with God to cross the Jordan into the Promised Land. God is cross with Moses. When should we ask for more? When do we ask for too much? That is the question. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/424108 Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/08/10/enough/

Duration:00:33:42

A Second Torah

8/4/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on August 4th 2022. The fifth book of the Five Books of Moses is called Mishneh Torah which means the Second Torah or the Repetition of the Torah. We use this as an opportunity to explore how the Torah has been renewed and rediscovered over time. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/422607 Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/08/04/a-second-torah/

Duration:00:31:54

The United States of Israel

7/28/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz reorded on Clubhouse on July 28th 2022 as we look at the configuration of the Israelite tribes through new eyes… the eyes of modern scholarship that suggests that the conquest of the Land of Israel by the freed slaves from Egypt also included the uprising of local tribes. Together they formed a confederation of tribes, united in their rejection of the existing class structure and the sovereign-vassal subjugation of Egypt and later empires. Sefaria...

Duration:00:35:07

The Circle of Life

7/21/2022
Join Geoffey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse recorded on Thursday July 21st 2022 for another episode of Madlik disruptive Torah. The Torah uses a term associated with harassment, pain, siege, and tsuris and we are intrigued, because it is also associated with being bound up in the bundle of life. In a week when we mourn our losses we explore the connections. Sefaria Source Sheet: Transcript: https://madlik.com/2022/07/20/the-circle-of-life/

Duration:00:33:14

God - What's in a Name

7/14/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on July 14th 2022. We read the story of Balaam and note the selective use of the generic “God-Elohim” and the particular name of the God of Israel – “YHVH”. We wonder if it is simply stylic variation or does it have significance. In the process we compare traditional Rabbinic solutions to the so-called Documentary Hypothesis and consider whether the Torah is comprised of different literary voices edited together. Sefaria Source...

Duration:00:33:52

Murder in the Desert

7/7/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded July 7th 2022 on Clubhouse. In a parsha dedicated to death and with much attention on the enigmatic law of the Red Heifer we also witness the death of Moses and his siblings; the primary protagonists of the Exodus. Miriam dies in two verses and Moses and Aaron are sentenced to death with Aaron quickly dispatched. Which leads to the age-old question: Who Done it and why? Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/417920 Transcript on...

Duration:00:30:27

Milk and Money

7/1/2022
Join Geoffey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on June 30th 2022 on Clubhouse as we take a fresh look at Korach’s rebellion. Dathan and Abiram refer to Egypt as a Land Flowing with Milk and Honey and defy Moses even were he to offer fields and vineyards in a land flowing with milk & honey. What does the Biblical “Flowing with Milk & Honey” mean? Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/416706 Transcript: https://madlik.com/2022/06/30/milk-and-money/

Duration:00:33:37

Make Challah

6/23/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse June 23rd, 2022 as we discuss parshat Shelach. We ignore the headline story of the spies who lacked vision. We overcome the urge to defend the מְקֹשֵׁ֣שׁ עֵצִ֑ים the gatherer of sticks on Shabbat. We even pass up a chance to enjoy the blue indigo of the tzitzit. Instead, we focus on the lowly loaf of challah and explore how it saved the Jews. So join us as we Make Challah! Sefariah Source Sheet:...

Duration:00:31:05

Joining the Tribe

6/16/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on June 16th 2022. The Torah breaches the subject of a Ger (Convert alt. resident alien) celebrating the Exodus from Egypt. Jews-by-birth praise God who took “us” out of Egypt and we wonder along with Nachmanides and Maimonides whether a convert can or should consdier him/herself a part of past Jewish historical experience as well as part of the Jewish People. In the process, we discover an ambivalence Judaism has to converts and...

Duration:00:32:13

Rashi, Women & Wine

6/9/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on June 9th 2022 as we read the text of the weekly portion through the eyes of the iconic Torah Commentator; Rashi. Keep in mind that Rashi was the proud father of four daughters (no sons) and had a day job as a vintner. Did this affect his treatment of the Sotah (Unfaithful Wife) and the sober Nazirite? Grab a glass of wine and let’s discuss. L’chaim! Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/412925 Transcript on episode...

Duration:00:31:35

Nachshon

6/2/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on as we meet a man named Nachshon ben Aminadav. A man with only a insignificant walk-on role in the text of the Torah but an iconic presence in Jewish religious and secular thought, culture and mythology. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/410450 Transcript on episode web site: https://madlik.com/2022/06/01/nachshon/

Duration:00:33:04

as a driven leaf

5/26/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on May 26th 2022. This week we see the flip side of not owning our land. We are exposed to exile and alienation, both physical and emotional. But mostly, we are struck by the almost too rich vocabulary and overly haunting imagery the Torah exhibits for a people without a land. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/408510 Transcript on episode website: https://madlik.com/2022/05/25/as-a-driven-leaf/

Duration:00:32:00

this is MY land

5/19/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on May 19th 2022. The earth is the Lord’s resonates throughout the Torah nowhere stronger than in the laws of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years. We explore what a Promised Land means when land ownership is only temporary. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/406956 Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/05/18/this-land-is-my-land/

Duration:00:32:04

life after death

5/12/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on May 12th 2022 for a discussion of the Biblical taboo against contact with death. We explore Biblical and Rabbinic texts and wonder what the Torah’s aversion to death teaches us about life. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/404890 Transcript on episode website: https://madlik.com/2022/05/11/life-after-death/

Duration:00:32:03