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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.

Twitter:

@madlik

Language:

English

Contact:

2032217799


Episodes

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

Divide and Sanctify

5/5/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on May 5th 2022 as we ask: what does it mean to be holy? Does holiness divide or unite us? Join us as we ask whether the revolutionary perception of holiness contained in the biblical text is eclipsed by puritanism and sectarianism. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/403778 Transcript: https://madlik.com/2022/05/04/divide-and-sanctify/

Duration:00:32:56

Scapegoating

4/28/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on April 28th for Madlik Disruptive Torah. A goat is thrown off a cliff to atone for our sins. A troubling rite with a rich history for the Jewish people and for Christianity that believes in a Savior who died to expiate the sins of mankind. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/401839 Transript on Podcast web page: https://madlik.com/2022/04/27/scapegoating/

Duration:00:41:57

Loose Lips and Leprosy

4/8/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on Thursday April 7th 2022 as we explore how the affliction of Leprosy became identified with slander in Rabbinic texts. We’ll watch our tongue as we revisit the theme of Mitzvot as symbol, language and metaphor. We'll see that the Rabbinic concept of slander covered a lot more than idle gossip and included character assasination, questioning the idealistic intentions of others, bigotry and even anti-Israel bias. Sefaria Source...

Duration:00:33:48

of woman born

4/1/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on March 31st 2022 as we use the Torah's treatment of postpartum impurity to explore postpartum depression, gender definition and female sexual needs and rights, to name a few stimulating topics... Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/396094 Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/03/31/of-woman-born/

Duration:00:33:21

No Martyrs No More

3/25/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Michael Posnik recorded on March 24th 2022 on Clubhouse as we ask: Was the death of the two sons of Aaron a tragedy or the ultimate sanctification of God’s Name…. or both? We explore the concept of martyrdom in the Bible and Rabbinic texts and into modern times with the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the creation of the State of Israel. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/394321 Transcript: https://madlik.com/2022/03/23/no-martyrs-no-more/

Duration:00:32:48

Purim, St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras & more

3/18/2022
Parshat Tzav - Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz and grab a drink as we explore this week’s Torah reading and how it relates to Spring Folly and Spring Cleaning. Exposed to the ingredients that are used in the sacrifices we realize that Hametz, Matzah and Bread (not to mention hard liquor) have significance unrelated to the Exodus story and more related to the trials, violence as well as joys of life. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/392354 Transcript on episode website:...

Duration:00:32:52

Oops I did it again

3/11/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on March 10th 2022 as they encounter the first mention of the Hebrew word for a mistake (Shegaga). They explore the Biblical and Rabbinic idea of the stain, intention and the etiology of sin either as a deficiency in character or treatable condition. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/390805 Transcript on episode website: https://madlik.com/2022/03/09/oops-i-did-it-again/

Duration:00:32:38

Temples with no Cloud-Cover

3/3/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on March 3rd at 1:00pm Eastern as we complete the Book of Exodus and its lengthy treatment of the construction of the Tabernacle. In so doing, we recognize the twofold message that the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Presence of God filled the Tabernacle but also that when the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the Israelites would set out, on their various journeys. We use this observation to address the challenge of...

Duration:00:31:47

Jews with Tools

2/24/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on February 24th as we continue our discussion of melacha – work. Last week we discovered that creative work, even the construction of the holy tabernacle is subservient to the sanctification of time. This week we celebrate creative work as a reflection of the divine. We explore the eclipse of manual labor and the arts in Jewish culture during the exile and marvel at the rebirth of physical work and Jewish artifice in the...

Duration:00:34:21

Architecture in Time

2/17/2022
Parshat Ki Tisa - The Torah references the observance of the Sabbath in the context of building the Tabernacle (Mishkan). The Rabbis learn from this simple juxtapostion that there are 39 forms of labor prohibited on the Sabbath. If you observe the Sabbath you appreciate the deep significance and practical ramifications of this interpretation. We explore the connection between the Tabernacle and the seventh day. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/384711 Transcript on episode web...

Duration:00:33:55

Why Blue and White?

2/10/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz for a new episode of Madlik Disruptive Torah. We’ll explore the Torah’s preeminent use of a hue of blue called Tekhelet in the construction of the Tabernacle and in the Priestly garb. This rare and dear dye; extracted from a non-kosher mollusk, was also used on the four-cornered tallit of every simple Jew. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/383005 Transcript: Episode web site: https://madlik.com/2022/02/09/why-blue-and-white/

Duration:00:31:37

WHEN GOD gets small

2/3/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on February 3rd 2022 as we explore a single verse: “Make Me a temple and I will dwell within them” This iconic verse, pregnant with meaning, enables us to visit classical Jewish commentaries and discover some surprising views of God’s relationship with His/Her creation, not just with a tabernacle or temple. Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/380865 Transcript on Podcast episode web page:...

Duration:00:34:52

What's New with Moses' Code?

1/28/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded live on Clubhouse on January 27th 2020 discuss Parshat Mishpatim. Moses places twelve stone slabs (stelas) engraved with a code of law before his people. We take a look at the similarities and differences with other ancient Near Eastern Codes such as Eshnunna and Hammurabi and ask: What’s new with Moses’ Code of the Covenant? Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/379013 Transcript on Episode web page:...

Duration:00:33:46

Is Judaism Exclusive or Inclusive?

1/21/2022
parshat yitro - Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on January 20th 2022 as we discuss the Torah portion that includes the Ten Commandments but is named after a non-Jewish priest. A priest who blesses God, successfully offers sacrifices, shares a sacred meal and, with God’s sanction, establishes institutions of jurisprudence for the Jewish People. For a religion that is known for exclusivism, we use this realization to explore inclusive and exclusive tendencies in...

Duration:00:31:04

God's Gracious Ruse

1/14/2022
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on January 13th 2022. God leads the Jews on the scenic (long) route to the Promised Land and the classical commentators wonder why. All of them find a pedagogic approach but their conclusions are diverse and in some cases, perplexing! We join the Israelites as they embark on this fateful trip into the desert and we learn a little something about long roads that are short and God’s Gracious Ruse. Sefaria Source Sheet:...

Duration:00:33:09

Walk Like An Egyptian

1/7/2022
Parshat Bo - A live recording of Madlik Disruptive Torah recorded on Clubhouse with Geoffrey Stern, Rabbi Adam Mintz, Rabbi Abraham Bronstein and “The Haftorahman”, Reuben Ebrahimoff on January 6th 2022. Can Biblical commandments evolve and have alternative meanings at different times and to different people? Mitzvot; for some an obligation, for others a political, cultural or fashion statement and for still others a magical charm. In Exodus 13 we are introduced to the first formal...

Duration:00:32:03

holy crap

12/31/2021
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on December 30th 2021as we use an innocuous reference in Rabbinic Literature to Pharaoh’s personal hygiene to explore the unique disposition of Judaism to the physical body and bodily functions and contrast it to other religions and cultures. With special guest appearances by Josephus Flavius, Karl Marx, Ernst Becker and the Rabbis of the Talmud Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/372485 Transcript on episode web...

Duration:00:37:19