Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday May 14th at 4:00pm (ET). Was Ben Gurion’s vision of a People’s Army which united the country and created a melting pot for Israeli Society foreshadowed in the Bible’s universal compulsory military service? What about the exception of the Tribe of Levi? Does the elimination from military service and dispercement of a militant and ideologically pure Priestly cast have lessons for us today? And what would the Torah have to say of the Haredi draft exemption? Finally, what do modern-day Israeli commanders have to say about peace?
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday May 7th at 4:00pm (ET). Judaism, along with most religions, favors consistency in practice and steadfast faith… or does it? Focusing on a single verse that has been used to support this position (Leviticus 26: 21) we argue for an alternative. We explore happenstance, serendipity, temporarily fealty, chance, accident, the unintentional, the unexpected, or as the King James translators have God put it ”adventures with Me”. We contrast those who acquires their share in the World-to-Come only after many years of toil, and those who do so in one moment. בשעה אחת
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday April 23rd at 4:00pm (ET). A continuation of our exploration of Jewish institutions with fresh eyes. This week we look at the individual. We explore the Biblical prohibition against aloneness/loneliness and how it relates to gender identity and preferences and this week’s Torah portion with its apparent prohibition of homosexuality. How do we look at aloneness differently after Covid-19 and what can it teach us?
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday April 16th at 4:00pm (ET). A continuation of our exploration of Jewish institutions with fresh eyes, and after the plague of Covid-19. This week we look at the home and towards the time when we will re-open our home as we re-open our temples. We explore the relationship between the home and the temple. The Mishkan and the Mishkan Ma’at…. the “small temple that is the home”. Which came first?Which holds the secret to the perseverance of the Jewish People?
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday April 2nd at 4:00pm (ET). As we return to Synagogue services Post-Covid and we renew our temples let’s take the death-during-services of Aaron’s sons as an opportunity to critique services that are too long, with too many additions and imagine how our services could be improved.
On Rosh Hashanah morning, the Rabbi noticed little Adam was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the synagogue. It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the Rabbi walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, “Good morning, Adam.” “Good morning, Rabbi,” replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. “Rabbi Resnick, what is this?” Adam asked. “Well, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.” Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Adam’s voice was barely audible when he asked: “Which service? Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur?” source
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday April 2nd at 4:00pm (ET). We use Chol HaMoed (Hebrew: חול המועד) as an opportunity to explore the place of secular Ḥiloni culture in Judaism and its potential to inspire, uplift and improve. Also joining us will be Ahad Ha’am, Mordecai Kaplan, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook and Elain de Button….
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday March 26th at 4:00pm (ET). “You shall not oppress a stranger, … having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt” and the motif of loving the stranger is not found in the Haggadah unless we follow the advise of the Mishnah and read the parsha until the end…
This week – We explore the lack of appeal of idol worship for us moderns and discover that we are not alone. The Rabbis of the Talmud had trouble understanding the allure of the fetish worship described in the Biblical texts. – with Geoffrey Stern & Rabbi Adam Mintz and others…