The Grasshopper Mentality and the New Jew

pashat sh’lach, number 13-14

Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on June 15th 2023 on Clubhouse. The Biblical Spies looked like grasshoppers to themselves and so they imagined in the eyes of others. We review Rabbinic and later Zionist texts as we explore the pitfalls of a Slave and Ghetto mentality up until today.


Welcome to Madlik.  My name is Geoffrey Stern and at Madlik we light a spark or shed some light on a Jewish Text or Tradition.  Along with Rabbi Adam Mintz we host Madlik Disruptive Torah on clubhouse every Thursday night and share it as the Madlik podcast on your favorite platform. This week’s portion is Sh’lach – The Biblical Scouts exclaim that: “we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to the inhabitants of Canaan.” Traditionally, this lack of self-esteem is attributed to a Slave and latter Ghetto Mentality that kept the Jewish people in exile for 2,000 years. Join us as we explore: The Grasshopper Mentality and the New Jew



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