Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday July 9th at 4:00pm (ET). We use the compromise solution offered to the tribes of Reuben and Gad to settle on the West Bank of the Jordan River as an excuse to discuss the history of the concept of Greater Israel and the potential for Religious Peace Building in Modern Day Israel.
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday July 2nd at 4:00pm (ET). We use the intriguing case of the Daughters of Zelophechad to explore Patrilinear and Matrolinear decent in Judaism.
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday June 25th at 4:00pm (ET). As we identify the miracle of the Talking Ass as a singular gratuitous miracle which serves as neither a sign or lesson, punishes the wicked or provides a victory to the children of Israel. We use this as an excuse to explore the refreshingly ambivalent attitude of the Torah and Rabbinic Judaism to miracles.
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday June 18th at 4:00pm (ET). The Red Heifer purifies the defiled and defiles the pure and is universally taken as a commandment that defies reason and logic. According to science, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction so where’s the illogic? Even according to Rabbinic scholars such as Saadia Gaon and modern scholars such as Jacob Milgrom there is nothing unreasonable about this enigma. So why is the ḥoq of the Red Heifer so troubling. Why does it keep God up at night?
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday June 11th at 4:00pm (ET). A “Talit that is wholly blue” (טלית שכולה תכלת); arguably the first fashion statement, has entered popular Jewish and Israeli folklore and culture. We use this popular account of the Korach rebellion to continue our exploration of the Bible’s rejection of class privilege, pride, entitlement, and the corruption that they invite and a democratized vision for Judaism and Israel.
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday June 4th at 4:00pm (ET). We will explore the thoughts of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach with regard to what it takes to build a homeland, renew a people and to find a lovemate….
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday May 28th at 4:00pm (ET). We theorize regarding the relationship between the Biblical Pesach Sheni (2nd Passover) and the later instituted Ibur Shana (Leap year). We hypothesize regarding the theological and social ramifications of correcting an irregular and seemingly imperfect planetary system.
Join Geoffrey Stern, Rabbi Adam Mintz and Rabbi Hirsh Chinn on Clubhouse Friday May 21st at 4:00pm (ET). The Torah is ambivalent with regard to the sobriety of the Nazarine. Is the Nazir a holy man striving for greater spirituality or an addict seeking rehab for a moral shortcoming… or both? Rabbi Hirsh Chinn was Geoffrey’s roommate at Yeshivah Torah Vodaath. He was a student of the recently deceased Rabbi and Dr. Abraham J Twersky, who according to his obit in the New York Times was “the descendant of several Hasidic dynasties. Yet he was also a psychiatrist and a respected authority on addiction who was drawn to the 12-step approach central to Alcoholics Anonymous, a program whose origins are Christian….. (see more here). Rabbi Hirsh actually edited a Hagadah written by Dr. Twerski which is based on the premise that “The original passage from bondage to freedom, Exodus, is equated to a person with a substance abuse problem and their passage to freedom through recovery. (see here)
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