Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday July 30th at 4:00pm (ET) as we wonder whether the practice of Judaism outside of the land of Israel just that…. practice? We explore a Rabbinic opinion that the land of Israel is so central to the religion of Israel that the religion can only be observed in the Land. In so doing we question whether the practice of Judaism in and outside of Israel is different in kind rather than degree and what this says about the nature and relationship between the two communities?
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Roy Feldman on Clubhouse Friday July 23rd at 4:00pm (ET). as we use the iconic call to Faith of the Shema Yisrael to explore the complexity of faith and especially the contribution of the Mussar Movement and it’s rejection of “cheap faith” as opposed to the hard work of faith.
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday July 16th at 4:00pm (ET). We explore the sanctification of powerlessness in Rabbinic Judaism and the internalization of failure. We discuss the tendency of Jews to seek fault in themselves as individuals and as a people as part of a harmful pattern that gave rise to anti-Semitism.
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.