Tag Archives: Torah

The Aleph Bet Revolution

parshat vayeilech (deuteronomy 31)

Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday September 10th at 4:00pm (ET) as we review the septennial Hakhēl convocation where the Torah is read publicly every seven years. We use this as an opportunity to explore the revolutionary nature of the Hebrew Alphabet from both a social and technological perspective. In so doing, we may shed some light on the proliferation of alphabetical acrostics in the Psalms, later liturgy, piyyutim and especially on the High Holidays.

Friday September 10th at 4:00pm Eastern Time

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Link to Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/346294

Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: Not in Heaven

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Not in heaven

parshat nitzavim (deuteronomy 30)

Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday September3rd at 4:00pm (ET) as we explore the verse in Deuteronomy 30 that proclaims that the Torah is not in Heaven. We explore it in context and in the agada. We take a literary journey into the iconic story of the oven of akhnai.

Friday September 3rd at 4:00pm Eastern Time

Link to Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/345182

Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: Chosen

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Chosen

parshat ki tavo (deuteronomy 26)

Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday August 27th at 4:00pm (ET) as we explore the roots of the concept of the Chosen People looking at the Favored sons and wives of Genesis and at the concept of Covenant and antecedent Hittite suzerainty treaties. Was Tevya right and should God choose someone else for a change?

Friday August 27th at 4:00pm Eastern Time

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Link to Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/343219

Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: Listening to the Lyrics of Jewish Law

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Listening to the lyrics of Jewish Law

parshat ki teitzei (deuteronomy 21 and 23)

Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday August 20th at 4:00pm (ET) as we ask: “When was the last time you listened to the lyrics, poetry and sounds of the mitzvot?” אַשְׁרֵי אִישׁ שֶׁיִּשְׁמַע לְמִצְוֹתֶיךָ “Happy is the one who listens to the mitzvot” We are told that there never was nor ever will be a case of the Biblical Rebellious Son. That we are simply to be rewarded for its study and listening to the nuances of its halachot. We explore, with the help of Haim Nachman Bialik, how all of the commandments provide similar rewards for those willing to listen to their lyrical nature.

Friday August 20th at 4:00pm Eastern Time

Link to Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/342083

Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: You Are Not My Boss

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You Are Not My Boss

parshat shoftim (deuteronomy 17)

Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday August 13th at 4:00pm (ET) as we explore the Torah’s disgust for the monarchy and how this rejection sheds light on the New Year Festival and it’s powerful message.

Friday August 13th at 4:00pm Eastern Time

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Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: Kashrut, Yashrut and the Flesh of Desire

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Kashrut, Yashrut and the Flesh of Desire

parshat re’eh (Deuteronomy 12)

Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz on Clubhouse Friday August 6th at 4:00pm (ET) as we explore the development of the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic Judaism’s approach to vegetarianism, carnivorism and Kashrut – the ethics of animal slaughter

Friday August 6th at 4:00pm Eastern Time

https://www.clubhouse.com/event/PvEGrB42

Link to Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/340004

Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: Practicing Judaism in and out of your back yard

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Practicing Judaism

parshat eikev (Deuteronomy 11)

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?

Friday July 30th at 4:00pm Eastern Time

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Link to Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/338763

Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: Shema Yisrael and the Struggle against Cheap Faith

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Shema Yisrael and the Struggle against Cheap Faith

parshat vetchanan (Deuteronomy 6)

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.

Friday July 23nd at 4:00pm Eastern Time

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Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: Tisha B’Av and the Birth of Anti-Semitism

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Tisha B’Av and the Birth of Anti-Semitism

Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1) and Tisha B’Av

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.

Friday July 16th at 4:00pm Eastern Time

https://www.clubhouse.com/event/mJ55YBrO

Link to Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/335498

Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: The Compromised Land

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The Compromised Land

Parshat Matot (Numbers 32)

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.

Friday July 9th at 4:00pm Eastern Time

https://www.clubhouse.com/event/M1wLbRLp

Link to Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/334569

Listen below to last week’s Clubhouse meeting: Zelophehad’s daughters and Who’s a Jew

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