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Ep. 50: V'Zot HaBerachah - The End of The Cycle feat. Adam Greenwald

Sep 24 • 32:15

Ep. 49: Ha'azinu - Biblical Poetry feat. Robert Alter

Sep 17 • 27:24

Robert Alter, Professor in the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, and award winning translator of the Torah joins Rabbi Adam and Raviv  to discuss why the Torah ends in a poem. We’ll discuss what clues this poem gives us about the ways in which people communicated and how they used langua...

Ep. 48: Vayelech - Carrying the Torch & Opera feat. James Darrah

Sep 10 • 48:43

James Darrah, stage and film director, and newly appointed artistic director of Long Beach Opera sits down with Rabbi Adam and Raviv to discuss a pivotal turning point in the Torah narrative- when Moses passes the torch to the next leader of the Israelites. What does it mean to carry a tradition for the next generation, and how does a  young interpreter of old texts make t...

Ep. 47: Nitzavim - Fearing God feat. Kylie Unell

Sep 3 • 44:27

Ep. 46: Ki Tavo - Food & Recipes feat. Jake Cohen

Aug 27 • 52:22

Ep. 45: Ki Tietzei - Student Debt feat. Natalia Abrams & Molly Wernick

Aug 20 • 50:19

Natalia Abrams, executive director of Student Debt Crisis, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundamentally reforming student debt and higher education loan policies, joins Raviv and special guest Molly Wernick to discuss what got us into a nearly two trillion dollar crisis in the first place, what kind of preventive measures can be taken to avoid further devastation, ...

Ep. 44: Shoftim - Magic & Performance feat. Tanya Solomon

Aug 13 • 46:23

Ep. 43: Re'eh - What vs. Why feat. Jessica Minnen

Aug 6 • 41:00

Ep. 42: Ekev - X-Men, Retcons, & Fanfic feat. Connor Goldsmith

Jul 30 • 57:49

Connor Goldsmith from the Cerebro podcast joins Rabbi Jess and Raviv to discuss the commonalities between studying the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Torah, what "retcons" are and their role in storytelling, and the ways in which the Mishna is like fan fiction from days of yore. Rabbi Jess discusses what the Jewish world can learn from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well...

Ep. 41: Va'etchanan - Jewish Education feat. Saul Kaiserman

Jul 23 • 01:01:14

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