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After over 60,000 downloads in over 100 countries, we are so glad to have brought an entire cycle of Torah study to our listeners. Rabbi Adam and Raviv look back at a year filled with inspiring conversation, insight, and wisdom. Thanks for joining. The Study is produced by Evan Scott Nicholas and Raviv Ullman. Artwork by Julia Pott.…
 
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 …
 
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 interpr…
 
Jake Cohen, author of NYT Bestselling JEW-ISH Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch, joins Raviv and Jess to talk about all things Jewish food, our connection to how we prepare our meals and where those ingredients come from, the incredibly long journeys that dishes take to get to our tables, and Jake’s journey as he’s learned it all.…
 
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 av…
 
Jess and Raviv have a one-on-one conversation to discuss parshat Re'eh and uncover what they "see" as part of the larger Jewish narrative. Jess discusses her relationship with asking "what" vs "why" when working to understand Torah passages, how one can abstract laws and apply them to our own lives, and what about studying makes her feel inspired.…
 
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 Ci…
 
Saul Kaiserman, Founding Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Emanu-El in New York City, joins Raviv and Rabbi Jess to discuss early and adult Jewish education, the responsibility and tradition of passing rituals from one generation to another, the Shema prayer, and the essence of what it means to be Jewish.…
 
Sarah Hurwitz, former senior speechwriter for President Obama, head writer for First Lady Michele Obama, head speech writer for Hilary Clinton’s 2008 campaign and acclaimed author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) joins Raviv and Rabbi Jess to discuss…
 
Dr. Kimberleigh Jordan, Associate Director of Educational Design at Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning in Theology and Religion shares a history of Spirituals, and discusses with Rabbi Jess and Raviv how music can be an act of personal and political resistance, and how two cultures—Black Americans and The Jewish people—are inextricably tied.…
 
Shai Held, Rabbi, President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar Institute in New York City and author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence joins Rabbi Jessica Minnen and Raviv to talk through Parshat Pinchas, a fairly complicated portion. We'll come to understand how to interpret problematic texts in Torah, the connection be…
 
Simon Shimshon Rubin, Director at the International Laboratory for the Study of Loss, Bereavement and Human Resilience, author of Working with the Bereaved: Multiple Lenses on Loss and Mourning and Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at University of Haifa School of Psychological Sciences joins Raviv and Rabbi Matt to discuss the psychologica…
 
Rabbi Elie Spitz, author of Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World and Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose has spent his career meditating, speaking, and writing about the afterlife. Raviv and Rabbi Matt talk with Rabbi Spitz about some of the many takes on jewish beli…
 
Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society and author of The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds joins Raviv and Rabbi Matt to discuss the nature of clouds, their relationship to ancient biblical texts, and why we project our own narratives onto them. Check out The Cloud Appreciation Society at http…
 
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis joins Rabbi Matt and Raviv to discuss justice, community, and the resources needed to enact mercy. Justice Montoya-Lewis is the first Native American to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court, and the second Native American to serve on a state supreme court nationwide. She previously …
 
Katya Gibel Mevorach, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at Grinnell College in Iowa and author of Black, Jewish and Interracial: It's Not the Color of Your Skin but the Race of Your Kin, and Other Myths of Identity joins Raviv and Rabbi Matt to discuss the creation of the census, its historical context and implications, and how the way…
 
Rabbi Matt Green joins Raviv for the month of May, but today he serves as both co-host and guest to unpack our 30th Torah reading of the year. He’ll help contextualize how different rituals from the Torah can actually help us frame the work that must be done if we’re all to not only keep our wits about us but also thrive as we begin to reestablish …
 
Jhos Singer joins Rabbi Batshir and Raviv to talk about a line from the so-called “clobber passages” that have been at the heart of a lot of pain for a lot of people: “a man shall not lay with a man as he does with a women.” Our conversation aims to understand possible aspects of the historical context behind this law and those like it, as well as …
 
Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, joins Rabbi Batshir Torchio and Raviv to discuss how secular bioethics and Jewish law intersect and diverge, the role of bioethics in today's ongoing pandemic, and ways to read peculiar passages about cleanliness and purity in this week's Torah portion.…
 
Rabbi Zac Kamenetz of Berkeley, CA and founder of Shefa joins Raviv and Rabbi Batshir Torchio of JCC San Francisco to help us understand how psychedelic experiences fit into Jewish practice, where he sees the work going in the future, how he plans to help that future come into being- and what it all has to do with this week’s torah portion, parsha …
 
Daniel Picus, professor of Biblical Studies and the Ancient World in the Department of Global Humanities and Religions at Western Washington University joins Fannie and Raviv to discuss the historical context of sacrifices and how a people transitioned from a tight knit society that burned animals as offerings, to communities spread across the glob…
 
Asa Keisar, initiator and founder of the Vegan Kosher Certification, talks to Fannie and Raviv about the textual basis in Torah for a vegan kosher movement, the necessity of setting boundaries to keep society in line, and his theory concerning animal sacrifice, kashrut, and the Israelites' journey from idolatry to monotheism.…
 
Rabbi Amichai Lau Lavie, Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul in NYC, joins Fannie and Raviv to discuss whether cancel culture appears in the bible, what it means to “mask up” in a non-Covid sense, and our role in reimagining and applying Torah Study as modern-day free-thinking members of society.By Raviv Ullman
 
Kara Hoover, Professor of Biological Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Deborah Green, the Greenberg Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Oregon and author of The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic…
 
Rachel B. Gross, author and professor at San Francisco State University, joins Fannie and Raviv on the heels of the release of her new book Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice to discuss nostalgia and its function in Judaism. Use the code GROSS30-FM for 30% off Rachel's book and free shipping NYUPress.org…
 
Kaia Stern, PhD, Cofounder and Director of the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University joins Professor Fannie Bialek and Raviv to discuss human dignity and free will, some of the differences between restorative and transformative justice, and the ethics of eye contact. Professor Stern is the author of Voices from American Prisons: Faith, Educa…
 
Joshua Dubler, professor of religion at the University of Rochester and director of the Rochester Education Justice Initiative, joins Professor Fannie Bialek and Raviv to discuss guilt, the unique status of the Ten Commandments within Jewish law, and how this relates to prison abolition. We also discuss the significance of the names given to Moses …
 
Alda Balthrop-Lewis, research fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University, PhD in religion from Princeton, and author of the newly released book Thoreau’s Religion: Walden Woods, Social Justice, and the Politics of Asceticism joins Professor Fannie Bialek and Raviv to discuss what Thoreau did with his…
 
Pam Grossman, author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power , host of The Witch Wave podcast, and named by Vulture "The Terry Gross of Witches" joins Raviv and Professor Fannie Bialek to unpack the beginning of the Passover story, the ancient practice of deciphering “good magic” from “bad magic”, and the power of ritual.…
 
Dr. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and former chair of the department of Pan-African Studies at California State University, joins the show to discuss themes of liberation, her work with BLM, how the current judicial system has failed us, and the role of education in the equation of imbalanced justice.…
 
Douglas Petrie, writer and producer of some of our favorite shows including Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Pushing Daisies, American Horror Story and Marvel’s Daredevil joins the show to discuss what it meant to him to have a bar mitzvah at 50 years old, reading between the lines in torah, and why exploring our past is a necessary aspect of building our…
 
Aly Michalka, singer, songwriter, actor and activist joins the show to discuss how art and expression can be an access point for the harder discussions in life, as well as the difficulty and comfort of “keeping the faith”. Rabbi Adam will help us understand the meaning and implications of the Jewish concept of Tshuvah, and, continuing in the vein o…
 
Aimee Bender, author of six book of fiction and a teacher of creative writing at USC, joins us to discuss Joseph's journey, the emotional language of adolescence, the differences between editing fiction and communicating interpreted dreams, Joseph's coat and magical realism, and how readers of Torah might recontextualize the text's varied modes of …
 
Naomi Ackerman, founder and executive director of the Advot Project creates curriculums that use drama techniques to deal with social, gender, and educational issues as well as exploring identity and promoting tolerance and dialogue. Naomi helps us unpack the importance of making space for the sacred, and how she and the Advot Project uses theater …
 
Rabbi Sarah Bassin from Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills worked for many years as the Executive Director of New Ground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change where she worked to build alliances between the two communities. Her work in that field continues, and she joins The Study to share and unpack some lessons learned from this week's Torah porti…
 
Dr. Matt Reznicek, Associate Chair of the English Department and Associate Professor of Medical Humanities at Creighton University discusses how the binding of Isaac elucidates differences between liberal and orthodox textual interpretations in Judaism and Christianity, and helps us trace some of the Torah’s narrative lineage all the way back to gr…
 
Actress, neuroscientist, and New York Times best selling author Mayim Bialik joins Raviv and Rabbi Adam for the very first chapter of the Torah, Breishit, to interpret and unpack the beginning of creation. What do we make of a narrative that starts with two opposing, incompatible stories, and what does it mean for our upcoming journey?…
 
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