Welcome to Chutzpod! -- ancient texts for modern times. Chutzpod! is a weekly podcast in which Rabbi Shira Stutman, Joshua Malina, and honored guests bring a Jewish lens to life's toughest questions: Who do I want to be in this one life? How do we work to heal this broken world? And how, dear G-d, did gefilte fish become a thing? It's a podcast for people of all or no faiths; Hebrew school truants and proud yeshiva graduates; those who want to be inspired but don't want to schlep to synagogue; basically, anyone trying to live a meaningful life during these trying times. Joshua and Shira have had radically different career trajectories and live on opposite ends of America, but do what Jews do best... teach and learn; crack jokes; and argue with one another about everything under the sun.
1.30 CHUTZPOD! Live!
St. Paul's Temple of Aaron hosts the first-ever live taping of the show. The Minnesota Chutzsquad welcomes Rabbi Shira and Joshua for a lively conversation about the holiday of Tisha B'Av.
(36:30) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation
1.29 Take it Down a Notch
With the help of this week's double Torah portion (Mattot-Massei), and Hulu's new show "The Bear", Rabbi Shira explores with Joshua alternatives to violence when conflict arises.
(33:40) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation
1.28 Tough Love
What’s to be done when the Torah text we revere appears problematic? Dig deeper! Rabbi Shira guides Joshua through the challenges of this week’s portion, Pinchas, and what it has to say about interfaith marriages.
(36:15) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Mediation
1.27 Big Block of G'vina (Mailbag)
On our 2nd Mailbag Edition, Rabbi Shira and Joshua answer listener questions. Is chicken parm kosher? And how do we make circumcision cool again? These are just two examples of what you'll hear in this episode.
(04:48) Q1 on circumcision
(15:01) Q2 on chicken parmesan
(21:56) Q3 on Jewish events & mask protocols
(27:06) Q4 on Philosemitism
(35:00) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation
1.26 Speak the Speech, I Pray You (w/ Sarah Hurwitz)
Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome Sarah Hurwitz. A senior speechwriter for President Obama, and head speechwriter for the First Lady, Sarah critiques Moses as a communicator in this week’s Torah portion, Chukat.
(10:20) Interview with Sarah Hurwitz
(46:20) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation
1.25 Roe Overturned (w/ Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Rabbi Annie Lewis, & George Newbern)
After the Supreme Court's ruling, Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome three esteemed rabbis to take a look at some Jewish text in an effort to contemplate the court's decision, and frame a Jewish response.
(06:05) Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and Rabba Sara Hurwitz join the show
(31:30) George Newbern defines the Hebrew/Yiddish terms used in our episode
(36:15) Rabbi Annie Lewis’ Guest Meditation
What a joyful listen!
I’m not Jewish - I’m not religious at all, but this pod is a joy. It’s wonderful to hear historical takes on the Torah and the contemporary application. Josh & Shira are delightful and though he’d like to be known as a curmudgeon, Josh is actually a joyful, playful optimist. I love the interaction between the two and hearing about lives that are so different to mine. Love!