Listen in as Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg analyze pressing issues for 21st century American Judaism. Mixing their own analysis with interviews of leading thinkers, practitioners, and even "regular Jews," Dan and Lex look to push past the bounds of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.
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Episode 269: Shabbetai Zevi - Permitting the Forbidden - Xava De Cordova, Michael Sokolovsky
Episode 268: Abraham Did Kill Isaac - Tzemah Yoreh
Tzemah Yoreh, author of Why Abraham Murdered Isaac: The First Stories of the Bible Revealed and leader of The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, joins Dan and Lex to talk about what Yoreh terms "the original bible." Find out how some of the stories, like the binding of Isaac, may not have always looked the way they do today, and why that matters for those who are interested in the stories of the Bible!
Episode 267: The Torah Studio - Liana Wertman
Liana Wertman joins Dan and Lex to discuss her work as the founder of The Torah Studio, a new (and fully-digital) center for Torah study that encourages people to take ownership of traditional Jewish texts.
Episode 266: Digging Up Biblical History - Baruch Halpern
Baruch Halpern, the Covenant Foundation Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia, joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about Biblical history and Biblical archaeology. They explore how those two realms relate to one another (get it? "DIGGING" up Biblical History!), along with what these ancient texts and discoveries have to do with us today.
Episode 265: High-Voltage Judaism - Dan and Lex
Dan and Lex, in celebrating 5 years since Judaism Unbound launched its podcast, reflect on some of the core ideas they've explored in that time -- and they add on some new thoughts, drawing on a framework of "low-voltage" and "high-voltage" forms of Jewish experience.
Episode 264: Karaites -- Bible Only, Please - Shawn Lichaa
Shawn Lichaa is a Karaite. "What's that," you ask? Very valid question! Karaites are a group of Jews whose traditions, and interpretations, are built around the Bible alone -- not the Talmud or any other piece of what Rabbanites (rabbinic Jews) call "the oral Torah."
Lichaa, founder of The Karaite Press and A Blue Thread: A Jewish Blog with a Thread of Karaite Throughout, joins Dan and Lex to explore Karaite Jews' relationship to the Bible, and ways in which their approaches differ from rabbinic Jews'. In their conversation, they also ask what light Karaites can shine on broader issues affecting many other groups of marginalized Jews as well.
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I’m bingeing and that’s okay!
I discovered this podcast only a couple of months ago and I am simply BLASTING through the episodes, taking Dan, Lex, and their rockstar guests all over Vancouver with me.
I’m learning so much about the (turns out) rad world of Judaism(s) and the podcast is opening up all kinds of avenues for new discoveries and connections.
Listening to Judaism Unbound is a fun, funny, smart, thought-provoking and thoughtful adventure. A real mind/heart-opener.
Already a mega fan here. I’m a Millennial - and therefore rarely pay for content - but I signed up to make a small recurring donation. I should prolly do that for NPR too but I’m not there yet. Sorry Terry Gross :/
A well produced podcast that puts forward challenging Jewish ideas that I usually disagree with (and that’s okay!)
Required Listening to Creating the New Jewish World
Holy smokes, am I happy I found this podcast. Wow. It's incredibly engaging and if you care about what Judaism will look like in the future, you'll find yourself listening deeply.
What I love is that Dan and Lex, without maybe knowing it are tying a tapestry together of a great Jewish scenius coming to fore. The people they interivew on their show, at least from my early listening are all painting a new picture of Judaism. Together, listening to this show as one "text" in-and-of-itself portrays a new portrait of Judaism, one that's on the edge of change and showcases how more institutions, whether 100 years old or not founded yet can creates new kinds of roots.
I'm happy Dan and Lex took a leap and created this show. It's a place I feel like I've found a community of similar thinkers in :)