199 episodes

Making modern meaning from ancient texts! Each week Rabbi Micah Streiffer discusses the weekly Torah portion in about 7 to 10 minutes, through liberal Jewish eyes. We weave together philosophy, spirituality, tradition, and social justice - and derive meaning for today‘s life from our sacred sources. Longer episodes include a bonus interview with leading rabbis and Jewish thought leaders.

With questions or comments, please contact me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com.

Seven Minute Torah Rabbi Micah Streiffer

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Making modern meaning from ancient texts! Each week Rabbi Micah Streiffer discusses the weekly Torah portion in about 7 to 10 minutes, through liberal Jewish eyes. We weave together philosophy, spirituality, tradition, and social justice - and derive meaning for today‘s life from our sacred sources. Longer episodes include a bonus interview with leading rabbis and Jewish thought leaders.

With questions or comments, please contact me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com.

    Are We in Exile? (Behar and Bechukotai)

    Are We in Exile? (Behar and Bechukotai)

    Is Jewish life supposed to be lived in the land of Israel? Can you live a fulfilling and meaningful life in diaspora? How do we, as liberal Jews, relate to the traditional Jewish notion of "exile?" We explore some midrash on the topic.
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    Seven Minute Torah is a production of LAASOK. To support the production of this podcast, visit either www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorah (for per-episode contribution) OR https://laasok.org/support/ (for a tax-deductible one-time or monthly contribution).
    For info on our weekly Zoom Torah study groups or other learning opportunities go to https://laasok.org/.
    To join the Seven Minute Torah Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgroup
    Comments or questions? Email me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com

    • 15 min
    For Whom is the Light? (Emor)

    For Whom is the Light? (Emor)

    In this week's Torah portion, God asks the people to provide a Ner Tamid - an eternal light - in the sanctuary. But does God need a light? And by extension, does God need our rituals and prayers? We look at some midrash and explore the question: Who are our rituals for?
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    Seven Minute Torah is a production of LAASOK. To support the production of this podcast, visit either www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorah (for per-episode contribution) OR https://laasok.org/support/ (for a tax-deductible one-time or monthly contribution).
    For info on our weekly Zoom Torah study groups or other learning opportunities go to https://laasok.org/.
    To join the Seven Minute Torah Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgroup
    Comments or questions? Email me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com

    • 11 min
    Who Is My Neighbor? (Kedoshim)

    Who Is My Neighbor? (Kedoshim)

    The Torah commands: "Love your neighbor as yourself?" But who is the neighbor that I'm commanded the love? The answer is not straightforward. In fact, it's one of the great debates of Judaism.
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    Seven Minute Torah is a production of LAASOK. To support the production of this podcast, visit either www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorah (for per-episode contribution) OR https://laasok.org/support/ (for a tax-deductible one-time or monthly contribution).
    For info on our weekly Zoom Torah study groups or other learning opportunities go to https://laasok.org/.
    To join the Seven Minute Torah Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgroup
    Comments or questions? Email me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com

    • 14 min
    Yom Kippur in May?? (Achrei Mot - encore)

    Yom Kippur in May?? (Achrei Mot - encore)

    Sacrifice? Demons? A scapegoat?? This parashah describes the strange, levitical practices of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. What meaning is there to be found for modern Jewish life in this ancient, priestly ritual?
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    Seven Minute Torah is a production of LAASOK. To support the production of this podcast, visit either www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorah (for per-episode contribution) OR https://laasok.org/support/ (for a tax-deductible one-time or monthly contribution).
    For info on our weekly Zoom Torah study groups or other learning opportunities go to https://laasok.org/.
    To join the Seven Minute Torah Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgroup
    Comments or questions? Email me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com

    • 11 min
    Lessons from Leprosy (Metzora)

    Lessons from Leprosy (Metzora)

    How often do we dehumanize or ostracize people who are suffering from disease, poverty, mental health challenges, etc? This week we focus on some Midrash surrounding how you're supposed to treat people afflicted with leprosy. The Rabbis find some surprising and affirming messages embedded in this strange Torah portion.
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    Seven Minute Torah is a production of LAASOK. To support the production of this podcast, visit either www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorah (for per-episode contribution) OR https://laasok.org/support/ (for a tax-deductible one-time or monthly contribution).
    For info on our weekly Zoom Torah study groups or other learning opportunities go to https://laasok.org/.
    To join the Seven Minute Torah Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgroup
    Comments or questions? Email me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com

    • 13 min
    The Healing Power of Presence (Tazria - encore)

    The Healing Power of Presence (Tazria - encore)

    Tazria is about scaly skin disease and priestly diagnosis. But when we examine it through the Rabbis' eyes, it is about our responsibility to each other in times of suffering. We explore a story from the Talmud that helps drive home that idea.
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    Seven Minute Torah is a production of LAASOK. To support the production of this podcast, visit either www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorah (for per-episode contribution) OR https://laasok.org/support/ (for a tax-deductible one-time or monthly contribution).
    For info on our weekly Zoom Torah study groups or other learning opportunities go to https://laasok.org/.
    To join the Seven Minute Torah Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgroup
    Comments or questions? Email me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Kawartha6 ,

Great podcast

If you are interested in multiple perspectives, including feminist perspectives, on the Torah, this is a well-researched, clearly presented, and succinct podcast. Highly recommended!!

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