41 episodes

Grab a seat and join old friends, Rabbi Asher Lopatin and his former synagogue president, John Geiringer. Imagine sharing a drink with two news junkies who keep an open mind, challenge the status quo, and love discussing the comedy, tragedy, absurdity, and reality of the Jewish experience. Throughout their discussions, John will ask Asher provocative questions that congregants wish they could ask their rabbis.

A Rabbi and a Lawyer Walk Into a Bar Rabbi Asher Lopatin and John Geiringer

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Grab a seat and join old friends, Rabbi Asher Lopatin and his former synagogue president, John Geiringer. Imagine sharing a drink with two news junkies who keep an open mind, challenge the status quo, and love discussing the comedy, tragedy, absurdity, and reality of the Jewish experience. Throughout their discussions, John will ask Asher provocative questions that congregants wish they could ask their rabbis.

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Asher describes his new Ann Arbor gig, as all eyes remain on Michigan this election year.  Speaking of politicians, we discuss whether Schumer is such a shomer and why Proxmire should be better known.  John questions whether those red pins at the Oscars were about our shared humanity, or something more sinister.  As Purim arrives, we approach joy in a time of pain, learn moral self-defense, and consider how quickly misfortune can be reversed.

    The Sap Is Rising

    The Sap Is Rising

    Baby it’s cold outside!  In a surprise twist, Asher acknowledges Nathan of Gaza for the Tu Bishvat seder.  We then contemplate WWMLKD (what would MLK do) in the current environment.  John summarizes the flawed ICJ case against Israel, and wonders if the pro-Hamas/Houthi protesters ever consider themselves the “baddies.”  Despite the negative temperatures, we end with positive thoughts about longer days.







    00:29 Introduction and Casual Conversation



    00:48 Discussing Tuba Shvat and its Significance



    02:54 Exploring the Tradition of Tu Bishvat Seder



    03:47 Reflecting on the History of Jewish Communities



    04:25 Contemplating Political Involvement and Leadership



    06:44 Appreciating the Importance of Jewish Unity



    07:27 Remembering Martin Luther King and His Legacy



    09:11 Discussing the Current Political Climate



    10:31 Reflecting on the Importance of Jewish-Black Unity



    11:26 Discussing the Current Situation in Israel



    13:29 Analyzing the Legal Implications of the Israel Conflict



    16:43 Reflecting on the Tragedy of Misused Ingenuity

    • 27 min
    Latke vs. Hamantash (vs. Draykops)

    Latke vs. Hamantash (vs. Draykops)

    Asher describes his ongoing Israel advocacy efforts, including his recent trip to the Holy Land, which included visiting hospitals, picking lettuce, and reveling in his strange love of driving there. We then discuss Bibi’s role in history, and how it would have been improved by early retirement. After some Harvard schadenfreude, John defends his negative campaign against Chanukah in his shul’s version of the famous Latke-Hamantash Debate.

    • 29 min
    Ep 38 – Best of Times, Worst of Times

    Ep 38 – Best of Times, Worst of Times

    Asher describes being one of almost 300,000 at the Israel rally, while John joined virtually.  We turn our ire on fellow Jews who give aid and comfort to the enemy, and suggest mini-cherem for them.  After questioning whether we can be simultaneously frightened and emboldened by current events, we end on a note of Thanksgiving - and kosher turkey.



    Enjoy Thanksgiving!

    Ep 37 – Clash of Civilizations

    Ep 37 – Clash of Civilizations

    We lament the “useful idiots” who support Hamas, but derive hope from our true allies.  Asher surprisingly announces his political aspirations, while John (an avid C-SPAN viewer) advises caution.  Asher memorializes Samantha Woll, and we compare notes on our crying habits these days.  We rejoice in the newfound Jewish unity and faith, and John reminds us that humor is a Jewish superpower in times of trouble.  

    Ep 36 – Am Yisrael Chai

    Ep 36 – Am Yisrael Chai

    In our most somber episode (hopefully ever), we discuss how we celebrated Judaism’s happiest day on Israel’s saddest day.  Asher taps his expertise on Islam to explain the 10/7 perpetrators, while we try to understand the mentality of their supporters worldwide.  So much for Asher’s upcoming “shared society” trip to Israel.  As usual, we end on a positive note, in this case the return of Jewish unity - for now.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

SOLYDSTONE ,

Loving These Guys!

Listening to A Rabbi and a Lawyer Walk Into a Bar is like being a fly on the wall when two friends get together and discuss many important aspects of Judaism, pop culture, and current events. John and Asher present intellectual topics in a very approachable way. I always learn something from their talks. I highly recommend listening in and subscribing!

swinterroth ,

I learn so much

I listen each episode because I get to learn something new and I enjoy learning from Rabbi Asher and John. Thank you for sharing!

father of daughter ,

Can’t wait to hear “what will they say next”

This podcast hums along with such rhythm. Their rapport is worth listening to and the content delivers on topics that I never thought I would have been interested in hearing. Some of the descriptions sounds so real, almost like I was there.

My favorite so far is episode 3. Cool way to think about some of these issues. I’m a fan and will keep listening to each episode.

Keep it up guys!

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