Hosted by Harvard Hillel director and Harvard Jewish chaplain Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, Harvard Torah examines the themes of the weekly Torah portion through the lens of a Harvard student and a guest.
Harvard Torah Ep. 27–Tazria-Metzora: Skin
As we read about the dreaded skin disease Tzara'at, often translated as 'leprosy,' but almost certainly not that – Dr. David Fisher, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor in Harvard Medical School joins the Harvard Torah conversation along with Ellie Zisblatt '24, who took part in Dr. Fisher's Freshman Seminar on "Skin, Our Largest, Hottest, and Coolest Organ: From Cancer to Cosmetics."
Harvard Torah Ep. 26 - Shemini: Food
Chef Martin Breslin, Director of Culinary Operations for Harvard University Dining Services, joins incoming student Shira Hoffer for a conversation about food and community – as our scriptures give us a catalog of 'clean' and 'unclean' animals.
Harvard Torah Ep. 25 - Your Input
This week, as the calendar of Torah readings gives us a Passover hiatus from our weekly portions, we invite you to share your own input and ideas for Harvard Torah through a very brief survey at tinyurl.com/HarvardTorah – as we reflect on the series so far.
Harvard Torah Ep. 24 - Passover Special
This week, the Harvard Torah podcast brings you a special set of resources for your Passover Seder. President Larry Bacow, Provost Alan Garber, Harvard students, and alumni from our Harvard Hillel Board of Directors have recorded brief introductions to the parts of the Seder. These recordings are also available individually here so that you can use them in your own online Seder if you wish.
Harvard Torah Ep. 23 - Vayikra: Sacerdotalism
This week, the Rev. Rita Powel, minister to the Episcopal Community of Harvard, and former captain of the Varsity Softball team at Barnard and Associate Rector for Music at Trinity Church in Copley Square, joins the Harvard Torah conversation with Benjamin Rabinowitz '21, sacred singer, sexton/gabbai, Harvard Jewish Sports Initiative founder, and Levite – to take a stab at the question: How do you solve a problem like Vayikra/Leviticus?
Harvard Torah Ep. 22 - Vayakhel-Pikudei: Space
Architect Moshe Safdie and architecture student Maxwell Lent '20 join in the Harvard Torah conversation, as we read the detailed design of the Tabernacle in the wilderness and consider the spaces we shape, which in turn shape our lives and experiences and even our self-conceptions.
Curious, thoughtful torah
Rabbi Jonah Steinberg brings a thoughtful, curious approach to Torah, along with the diverse set of guests who all bring unique perspectives on the weekly parsha. I highly recommend!