Join scholar, international speaker, and author Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro for cutting-edge discourse on important issues such as morals, free will, religion, politics, mathematics, critical thinking, and science. Learn to recognize propaganda, and make more logical and better-informed decisions.
The Bias in Academic Judaic Studies
Many Judaic Studies instructors have been found to harbor a disdain for ultra-Orthodox Jews, which skews their academic portrayals of them and their ideology. Prof. Norton Mezvinsky explains.
Episode photo: In the 18th century, as interest in the "curiosities" of the Jewish religion rose, some non-Jews had models of synagogues erected, furnished with a full array of Jewish books and ceremonial objects, and accessible to a broad public, constituting the world's first "Jewish museums." This title page is from a book by Moritz Wilhelm Christiani, which describes such a replica, owned by Georg Serpilius, a Christian Hebraist. (Picture and text from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_studies ).
After 40 Years, the True Story Exposed
In denigrating the Rebitzen of the ultra-Orthodox Satmar chasidim, a professor writes of a story involving a wedding that took place 40 years ago. That was Rabbi Shapiro's wedding. In this podcast, he sets the record straight.
Is Israel Telling the Truth About the Iron Dome?
One of the country's foremost experts on missile defense systems evaluates the Iron DOme's capabilities against the claims of the Israeli government. The results are surprising.
The Imaginary Miracle and Other Delusions of the Six-Day War
In 1967, in order to garner US support for their attack on Egypt, Israel falsely claimed to have been under existential threat by Egypt, who was planning on attacking Israel, perpetrating another Holocaust. The truth was quite different. Miko Peled, son of IDF General Matityahu Peled, is my guest.
To Fight Anti-Semitism, Renounce Israel's Claim
Portraying Jews as if they are nationals of the state of Israel puts Jews in danger, as the enemies of Israel will automatically become the enemies of all Jews. The state of Israel itself has been doing this since its inception, and Zionists have been doing it for over a century. But history - and the data - shows that this anti-semitism can be reduced. And it is in our hands to do it. This podcast shows us how,
Are Zionists Provoking Attacks on American Jews?
During and after the Gaza war, Jews in America have been subject to anti-Semitic attacks by pro-Palestinian activists who think of all Jews as connected to the state of Israel. Astoundingly, Zionists are responding by flaunting their Zionism, which just provokes more anti-Semitism.
The Beauty of Your Truth
Thank you so much for developing this beautiful honest podcast. I’m African-American and grew up in a Jewish community in upstate NY. My love for Jewish people is as deep as my love for America. Jews helped lift my family out of poverty. It pains me to study What Israel is doing in the Middle East under the guise of Zionism. My heart aches for the Palestinians. I love the truth you give. Please give us more.
Great Podcast for Philosophy Wonks and Anyone Seeking to Understand Judaism
Rabbi Shapiro is a very learned theologian and Jewish Scholar. His knowledge of the Torah and Talmud is unparalleled and it’s strengthened by his comprehensive study of western philosophy and Jewish theology. He brings all of this to a very powerful critique of Zionism and the “Jewish State” as part of a general message of peace and justice rooted in Orthodox Judaism. Anyone interested in Jewish metaphysics, the distinction between Zionism and Judaism, and the Torah should listen to this podcast.
Brilliant clarity of thought!
One of the many lessons of 2020 will be how simple reasoning can so easily be muddied by misguided (at best) leaders and bizarre group think. In 20 years we will wonder how we could have possibly questioned if Covid 19 is really all that deadly even though we all know that millions have been infected and many hundreds of thousands died. No one will believe that so many actually thought that masks and social distancing would not help save lives in the face of an airborne virus that has spread around the world.
Thank you Rabbi Shapiro for having the courage to always seek truth and share with the world no matter how unpopular.