12 episodes

Join Rabbi Avi Finegold and historian Dr. Stephen Backhouse for Hyphen, a series of Judeo-Christian dialogues that challenge, provoke and broaden the scope of biblical and theological discourse in every episode as they help each other understand the basis of their respective faiths.

Rabbi Avi Finegold received his ordination from Yeshivat Noam Hatorah in Montreal under the direction of Rabbi Joshua Shmidman. He studied at Concordia University and the University of Chicago and has been teaching Judaism in North America for over a decade. He is a founding Chair of Limmud Chicago and served on the LeMood Montreal team. Avi is currently the principal at the Jewish Living Lab, an adult education institute in Montreal, and co-hosts Bonjour Chai, Canadas preeminent Jewish current affairs podcast.

Dr. Stephen Backhouse (McGill, Oxford) is an historian of Christian thought, an expert on the work of Søren Kierkegaard and an authority on the political theology of nations and nationalism. He is the author of many books and publications, including Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism (OUP: 2011), the award-winning biography Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Zondervan: 2016) and the Essential Companion to Christian History (Zondervan: 2019). He has been Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at St Mellitus College and a Dean at the Westminster Theological Centre. Currently Stephen is the Director of Tent Theology, a venture linking theological consultants with organisations, charities and businesses. He is also the host of the popular Tent Theology podcast. Originally from Canada, Stephen now lives in England.

Hyphen The Jewish Living Lab

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

Join Rabbi Avi Finegold and historian Dr. Stephen Backhouse for Hyphen, a series of Judeo-Christian dialogues that challenge, provoke and broaden the scope of biblical and theological discourse in every episode as they help each other understand the basis of their respective faiths.

Rabbi Avi Finegold received his ordination from Yeshivat Noam Hatorah in Montreal under the direction of Rabbi Joshua Shmidman. He studied at Concordia University and the University of Chicago and has been teaching Judaism in North America for over a decade. He is a founding Chair of Limmud Chicago and served on the LeMood Montreal team. Avi is currently the principal at the Jewish Living Lab, an adult education institute in Montreal, and co-hosts Bonjour Chai, Canadas preeminent Jewish current affairs podcast.

Dr. Stephen Backhouse (McGill, Oxford) is an historian of Christian thought, an expert on the work of Søren Kierkegaard and an authority on the political theology of nations and nationalism. He is the author of many books and publications, including Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism (OUP: 2011), the award-winning biography Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Zondervan: 2016) and the Essential Companion to Christian History (Zondervan: 2019). He has been Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at St Mellitus College and a Dean at the Westminster Theological Centre. Currently Stephen is the Director of Tent Theology, a venture linking theological consultants with organisations, charities and businesses. He is also the host of the popular Tent Theology podcast. Originally from Canada, Stephen now lives in England.

    Jewish Denominations Today

    Jewish Denominations Today

    On a new episode hosts Rabbi Avi Finegold and Dr. Stephen Backhouse explore how early reform Judaism developed and how denominations relate to each other and live today.

    Plus: how baptisms work and a preview on an upcoming discussion exploring contemporary Christian denominations!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Jew in the Medieval World

    The Jew in the Medieval World

    Avi explains to Stephen how Jews went from the world of the talmud to spread through the world. The primary streams of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews are discussed along with the development of legal literature and scholarship and an equally important but separate mystical tradition.

    • 47 min
    Chanukah & Christmas Aren't As Important As You Think

    Chanukah & Christmas Aren't As Important As You Think

    Stephen and Avi get into the holiday spirit and discuss their respective winter traditions. Gift giving, European cultural imperialism (on both sides!!!) and what advent calendars are enter the conversation, along with other reasons for the season.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    From The Temple To The Talmud

    From The Temple To The Talmud

    On this episode Rabbi Avi Finegold delves into the evolution of Judaism from the Second Temple all the way to the Scholars who wrote The Talmud and shaped the Judaism that looks so familiar to us today.
    Other topics of discussion in this conversation include:

    * the rise of the sects and the Sadducees & Pharisees
    * the Septuagint and what happens when you open a religion to other languages
    * Rabbi Yochanan’s daring escape and the shift to ritual life outside the temple
    * what the Mishna is and how it evolved to become the Talmud

    ....and much more!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Jews Who Believe In Jesus & the Council of Nicea

    Jews Who Believe In Jesus & the Council of Nicea

    Avi and Stephen discuss the early history of Christianity, from Jews Who Believe In Jesus, to the Council of Nicea, with stops in Marcionism, Arianism and Roman life.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Reformation

    The Reformation

    Stephen explains to Avi the steps that lead to Martin Luther taking issue with the Church and leading what we now refer to as the Reformation. Also discussed: how the Reformation affected the Jewish community and how it reverberates in today’s Christianity, plus the surprising connection between Luther’s thought and that of Adolf Hitler.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Raejaeg ,

Great show!

I love the respectful dialogue and am learning so much! All of my knowledge of Judaism comes from evangelical Christian viewpoints so it’s refreshing to hear from an actual Rabbi! Thank you for putting in the time and effort to make this podcast!

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